Nov 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm
ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - Several dozen environmental activists, signs in hand, urged Xcel Energy to consider swifter action against fossil fuel use in St. Cloud this afternoon.
The occasion? The Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" Day of Action.
Brian Anderson - the St. Cloud Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" campaign organizer - says the goal was to rally local supporters and deliver a petition insisting Xcel make a stronger commitment to renewable energy sources.
According to the club, Minnesota is on track to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. This year, the state established renewable energy policies that will translate to 34 times more solar power in 2020 than today.
In the meantime, Anderson says most of Minnesota's electricity still comes from burning coal.
In protest of this fact, the group began with a rally and speakers at a nearby park before marching to their post outside Xcel's 3rd Street complex.
Anderson says the experience was ultimately frustrating - representatives from the energy company refused to meet with the protestors or accept their petition when they arrived at the building.
Protesters will spend the remainder of the day making phone calls to spread their message.
Today's St. Cloud rally is part of a larger plan of action for the Sierra Club - they're hosting a dozen day-long events in cities and towns across Minnesota, urging utilities including Xcel and Minnesota Power, to move away from fossil fuels.
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