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Tim Pawlenty

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Nov 13, 2019
 
Tim Pawlenty, Former Governor of MN, past CEO of Financial Services Roundtable, and currently a Board Member for numerous companies:  “Why We Should Be Hopeful and Optimistic About America’s Future”.  Host:  Todd Nelson (for Gene Hoff)
 
Upcoming Speakers
11/20/2019  Brian Miller, Executive Director of Seward Community Development, a Non-Profit Organization:  “Community Development in Minneapolis: What Works and What Doesn’t”.  Host: Dan Biersdorf
 
11/27/2019  Erick Kaardal, Attorney Litigating First Amendment Rights, Taxpayer and Voter rights, and Political Balance of Power Issues, who has argued Appeals to the Supreme Court.  Topic: “Reading the Law – In Plain English”.  Host: Dan Biersdorf
 
12/04/2019 –Kim Crockett, Attorney and Writer:  “How Immigration Has A
Affected Minnesota”.  Host Don Teigen
 
 
 
Opening
Herb Schechter Good Morning Ham & Eggers – Good to be back.
 
 
Distingushed Guests 
Dave Fravenshuh guest of Denny Schulstad
Darrell Pearson guest of Fran Runchey
Stephen Imholte guest of Tom Horner
Marilyn Sharpe guest of Leslie Sharpe
Nickie Doyle guest of Dan Biersdorf
Tom Ries guest of Dale Borgeson
Michelle Jobst guest of Gene Hoff
Roger Chamberlain guest of Gene Hoff
Charlie Durenberger guest of Gene Hoff
Lois Durenberger guest of Gene Hoff
Marty Brown guest of Gene Hoff
Kevin Terrill guest of Gene Hoff
Pat Mazoral guest of Gene Hoff
James Duckless guest of Gene Hoff
Bill LeMire guest of Gene Hoff
Tim Wolter guest of Gene Hoff
 
 
Announcements
Dale Borgeson  - The Holiday Party is in planning.  More information next week. 

Bob Lewis  - There was a Typo in last week’s Newsletter – Nov 10th was Marine Corps 244th Birthday – not the 243rd as stated.  .

Herb Schechter – during my ‘time off’ in last weeks, I read Dave Durenberger’s book:  “When Republicans Were Progressive”.  There was a period when, considered activists, they worked with private industry.  Then, Republican Party got hijacked by ‘single interests – and new folks moved in paying little interest in broader government.   I recommend this book.
 
 
WHY ARE WE HERE?
Victor ‘no podium no microphone required’ Kirsch stands:

Picked a hitchhiker the other night.  Couple miles & guy asks: “you just picked me up – what if I’m a psychopathic killer?”  Asked back, “So what are chances of two in the same car?”   Then, Victor style:   “Why We’re Here!”


Today’s Speaker
Todd Nelson introduced today’s speaker Tim Pawlenty, 39th Governor of MN providing extensive history and career path.
  
Tim Pawlenty began an energetic, up-beat, enthusiastic presentation with a Question: “What’s the bestselling book of all time published in English?”  Answer:  Charles Dickens: ‘Tale of Two Cities’.   Here, Tim Pawlenty read: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times....” with ending passage stating ‘we’re in trouble’.   What want to talk about today is why we should be optimistic –NOW! 
 
Brief captures from phenomenal presentation follow:
-Not just my imagination ‘we’re in trouble’. Gallop Poll recently compared responses to Q: “Are you extremely proud to be an American?” Responses fell from 70% to 40% over several year period. 
 
-So, Why should we be optimistic?  America is the freest, most successful, prosperous nation the world has ever known!  -We are a people with degree of freedom other nations & cultures do not have & never had.   We are very blessed with that.

-Society sometimes forgets to recall the roots of our foundation.

-America dealt a very strong hand.  Peaceful neighbors.  Both democracies are our friends.  Two gigantic oceans, natural security barriers.  We have all the food, water & energy we require within our own border.  We have the best military & economy in the world.  Our country is based on law, not dictates from dictators.  We have a work ethic that exceeds rest of globe.  We have the deepest financial market –but the richest ‘goodness’ is in our people.  Just because we don’t always agree doesn’t make the other guy wrong.    The list goes on...
  
