Climate change: So hot it must be handled?

  • Article by: WILL STEGER
  • Updated: February 12, 2013 - 6:58 AM
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nelsonksFeb. 11, 13 9:12 PM

Kudos for the Governor who has taken a stand to promote an agenda that supports the well being of future generations. While others might continue to stick their head in the sand, the Governor has taken a wise stand.

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theruntFeb. 11, 1310:45 PM

A lot more people working in the field of clean energy than oil. The potential for more is unlimited.

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twspt7Feb. 12, 13 5:26 AM

"The governor made clear that his vision for what will make a "better Minnesota" includes all Minnesotans, especially future generations, living in a healthy environment" Imagine that? A Boomer thinking ahead for future generations rather than just what's in it for himself right now. Imagine what would happen in this state and our country if more politicians thought that way? I know, I know....I'm dreaming....

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elind56Feb. 12, 13 6:48 AM

Why is everybody waiting around for government to force them to do something about it? Why is there very little (if any) private investment in developing renewable energy technology? Why do I rarely see or hear of anyone making any serious effort to downsize their standard of living in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint? Why does the whole AGW movement and the 'Greens' who preach it reek of hypocrisy?

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u4775Feb. 12, 13 7:15 AM

What does Will Steger think we can do to the sun anyway? Even the IPCC was forced to admit the suns effects are being underestimated in climate data. Couple that with the conclusion that we have actually been cooling since 1998 and you have much ado about nothing. Unless of course your agenda is to sell the green story which worked for Al Gore to the tune of 500 million.

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livefreeordFeb. 12, 13 7:15 AM

Except there hasn't been any global warming in close to 15 years and all the examples of tradgedy he sites can be explained more easily in other ways.

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spamtownFeb. 12, 13 7:23 AM

@ dlind56: There are those of us who have deep energy retrofitted out house to save energy, protect the surrounding environment, and make a more comfortable home. People are investing in LED bulbs, solar thermal panels and solar PV panels (I am one who has and I have a number of friends who have, as well). Their are people who are building homes in the woods off-grid. We aren't wealthy--I have to scrape together funds and borrow from my IRA to do the things I do--but we believe in a future that is better than the smoggy hazed world that doing nothing is going to make inevitable.

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merkinFeb. 12, 13 7:39 AM

Elind56, I've cut my energy use by half to two thirds--with no drop in standard of living. The lights are still on, my house is still warm, and I'm not living in a cave. It was all done through simple measures like more insulation, replacing incandescent light bulbs, and turning off the power strip the computer is on so wall wart power supplies don't suck power even when the device is off.

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stjohnsonFeb. 12, 13 7:43 AM

Seems like Steger has already concluded that the decline in moose population is due to global warming. Why don't we let the test results come back first before jumping to conclusions.

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merkinFeb. 12, 13 7:44 AM

Actually the notion that global warming ended 15 years ago is a complete myth accomplished by carefully selecting start and end points for the chart. If you look at even a little bit of data on either side of that chart you will see that temperatures still continue to rise at a dramatic rate.

The claim that global warming ended 15 years ago is, at best, intellectual dishonesty.

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