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Two Minnesota legislators attending climate change summit in Copenhagen

Minnesota state Reps. Kate Knuth and Jeremy Kalin are in Copenhagen this week at the U.N. climate change summit. Both are members of CLEAN (Coalition of Legislators for Energy Action Now), a group of energy leaders from more than 40 states working with the White House on federal clean-energy jobs legislation.

Knuth, a DFLer from New Brighton, is traveling as a policy mentor to the Will Steger Foundation youth delegation and, while in Copenhagen, will be a presenter at two events: Dec. 14 with the Center for Climate Strategies, and a Dec. 17 panel discussion organized by the White House with state and tribal leaders about efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

She said in a statement:

“I look forward to being part of an historic event that will move us to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future, and sharing the bold steps we’ve already taken in Minnesota with the world.”

Kalin, a North Branch DFLer, is national chair of CLEAN, also will present with the Center for Climate Strategies Dec.14 and then travel to Sweden to meet with clean-technology companies about the Chisago Lakes carbon-neutral industrial complex that’s being planned near Lindgren.

Kalin said: “Clean energy policies are good for the environment and even better news for job creation. States have been leading the charge, and few have been as aggressive and forward thinking as Minnesota. Our nation-leading energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, and aggressive pollution reduction targets have resulted in real job growth for Minnesotans.”

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