A few things we need to do better:
What do with Health Care?
-Costs today far outstrip ability to pay for.  Both parties have blocked out our debt issue – nobody seems to care.

-Federal government spends 30% more than takes in today.

-System now a confused hodgepodge 

-Technology improvements will help health care.  In future, massive AI datasets with cell phone/other technologies hold massive improvement potential. 
 
What do with Education?
-Today need a skill or education, else few options beyond requiring government help.

-1st Best incentive, morally & economically critical in schooling success is parents. Lot of variables here.

-2nd Quality & preparation of teachers.   Today, we should celebrate our teachers.   Instead, many come from lower quintile of competence – very low. 

-LA school study told where in same school (all student composition factors equivalent) two 4th grade math class rooms scored an extreme different test result – all due to teaching ability. 
 
Closing with a quote:  “Abraham Lincoln stated America is the world’s last greatest hope!’  Thank you for listening today...  Significant Applause. 

 
Q&A
Several members continue to ignore Q asking protocol -  evolving into lengthy soliloquy’s not realizing robbing other members having simple straight forward Questions.  
 
Responding to several lengthy dialogs: Tim Pawlenty’s return theme was consistent.  The need for America to have a common consensus. Fractional far right and far left – “suck it up”  Country needs to go forward with consensus of centrist needs (not all happy) but not the far right or the far left exhibited today.
 
Thank You Dale Borgeson, Darrell Bertelson & Don Teigen for photos - provided with weekly Newsletter distribution.
 
 

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   Tom Reuse                         William Maher                  Dave Bardal

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Nov 6, 2019
 
11/06/2019  “Who Am I Week?  New Members Tell Their Stories”,
 Tom Reusse, William, Maher, and Dave Bardal
 
 
Upcoming Speakers
11/13/2019  Tim Pawlenty, Former Governor of MN, past CEO of Financial Services Roundtable, and currently a Board Member for numerous companies:  “Why We Should Be Hopeful and Optimistic About America’s Future”.  Host:  Todd Nelson (for Gene Hoff)
 
11/20/2019  Brian Miller, Executive Director of Seward Community Development, a Non-Profit Organization:  “Community Development in Minneapolis: What Works and What Doesn’t”.  Host: Dan Biersdorf
 
11/27/2019 - Open
 
 
Opening
Fran Runchey  Good Morning Gentlemen.  I’m it for one more morning.  Herb Schechter called and said pain, but making progress.   But still, hasn’t opened the opioid bottle yet!
 
Microphone in hand, Fran stated:  have another antidote.  (Wordsmith at table:  “antidote”?)  Recent Newspaper article:  Microsoft’s started a 4 day work week in Japanese offices. 
 
Japan is a workaholic nation!  Employers offer ‘cradle to grave’ employment & created tremendous pressure not to be 1st to leave a day’s work.  Employees often working till 9PM attempt then to be 1st to arrive in AM.  Additionally, employers want people to socialize after work – putting that culture under tremendous stress – leading to strokes and suicides.
 
Japan’s trains are operated on an ‘on time’ system – deviating from schedule perhaps 20 or 30 seconds.  Only suicides stop a train. Currently - a major problem.  Then Microsoft came along – a tremendous accomplishment. 
 
Cliff Erickson has something for us this AM.
 
Cliff Erickson taking podium: “earlier had Question, a plea...”  Former Ham & Eggs President, Jim Ullyot had a theme. In form of  ‘trochaic tetrameter’ (thanks  Dr Les for recalling metric name) a short ditty called ‘Purpose’ was recited from memory in Jim’s honor.  Significant Applause 
 
 
No Guests Today-
 
 
Announcements
Henry Pryor spoke briefly re merits of Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  Very efficient.  They know how to run a hospital.  Welcome back Henry! 
Bob Lewis  Nov 11 coming up – ‘Happy Veterans Day’.  And, Nov 10, Marine Corp (243 years old) Birthday.
Bob Lewis  Anyone bringing guests next Wednesday –please let me know.  Will insure adequate table spaces.
 
