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Reader's View: Ellison fulfilling role as people’s lawyer

Maybe that is why Minnesotans resoundingly picked him — and not Wardlow in the 2018 election — to serve as their attorney general.

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I was disappointed to see aspiring statewide politician Doug Wardlow use a News Tribune Opinion page to curry favor with national political interests at the expense of a serious practical matter facing Minnesota: how to best protect Minnesotans from the runaway economic liability created by an industry that seems to have complete disregard for the consequences of its actions.

(Wardlow’s Dec. 13 commentary was headlined, “ Minnesota needs answers on Ellison's Bloomberg-funded attorneys. ”)

While there’s no doubt Wardlow’s perspective — to apparently let Minnesota taxpayers pick up the tab on behalf of multinational conglomerates — would go over well at a country club, those of us who have lived close to the land understand the real dollars and lives at stake.

I grew up in rural Michigan and have been proud to watch Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel strive to protect my family’s community from the threat posed by another multinational, Enbridge. Enbridge says there is need for its pipelines that outweighs the risks pipelines pose to the most pristine source of freshwater in the world and to the source of Michigan’s large tourist economy: the Great Lakes.

ExxonMobil said fossil fuels were safe when it knew they would cause catastrophic climate change. Here in Minnesota, its actions have caused pollution and flooding for our 10,000 lakes.

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Multinational corporations are not tied to any community or piece of land, so they lie, pollute, and leave communities like ours to pick up the pieces.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is fulfilling his job as the people's lawyer by suing ExxonMobil and other big oil companies for the damage caused by their deception. Maybe that is why Minnesotans resoundingly picked him — and not Wardlow in the 2018 election — to serve as their attorney general.

Kirsten Fedorowicz

St. Paul, Minnesota

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