Down to the River

Down to the River
Down to the River

On Saturday I visited the site of two things.

One was a construction site – the Canadian company Enbridge is building a pipeline to carry tar-sands oil, a filthy energy-producing sludge, from it’s home in Alberta, through Minnesota and ending at Lake Superior, so that it can be shipped overseas. The construction (destruction) has leveled pristine wilderness, will cross through 200 bodies of water, and as soon as the weather warms there will be drilling under the Mississippi at two points in Minnesota to lay the pipe.

As Enbridge Races to Build Line 3 Pipeline, Resistance Ramps Up in the Courts and On the Ground
As Enbridge Races to Build Line 3 Pipeline, Resistance Ramps Up in the Courts and On the Ground

On January 2, 2021, during the first weekend of the New Year, dozens of water protectors gathered to demonstrate and pray along Great River Road near Palisade, Minnesota. They joined in song, protesting a controversial tar sands oil pipeline called Line 3, which is currently being constructed through northern Minnesota and traditional Anishinaabe lands. Ojibwe tribes have helped spearhead the opposition to this pipeline, alongside Indigenous and environmental groups.

22 protesters arrested at Enbridge pipeline construction site
22 protesters arrested at Enbridge pipeline construction site

Nearly two dozen protesters were arrested at an Enbridge Line 3 pipeline construction site in Aitkin County near the Mississippi River on Monday after they blocked equipment and refused orders to disperse, Sheriff Dan Guida said.

Minnesota’s suit against Big Oil a prudent, necessary first step
Environmental groups celebrate Biden victory
Environmental groups celebrate Biden victory

Biden administration could impact Line 3, clean cars initiative while changing conversation

Minnesota groups highlight financial and environmental risks of natural gas
Minnesota groups highlight financial and environmental risks of natural gas

With a billion-dollar gas-fired power plant proposal on the horizon, a new campaign in Minnesota is attempting to shift public opinion on the fuel by highlighting its ties to fracking and potential financial risks.

Statewide View: Kelley called Enbridge’s bluff on Line 3 — and got fired for it
Statewide View: Kelley called Enbridge’s bluff on Line 3 — and got fired for it

With the ousting of Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley on Sept. 11, the state’s Republican-controlled Senate has now fired two members of Gov. Tim Walz’s cabinet in less than a month. Outgoing Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Nancy Leppink failed confirmation in August. Both public servants lost their positions by a narrow, two-vote margin.

Minnesota files climate change lawsuit against oil companies including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil
Minnesota files climate change lawsuit against oil companies including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Wednesday sued ExxonMobil Corp., Koch Industries and the American Petroleum Institute, saying they have long deceived consumers over the effects of climate change.

How a climate plan in Minneapolis fostered racial divisions
How a climate plan in Minneapolis fostered racial divisions

MINNEAPOLIS — Seven years ago, this city leapt to the front of the urban climate movement when it adopted an action plan for global warming. Hailed by environmentalists, the plan — one of the first passed by a major U.S. city — included reforms on issues ranging from energy efficiency to waste management. But activists say the effort launched without a critical component: the input of Minneapolis’ minority and low-income communities.

Black environmentalists on climate and anti-racism
Black environmentalists on climate and anti-racism

This week, with the country convulsed by protests over the killing of a black man named George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, we decided we’d talk to leading black climate activists about the connections between racism and climate change.

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