Energy & Environment

Rep. Betty McCollum asks Biden to review key Line 3 permit

BY: - February 26, 2021

Rep. Betty McCollum is the latest member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation to request that President Joe Biden take action on Enbridge’s controversial Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. McCollum, a Democrat from St. Paul, sent a letter to Biden earlier this month requesting his administration review the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to […]

Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emission track record, in six charts

BY: - February 19, 2021

Minnesota regulators are forging ahead with proposed “clean car” standards, with public hearings on the controversial rule beginning next week. The new proposed standards from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency aim to give Minnesotans more electric car options and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Republicans have voiced opposition to the plan, saying it would make cars […]

EPA nominee Regan fields GOP discontent on Biden climate change orders

BY: - February 3, 2021

Michael Regan would “follow the science and follow the law” if confirmed as EPA administrator, he told the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a three-hour confirmation hearing Wednesday. President Joe Biden nominated Regan, who is currently the secretary of Environmental Quality in North Carolina, for EPA administrator last month. Although Regan’s confirmation […]

Minnesota court denies tribes’ request to halt Line 3 pipeline construction

BY: - February 3, 2021

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied a request from two Minnesota tribes to stop construction on Enbridge’s controversial Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. The Red Lake and White Earth nations had asked the court to halt construction while legal challenges to the pipeline are pending. Allowing construction to continue for months […]

Oil and water: Resistance, construction intensify on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline

BY: - February 1, 2021

AITKIN COUNTY — The camp was quiet when Winona LaDuke stepped outside to share the news: Enbridge didn’t have permission to drill under the frozen Mississippi River. Construction on that piece of the Line 3 oil pipeline would be delayed — at least as long as the frigid weather held. LaDuke had barely finished the […]

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency moves ahead with clean car emission standards

BY: - December 18, 2020

Minnesota is moving ahead with new proposed clean car standards, which will apply to new vehicles starting with model year 2025, pending approval from an administrative law judge.  The proposed rule would adopt new emission standards used in more than a dozen other states, including California. The standard will only apply to cars, sport-utility vehicles […]

Biden makes key energy, environment appointments

BY: - December 17, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head the Energy Department and North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, Michael Regan, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, his presidential transition team said Thursday night. The selections were announced as part of the incoming Biden […]

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Construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline is underway — but opponents are prepped for a fight

BY: - December 7, 2020

Construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline is underway — but opposition continues.  The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission denied a request to halt construction of the Line 3 pipeline at a special meeting Friday.  The White Earth and Red Lake asked the PUC to cease construction, citing pending litigation and the pandemic, but the 4-1 […]

New study highlights Minnesota’s use of trash incinerators, effects on health

BY: - December 2, 2020

This story has been updated.  A new report highlights the impact of Minnesota’s municipal solid waste incinerators on human health.  Minnesota ranks third in the nation for total number of waste incinerators, with seven total, according to the report by the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School. Some 338,000 people — roughly […]

Enbridge begins construction of Line 3 while opponents file suit

BY: - December 2, 2020

Opponents of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement filed a lawsuit challenging the action on the very same day that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency approved the last permit needed to begin construction. Meanwhile, the Star Tribune reports that the company has already started construction.  The lawsuit, filed with the Court of Appeals Monday evening, […]

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Industrial meat agriculture is threatening our 10,000 lakes. (And it’s closer to 12,000.)

BY: - December 2, 2020

Whenever I travel outside of Minnesota, the people I meet often comment on the state’s 10,000 lakes. I like to inform them that, contrary to popular belief, Minnesota actually has nearly 12,000 lakes. And those lakes are the heart and soul of Minnesota living. I will never forget the moment I first dipped my toes […]

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Wanna know where you can get clean energy? We’re tryin’ to build an app for that.

BY: - December 2, 2020

Joe Biden’s recent election is a relief for environmentalists everywhere. Even though this victory may slow environmental devastation, it certainly won’t stop it. Recognizing this, my inner voice continually reminds me: “You don’t have to wait for the next election.” Raised under the clouds of the Pleasant Prairie coal plant in Southeast Wisconsin, it wasn’t […]