Energy & Environment

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, […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

Returning the ‘three sisters’ — corn, beans and squash — to Native American farms nourishes people, land and cultures

BY: - November 24, 2020

Historians know that turkey and corn were part of the first Thanksgiving, when Wampanoag peoples shared a harvest meal with the pilgrims of Plymouth plantation in Massachusetts. And traditional Native American farming practices tell us that squash and beans likely were part of that 1621 dinner too. For centuries before Europeans reached North America, many […]

Legislature funds two new rapid bus lines along Twin Cities’ busiest corridors

BY: - October 16, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature approved spending $55 million on two new bus rapid transit lines in the Twin Cities metro, which together will provide quicker transportation to more than 25,000 passengers each weekday. It’s part of the $1.9 billion public works and tax cut package passed by the House and Senate this week. The B line […]

Congressman launches bid to overhaul federal pesticide rules

BY: - August 14, 2020

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse is leading the first attempt in decades to overhaul national pesticide regulations. The Colorado Democrat is sponsoring a bill in the House that would ban three common chemicals, revamp the process for approving new products and allow cities to adopt stricter standards. The Neguse measure would have to go through the […]

COMMENTARY

CenterPoint’s energy efficiency program is welcome — its proposed rate increase is not

BY: - August 5, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic with no end in sight, anyone in Minneapolis who has a CenterPoint Energy bill and a drafty home may soon have access to desperately needed energy bill relief  — homeowner and renter alike. Minneapolis has co-developed a tool that would lower energy bills by making cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades […]

Audit: Commission gave Enbridge too much influence at early meetings

BY: - July 27, 2020

The Legislative Auditor released a report Monday critical of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, citing a poor track record of engaging the public in its work regulating power plants, pipelines, and other utilities. Opponents of the Enbridge Line 3 and other controversial projects seized on the findings, calling it vindication after years of criticizing the […]