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News Watch: Jul. 6

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Air Quality; Climate Change; Energy; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Sustainability; Transportation; Water; Wildlife;  Agriculture & Food Associated Press: Federal government to step up bird flu monitoring this fall (In MPR)  Pioneer Press: Wild rice restoration underway on St. Louis River near Duluth    Air Quality Associated Press: Canadian wildlifes causing… Read more »

The State of Community Solar in Minnesota

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It’s a big week for the future of solar in Minnesota. Will we get “solar for all” or will we get something less?   In 2013, Minnesota passed two laws to take advantage of the rapidly declining costs of solar electricity: A solar energy standard, requiring that the state’s investor-owned utilities generate 1.5 percent of their electricity… Read more »

No more tar sands? Easy as 1-2-3

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“ONE: We are the people.” “TWO: We are un-i-ted.” “THREE: We will not let you build this pipeline.” Of all the chants that rang through the streets of downtown St. Paul during Saturday’s Tar Sands Resistance March, that’s the only one still ringing through my head. It was a beautiful day for a march. Five… Read more »

23 DFL Senators Calling for Preservation of MPCA Citizens Board are Supported by 2012 EQB Study No One Got to Hear About

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Late on the night of Saturday, May 16, language was inserted into the conference committee report on HF 846, the Agriculture and Environment Finance Bill, eliminating the 48-year old MPCA Citizens Board. A bill to substantially reduce the authority of the Citizens Board (HF 1394) was previously heard in the House, but its companion was… Read more »

What needs to happen to the environment/agriculture bill

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Written by Scott Strand – As many of you are aware, Governor Dayton vetoed the environment and agriculture finance “omnibus” bill last Saturday.  That was a surprise to many, and the governor has said publicly that it was his most difficult veto decision.  Minnesota’s environmental movement, including MCEA, did strongly urge a veto of this bill,… Read more »

Hoe does net metering work?

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As the cost of renewable energy sources like wind and solar continue to drop, it’s important to examine the policies that have helped shape our current energy landscape. History of net metering in MinnesotaIn 1983, Minnesota became the first state to enact a net metering law based on the retail rate of electricity. This law… Read more »

Dayton’s Veto Was Right Decision for Rural Minnesota

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By Loretta Jaus Last Thursday I traveled from my dairy farm in Sibley County to the Governor’s Mansion in Saint Paul. I wanted to be with other Minnesotans who were gathered there to let Gov. Mark Dayton know that House File 846 was bad for Minnesota, especially rural Minnesota. Many provisions favoring corporate polluters and… Read more »

Climate change is a daunting challenge, but Minnesota still has healthy choices

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By Robert Moffitt, American Lung Association This post originally appeared in MinnPost We see evidence of climate disruption every day, right in our own backyard. The ragweed pollen season has increased by over two weeks in the past 15 years, causing plenty of discomfort to those with allergies. Extreme weather events and changes to the… Read more »

MEP and member groups urge conferees to pass budget bill without dirty water restrictions

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Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our member groups delivered two letters urging Conference Committee members and members of the Minnesota Legislature to pass a clean environment budget bill without dirty water restrictions.  We strongly encourage conferees to remove provisions is SF 1764 and HF 846 that move backwards in efforts to protect Minnesota’s natural resources and… Read more »