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State moves toward 100% carbon-free electricity

Editor’s note: By Reed Anfinson with information also written by Steve Karnowski of the Associated Press.

Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz was expected to sign a bill Tuesday that would make the state’s electricity supply 100% carbon free by 2040.

Minnesota is one of the fastest warming states in America. If not slowed, the warming is expected to change the state’s landscape with the pine forests of the Lake of the Woods turning into a nearly treeless savannah in the coming decades. Lakes will warm and not support some fish species. More water will have to be drawn for irrigating crops as droughts expand and intensify. More invasive plant species and insects are expected to move northward.

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