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.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s decision speaks to the difficulty of grappling with complex regulation amid an unprecedented situation, but it also raises a larger question: How do government agencies balance legal deadlines and meaningful public input when the state is on lockdown?
“We really don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat,” said Mike Syversrud, president of the Iron Range Building and Construction Trades Council. “We want people who will support local union jobs and creating more local jobs for everybody.”
Gore was in Minneapolis for three days to train activists in his Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit focused on building political support to address climate change.
Jay Inslee is the second Democratic presidential candidate to take a stance on Enbridge’s Line 3, a $2.6 billion project that would travel 337 miles across Minnesota.