Posts By: Matt Doll

Biden Administration move could save Boundary Waters from sulfide mining

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Wednesday, October 20, the Biden Administration announced that it would resume federal efforts to seek a 20-year ban on sulfide mining on federal lands surrounding the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Thanks to advocacy from Minnesotans, organizations, and courageous lawmakers including Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Senator Tina Smith, this… Read more »

Regenerative crops are rapidly becoming a reality

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Minnesota is home to the 5th-largest agricultural sector in the nation. About half of the state’s farming income comes from crop agriculture, of which corn and soybeans are the dominant products. Corn is especially prevalent – Minnesota is the fourth-largest producer in the nation and is home to more than… Read more »

Oil companies: a broken record of broken promises

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Over the last weeks, two events in the oil industry, along with the ongoing story of Enbridge’s harms to Minnesota during Line 3 construction, demonstrated just how dangerous it is for our state and federal authorities to deal with an industry committed to its own profit at the expense of… Read more »

Poll shows Minnesotans oppose PolyMet practices

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership New polling of Minnesotans released on Tuesday shows that while Minnesotans aren’t settled one way or another about the PolyMet copper-nickel sulfide mine project near Hoyt Lakes, they tend to turn against it when presented with the scientific and legal facts about PolyMet and its backers. This polling is a… Read more »

Scientists, Indigenous organizers shed light on Line 3’s recent harms to water

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Thursday, MEP sponsored an online presentation, “Understanding the Line 3 Aquifer Breach and Spills,” in which geologists and Indigenous pipeline resisters shared information on the impacts that construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline is already having on our waters and ecosystems. Though science has predicted that Line 3… Read more »

Biden Administration report points to a new dawn for solar

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last week, the Biden Administration published a Department of Energy report that offered a course for building up solar power in the U.S. more than tenfold, helping to meet our clean energy needs. While the report is not yet a plan, it provides a roadmap to decarbonizing the economy by 2050, and… Read more »

Two wins for water as rollbacks are reversed

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, two federal decisions dealt victories to clean water, one at the national level, and one in Minnesota. On Monday, an Arizona District Court overturned the Trump Administration’s change to the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, a change referred to by critics as the “Dirty Water Rule.”… Read more »

Standing against Line 3 in the face of a lockdown

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership In a departure from our usual MEP voice, this article is an opinion piece that has been written from the author’s personal perspective. I’ve been going to the Minnesota State Capitol for work, for volunteering, and for sightseeing, for the past seven years. For most of that time, it’s been… Read more »

MEP joins call for state to Move On from PolyMet

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, MEP joined a dozen organizations and more than one thousand individuals in signing on to the Move On from PolyMet campaign, an effort to convince the Walz Administration to cease its support for the PolyMet mine proposal. After a winding path, the state’s permits for PolyMet – the… Read more »

There is no more room for climate denial

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership As most of our readers will be aware, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report that said in no uncertain terms that the world needs to act immediately to stave off catastrophic warming in the face of storms, drought, ecosystem disasters, and immense human costs. The report… Read more »