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rolf westgard

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st Paul, MN
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The Enbridge projects are happening because they make sense. The Alberta Clipper pipeline has operated safely for years. It is the way, along with the Koch Brother spur, that over 300,000 barrels/day of oil sands crude gets to our Rosemount refinery. End products from there fuel every MSP takeoff and most of Minnesota's cars and trucks.
Pipelines are the safest and most economical way to move oil and gas, which is why we have so many of them. As Mr Swift says they are a win win....

Growers in those greenhouses, like the one pictured, inject CO2 to enhance plant growth. More CO2 does the same thing for outside plants.

Posted on 11/08/14 at 02:41 am in response to What if we gave an election and nobody came?

a really useful article from David Schultz.
I will disagree on one point where he says the administration was not active on global warming. Actually, Obama has spent billions on futile efforts to to attack a non existent threat. He has big programs on erratic energy sources like solar, wind, and biofuels. And nothing on non-emitting nuclear - the best answer to coal.
Republicans will also move on opening the northern segment of the Keystone pipeline and reopening Yucca Mountain...

CO2 is currently one part in 2500 in the atmosphere, which is one reason for no warming in the 21st Century. There is more than 100 times as much green house gas water vapor in the atmosphere. There is a CO2 issue with ocean acidity, but hang on to your winter coat.

The IPCC hasn't read the fable. When you keep ringing the alarm bell and nothing happens, you are eventually tuned out. The big orange CO2 band in the graph looks impressive as do the billions of tons of CO2 emissions.
But there isn't much warming and unusual weather events aren't unusual. A billion is a big number, but the earth's atmosphere weighs several quadrillion tons. And a quadrillion is a million times a billion. So CO2 is a trace gas, one part in 2500 in the atmosphere...

Excellent article.

is a winner regardless of the election result.

Posted on 10/29/14 at 04:40 pm in response to Should you feel ashamed for reading the hard copy newspaper?

the puzzles. Then go on with the rest of both Twin Cities dailies. I was a college newspaper editor and I couldn't do without the paper copy. It must be in the blood.

Posted on 10/24/14 at 02:21 pm in response to Ebola in Africa: A product of history, not a natural phenomenon

for this one, MinnPost.

Posted on 10/18/14 at 02:04 am in response to KSTP/Survey USA poll: Stewart Mills leads Rep. Rick Nolan by 8 points

A few energy issues which may be hurting DFL in the 8th:
Opposition to mining which many geologists consider to be safe.
Support for expensive wind and solar.