Energy & Environment

Opponents of Enbridge Line 3 pipeline shut down bridge in Duluth

BY: - August 19, 2021

DULUTH — Line 3 opponents shut down the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge for about half an hour Thursday afternoon in protest of the oil pipeline Enbridge is reconstructing across northern Minnesota. The protest on the bridge, which backed up traffic for blocks, came after a morning March for Manoomin — Ojibwe for wild rice. About 100 […]

Spotty transit access keeps the carless out of vaunted state park system

BY: - August 19, 2021

For the three years Lee Oglesby lived in Minnesota, she went to Minnesota State Parks twice. Oglesby, who got to know the outdoors as a Girl Scout in Florida before relocating to Minnesota to work in publishing, didn’t have a car and hesitated to rely on others to get outdoors. “I don’t wanna impose on […]

White House pledges to fight court order on oil and gas leases, but activists want more

BY: - August 18, 2021

The Biden administration plans to appeal a federal court decision forcing the government to restart oil and gas leases that have been paused since January. But administration officials are also promising to comply in a way that takes into account the damage caused by fossil fuel development. The two-part move worries progressive activists and members […]

Enbridge Line 3 drilling fluid spills: What we know so far

BY: - August 16, 2021

Enbridge is done drilling under rivers to build its Line 3 oil pipeline, but scrutiny over potential permit violations in the process isn’t likely to fade away anytime soon. Enbridge spilled drilling fluid 28 times at 12 river crossings this summer, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced last week. The news alarmed pipeline opponents — […]

Minnesota down 6,400 clean energy jobs in 2020, report says

BY: - August 11, 2021

Minnesota lost more than 6,400 sustainable energy jobs in 2020 — a decline of about 10%, according to a report released Wednesday. 2020 was the first time employment in sectors like renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation shrank in Minnesota in at least five years, likely driven by the pandemic, according to the report […]


Profound changes are underway in Earth’s oceans and ice – a lead climate report author explains

BY: - August 10, 2021

Humans are unequivocally warming the planet, and that’s triggering rapid changes in the atmosphere, oceans and polar regions, and increasing extreme weather around the world, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns in a new report. The IPCC released the first part of its much anticipated Sixth Assessment Report on Aug. 9, 2021. In it, […]

‘Big and bold’ infrastructure bill still falls short on helping states fight climate change

BY: - August 6, 2021

The Senate is poised to pass a massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that would upgrade state transportation networks, electric grids, water systems and more. It’s a major spending boost and potential job-creator that yet falls short of the administration’s goals to address climate change and reduce its effects in the states. The White House worked […]

Public may not know Enbridge’s progress on Line 3 jobs promises until construction ends

BY: - August 3, 2021

Enbridge pledged to hire thousands of local workers for its Line 3 pipeline project. But we may not know whether they fulfilled that promise until the pipeline is completed. The Canadian energy company’s pledge to create jobs in rural communities was a major selling point for the $4 billion project. But Enbridge only has to […]

What’s in that wildfire smoke you’re breathing? A toxicologist explains.

BY: - August 2, 2021

Fire and health officials began issuing warnings about wildfire smoke several weeks earlier than normal this year. With almost the entire U.S. West in drought, signs already pointed to a long, dangerous fire season ahead. Smoke is now turning the sky hazy across a large swath of the country as dozens of large fires burn, […]

Walz meets with Biden on wildfires as state warns of unprecedented poor air quality

BY: - July 30, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday met virtually with President Joe Biden and six other governors to discuss the impacts of drought on Minnesota and strategies to adapt to the effects of climate change. The meeting came as more than half the state is experiencing severe or extreme drought. Minnesota is also blanketed in smoke from […]

DFL lawmakers ask pollution control agency to suspend key Enbridge Line 3 permit

BY: - July 28, 2021

Thirty-two state lawmakers sent a letter to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Tuesday, requesting the agency suspend a key permit for Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline until the ongoing drought lifts. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor legislators — including Rep. Rena Moran, DFL-St. Paul, who is the chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee — also asked […]

Democrats unite around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth, prevent fires

BY: - July 26, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged on last week to include a Civilian Climate Corps in a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill later this year, as a broad swath of Democrats rallied around a framework of employing thousands of young people to do conservation work. Schumer, D-N.Y., appeared with a handful of congressional Democrats, led […]