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rolf westgard

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st Paul, MN
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Posted on 08/07/14 at 03:37 am in response to Parent involvement is a critical part of students' success

Your headline is the understatement of the year.
Sadly, many parents can't help with homework as they lack basic reading and math skills. And some single parents are simply overwhelmed with life's challenges.

What is the daughter's record?

When I visit the developed nations of Europe and Asia. The inferiority of US public transport systems and the second rate way we deliver health care. We rank 34th on infant mortality rates among nations, and are similarly behind in other health statistics including the cost of medical care. We have more super facilities like the Mayo, Johns Hopkins, etc. But for the broad populace, we are behind without single payer. The ACA is a small step toward improvement.

Minnesota has achieved CO2 emission reductions in two ways: (1) Replacing the Riverside and High Bridge coal power plants with natural gas plants. (2) Operating three round the clock nuclear reactors at Monticello and Prairie Island. Some reductions can be made with wind and solar, but those variable sources haven't had much success in replacing base load power. You can learn more in the following U of MN adult ed class this autumn.

#17041  CO2 is not C: Coal Burning and the New EPA...

A check with NSIDC shows that Arctic ice cover is currently 4.36 million square miles, about the size of the US and India combined.That's about average for the past five years, pausing a long decline. To tour the north pole you will need a dog sled, or hitch a ride on on of our nuclear subs which routinely pass below, powered solely by those reliable nuclear engines.
Ice in Antarctica with 90% of the world's ice is at record levels. And the world atmosphere temperature over...

The idea that opposing views should be censored or suppressed is the beginning of a very slippery slope.

Please respond to the specific points in my post.
If you think I have sad science, prove it.
Or you could take my new fall quarter class:
#17041  CO2 is not C: Coal Burning and the New EPA rules
Carbon becomes the invisible non-toxic gas CO2 when it unites with oxygen. This course will study the total environmental impact of coal burning and CO2 and what to expect from the new EPA restrictions. We will review global warming history and explore the science of the part...

All three major agencies which track global temps have reported for June, and the 17 year 4 month pause continues. The agencies are NOAA/NCDC; NASA/GISS' and Hadley CRUT. Al show the same lack of warming despite those annual 30 billion tons of CO2 that we emit. Of course the atmosphere weighs in the quadrillion tons, so CO2 remains a miniscule one part in 2500 in the atmosphere. Don't sell your winter coat.
Alarmists can suppress sceptics, but the numbers are tougher to deal with....

Bill Gleason is also right.

Posted on 07/17/14 at 04:17 am in response to Dismissing the cost of doing business in Minnesota will be at our peril

Other than the usual Chamber of Commerce "taxes are bad" message. this article doesn't tell us how services are to be delivered with greater efficiency.
I will admit I would like to see a higher gasoline tax with the proceeds invested in our transportation infrastructure. I can't see that idea hurting MN businesses.