Important article by Josephine Marcotty on the front page of the Star Tribune this morning regarding wild rice and sulfate standards:
Research, legal wrangling reap wild rice protections
Mr. Meador has been writing a series of articles on the copper mining issues. Read today's here.
Interesting piece on MPR today about water conflicts in the Park Rapids area. Nitrates from agriculture are in the drinking water, and the City of Park Rapids is having to spend a lot of money to find safe drinking water, about $130 a year per household. At the same time, irrigation for potato crops is drawing down groundwater resources and beginning to have a direct effect on the Straight River. Too often, these disputes get framed as agriculture vs. environment, or even just economy vs. environment, when the reality is simply that modern farming practices create costs that have to go somewhere. Our current regulatory scheme does not require farmers to absorb those costs, but instead shifts them to local communities and taxpayers. Localities have to spend millions to upgrade their water treatment facilities, because the upstream sources of pollution are exempt from regulation and do not have to pay for the costs they create.
An op-ed from the heads of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Building and Construction Trades supporting the project,
And an op-ed from a faculty member at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and Range native, urging people to acknowledge the complexity of the issues and not to demonize any of the people involved.
Nice little article in Forbes on cutting through some of the noise in the climate change discussion. Those who do not want anything done will always say the issue is "far too complex," whether it be climate change or any other big question. For climate, though, there is something like a genuine silver bullet, and that is simply putting a price on carbon, through a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program. MCEA is asking the Minnesota PUC to do just that, by reopening what we call the "externalities" docket, which will set prices for CO2 emissions, but also other costly air emissions like fine particulates. Stay tuned. Read the article here.
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