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Bill would permanently shore up Boundary Waters

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Over the past month, thousands of visitors have been canoeing, backpacking, and portaging their way through Minnesota’s signature wilderness, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Between setting up camp and picking wild blueberries, many might stop to think about the value of this natural haven. And they might also consider… Read more »

Minnesota solar power is looking bright

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership For much of our history as a state, coal was king when it came to generating Minnesota’s electricity, followed by nuclear power not far behind. It brought with it air pollution and a hefty share of the state’s contribution to climate change. It also meant that state dollars have flowed… Read more »

Americans – and the planet – can’t afford fossil gas

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Tuesday, August 17, U.S. natural gas – also known as fossil gas – prices reached their highest level in 14 years. The reasons why are complex. A hot summer is driving high electricity use, natural gas extraction is relatively low, and trade disruptions caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine have… Read more »

Line 3 aquifer damage just keeps piling up

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Thursday, August 4, the independent citizen science group Waadookawaad Amikwag – also known as Those Who Help Beaver – released evidence that Enbridge’s construction of its Line 3 oil pipeline did even more damage to Minnesota waters than previously known. In a new video, the group showed that the LaSalle aquifer is… Read more »

Federal climate deal poised to make history

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At a time when states and countries – including Minnesota – are struggling to cut greenhouse gas emissions at the scale needed to stave off climate catastrophe, the announcement that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Joe Manchin have cut a deal for unprecedented and transformative investment in climate action is just the… Read more »

Saint Paul full steam ahead on lead line removal

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Most Minnesotans in the Twin Cities don’t have to worry too much about what’s flowing through the pipes in their home. The area’s utilities filter water from the Mississippi River, carefully managing pH and chemical composition to provide clean, readily drinkable water. But for more than 25,000 households in and… Read more »

Minnesota weather is getting weirder

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Most people in Minnesota have heard the famous phrase about our weather patterns. “We have two seasons, winter and road construction.” It’s not literally true, of course, but it feels that way, with snowstorms showing up for the first taste of winter in October and the last in May. Though… Read more »

Court defies precedent, deals blow to EPA climate effort

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week the deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court announced a decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency that dealt a major blow to the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants The decision by the conservative court majority sets the stage for further limitations on the… Read more »

Forest Service report supports BWCA protection

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last fall, the Biden Administration resumed the effort toward a 20-year withdrawal of federal permits for sulfide mining on federal lands surrounding the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. This week, the U.S. Forest Service took a key step forward with an Environmental Assessment of the proposed withdrawal, moving closer to… Read more »

In east Saint Paul, a carbon-free community is in the works

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership In a departure from our usual MEP voice, this column has been written from the author’s personal perspective. I’ll forgive you if you’re not familiar with St. Paul’s Greater East Side, the area of the city that I call home. Though it’s an area with a rich culture and history, our… Read more »