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CLIMATE CHANGE

From the column: "Our kids, communities, and economy will pay for his neglect of our commonwealth."
The U.S. auto industry began intensive marketing of more-profitable, big, and heavy SUVs and pickup trucks, which have dominated sales for decades.
From the column: "While there are some very committed and compassionate people in our city of Duluth who are speaking up ... about climate change, too many of us aren't saying enough or are keeping quiet. Too many of us are not talking about what we see happening."
By keeping America dependent on fossil fuels, conservatives left us vulnerable to the whims of the global oil market.

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Candidates or incumbents not willing to move forward working together to take this kind of positive action don't deserve our votes.
From the column: "The problem, of course, is that electric vehicles are very expensive today."
From the column: "This will take time, but I do believe it is possible with the help of voices in our region and in communities around the country. We need to start working now, with big and small steps, to move in this direction."
The commitment, published at the end of three days of talks, was weaker than a previous draft of the final communique seen by Reuters, which had included a target to end unabated coal power generation by 2030. Sources familiar with the discussions said Japan and the United States had both indicated they could not support that date.
From the column: "Not a single penny of (consumers') additional costs would be used to improve or maintain our roads and bridges. Instead, the extra expense would be used to subsidize electric vehicles, charging stations for electric vehicles, and substitutes for gasoline and diesel fuel."
It is unfortunate we need regulations to get people to do the right things, but we do indeed need laws to control global-warming emissions.

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The plan should instead follow Xcel and Great River Energy by planning the future around renewables and storage.
Only then can we figure out how to move forward and give ourselves the best chance and opportunity to build a more resilient and sustainable city.
John Kerry said progress was vital as Egypt prepares to host the next round of U.N. climate talks, known as COP27, in November in Sharm el-Sheikh.

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