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Is there any real chance of averting the climate crisis?

james hansen arrested for protesting keystone xlJames Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, likewise argues that our leaders must  be shaken out of their complacency.  He believes that the problem of global warming is solvable, but only if all nations phase out coal emissions and prohibit emissions from unconventional fuels like tar sands and shale oil.  Read James's Hansen's article in the Guardian, Is there any real chance of averting the climate crisis?

President Obama must decide whether or not to grant a “presidential permit” for Canadian company TransCanada to begin construction of the Keystone XL, a 1,700-mile pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.  Hansen has stated that exploitation of tar sands would make it implausible to stabilize climate and avoid disastrous global climate impacts.  He stated that it would be essentially game over.  The photo above shows Hansen's recent arrest for protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline at the White House.

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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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