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Minnesota’s 1st CD Congressman Tim Walz(D) has been working hard in Washington D.C. on energy issues and recently issued a press release about the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008, H.R. 5351. Ollie Ox over at Bluestem Prairie covers it in detail here.

Minnesota Central looks at the tax and job creation implications in his post: Vote 51: Minnesota Jobs at stake while Congress chooses whose Tax Break to Extend.

Meanwhile, here in SW Minnesota local folks are working hard to prove that renewable and alternative energy is real and viable. Wind turbines are popping up and generating electricity and income due to a cooperative effort among local farmers and community members. Minwind LLC of Luverne, with over 300 members, has 11 turbines and plans to build more. Many of these people were instrumental in building the ethanol plant in Luverne owned by AgriEnergy LLC. The November/December 2007 issue of Rural Cooperatives published by the USDA highlights the Minwind project. New transmission lines are currently being constructed along I-90, creating good paying jobs.

 Here is a short (37 sec.) slide show


and since the title of this post is a Dylan tune here is a video of him performing in 1963. Enjoy!


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This stupid job interview question reared it’s ugly head when the wife of a coworker of mine went to a job interview. Needless to say, it dominated our conversation during an otherwise boring day. What is an appropriate answer to this question? Are there type A and type B trees? Do you have to know the scientific name? If you prefer a shrub would that be OK? Is deciduous better than a conifer?

I have done some quick research and have a few suggestions:

Sassafras-Now that is an interesting name for a tree and it sorta rolls off the tongue.

Norway Spruce-Uff Da, great if the interviewer is Norwegian.

Downy Serviceberry-Duh! Jobs in the service sector.

Mexican Plum, Japanese Zelkova, Chinese Pistache, European Beech-great choices for employment in a multinational company.

Ginkgo-use in the health/organic industry

Joshua Tree-the interviewer is a Bono fan

Oak-show your patriotism by selecting the Oak tree. This is our national tree according to The Arbor Day Foundation. Don’t forget to wear your lapel pin!

My quick-witted spouse had a good question that one could ask the interviewer:

If you had a brain, what would you be?

Plant a tree, offset your CO2 emissions.

Peace & solidarity.


filed under the category of really stupid stuff

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Living in corn country you have your ear (no pun intended) to news about ethanol.  It was the subject of my post, Beer or Biofuels, The Utimate Challenge. I recently ran across the following interesting commentary from It’s Getting Hot In Here:

Before We Get Drunk on Ethanol, Let’s Make Sure We Get It Right

Not all biofuels are created equal: in fact, depending on how they are produced, biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel can be environmentally destructive, raise the price of food, and even hurt efforts to tackle global warming.

Biofuels – ethanol and biodiesel – present a potentially important (partial) solution to concerns about global warming and our over-reliance on oil. However, to paraphrase a great LA Times op ed on the ethanol craze, alcohol is best enjoyed in moderation, and the same goes for these alcohol-based biofuels. Read the rest here.

Peace and solidarity,


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