‘I’m going to solve climate change’: Central Minnesotans embrace activism

‘I’m going to solve climate change’: Central Minnesotans embrace activism
‘I’m going to solve climate change’: Central Minnesotans embrace activism

The College of St. Benedict junior was heading back to Minnesota from her home in Madison, Wisconsin. “I told him, ‘I’m an environmental studies major. I’m going to solve climate change,’ ” Stattelman-Scanlan recounted Wednesday during an interview with the St. Cloud Times.

Protesters say Enbridge picks ‘profit over people’
Protesters say Enbridge picks ‘profit over people’

Local activists may not have been able to travel all the way to Calgary for Enbridge Energy’s annual shareholder meeting, but they still tried to make their position known to those who did.

For second year in a row, Enbridge Energy spends the most in Minnesota on lobbying
For second year in a row, Enbridge Energy spends the most in Minnesota on lobbying

Enbridge Energy Partners spent just over $11 million lobbying Minnesota state government in 2018 — almost all of it advocating before the Public Utilities Commission — according to data released this week by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.

Enbridge spent $11 million on Line 3 lobbying in 2018
Enbridge spent $11 million on Line 3 lobbying in 2018

Enbridge Energy spent more than $11 million on lobbying activities in Minnesota last year, almost entirely on its push for regulatory approval of its controversial Line 3 oil pipeline project.

Walz’s Commerce Dept. to renew Line 3 appeal
Walz’s Commerce Dept. to renew Line 3 appeal

Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday morning that his administration will continue an appeal of the Line 3 oil pipeline begun by his predecessor.

Will your diesel bus be electric soon? Metro Transit eyeing the switch
Will your diesel bus be electric soon? Metro Transit eyeing the switch

The Coalition for Clean Transportation — a team-up between climate action group MN350 and other environmental and social justice groups — has been requesting that Metro Transit do something about the Twin Cities’ bus fleet. Specifically: Ditch the diesel and go electric.

What’s the ‘Green New Deal’ and why do environmentalists want it?
What’s the ‘Green New Deal’ and why do environmentalists want it?

The proposal calls for a new House select committee to draft broad legislation that would make the United States economy carbon-neutral and remove greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere and oceans.

Video of Rich Stanek’s deputies beating up protesters is ‘too violent’ for Facebook
Video of Rich Stanek’s deputies beating up protesters is ‘too violent’ for Facebook

MN350 Action submitted an appeal to Facebook, which was rejected sometime between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The social media site didn’t respond to interview requests about what is or is not too violent to advertise, but its advertising guidelines warn not to include content that “may shock or scare viewers,” is “scary, gory, or sensational,” or is “depicting violence or threats of violence.”

Bill allowing Enbridge pipeline without regulatory approval advances
Bill allowing Enbridge pipeline without regulatory approval advances

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. 

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