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EPA Repeals Clean Power Plan, but Minnesota Moves Forward

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   photo credit: MPCA By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency announced the beginning of the repeal process for the Clean Power Plan, a major Obama Administration policy that aimed to cut carbon emissions from the U.S. power grid. The plan aimed for a 32% cut in power plant… Read more »

Mining Waste and a Big Dam Problem

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  photo credit: NASA By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last month, the Department of Natural Resources released draft dam permitting for PolyMet’s proposed sulfide mine in Northern Minnesota, and opened up a comment period on the permit that ends on October 16. The permit would allow PolyMet to use a 40-year-old dam, previously used to store… Read more »

A Greening, Electric Economy

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A Greening, Electric Economy By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership In many discussions over the future of energy in Minnesota and around the United States, the debate is often framed as a basic argument between protecting the environment and keeping jobs. Proponents of coal, oil, or gas contend that shifting too quickly away from carbon-heavy fossil fuels will mean sacrificing… Read more »

Great Lakes Commission Visits Duluth, Talks Water and Infrastructure Solutions

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Tuesday and Thursday, September 19-20, the city of Duluth hosted the annual meeting of the Great Lakes Commission (GLC), an interstate compact dedicated to discussing and implementing good public policy for water, land, and economic prosperity in the Great Lakes region. Members from eight states as well as Ontario and Quebec… Read more »

MEP Welcomes Commerce Testimony on Line 3

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Monday, September 11, the Minnesota Department of Commerce released an analysis arguing that the proposed Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline, which would carry Alberta tar sands oil across Northern Minnesota, was not needed by the state, based on independent analysis of oil consumption projections. The Department further testifed that the pipeline’s… Read more »

Hundreds from across Minnesota rally at Capitol to “Protect our Water!”

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Hundreds from across Minnesota rally at Capitol to “Protect our Water!” Governor Dayton, Winona LaDuke, Ann Bancroft among speakers rallying for Minnesota’s water St. Paul, Minnesota – On April 19, a coalition of over 40 organizations hosted over 800 registered participants from across Minnesota at Water Action Day, a day of action and advocacy to protect… Read more »

Minnesota Takes Two Steps Backward on Energy Policy

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The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of a series of columns as part of a Student Voices Series issues. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. Contributed by Eliana Langer, Macalester student — Minnesota legislators are undoing decades of progress on renewable… Read more »

Time for Minnesotans to Get Serious About Climate

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The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of a series of columns as part of a Student Voices Series issues. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. Contributed by Rebecca Krasky, Macalester student – President Trump’s budget, released on March 16th, makes huge… Read more »

A fighting chance for Minnesota bees

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As Scott Pruitt takes over as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, it’s clearer than ever that our federal decision-makers won’t be stepping up to protect communities — or our food system — from pesticides anytime soon. It’s that much more important therefore for state and local leaders to do their part. Here in Minnesota,… Read more »