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Birkie Cancels Enbridge

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, which puts on the Birkie ski and trail events in northwestern Wisconsin, recently announced it is severing its sponsorship relationship with Enbridge Energy after members of the "Birkie community" scrutinized the relationship, according to the Star Tribune. The Birkie appears less interested in scrutinizing their relationship with petroleum products. Birkie's "Milk Comes from the Store" Mindset The Birkie's statement announcing their decision to cut ties with Enbridge, which I have pasted below, was the epitome of the "milk comes from the store" mindset. It displayed an astonishing ignorance of, or an unwillingness to acknowledge publicly, the indispensable role...

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Almanac Does Not Condone LaDuke’s Line 3 Holocaust Analogy

On November 13, 2020, Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) featured anti-pipeline activist Winona LaDuke on Almanac to discuss the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project. On the program, LaDuke made several false claims, and compared pipeline workers to security guards at Auschwitz. LaDuke's characterization of pipeline workers as employees at a Nazi death camp prompted Almanac to issue the following statement: "Every week, TPT's public affairs program "Almanac" works to include diverse perspectives about important issues affecting Minnesota. When reporting on complex or controversial issues, our goal is to provide balance and insight over the long term. The "Almanac" team has been reporting on the...

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Line 3 Receives Arm Corps of Engineers Permits

The Army Corps of Engineers has issued the final major permit needed for the Line 3 oil pipeline. According to the Star Tribune: "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday issued a construction permit for Enbridge's new pipeline across northern Minnesota, the last major approval needed for the controversial $2.6 billion project. The Corps decision paves the way for Calgary-based Enbridge to begin building the pipeline as early as next month. It will be one of the largest Minnesota construction projects in recent history and is expected to employ 4,000 workers." Receiving this permit puts the Line 3 environmental improvement project one...

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Walz Delays Line 3 Again, Proving Modern “Environmentalism” Has Little To Do With The Environment

Today, the Walz administration plans to file an appeal that will again delay the replacement of the aging Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline. This project would provide thousands of good paying, union jobs and make the environment safer for future generations by reducing the risk of an oil spill in Minnesota. Unfortunately, modern "environmentalism" has little to do with improving the environment. Not About the Environment or "The Science" The most important thing to know about Walz's decision to delay the project is that it has nothing to do with the potential environmental impacts of the pipeline. In fact, the Minnesota Public...

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If Governor Walz Had “Followed The Science,” We Would Have Started Building Line 3 Already

Last week's decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court to deny a round of appeals attempting to further delay the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline was a rare win for energy sanity in the state of Minnesota, and a major loss for the anti-pipeline activists. According to the Duluth News Tribune: "The Supreme Court's decision not to review the opinion sends the crude oil pipeline's environmental impact statement back to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and shrinks what could've been an extended delay if members had agreed to hear the appeals. Public Utilities Commission Chair Katie Sieben in a news release said...

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