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Biggest Increase Ever in Global Warming Pollution in 2010

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The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, indicating weak efforts at slowing man-made global warming by the world's largest CO2 polluters.  Worldwide emissions of CO2 soared by 6%, about 564 million more tons, in 2010.  Extra pollution in China and the U.S. accounts for more than half the increase in emissions, according to Greg Marland, Professor of Geology at Appalachian State University.

At the time of the 2009 Copenhagen Conference, the United States and China accounted for 40 percent of world CO2 emissions. China is the world's biggest emitter of CO2 while the United States has the highest per capita emission of CO2. Neither country wants its own production to become more expensive. An article in Der Spiegel challenges the two countries to enter into competition for the best green technologies, the most efficient automobiles, and the strongest job growth in the environmental sector.

See Stalling in Copenhagen: Chimerica against the World

The new figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago.  That scenario predicted a worst cast scenario of 10 degrees Fahrenheit during this century.  Chinese emissions now exceed ours by and will be double ours by 2020 if China continues to build a coal plant a week.

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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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