The growing ranks of Minnesotans insisting that business and government act now to address the climate crisis will press their case at a hearing Monday in St. Paul on Xcel Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan.
Environmental advocacy group MN350 announced that its Pledge of Resistance this week recorded its 2,500th signature. Signers of the pledge commit to taking non-violent direct action or supporting direct action if legal and administrative efforts to stop Line 3 are unsuccessful.
MN350 commends the Walz administration on the release Tuesday of a state report calling for action to combat carbon pollution from Minnesota’s transportation system. The report, released the same day as the Trump administration’s announcement that it intends to eliminate the ability of states to enforce strong vehicle emissions standards, demonstrated the feasibility and need for state action against pollution.
As the Minnesota Legislature considers a visionary goal to produce 100% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2050, a similar movement nationwide is growing. So many U.S. cities and states have already made the 100% renewables pledge that an economy powered by 100% renewables appears inevitable. Hundreds of Minnesotans are expected to gather Monday at the Capitol to show lawmakers that support for moving to an equitable clean-energy economy is widespread here.
As President Trump prepares for his visit Monday to Minnesota, MN350 and other environmental groups are condemning new executive orders that would expedite the permitting process for risky and reckless oil and gas pipelines.
In the wake of several prominent setbacks for the fossil fuel industry, organizers expect a weekend training for citizen activists to attract 200 newly energized Minnesotans interested in learning tactics to resist the expansion of oil, coal, and gas projects.
Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy set a record in 2018 by spending more on lobbying in Minnesota than any other organization has since the state started keeping records in 2007. A new state report says Enbridge spent $11.1 million in 2018 to promote its massive Line 3 tar sands pipeline project in Northern Minnesota.
Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy announced on Friday that it does not expect to complete construction of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline until the second half of 2020, a delay of up to a year from previous estimates. Enbridge said it has revised its timeline because decisions by Minnesota state agencies on necessary permits will not be made until November or later.
MN350, a statewide climate justice organization, released a statement today applauding the announcement that Minnesota’s Department of Commerce will continue its appeal against the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.
After doubling its base of supporters in 2018, climate advocacy group MN350 reports the growth in awareness and advocacy among Minnesotans has not slowed in the first weeks of 2019. Kate Jacobson, Co-Executive Director, says MN350’s database has grown to more than 20,000 Minnesotans, reflecting an unprecedented level of concern about preventing damage to our climate.