Biden never addressed the Line 3 or Twin Metals projects during his presidential primary campaign, and he has continued to avoid taking a stand since becoming the likely Democratic nominee.
McCollum got language asking for the study into an appropriations bill that passed the House. Sens. Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar are supporting a similar measure in the Senate.
It’s no coincidence that three Democratic candidates have come out with positions on this very Minnesota-centric issue.
It is just as important to protect the waters of the St. Louis River watershed as it is the Rainy River Basin. There is de facto racism in placing the romantic attachment of outdoor enthusiasts to the BWCA over the interests of the Ojibwe.
If we nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of citizens and invest in key infrastructure like broadband, we can create the kind of sustainable rural economies that are buffered from the whims of global markets and faraway CEOs.
How much are we willing to sacrifice in terms of long-term, irreparable environmental destruction, for short-term economic gain?
For advocates, the decision to end an Obama-ordered environmental study was both predictable and shocking.
Ask yourself: Would it be OK to revoke a mining company’s rights in the same way that these were restored?
You kind of have to admire, if only grudgingly, the sly elegance of last Friday’s about-face on environmental review of prospective precious-metal mines at the edge of the Boundary Waters.
The issue, which is far from decided, defies traditional partisanship in Minnesota.
The conservative former talk radio host and the New Deal Democrat and have made for strange political bedfellows.
There are many places to mine, but there is only one Boundary Waters. As American citizens and public landowners, we should all feel proud to stand up on its behalf.
It’s the most heavily used wilderness in the country, with about 250,000 visitors annually.
The Boundary Waters is facing a dire threat from proposed sulfide-ore mining within its watershed, less than a mile from the wilderness edge. This type of mining is especially toxic.
The prospects for saving the BWCA from centuries of toxic mine drainage have grown considerably brighter with the disclosure of two documents concerning Twin Metals Minnesota’s mining plans.
Gov. Mark Dayton often cites the clash over the BWCA when he talks about the controversial PolyMet mining project, saying the fallout could be “all that and worse.”
The bill is part of a three-pronged approach advocates hope will prevent the opening of any mines near the Boundary Waters wilderness.
“The natural world can only persist now as a deliberate act of human will,” writes David Biello.
The 1978 DFL primary race for the Senate pitted Iron Rangers against the state’s environmentalists over proposed BWCA protections.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Franken cut short a BWCA canoe-and-camping trip to return to Washington for Syria briefings.