To fellow governors, Pawlenty was step ahead of energy crisis

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 13, 2008 - 8:26 PM

Will the Minnesotan's foresight make him a running mate?

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mrkottahJul. 13, 08 8:41 PM

McCain drops dead after a couple of months in office and now Tim is president? Can you imagine?

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cmdeckJul. 13, 08 8:50 PM

We could only hope...T-paw is the man...He would turn this country around

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Lee55009Jul. 13, 08 8:57 PM

For years Americans have known energy would be a crisis. In fact, we faced this same energy issue 40 years ago. Why are the elected officials so slow to catch on? Might it have something to do with the money from the lobbyists supporting them. Shut down K street and prohibit politicians from being hired as lobbyist for at least 5 years as they leave or get booted from office. Then we might start solving problems for the people and by the people.

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beepJul. 13, 08 9:05 PM

This was/is FORESIGHT??? This is a joke headline isn't it? Come on...where are the hidden cameras? There have been precious few politicians ( and only Repubs) over the past thirty + years that have had any kind of leadership on this issue. Many policy statements with no policy follow through. Repubs included. The first oil crisis/embargo in 1973 taught us much. And we learned little if anything. It takes oil skyrocketing to over $140/bbl to arouse these idiots to even speak of doing something? No foresight, no leadership and now absolutely no action from a recalcitrat Democrat Senate. And BTW, ethanol subsidies are not foresight.

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muskyfishrJul. 13, 08 9:09 PM

Yes I can imagine. Who better to manage the joke called Congress then the guy who effectively manages the joke we call the MN legislature?

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RipAndersonJul. 13, 08 9:14 PM

Not quite. 40 years ago the OPEC cartel of government-run oil companies drove up the price by artificially restricting supply. That's not the case this time. You haven't seen any forced even/odd rationing or sat in any multi-block long lines to get gas have you?

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holymooseJul. 13, 08 9:24 PM

It's time we had a president who can skate, sort of.

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rladdiJul. 13, 08 9:32 PM

What has the governor done? What savings has he made? If any politic personal just thinks of energy they are ahead. Guess not, its been the same old, for decades. Politicans are NOT going to fix the crisis.

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monkeyfurbalJul. 13, 08 9:40 PM

That MN Legislature is a JOKE. You said it muskyfisr.

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zanusJul. 13, 08 9:43 PM

Let's not raise fuel taxes to invest in roads but mandate the use of edible foodstuffs in the form of biodiesel and ethanol. He is going backwards in my opinion. He does not get it and this just extends the energy shortage to foodstuffs pitting grain producers against animal producers. We need more supply and less demand.

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