 
WHY ARE WE HERE?
Victor Kirsch standing up heard Fran Runchey express: “this time in person, Cubs continued condolences”.  Victor graciously acknowledged.  He then  and commented on Henry Pryor’s statement, Ch 2 had documentary on Mayo Clinic recently.  Worth watching.
  
Continuing, Victor stated house was broke into last week.  He confronted the burglar who admitted he was looking for money.  Victor put his shoes on and helped him look!  Then “Why We’re Hear –Victor Style  Much appreciative applause!
 
 
Today’s Member Speakers
With anticipated continuing periodic presentations, a new format “Who Am I?  Members Tell Their Stories” initiated recently by speaker coordinator Leslie Sharpe.
 
Today, 3 new members individually spoke providing rich histories of businesses, partnership, favorite stories, fraternity and lifelong friendships –All attributes bringing Ham & Eggers back to gathering each and every Wednesday.
 
Thank you Tom Ruesse, William Maher and Dave Bardal for sharing ‘pieces’ of rich history with fellow members.   (Observation:  together with fascinating presentation:  the marriages: 52 years, 58 years & 48 years show a common stubborn attribute.)  Gentlemen, you’ll have fun at Ham & Eggs!  I promise! 
 
Thank You Dale Borgeson and Darrell Bertelson for photos - included on weekly Member Newsletter distribution.  .
 
 

Ron Jensen








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Felicity James

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Oct 30, 2019
 
Felicity James, Associate Concertmaster of MN Symphony Orchestra:
Host:  Ron Hasselmann
 
 
Upcoming Speakers
11/06/2019  “Who Am I Week?  New Members Tell Their Stories”, Tom Reusse, William, Maher, and Dave Bardal

11/13/2019  Tim Pawlenty, Former Governor of MN, past CEO of Financial Services Roundtable, and Board Member for numerous companies:  “Why We Should Be Hopeful and Optimistic About America’s Future”.  Host:  Todd Nelson (for Gene Hoff)

11/20/2019  Brian Miller, Executive Director of Seward Community Development, a Non-Profit Organization:  “Community Development in Minneapolis: What Works and What Doesn’t”.  Host: Dan Biersdorf
 
 
Opening
Fran Runchey  Good Morning.  Herb Schechter corralled me for this morning. Rarely do I have a microphone in hand – an immediate “oh no” & laughter arose...   But I do need to tell you about a recent cruise.  The boat left Vancouver for Tokyo, where had met my wife. A career commercial airline pilot, I’ve found unique experiences on each trip.  Want to comment on three:
 
1.. Jet Lag.   On cruise we went thru 12 time zones setting the clock back 1 hour each day.  We experienced no jet lag...  (Here that voice from back of room bellared: ‘You weren’t on a jet!” – Laughter).  Coming back via plane, was in a fog for a week.  As a pilot, flying to Europe and back the next day, really didn’t experience Jet Lag – just a sleepless night. 

2.. Complete Cleanliness in Japan.  A very clean country – with zero trash receptacles on street.  People keep garbage until find a place to discharge.

3.  Typhon in Pacific.   Amid trip, were advised a Typhon and boat destined to arrive at same time.  We were rerouted and arrived safely 1 & ½ days later.   
 

Guests
Herm Swanson guest of Denny Schulstad
Bill Warner guest of Denny Schulstad
 
 
Announcements
Leslie Sharpe  announced need for Nov 27 speaker

George Mueller stated booklets from American Experiment available at back of room. 

Fran Runchey Seeing Victor Kirsch not here today.  Condolences expressed from all at passing of his wife Mary.  Services were last Wednesday.

Fran Runchey provided update on Herb Schechter’s recovery from new hip surgery.  Herb doing well!  Said his opioid bottle has yet to be opened!  (here that ‘Voice from back of room’ bellars again: Tell Herb to bring em in – we could use a new source of revenue!)  Much Laughter!

