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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 »

Minnesota officially first clean cars state in the Midwest, with federal action coming soon

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last Monday, the State of Minnesota officially adopted the Clean Cars rules proposed by the Pollution Control Agency under Governor Tim Walz. Starting in 2024, these rules will require Minnesota auto dealerships to make available a certain percentage of zero-emission electric vehicles on their lots. The Clean Cars standards were… Read more »

MEP and partners explore the next evolution of farming

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Monday, July 19, MEP and Friends of the Mississippi River co-hosted a field tour of the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative, a program to develop crops and farming systems to transform agriculture in Minnesota. Joined by legislators, state agency leaders, and other key stakeholders, our team took part in presentations,… Read more »

Senate ouster of MPCA commissioner continues pattern of environmental stonewalling

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last Wednesday, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop was pushed out of office after Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka informed her that the Senate would vote against confirming her, effectively removing her from her position. The Republican-controlled Senate had announced a few days earlier that they would be holding… Read more »

The costs of hosting Enbridge pipelines pile up in Minnesota

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership The Minnesota Legislature passed a number of investments in the state’s natural environment this year. Apart from passing the overdue Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriations, the Legislature provided $4 million for incentivizing farmers to implement cover crops, $1.35 million for other soil healthy farming practices, and $4 million for… Read more »