Climate change, industry, parks, air and water quality are issues that are debated in congress, compete for funding and enpassion many Minnesotans.
February 6, 1974 - The state senate voted against the ?ban the can? bill. In debate before the vote bill author Win Borden stated he wants an environmental rights bill to address jobs lost due to environmental protection measures. Senator Arnie Ulland claims the bill is discriminatory as it doesn?t mention wine or whiskey bottlers or out-of-state suppliers. Sen. Robert North remarks that despite talk about cleaning up the environment and saving natural resources, no action is taken, all we get is rhetoric.
February 21, 1974 - North Dakota has created a reclamation plan for land mined for coal, for gasification. Environmentalists are concerned about the impact. Dr. Donald Scobey, environmental biologist at North Dakota State University, talks about problems with reclamation, including disruption of aquifers and loss of biodiversity in the topsoil. Environmentalists think we should be paying the true cost instead of passing it on to future generations.
February 28, 1974 - Mott N.D. Proposal to build a Coal Gasification Plant in Western No Dak. Interview with a man who opposes, Ron Swindler, Plainsmen Association president. Opposed because values environment and way of life. Population would increase by 300,000 to 500,000. Farmers, ranchers and businessmen need help now and can't find people, plant development is excuse to import a large popoulation. Don't want to see urban area, likes to see neighbor across a field, not next to him. American Nat Gas co should hold off building until get more answers about if the land can be reclaimed. N Dak already has over 7000 acres of strip mining, reclaim those first. Underground water problems with shallow wells, underlying coal important to aquifer makeup. Generating plants being moved to N Dak, why can't coal be shipped to existing generators. Cheaper to strip land, coal companies shutting down more expensive deep mines. Deep coal is better quality coal. Companies move factories because pollution movement from uban areas. Need to educate people, watch coal company activities.
March 4, 1974 - Discussion of prospective gas rationing. Speaker agrees with the President that we should not have rationing. Believes we should have standby rationing program. Rationing could not be put into effect before Spring 1975 at the earliest. If there's enough frustration over the allocation program and if consumers request coupon rationing we may have it but it would be chaotic. Oregon plan should be voluntary, if that doesn't work make it mandatory, and if that doesn't work only then should coupon rationing be considered.
March 4, 1974 - Priority for agricultural gasoline over consumers. For limited gas supply agriculture is the most preferred customer in the United States. Agriculture gets gas first, they get 100 percent of their requirements, they are the top priority and motorists generally come out on the bottom, as the individual with the least priority.
April 25, 1974 - An Earth Week interview with Campfire Girls in Eagan Township, Minnesota, who have chosen to study the timber wolf. The children share their wolf knowledge.
April 26, 1974 - Minnesota Sierra Club's Bob Wagner and Bill Cunningham talk about the New Earth Revival, an exposition on environmental preservation and reducing consumerism. A film on environmentalist Paul Ehrlich will be shown.
June 10, 1974 - Although some areas of Minnesota have responded well to wet weather, spring planting might be delayed because of the wet weather. Wheat, barley, oat and flax are the main crop effected by the weather.
September 16, 1974 - Three utility companies are proposing the building of 12 coal and gassification plants in North Dakota. In response, law students of the University of North Dakota held a symposium on the possible effects of coal development in the state. Professors Larry Lystrom of N.D. and Dennis Binder of Ohio Northern University spoke.
September 19, 1974 - Reserve Mining contends there are environmental and engineering problems to changing taconite dumping from water to land. EPC Regional Director John Pegors counters that other mining companies have found ways to safely dispose of tailings on land. Lax Lake residents, who live near the proposed dumping site, are opposed to land tailing operations.