"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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- 3:01:39, Jul 22nd 2014 - Don K. - My medical premium will go up significantly next year under Obama care. Thi ... [Read More]
- 8:44:09, Jul 20th 2014 - @ new resident - Wykoff has a summer softball league for youths ages 5-18 and they ha ... [Read More]
- 11:28:08, Jul 18th 2014 - Go kaase! - Tom I hope you get elected as sheriff! Although you have worked in roche ... [Read More]
- 3:14:00, Jul 18th 2014 - SV citizen - I have concern that there would be a conflict of interest with Kaase bei ... [Read More]
- 1:22:00, Jul 18th 2014 - Bear - Obama care isnt the answer. Sure Mr. Grehl some people in Minnesota have medi ... [Read More]
- 9:13:08, Jul 18th 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - what?-even though smoking marijuana is illegal, unless the amount o ... [Read More]
- 6:52:38, Jul 17th 2014 - Kaase for Sheriff - First of all I think that both candidates have great ideas. But i ... [Read More]
- 4:13:24, Jul 16th 2014 - Two dogs - Why would Mr. Kaase want to take a pay cut of $30,000 dollar a year plus t ... [Read More]
- 9:57:55, Jul 16th 2014 - Kaase got my voteūüĎć - With this interview kaase got my vote! We need change in the ... [Read More]
- 6:54:19, Jul 16th 2014 - what? - The school on 1st ave pushes there snow onto the street. And NO ONE in harmon ... [Read More]
Fri, Jan 14th, 2005
Posted in Commentary
Posted in Commentary
Did you know that every year $12.6 billion (yes, billion) leaves Minnesota to import coal, petroleum, natural gas and uranium in order to support our energy needs? This purchase costs each Minnesotan almost $2,500 every year. This message was delivered at a gathering in Rochester by Kevin Knobloch, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists (U.C.S.).
He believes that much of this money could be used in other helpful and productive ways. Knobloch believes the answer is in embracing renewable energy opportunities. Minnesota is the 9th windiest state and has the potential to generate more than 13 times its current electricity needs from renewable energy. To prepare for the future we need to embrace the non-ending wind and sun resources. Renewable energy would sponsor economic development (jobs), thereby helping states recapture a large part of the money now sent out of state and out of country. One of the biggest tasks ahead is to rebuild our outdated and inefficient energy grid. Then just imagine the number of jobs that manufacturing, constructing and maintaining wind turbines and solar panels would create. Note that most of these jobs can not be out-sourced. To turn our current situation around we need pro-active policies, strong and unyielding leadership and to hold our political candidates responsible. We need to continue to ask people in power what they are doing to make renewable energy happen. We need to support coalitions between labor and the environment and continue to point out that renewable energy is a win-win situation. We can build alliances and embrace new technologies. We can work to understand each otherís perspectives. By reducing our energy costs we can use our money for education and health care. By thinking ahead we can create good jobs that will not compromise our air, land and water. Several years ago I had the opportunity to write a book about logging in the early 1900s. What sticks in my mind is how dramatically things changed in such a relatively short period of time. For example, three logging camp cooks fed hundreds of hungry men four meals a day without electricity or any of our modern day conveniences. These men worked hard and ate a lot and all the food was all prepared from scratch. I believe that future generations will look back at our oil-based economy and wonder what took us so long to make the changes necessary to live more responsibly. For more information on renewable resource opportunities check out the Union of Concerned Scientists website www.ucsusa.org. The Union of Concerned Scientists is a nonprofit partnership of scientists and citizens combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development, and effective citizen advocacy to achieve practical environmental solutions. Mary Bell, who is involved in energy issues, lives in Lanesboro.