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Energy Self Reliant States

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http://www.energyselfreliantstates.org/


If the wind blows and sun shines everywhere, then our new electricity system does not have to mimic the old – with centralized coal and gas power plants sending electricity long distance to consumers.  Instead, electricity can be generated at many, dispersed renewable energy power plants and close to where it is used. 


If renewable energy generation can be dispersed widely, then it should be locally owned whenever possible.  With local ownership, the neighbors of energy generation are also the economic beneficiaries, creating a constituency for rapidly expanding renewable power and transforming energy consumers into energy producers.


This website expands on this foundation of Energy Self-Reliant States, published in late 2009.and is written by report co-author John Farrell, a senior researcher on the New Rules Project at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.


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In June 2012, Think Again MN launched a history series that examines politics and policy-making in Minnesota during the last century from the immediate post World War II years up through the 1990s. That era witnessed fierce legislative battles at the State Capitol but it was also a time of shared values that cut across partisan lines. 

Read about it here

MN's Leading Election System

MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon

 

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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at http://mnvotes.org

Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration

How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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