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Our Energy, Our Future


Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It seems like every time America discovers it has a crisis on its hands, our government wakes up and proposes a crash program to fix it. Henry Ford was one of the first to observe it and even coined a name for it: "the crisis-crash syndrome."

Sometimes, a crisis pushes us to great heights - literally. In 1958, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first orbiting satellite, President Kennedy responded by launching a "crash program" to commit all necessary U.S. talent and resources to putting an American on the moon by the end of the decade.

And, amazingly, we did it. Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon July 1969, well within the Kennedy's proposed timeline.

As policymakers in Washington begin the daunting task of trying to reduce the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change, it is instructive to look back at Kennedy's example. The Apollo program harnessed the resources of government to make this stunning achievement possible.

But not every crisis leads to such an impressive result. The first Arab oil embargo of 1973 - 35 years ago - or the several more that followed over the years. Each time Americans were inconvenienced at the pump - often with no gas available at any price - citizens heard leaders pledge to develop a national energy policy that would free us from the sword the foreign oil producing nations hold over us and our economy.

However, every attempt to formulate a serious national energy policy fizzled under the stress of competing special interests pulling policy makers in first one direction, then another.

And in fact, as Congress considers various approaches to dealing with climate change, lawmakers are already hearing from many of the same special interests.

The goal of addressing greenhouse gas emissions may pose a more difficult challenge than reaching the moon. True leadership on climate change will require balancing competing goals that all serve the public interest. Keeping electricity affordable and reliable is just as much in the public interest as mitigating climate change.

As we race to develop the technology to limit carbon dioxide, we must also ensure Americans have the energy they need, not just in their homes but also to grow the economy.

Some of the legislative proposals under consideration, however, put at risk the current system that gives nearly every American access to dependable electricity. Congress needs to see the broader picture. Th .....
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Baloney! It's not your fault

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Last week a politician in a radio interview said unless Americans change their ways the cost of health care would soon consume 20% of the GDP. The inference was our unhealthy life style is responsible for the rise in costs.

He was the secon ..... 
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The next seven generations

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." And there are none so blind as those who will not see... or are blinded by fear and greed...."

But, of course, it's "depressing" to watch the documentaries: An Inconvenient Truth or The Planet. ..... 
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Beautiful, suspicious, hospitable

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The city of St. Petersburg, Russia, is so unbelievably magnificent it is difficult to describe, and truly a study in contradictions. We were only there for ten days, so these thoughts and observations are far from comprehensive. I do not choose to w ..... 
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INC. for President

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

I figured out the problem with political races- human beings are just too flawed to withstand such scrutiny and pressure. We get to see all their weaknesses, their peculiar family members that remind us of our peculiar family members. We hear about ..... 
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Why Bio?

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In an increasingly competitive world marketplace, every region must identify and build upon areas of strategic advantage. Here in southern Minnesota, the bio-sciences offer us that edge. What is bio-science?

Bio-science applies biological te ..... 
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Farmers aren't to blame for increased food costs

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In a world of finger pointing, farmers have had to shoulder the blame for the increased costs of food, when in reality, the facts point to other influences that contribute to the rising costs. I would like to share some statistics with you:

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Why not a greater Rushford?

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It is worth mentioning, that according to the Minnesota Design Team, of all the greater Rushford residents who took part in the recent brainstorming exercise, R-P students made the most lasting impression.

High school senior, Carina Schiltz, ..... 
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It's time for an "elite" president

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Political discourse, besides becoming more confrontational, has become more Orwellian. It seems almost a requirement to name programs in a manner that obscures their intent.

The Clear Skies Initiative, that has obstructed the Clean Air Act ..... 
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