Energy & Environment

COMMENTARY

The clean energy transformation must include rural communities — Opinion

BY: - September 23, 2021

America is at a tipping point. We need to move swiftly and boldly to a clean energy economy if we want to stave off the most catastrophic effects of climate change. This massive infrastructure change and clean economy transformation needs to include everyone — especially our rural communities.  I grew up in rural Minnesota on […]

Enbridge fined $3.3 million for aquifer breach during Line 3 construction

BY: - September 17, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has ordered Enbridge to pay $3.3 million for piercing a groundwater aquifer during construction of its Line 3 oil pipeline in northwestern Minnesota, the DNR announced Thursday. The rupture released more than 24 million gallons of groundwater near Clearbrook since January in what the DNR says is a violation […]

Agriculture section of reconciliation bill centers on fighting climate change, enhancing research

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Monday finished marking up its section of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The agriculture portion would provide funding for historically Black land grant colleges and investments in urban agriculture, along with boosting U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to address climate change threats to farming.  The $66 billion […]

The great outdoors: Not just for white people

BY: - September 9, 2021

Mai Nhia Xiong-Chan almost didn’t go to the Boundary Waters with her friends this year. Xiong-Chan, who is the vice president of admissions at Hamline University, had some experience camping, but not the strenuous portaging and canoeing for which the Boundary Waters are famous.   But Xiong-Chan was glad she went. She was honoring the wishes […]

‘The Squad’ visits Minnesota for Line 3 trip

BY: - September 3, 2021

U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib traveled to Minneapolis Friday before embarking on a trip to northern Minnesota in opposition to Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline. The four members of The Squad, as the group of progressive, early career Democrats are known, and state Sen. Mary Kunesh, DFL-New Brighton, called […]

Reliability problems stall transition to electric buses

BY: - August 31, 2021

DULUTH — Ambitious plans to electrify Minnesota transit bus fleets have thus far run headlong into technological problems. For several years, Duluth and the Twin Cities transit systems have been testing electric buses in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and air pollution. For the most part, they’re a hit among riders and drivers. […]

Minnesota appeals court affirms decision to issue key Line 3 permit

BY: - August 30, 2021

The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the state Pollution Control Agency’s decision to issue a key water quality permit for the Line 3 oil pipeline Monday, in a victory for energy company Enbridge and a blow to project opponents. The White Earth Nation, the Red Lake Nation and several environmental groups had challenged the MPCA’s […]

Gov. Tim Walz struggling to recruit a pollution control commissioner

BY: - August 27, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz extended a deadline for applicants seeking to become commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, a key appointment amid a host of contentious environmental issues facing the state. Laura Bishop, Walz’s first MPCA commissioner, resigned earlier this summer rather than be sacked by the Republican-controlled state Senate, which has failed to confirm […]

2,000 rally against Line 3 at state Capitol

BY: - August 25, 2021

About 2,000 people gathered outside the state Capitol Wednesday afternoon to protest Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline, calling on Gov. Tim Walz and President Joe Biden to block the nearly completed project. Led by Indigenous people and environmental advocates — many of whom have been fighting the project since Enbridge submitted its first permit applications in […]

Biden administration to restart oil and gas leasing

BY: - August 24, 2021

The Interior Department will make significant steps toward restarting its leasing programs for onshore and offshore oil and gas development in the coming months, the Biden administration said in a court filing Tuesday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management anticipates holding a sale for offshore leases in October or November, the administration said.   The Bureau […]

‘We can’t just walk away’: Line 3 is almost done, but opponents aren’t giving up

BY: - August 23, 2021

A cloud of road dust obscured the group outside the Enbridge pump station. Backlit by the wavering early morning sun, they held a prayer before moving into action. The only witness: A crude, wooden-rifle-clutching dummy propped up next to signs reading “Minnesotans for Line 3” and “No trespassing — I own firearms and a backhoe.” A […]

Environmental justice advocates look to historic $3.5T spending bill for bold action

BY: - August 23, 2021

Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration want to use their massive $3.5 trillion spending plan to help communities that have been devastated by environmental pollution and degradation. For years, activists have been pushing for government recognition of what’s known as environmental justice, the broad movement to provide restitution to communities that have suffered disproportionate harm.  […]