Black environmentalists on climate and anti-racism

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.

Southwest Minneapolis environmental activists press on
Southwest Minneapolis environmental activists press on

Since 2015, East Harriet resident Emily Moore has urged state leaders to divest fossil fuel-related holdings from public employee retirement funds. Recently, that’s meant working to get unions and the State Board of Investment, which manages the funds, to coalesce around the idea.

Statewide View Column: ‘Clean cars’ would benefit Minnesota’s environment, economy
Statewide View Column: ‘Clean cars’ would benefit Minnesota’s environment, economy

Increasing the fuel efficiency of our vehicles and reducing overall transportation emissions would provide many environmental, societal, and financial benefits. That’s why Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed clean-cars standards make so much sense for Minnesota (“Minnesota to follow California auto standards,” Sept. 26).

Divesting from fossil fuels will save pensioners — and everyone else
Divesting from fossil fuels will save pensioners — and everyone else

When 1,000 students lay on the floor of the Capitol rotunda on Sept. 20 in St. Paul, staging a “die-in” as part of a global strike against government inaction on climate change, the gesture expressed something more than alarm. Making room for each other and using friends or parents as pillows, the activists said that you can face anything if you’re not alone.

Minnesota environmental nonprofits see surge in donations
Minnesota environmental nonprofits see surge in donations

Environmental nonprofits say local issues inspired an increase in donations.

DFL state senators just formed a ‘climate caucus.’ Will they be able to agree on anything?
DFL state senators just formed a ‘climate caucus.’ Will they be able to agree on anything?

Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk said Tuesday that his fellow DFLers in the Legislature would try to crack the Republican blockade on much of Gov. Tim Walz’s climate change agenda next year by forming a united front in a “Clean Energy and Climate Caucus.”

Big oil tries, and fails, to block an electric vehicle program in Minnesota
Big oil tries, and fails, to block an electric vehicle program in Minnesota

We may have just seen the first skirmish in a war between Big Oil and clean energy in Minnesota. And clean energy won.

St. Paul group airs concerns over Xcel’s energy plan
St. Paul group airs concerns over Xcel’s energy plan

Members of a local environmentalist group on Monday, Oct. 28, criticized Xcel Energy’s proposed electric power generation plan for the next 15 years, saying the company is not going far enough in its pledge to cut carbon emissions.

Clean energy groups knock Xcel for proposed natural gas plant in Becker
Clean energy groups knock Xcel for proposed natural gas plant in Becker

Xcel Energy’s proposed natural gas plant in Becker is part of the city’s economic development strategy, said Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram. But for folks closely watching the rise of carbon levels and the impacts of climate change in Minnesota and beyond, a new greenhouse-gas-emitting plant is not welcome. 

St. Paul climate plan looks past clean power to challenge of transportation
St. Paul climate plan looks past clean power to challenge of transportation

Xcel Energy has already pledged to go carbon-free, allowing the city’s plan to focus on other areas to reduce emissions.