Last Fran Runchey asks, with Victor Kirsch unavailable, who’s going to tell us ‘Why We’re Here?”  Heading toward corner table with microphone in hand, Tom Horner states for self and Bob Lewis sitting adjacent – “Some people don’t require microphones!”  Then, the opening words ‘Ham & Eggers’ (a Mike Casserly phraseology) heard every Wednesday was boldly announced!  Victor....we miss you! 
 
 
SpeakerHost & Speaker
Ron Hasselmann   Combined a quick personal background (phenomenal) with today’s speaker introduction:  My dad asked what studying in college.  I told him Music.  Music?  You can’t make money playing music!  After college, was drafted and ended up in post war Europe.  Mission to show Germans how talented Americans were.  Our theme, largely not to play the familiar classical, but currently poplar music.  We were very well accepted!
 
Ron continuing:  I won audition for Minnesota Symphony position in 1958.  Since sin Ham & Eggs have brought in significants from the orchestra (Ron named many).  Today Ron Hasselmann introduced the ‘Crème de la Crème’:  Felicity James, Minnesota Orchestra Associate Concertmaster – age 23! 
 
Felicity James   Thank you for having me here today.  I would like to begin playing a little piece:  “Meditation”  The rendition held members spell bound.  On conclusion - a long applause.. Very Long.
  
About self:  Father played violin professionally, mother & sister musicians also.  Grew up with and in music.  Applied and accepted to prestigious LA music school.
 
-Audition to MN Symphony Orchestra took 6 months to get accepted – not like Ron’s ‘faster acceptance’ story.  (Ron may adjust this account later... )
 
Audition process, applying to 4 major orchestra, all most unique.   MN Orchestra perhaps most difficult and lengthy.  Made friends in all.  Resumes 1st, then sometimes requested audio recordings. Then in MN, 3 following audition rounds.  Took red eye from LA to MN hours after graduation for one audition.  Again, MN process was a hard.  They picked hardest segments from different pieces.  Audition reviewers listen to but don’t see auditor playing in early rounds. 
 
- Advancing, played with orchestra for a week in last audition segment.  Must not only play well by self but work with people in many aspects.
 
-The Concert Master is an instrumentalist who leads the orchestra –behind the conductor.
 
Here, an enthusiastic Q & A session ‘self-started’
 
 
Q & A
Q – What’s difference between 1st, 2nd  & 3rd  chair positions?
A – Once on job, you don ‘t  move.  If Chair above out of town or sick, etc – you move up momentarily.
 
Q – Can explain difference in orchestral halls?   Here member provided knowledge of Seattle Orchestras Hall – designed by same architect as Minneapolis Hall.  Remarkably, the Seattle Hall had tunnels beneath and periodically rumbled with low frequency vibration.  Since, shock absorbers installed beneath the Seattle Hall. 
A – I learn something every day! 
 
Q – How stay healthy and avoid injuries?
A – Absolutely have to take care – Yes, lots of practice to stay on top of game. Need to take breaks.  Many ways to practice without touching instrument – with better quality in shorter time. 
 
Q – Technique of violin playing vs fiddle playing?
A – Mechanics same, but style varied and ability to switch.  Fiddles typically 1 genre of music, classical violinists need variance. 
 
Q – How perform those high notes (referring to piece played earlier...Scribe wondered similarly observing extreme finger work – particularly during end of piece). 
A –Techniques – harmonies w pseudo harmonics. 
 
Q – Life as a musician with MN Orchestra?  Can play with others?
A – Full time position with MN Orchestra.  But yes, can play in different engagements as time permits. 
 
Q – What are trips in next 12 months?
A – Orchestra tour next year includes Vietnam and South Korea.  Personally have traveled and played in Europe and Japan.
 
Q – With two grandchildren active in concerts – learned to watch facial expressions while performing.  Most fun watching yours this morning – Looked like not just playing, but knowing it.   
A – Think differently on what playing & how familiar with.  Played this AM something done often & love.  Yes, there’s an element to ‘being in the zone’.
 
Q – Is classical losings popularity?    
A – I think classical music is timeless.  Many orchestras perform popular music that young people love.  I’m very optimistic of the future.
 
