News Watch: May 9

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water

Agriculture & Food
NPR: The environmental cost of growing food (In MPR)

Climate Change
Energy Wire: Clean Power what? Most Americans haven’t heard of climate rule
Commentary, Star Tribune: Rash Report: Climate-conflict link should rally global action

Energy
AP: GOP states benefit from renewables (In Politics in MN)
Midwest Energy News: Tree removal for Minnesota solar project prompts legislative action
Rocky Mountain Institute: Green Giant 3M signs first-ever PPA with Invenergy
Star Tribune: What price solar? Flurry of applications raises questions in exurbs

Commentary, Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota Power’s view: Tapping into solar power easier with program, without panels
Commentary, Duluth News Tribune: Local view: Minnesota Power interested only in self with solar proposal

Mining
Commentary, MinnPost: Copper-sulfide mining in northeastern Minnesota is not worth the risk
LTE, Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s View: PolyMet backers overlook the many costs of sulfide mining

Oil & Pipelines
MPR: Oil pipeline debate heating up again in northern Minnesota

LTE, Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s View: Pipelines are safe; it’s time to move forward

Parks & Trails
Star Tribune: Minneapolis trails converge at railroad river bridge, but will they ever be able to cross?

Pollinators
AP: University of Minnesota student marketing team creates buzz (In Star Tribune)
Star Tribune: Gardeners flock to bees’ defense and push to dump pesticide

Pollution
Star Tribune: Cancer fears fester over St. Louis Park Superfund site

Transportation
MinnPost: Political fights over light rail projects in Minnesota are nothing new
MPR: Transportation talks resume with new gas tax offer
Pioneer Press: Minnesota lawmakers offer transportation concessions, but deal still distant  

Commentary, Austin Daily Herald: State needs to address transportation
Commentary, Star Tribune: Minnesota businesses need transit, and we need it now
Commentary, SC Times: Be skeptical of state’s Northstar Costs
LTE, Star Tribune: Readers Write (May 9): Light rail, Northstar rail

Waste & Recycling
Star Tribune: Minneapolis seeks to increase organics recycling

Water
Pioneer Press: No Minnesota bonding bill this year? With Senate defeat, maybe

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