Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center revealed the findings of its latest study Tuesday outlining what they call the largest sources of global warming pollution in the state.
The organization shared results of a study done by the Energy Information Administration, which named three Minnesota power companies as significant contributors to carbon pollution.
"Any time that you're burning a fossil fuel, there are carbon emissions coming off of it, and so no matter what you do there is still going to be that consequence that's going to be contributing to global warming." said Hanna Terwilliger of Environment Minnesota.
Environment Minnesota pointed a finger at Minnesota Power as being among the worst contributors to carbon pollution in the state.
"I think the important thing about this report is that it doesn't really address that Minnesota power is one of the leaders in the nation for having well maintained and well controlled power plants and the report also doesn't address the fact that Minnesota is among the lowest emitters in the country and that it's power plants within the state are among the smallest emitters." said Amy Rutledge of Minnesota Power.
Minnesota Power also says it's in the process of retrofitting it's largest coal–fired power plant, Boswell Energy Center, in Cohasset, and taking steps to significantly reduce pollution.
The study additionally names Minnesota power plants at Excel Energy and Great River Energy as significant contributors to global warming, which some scientists say is exacerbated by carbon emissions.
It is theorized that carbon dioxide, trapped in the atmosphere contributes to temperature rise.
The report from Environment Minnesota comes as the Obama administration readies new standards to tackle climate change.