About the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)

Since 1974, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy has been protecting our water, air, land and people.

MCEA works with government agencies, the Legislature, and the courts to set sound environmental policy, to ensure good laws are enacted, and to enforce the law when needed. We are committed to working across all sectors – private and public, profit and nonprofit, political and academic – to form the partnerships needed to succeed. Real environmental issues are complex and real environmental progress takes time. MCEA is in it for the long haul.

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  • Climate free-riding Posted 3 days ago
    Nice piece in the New York Review of Books from William Nordhaus, reviewing the recent book Climate Shock from Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman.  The book and review both explain why nations cannot and will not take the steps necessary to address greenhouse gas emissions effectively.  Nordhaus proposes a "climate club" where countries ...
  • Carbon tax success story in BC Posted last week
    Nice interview with University of Ottawa professor who has analyzed the impact of British Columbia's decision seven years ago to impose a revenue-neutral, economy-wide carbon tax. Eventually, some U.S. states will seize the initiative and take this step, recognizing that the competitive future rests with lower-emissions economies.
  • "I'm not a scientist." Posted 2 weeks ago
    Ignorance is bliss, I guess.  Elizabeth Kolbert (author of The Sixth Extinction) reports in the New Yorker that the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee just voted to gut the funding for NASA's earth science and climate science work.  I suspect that Sen. Cruz, the chair of the corresponding Senate committee, would ...

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Recent Posts

  • RELEASE: New Agreement Requires Minnesota's Dirtiest Power Plant to Curb Pollution Posted 2 days ago
    New Agreement Requires Minnesota’s Dirtiest Power Plant to Curb Pollution  Clean air advocates say more steps are necessary to reduce Xcel Energy’s Sherco coal plant pollution that harms community health, national parks, wilderness   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today clean air advocates announced an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Northern ...
  • Minnesota Power Slated to Update Coal Plant’s Long-Overdue Pollution Permit Posted last month
    Over the next year, Minnesota Power must update its air pollution permit at the Taconite Harbor coal plant to meet current health-based clean air safeguards that protect communities DULUTH, Minn. -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has agreed to a timeline for revising the long-overdue air pollution permit ...
  • Governor Dayton to Visit Worthington, Austin and Northfield to Discuss Water Quality Buffers Initiative Posted last month
    On Thursday, April 2 and Monday, April 6, Governor Mark Dayton will travel to Worthington, Austin, and Northfield for public meetings to discuss his proposal to establish an additional 125,000 acres of water quality buffer strips statewide. The legislation (HF1534/SF1537) would require 50-foot water quality buffer strips around Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams. Members ...

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