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GLIN==> Rally in Duluth, May 8



Posted on behalf of Tony Defalco <DEFALCO@nwf.org>

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The forwarded e-mail says it all: the numerous impacts that Minnesota Power
(Allete) is having and potentially will have on the environment in Minnesota
and Wisconsin.  If you can attend the rally, please do so.

Mercury contamination of lakes and rivers is of special concern to NWF.
Wisconsin recently expanded its fish consumption advisory to include all
waterbodies (http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/fhp/fish/advisories/) and
is aggressively pursuing a plan to reduce mercury within its borders.
Minnesota's waterbodies are contaminated with mercury as well.  The evidence
of mercury as a public health menace continues to mount. Recent studies by
the mainstream Centers for Disease Control and the National Academy of
Sciences indicate that mercury pollution is impacting people and wildlife
and is indeed hazardous to health and reproductive systems.  Find out more
at: http://www.nwf.org/cleantherain/index.html  Another excellent source of
info on energy and mercury pollution can be found at:
http://www.me3.org/projects/mercury/  Solutions?  Decrease reliance on coal,
increase renewables and distribute energy more efficiently.  An excellent
proposal for Minnesota is being put forward by the POWER Campaign in
Minnesota The innovative proposal would meet Minnesota's electrical needs
while reducing reliance on dirty coal, increasing energy efficiency and
expanding renewable energy sources. Check out this campaign at
http://www.powercampaign.org/ Another excellent source of information is
that of Minnesotans for and Energy Efficient Economy (http://www.me3.org/)

Tony DeFalco, Lake Superior Project Organizer
National Wildlife Federation
506 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 769-3351
(734) 769-1449 (fax)
E-mail: defalco@nwf.org

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Subject:
Rally in Duluth, please help
From:
Sandy Lyon <water@spacestar.net>
Date:
Fri, 04 May 2001 13:54:33 -0500

Help stop global climate change/mercury in fish/lands takings/ corporate
"malling of America" / the demise of the family farm/save Lake
Superior/support treaty rights ..all at the same time..while supporting
alternative energies and cleaner air.

HOW?

By joining a rally on Tuesday May 8th in Duluth. (9:30 AM) at the DECC.
The event is the Minnesota Power (ALLETTE) annual stockholders meeting.
SOUL, Wisconsin's largest truly grassroots movement called "Save Our Unique
Lands", is organizing a peaceful rally outside the doors at the annual
meeting and they are inviting all their friends in the "environmental",
"peace and justice", "treaty rights" movements to help show Minnesota Power
that the people hold the power..not the corporations.

The DECC is the Duluth Entertainment Center located on Lake Superior's shore
(next to Andrew Slade's Aquarium) in downtown Duluth. Meet us in the parking
lot. Dress warmly, bring a snack to share, bring good spirits and bring your
concern for the health of this planet.

Now is the time and this is the place for us all to join forces.
This rally is in support of "alternate energies"..and against the "dinosaur
technology" of the proposed 250 mile long Duluth to Weston 345,000 bulk
transfer transmission line.

There are many mutual issues.
1. Mercury issues (MP wants to sell electricity from its mercury generating
coal plants along this line).
2. Human Rights/Environmental Justice issues. MP wants to purchase Manitoba
Hydro's "highhead hydro powered" electricity from the dams that have flooded
an area the size of the state of Minnesota and destroyed the homelands of
the Pimicikamak Cree Nation (PCN) .thereby being party to the highest
suicide rate in Canada. Shame on Manitoba Hydro/shame on MP.
3. The proposed line would "defoliate" 4500 acres of Wisconsin woodland/
farmland, devaluate property, ruin retirees future, cause great stress from
concern over health issues related to EMF's.
4. The line would "take" people's land using "eminent domain". (including a
precious, closely knit Mennonite farming village which lies directly in the
path of the bulldozers)
5. The line will not only not serve the area it is destroying, but, it also
will "wheel power" on down to Chicago and points further south, like Texas.
6. The 135/185 foot steel towers will harm the bird migrations and some will
be built in areas of woodland solitude, thus destroying yet more
animal/human/wildlife habitat.
7. The line would cross NW WI ceded territory, one of the last remaining
"relatively untouched" areas in the state/country/planet.

These are just a few of the reasons why we are inviting you to join us on
Tuesday May 8th at 9:30 AM at the DECC in Duluth. We NEED your help.



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