The ‘State of Northern Minnesota’ address: LaDuke pushes for greener economy in BSU lecture [The Bemidji Pioneer, Minn.]
In a lecture LaDuke joked was a sort-of “
The executive director of Honor the Earth sharply criticized the Calgary-based energy giant’s plans to build a replacement oil pipeline through parts of northern
“A civil society should not be run by Canadian multinationals,” said LaDuke, who showed a $266 trillion dollar invoice to
LaDuke said she wanted a “graceful transition” from the era of “extreme extraction” and fossil fuels.
“We didn’t leave the stone age because we ran out of rocks,” she said to a packed house at the university’s
LaDuke held up smaller-scale, locally minded solar projects in
The deal, LaDuke said, includes sweeping investments in renewable energy and corporate tax reform.
“No time like the present to begin investing in the transition to an economy that will not stress us out,” LaDuke said. “Because it will be more efficient, it will be much more local, and it will have a lot more jobs that are local.”
LaDuke, 59, is a member of White Earth Nation and co-founder of Honor the Earth with a degree in economics from
Her lecture on Tuesday, according to university staff, was sponsored by the university’s leadership studies program; it’s
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