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Largest Climate Rally in U.S.

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Led by the Sierra Club,,  the National Resources Defense Council, the Waterkeeper Alliance, and other partners, an estimated 35,000 to 50,000 people gathered in Washington D. C. on the Sunday before Presidents Day for the Forward on Climate Rally to ask President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.  This makes this rally to protect our water and our climate the largest climate rally the U.S. has known.  See Amy Goodman's Democracy Now program on what Bill McKibben founder of; Van Jones, President Obama's green jobs advisor; indigenous leaders from Canada; and others had to say at the rally.

The Natural Resources Defense Council emphasizes that the Keystone XL pipeline would lock the U.S. into a long-term commitment to an energy infrastructure that relies on dirty oil.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that Keystone XL would increase annual carbon emissions by the equivalent of  having 6.2 million cars on the road for 50 years.  The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook estimates that Tar Sands production of 4.6 million barrels a day — far below the oil industry’s 2030 goal of 6 million barrels a day — will cause global temperature to rise by six degrees Celsius with catastrophic results.  The World Energy Outlook states that "Globally, the oil industry as a whole is also lining up enough production capacity to cook the climate several times over."

Read the Natural Resources Defense Council's Report:  "Why the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Is a Climate Catastrophe."
robert f. kennedy jr 11413 Not only does tar sands oil create over triple the carbon dioxide as light crude oil. In an article written after his arrest a few days before the climate rally, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., President of the Waterkeeper Alliance, objected to the pipeline because it will endanger water aquifers and  surface waterways.  Kennedy wrote,

 The pipeline would cut through the heart of the Great Plains, land of more than 250,000 ranches and farms, putting our croplands and food producers at risk of oil spills across the American heartland. The route crosses the precious Ogallala Aquifer, where millions of Americans get their drinking water. Further, Keystone XL would cross more than 1,500 waterways, from the Yellowstone River in Montana to Pine Island Bayou in Texas."  

Read his article:  "Why I Got Arrested at the White House to Stop the Tar Sands.

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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. 

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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."

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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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