Huge appreciative applause while Fran Runchey approached and commented:   “not sure of compensation during speaking engagements – but here’s our gratitude – the ‘Coveted Ham & Eggs Mug’. 
 
Felicity graciously returned – Thank You for having me!”
 
Thank You Dale Borgeson and Richard Swenson for photos - included on weekly membership/Guests email distributions. .
 
 

Ron Jensen





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Isaac Orr

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Oct 23, 2019
 
Isaac Orr, Policy Fellow at Center For The American Experiment: “Doubling Down on Failure: How a 50% Energy Standard Would Cost MN $80.2 Billion”.
Host  George Mueller
 
 
Upcoming Speakers
10/30/2019  Felicity James, Associate Concertmaster of MN Symphony Orchestra:  Host:  Ron Hasselmann

11/06/2019  “Who Am I Week?  New Members Tell Their Stories”, Tom Reusse, William, Maher, and Dave Bardal

11/13/2019  Tim Pawlenty, Former Governor of MN, now CEO of Financial Services Roundtable, and Board Member for numerous companies:  “Why We Should Be Hopeful and Optimistic About America’s Future”.  Host:  Todd Nelson (for Gene Hoff)
 

 
Opening
Herb Schechter –  Good morning Ham & Eggers!
 
 
Guests
Lee Hayes guest of Darrell Bertelson
Doug Thomas guest of Darrell Bertelson
 
 
Announcements
Tom Reusse sadly announced passing of Victor Kirsch’s wife Mary.  Funeral services scheduled for later this morning.  Club members express deepest condolences to Victor and family.

Ron Hasselmann provided nice warm up for next week’s speaker:  Felicity James, Associate Concertmaster of MN Symphony Orchestra.  With an already extensive biography at age of 23, a chance to meet and later say “I knew her when...”  And yes, Ron promised, she will play an instrument. 

Bob Lewis stated the obvious, as we can see, we have only 5 tables set up today.  If bringing guests Next Week – please let me know. 

Herb Schechter commented, in hall a moment earlier, a fellow from adjoining group asked if I knew Darrell Bertelson.  I told him, of course, everybody knows Darrell!  He then said:  “Tell him to behave himself!”  (Scribe suggests a story is owed)

Herb Schechter announced that tomorrow he’s scheduled for hip replacement surgery.  All wish President Herb a successful and speedy recovery. 

Herb Schechter – stated that recent new member Bernie Baier would like to introduce himself. 

Bernie Baier – delighted to be here.  Bernie then provided club members with review of his background.   Thank you Bernie...
 
 
Speaker Presentation & Speaker
 
George Mueller  - First, tremendous news, sold my House Yesterday!  Second –an outstanding speaker today.  Educational background in each Political Science and Geology (with award winning contributions) will hear presentation “Doubling Down on Failure” a counter to last week when heard ‘the sky was falling’.  (Scribe ‘attempts’ reporting what he hears!) 
 
 Isaccs Orr Thank you for having me today.  Started interest in Environmental Geology when growing up on dairy farm.
 
Want 3 concepts taken away today: 
-Concept of Renewable Energy vs Climate Change

-Wind & Solar today only successful because of government support

-Utilities are monopolies
 
 
With pages of notes:  Today’s fast paced multiple slide presentation defy Scribes parroting capabilities.
 
... partial of words heard:
 
-When use less energy, utilities move rates up – they ARE monopolies! 

-Pipe line renewal best effort today

-EV (electric vehicles) owned by wealthy today are subsidized by middle income

-Renewable 2030 Cost expectation breakdown shown  – Wind/Solar are weather dependent – Wind exists less than 50% of time & Solar not MN option for significant part of year.  Still MN wants mandate – makes No sense evaluating cost vs benefit.

-Nuclear & hydroelectric solutions today when wind not blowing (polar vortex phenomena experience – no wind power & turbines required energy to stay healthy)  

-Wind utilization will plummet after Electric monopolies stop receiving subsidies. 
 
