Posts By: Matt Doll

Senate holds environment budget hostage over Clean Cars, proposes rollbacks

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Tuesday, May 4, through the Chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee, the Minnesota Senate issued an ultimatum on the state’s environmental budget, seeking to end the Clean Cars rulemaking currently underway by the Walz Administration.  In an exchange in the Legislature’s Environment Omnibus Bill Conference Committee, Senator… Read more »

A victory for clean water: PolyMet permit goes back to DNR

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Wednesday, April 28, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a decision on the PolyMet copper-nickel sulfide mine proposal that puts another wrench into the works and keeps the door open for protecting Minnesota’s waters. The Court upheld a lower court’s decision to overturn PolyMet’s permit to mine on the grounds… Read more »

Is the tide turning on climate action?

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, President Joe Biden announced a pledge for the United States to cut our climate pollution emissions by at least 50% of 2005 levels by the end of this decade at a virtual climate summit with world leaders. At the summit, other large nations like Russia and China made… Read more »

Coalition launches Climate Report Card for Gov. Walz

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Thursday, a coalition of 17 Minnesota organizations including MEP released a Climate Action Report Card that graded Governor Tim Walz on his administration’s climate action efforts so far. We identified several issue areas and and graded them individually, while providing context on how much each area affects the climate. While we… Read more »

House Environment Bill offers a lifeline to Minnesota’s natural resources

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, the Minnesota House Environment and Natural Resources released its omnibus budget bill, H.F. 1076. This bill is chock full of projects and protections that would improve our environment and fight ecological harm, and MEP Advocacy Director Sara Wolff testified in support of the bill on Wednesday. The bill… Read more »

Biden’s infrastructure proposal would be a boon for climate and drinking water

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, the Biden Administration released the American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion national infrastructure proposal that would have enormous implications for the country’s environment and public health. Though it is first and foremost an economic development plan, it is also a climate plan, a clean water plan, and generally a… Read more »

Haaland makes history, heads Interior Department at a critical time

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Thursday, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland made history upon her swearing-in as the first Native American woman in the United States Cabinet and the first to lead an Executive Branch department. Approved on a bipartisan 51-40 vote, Haaland will lead a Department with enormous authority over public lands,… Read more »

As ground thaws, Minnesotans keep standing against Line 3

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Thursday, hundreds of people gathered in St. Paul near the Ford Parkway Bridge across the Mississippi to speak out against the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline being pushed into the earth in Northern Minnesota. Their aim: to persuade President Joe Biden to revoke permits for the pipeline,… Read more »