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Local Environmental News Briefs

Craig Minowa
Northland Reader

Pimping Out Our Environment- The Story of a Grand Rapids Eco-Atrocity

Here’s the story, quick and to the point: MN Power (Allete) and Grand Rapids Power are looking to build a huge $200 million coal power plant in Grand Rapids that will measurably affect everyone and everything within 250 miles. The plant will generate power predominantly for the Chicago/Milwaukee area, and our local environment and health will be punished for it.

The 400 ft. stacks will spew a thick variety of toxins, including: 108,000 tons/yr of ash, 247 lbs/yr. of arsenic, 336 lbs/yr of lead, 26 lbs/yr of mercury and 38 lbs/yr of cadmium. 476 gallons PER MINUTE of heated water will be pumped into the Mississippi River, negatively impacting aquatic habitat. At the same time, millions of dollars will be pooring into the pockets of MN Power.

At a recent public meeting, the president of RapidsPower said, "the reason they make these stacks so tall is for a very good reason. It's not as if they (pollutants) will rain down on Grand Rapids, they will settle out about 300KM from here." Does that make it okay?

In Grand Rapids, the project has a guise of being popular. The Blandin Paper Company is a powerful part of the local economy and will be utilizing 84 MW of power. MN Power has the local folk believing that’s why it’s needed. In truth, over half of the power will be shipped out of the region.

Tim Larson, of the Audubon Society and Environmental Association for Great Lakes Education points out  The concern is that Northern Minnesota may become an ‘energy colony,’ producing electricity for other parts of the country at the expense of our health and environment.  Other coal burning power plants have been proposed for Hoyt Lakes, Hibbing, and Bemidji, but this one is closest to becoming reality.”  

For more information, contact the Rapids website and (CARPP stands for Citizens Advocating Responsible Power Plants).

Kill Environmental Education

A fresh released 2003 Whitehouse budget reveals Bush’s desire to rid of environmental education. The budget calls for a reorganization of the EPA and calls environmental education “ineffective”. They’re right---educating people about endangered species, polluted drinking water and holes in the ozone is a horribly “ineffective” way to pass bills that allow the building of pipelines across the arctic, drilling for oil and gas under the Great Lakes, and commissioning the construction of new nuclear reactors. Advocating ignorance is the most effective way to keep citizens off the backs of Big Business . The full report can be found at

Eco-Conspiracy Fact of the Week

Two months ago, U.S. patent number 6315213 was filed. The patent is described as a method of controlling the weather and was applied for by scientists working for the US military. The scientists are from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and they outwardly acknowledge that planes are spraying barium salt, polymer fibers, aluminum oxide and other chemicals in the atmosphere to both modify the weather and for military communications purposes.

The patent abstract specifically states: "The polymer is dispersed into the cloud and the wind of the storm agitates the mixture causing the polymer to absorb the rain. This reaction forms a gelatinous substance which precipitate to the surface below. Thus, diminishing the cloud's ability to rain."

Wired magazine covered this story in its January article "Activate Cloud Shield! Zap a Twister!" The article detailed the military's plan for "made-to-order thunderstorms" and "lightning strikes on demand."

More info--Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space


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