MNIPL In the News: 2021

Minnesotans return from climate summit energized despite its shortcomings, MPR, Nov. 15, 2021. Cover image of Ruhel Islam and Analyah Schlaeger dos Santos draped in our MNIPL community's prayer squares. Story includes interview with Julia Nerbonne on why it was important for Minnesotans to be at global talks.

Solar co-op launches in the Twin Cities, Minnesota Spokesman Recorder, Nov. 11, 2021. Coverage of a new solar program, with added incentives for low-income homeowners. Launched by Solar United Neighbors (SUN) in partnership with MNIPL and others.

Green Visions: "This is a festival of greenwashing" - live from the COP26 summit in Glasgow, KUMD, Nov. 10, 2021. Includes an interview with Julia Nerbonne.

Panel on Enbridge Line 3 pipeline hosted by Minnesotans at UN Climate Change Conference, KARE11, Nov. 9, 2021. Coverage of the panel presentation that includes MNIPL's Julia Nerbonne. Also shared on MinnPost.

Line 3 Sparks Conversations on Faith, Fairness in Climate Fight, Public News Service, Sept. 30, 2021. Interview with Julia Nerbonne, MNIPL's executive director.

Dire U.N. climate report demands that Minnesota and Congress be bold, MinnPost, Sept. 10, 2021. Opinion piece written by MNIPL staffer, Sam Benson, about the need to act this year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to clean electricity.

Grassroots effort grows a bright future, Hometown Focus, Aug. 13, 2021. Highlights the work of the Itasca Clean Energy Team (ICET) to bring a solar garden and battery storage system to Grand Rapids. MNIPL has long supported ICET's efforts with advice, resources, and connections. MNIPL's Bret Pence is quoted in the article.

Inside Health Care, Twin Cities Community Cable program, Aug. 6, 2021. Features two MNIPL community connectors, Joe Ward and Wally Wadd, who talked about climate change and what has and needs to be done in Minnesota to address it.

Share the Sun crowdsourcing underway for solar project, WDIO/ABC Duluth, July 23, 2021. Covering the launch of “Share the Sun,” a crowdsourcing effort to raise funds to install solar on the homes of eight Duluth and Grand Marais low-income families. MNIPL is one of the collaborators, along with our partner Solar United Neighbors (SUN). The news story features a clip of MNIPL's Bret Pence speaking. Add'l coverage from Fox21/Duluth.

Religious Americans Demand Climate Action, Center for American Progress, July 21, 2021. Coverage of a statement signed by 3,400 faith leaders calling for climate-ready infrastructure (organized by Interfaith Power & Light). Highlights MNIPL's leadership in opposing Line 3.

When a pipeline is a threat to earth, water, and sacred species, Sojourners, June 16, 2021. Coverage of the Treaty People Gathering and an interview with Julia Nerbonne, MNIPL's Executive Director, and several clergy in MNIPL's network.

Episcopalians stand in solidarity with Minnesota’s Anishinaabe to stop oil pipeline construction, Episcopal News Service, June 11, 2021. Coverage of MNIPL's work mobilizing 300+ people of faith against Line 3, and includes an interview with Buff Grace, MNIPL's Solar Outreach Manager.

Local View: Declaring a climate emergency not enough; now Duluth needs to make good on its goals, Duluth News Tribune, May 13, 2021. Opinion piece co-signed by Bret Pence, MNIPL's Northern Minnesota Director.

Minnesota Power planning fast-charge EV stations — for residents and tourists, Star Tribune, April 9, 2021. Includes quote from Bret Pence, MNIPL's Greater Minnesota director, who largely affirms the proposal, but questions its size and scope and is glad the public can provide input to improve it.

HEATED comes to Minnesota; meets with Rita Chamblin, an MNIPL liaison, and visits the Line 3 pipeline, March 31, 2021. Note: This article is for paid subscribers, so a PDF is linked. Please support independent climate journalism.

Minnesota Power pledges no carbon by 2050, zero coal by 2035, MINNPost, January 12, 2021. The Duluth utility announces its plans to expand wind and solar generation and eliminate coal; includes perspective from Bret Pence, MNIPL's Northern Minnesota Director.

More arrests made at Enbridge Line 3, Aitkin Age, January 6, 2021. Biased account of MNIPL's and other organization's presence for protest and prayer.