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Solar Subsidies in Minnesota, Part 2

In Finance and Commerce, freelance writer Dan Haugen attempts to answer the question that I posed a couple of weeks ago.  Dan phrases the question from the point of view of two local solar manufacturers, “How will Silicon Energy and TenKsolar manage in oversupplied solar panel market?”  (Read more….)

Reinventing Environmentalism Event this Wed. Oct. 12 at the Kelly Inn with Don Parmeter

If you agree that environmentalism needs a radical change in course, join us for an event tomorrow.

Contact Don Parmeter  (612) 558 – 2859.  Call with any questions or comments.

Reinventing Environmentalism
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12
Kelly Inn, St. Paul



1.  Introductions
2.  Additions/changes to the agenda
3.  Review/Update of Issues:
a.   Energy Policy: Something new in the wind?
b.   Status of EPA proposals on Clean Water Act & Clean Air Act
c.    International Joint Commission/EPA plans for northern MN
d.   Heart of the Continent Partnership
e.   President Obama’s Executive Orders
(i)   Rural Council
(ii)  Great America Outdoors
4.   Agenda 21
5.   Proposed Legislation for 2012 Session:
a.  Property Rights (private & public land and water access/use)
b.  Energy and Climate Change
c.  Watershed/Governance Model
d.  Clean Water Legacy Act Amendments
e.  Amending the Boundary Waters Treaty
6.   Proposed Congressional Oversight Hearings in MN
7.   Coalition Membership and Organizational Plans
8.   Other Issues
9.   Adjourn


2011 Special Session Bills: Update

(Late Update–Education Billpassed; funding for “jobs” and housing also passed; energy and environment passed

The Legislature met in special session today, starting at 3pm. You can look  at the bills they will consider through the following links. Not all bills are yet published.

The Senate: http://www.senate.leg.state.mn​.us/2011_first_special_session​_bills/index.php

The House: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.​us/ss2011/

We are expecting a trickle and then a flood. Stay tuned.

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