News Watch: May 2, 2016

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Bonding, Climate Change, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Pollinators, Transportation, Water, Waste & Recycling, Wildlife & Fish

Agriculture & Food
MN Daily: Reaping the benefit of urban greenery

Commentary, Star Tribune: Counterpoint: The downside of cage-free eggs

Bonding
MinnPost: Senate Democrats’ $1.5 billion infrastructure proposal sets up clash with House Republicans
MPR: Senate Dems propose $1.5 billion construction plan

Climate Change
Bloomberg: 14 states seek Clean Power Plan guidance despite stay
The Guardian: Peabody coal’s contrarian scientist witnesses lose their court case featuring MEP member groups Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Fresh Energy, and Sierra Club

Commentary, Duluth News Tribune: Minority families would bear brunt of Clean Power Plan

Energy
Midwest Energy News: Q&A: An energy storage solution may already be in your basement
Midwest Energy News: Vision for improving Minneapolis air quality calls for more electric cars
MPR: Wind energy setting records in Minnesota
SC Times: Stearns to hear input on solar moratorium

LTE, Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s View: Column on coal supply was just plain wrong

Mining
MinnPost: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency commissioner: Permitting process for taconite mines ‘on pause’ featuring MEP member groups Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacyand WaterLegacy

Commentary, Duluth News Tribune: Environmentalists’ Views: Four questions PolyMet won’t answer by Scott Strand, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Paul Danicic, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and Paul Austin, Conservation Minnesota
Commentary, Duluth News Tribune: Drawn-out mining permitting dampens economic growth
LTE, Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s view: Nolan naive to think feds won’t block mining

Oil & Pipelines
Duluth News Tribune: Have your say on pipeline projects

Commentary, Duluth News Tribune: Enbridge’s view: Public input urged on pipeline projects
Editorial, Duluth News Tribune: Our view: Pipeline delays only stall economic boon
LTE, Brainerd Dispatch: Reader Opinion: Pipeline hearings
LTE, Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s view: Pipeline projects threaten Minnesota’s clean water

Pollinators
MN Daily: Sun helps guide monarchs home

Transportation
MPR: Dayton pushes transportation spending plan, but talks are in low gear
Pioneer Press: Minnesota legislators promise transportation funding plan
Pioneer Press: Real World Economics: Economic estimates usually imprecise at best
Star Tribune: The Drive: Metro Transit adds new bus services to boost ridership
Star Tribune: Seven DFL state senators threaten to withhold votes for bonding bill over Southwest light-rail line

Commentary, Brainerd Dispatch: Guest Opinion: Minnesota’s roads and bridges need to be addressed
Editorial, SC Times: Legislators, let’s extend Northstar
LTE, Echo Press: LETTER: Find compromise on paying for safe roads and bridges

Waste & Recycling
LTE, Star Tribune: Readers Write (May 1): Recycling

Water
Duluth News Tribune: PCA commissioner pumps Duluth water projects
SC Times: Review of public waters, ditches buffer maps underway 
Star Tribune: Anderson: Dirt poor? Not this farmer near Northfield

Commentary, Duluth News Tribune: A Great Lakes’ view: Waukesha’s water request may end up in court
Editorial, Star Tribune: Great Lakes Compact must be protected, with no exceptions

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