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Enbridge Line 3 Opponents Camp at Minnesota Capitol to Protest Oil Pipeline

Enbridge Line 3 Opponents Camp at Minnesota Capitol to Protest Oil Pipeline

By Jake Johnson With Enbridge on the verge of completing its multibillion-dollar Line 3 pipeline, thousands of Indigenous leaders and environmentalists brought their protests against the sprawling tar sands project to the grounds of the Minnesota state capitol building on Wednesday to demand that lawmakers intervene before the dirty oil starts flowing. Roughly 2,000 demonstrators […]

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    Minnesota Will Pay Residents to Create Bee Friendly Lawns

    Minnesota Will Pay Residents to Create Bee Friendly Lawns

    It pays to pollinate in Minnesota. Minnesota’s state budget celebrated pollinators last month by crowning the endangered rusty-patched bumblebee the state bee. And, to protect the plump pollinator, the state earmarked $900,000 dollars for bee-friendly spaces, according to Atlas Obscura. From that money, the state government will pay the gardening bill for residents who are […]

    Who Is Gov. Tim Walz and Why Is He So Important for the Climate?

    Who Is Gov. Tim Walz and Why Is He So Important for the Climate?

    By Rachel Rye Butler We’ve only got 10 years to work on the climate. But, thankfully the Green New Deal is pushing and shoving its way through Congress — putting elected leaders and presidential candidates to the test to show us whether they’re actually serious about climate action. And while climate champions like Rep. Alexandria […]

    The Best and Worst Midterm Results for the Environment

    The Best and Worst Midterm Results for the Environment

    Results from the U.S. midterm election are mostly in, and, when it comes to what they mean for the environment, they’re a real mixed bag. On the plus side, the Democrats took the House of Representatives, which, as BBC News pointed out, means that President Donald Trump can’t pass any more major legislation without their […]

    Hottest Month of May Ever Recorded in U.S.

    Hottest Month of May Ever Recorded in U.S.

    By Jake Johnson Surpassing a mark set during the peak of the Dust Bowl in 1934, the continental U.S. just had its hottest May on record thanks in large part to the human-caused climate crisis, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Wednesday. “For May, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 65.4°F, 5.2°F […]

    How Enbridge Helped Write Minnesota Pipeline Laws, Aiding Its Line 3 Battle Today

    How Enbridge Helped Write Minnesota Pipeline Laws, Aiding Its Line 3 Battle Today

    By Logan Carroll The Minnesota section of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline accounts for nearly 300 miles of the longest crude oil transport system in the world, and it is failing. The multi-billion-dollar transnational corporation has applied for a permit to replace it. Opposition from tribes in the region and environmental groups is slowing the project, […]

    3M to Pay Minnesota $850M in Surprise Settlement Over Chemical Disposal

    3M to Pay Minnesota $850M in Surprise Settlement Over Chemical Disposal

    On Tuesday, a trial over Minnesota’s $5 billion lawsuit against manufacturer 3M Company—the biggest environmental lawsuit in state history—was set to begin with jury selection. But on that very same day, the Maplewood-based manufacturer agreed to an $850 million settlement, finally putting an end to eight years of litigation over the water pollution case. The […]

    Minnesotans vs. McDonald’s Toxic Taters

    Minnesotans vs. McDonald’s Toxic Taters

    McDonald’s french fries are suspected of killing farm animals and poisoning wildlife and Minnesotans, including students and farmers. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock No, it’s not the high cholesterol or deep frying that’s in question—or the crappy ingredients (i.e., genetically modified oils, sugar and anti-foaming agents). It’s the pesticide drift that’s applied every five to seven […]

    The Most Dangerous ‘Model’ Laws Written by ALEC

    The Most Dangerous ‘Model’ Laws Written by ALEC

    Greenpeace By Cassady Sharp The same law that contributed to George Zimmerman walking free out of a Florida courtroom last weekend after taking the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was primarily written by the same super lobbying group behind legislation protecting natural gas companies from disclosing chemicals used in fracking. The American Legislative Exchange Council, […]