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Minnesota Environmental Partnership Issues Statement on Governor’s Veto of Bill that Would Cripple the PUC

Posted by & filed under Clean Energy, energy costs, news release, PUC, renewable energy, solar.

March 21, 2017 (St. Paul, Minn.) — Last night, Governor Dayton followed through on a promise made last month when used his veto pen on a bill that would have weakened the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and punish Minnesota’s solar customers by removing PUC oversight of excessive charnges by rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities… Read more »

Letter to Senators: Protect the Environmental Quality Board

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Minnesota Environmental Partnership March 17, 2017   Dear Senators: We write to alert you to a bill, SF 1087, being heard by the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee.  This bill is opposed by members of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership because it rolls back and weakens Minnesota’s bedrock environmental laws. We urge you to… Read more »

Environmental Rollbacks are Out of Step with What Minnesotans Want, Says New Research

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St. Paul, Minn. (March 1, 2017) —  At the same time when Minnesota Legislators are debating a torrent of rollbacks a new poll shows that Minnesotans of all backgrounds and regions are concerned about our environmental protections and don’t want to see proposals that would roll back those protections. The Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) released… Read more »

News Watch: February 16

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February 16, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons Agriculture & Food The Kenyon Leader: Controversy surrounding factory hog farm permit, public meeting in Red Wing Monday evening featuring MEP member group Land Stewardship Project Public News Service: Letter… Read more »

News Watch: February 13

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Agriculture & Food Brainerd Dispatch: Years of animal facility inspection reports scrubbed from USDA website La Crosse Tribune: Land Stewardship Project to host soil workshop with Rodale chief scientistfeaturing MEP member group Land Stewardship Project MPR: To save the planet, give cows better pasture Star Tribune: Appeals Court to decide Dodge County hog farm lawsuit pitting pollution vs. water… Read more »

News Watch: February 9

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Agriculture & Food Public News Service: More Voices Sought in Farm, Immigration Debate Climate Change  MPR: GOP-backed measures seek to rein in science used at EPA Conservation MinnPost: Newly launched campaign aims to raise funds for MinnPost’s environmental coverage Energy The Lake Country Echo: Back to Basics: Speaker to tackle ‘renewable energy revolution’featuring MEP member group Fresh Energy Midwest… Read more »

News Watch: February 6

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Agriculture & Food Albert Lea Tribune: Farm loans available for small-scale farmers featuring MEP member groupRenewing the Countryside La Crosse Tribune: Soil health expert will be featured at cover crops workshop featuring MEP member group Land Stewardship Project Climate Change  MPR: Food for thought: St. Louis Park woman uses parties to teach on diet, climate change MPR: Trump administration… Read more »

News Watch: February 2

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Energy, Invasive Species, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons Agriculture & Food Brainerd Dispatch: MN farmers want state aid, more in policy than money MinnPost: Fast-food wrappings are found to carry nonstick coatings linked to health risks MPR: Hormel stops taking pigs from farm… Read more »

News Watch: January 30

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Sustainable Development, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons Agriculture & Food Mankato Free Press: Grow a Farmer loans help small farmers featuring MEP member groupRenewing the Countryside West Central Tribune: Peterson adopts wait-and-see attitude on Trump’s… Read more »

News Watch: January 26

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Invasive Species, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons Agriculture & Food Mille Lacs Messenger: Sustainable Farming Association annual meeting featuring MEP member group Sustainable Farming Association Climate Change  Daily Kos: National Park Service goes rogue—tweets out climate change data and information… Read more »