  
Q & A
Q – All assumptions/arguments based on 2018 prices.
-Fossil fuels expected to be more expensive
-No nuclear plans in progress or now being built.
-Same discussions in 1990 re acid rain.   Utilities said would develop new technologies and within 10 years developed new stage capability.
A – Great Question/Comments.  Excel says renewable prices will go up also
 
Q – Nuclear?
A – France still at 71% & Sweden 40% with Nuclear energy supply.  Personally, believe need to do everything.  Keep nuclear energy running.  Today, we have incredible regulations. 
 
Here the healthy discussion turned into frenzy of excited declarations rarely experienced in this sage group.. Note captures became all but impossible...
 
A Declaration – “Nuclear power today successfully keeping nation safe – on both land and sea!”
Then a Counter - “BUT not approved!”
And a Question – “If go nuclear, what do with waste?”
A Response – “Can recycle 90% today.  Actually an asset, not liability.  Far more waste with fossil fuels...” 
Etc.. Multiple comments, questions and thoughts from multiple tables - SIMULTANEOUSLY!
 
Isaac Orr concluded thanking members for enthusiasm.  Following presentation of coveted ‘Ham & Eggs” mug, was surrounded with continuing Questions and Thoughts
 
Scribes Final Comment:  Arguably most energetic (approaching, dare use term, ‘volatile’) meeting experienced at Ham & Eggs.  Today’s meeting, back to back with last week’s, surfaced critical issues and important decisions needed.  Proud to say: Ham & Egg membership not apathetic to issues nor hesitant to discuss!!!  Phenomenal meetings!
 
Further information on topic or Isaac Orr, Policy Fellow, visit “Center of The AMERICAN EXPERIMENT” at:  ‘AmericanExperiment.org’ (multiple topics and site addresses)  or contact: ‘Isaac.Orr@AmericanExperiment.org’
  
Thank You Darrell Bertelson and Dale Borgeson for photos - provided on membership weekly Newsletter distributions. 
 
 

Ron Jensen






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Alan Anderson

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Oct 16, 2019
 
Alan Anderson, encore Speaker:  “Rising CO2 and Ocean Acidification”.
Host:  Dan Biersdorf
 
Upcoming Speakers
10/23/2019  Isaac Orr, Policy Fellow at Center For The American Experiment: “Doubling Down on Failure: How a 50% Energy Standard Would Cost MN $80.2 Billion”.  Host  George Mueller

10/30/2019  Felicity James, Associate Concertmaster of MN Symphony Orchestra:  Host:  Ron Hasselmann

11/06/2019  “Who Am I Week?  New Members Tell Their Stories”, Tom Reusse, William, Maher, and Dave Bardal

 
Opening
Herb Schechter –  Good morning – Great to be back!  Learned something while absent last week: “Did you know gossips have a great sense of rumor”?  Then, letting up on lawyer jokes, Herb announced now going for CPAs:  “When accounts wife can’t sleep, she turns to husband and says:  ‘Tell me what you did at work today’“.  Next, “Telling patient he only has 2 more months to live, Dr suggests start living like a CPA.  Patient asks, will it help?  Dr says no, but will make think living a lifetime!”

 
Guests
Mike Doyle guest of Dan Biersdorf
John Racek guest of Dan Biersdorf
Mike Ebnet guest of Dan Biersdorf
Dick Ausman guest of Dan Biersdorf
Tom Schepers guest of Dan Biersdorf
Craig Mattson guest of Dan Biersdorf
Bernie Baier guest of David Morgan
 
 
Announcements & Morning Starters
Roger O’Daniel announced American Legion Post 129 is celebrating its centennial. H&E members and spouses invited.  Its sponsor, Saint Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, is providing an authentic Greek buffet dinner with all trimmings - Saturday Nov 19. Tickets cost $20.  Location: 3450 Irving Ave S, Minneapolis.  Social Hour and free Hors d’oeuvres – 5:30 P.M.  Dinner – 6:30 P.M.  Contact Roger for tickets! wisesooth@gmail.com LL: 612-825-2113 Cell: 612-597-2595.  Have 10 tickets.  Might be able to get more.

Victor Kirsch told following classic: “Two guys in Irish bar with discussion:  Where from?  Dublin.   Remarkably –me too!  Where in Dublin?  Remarkably me too!  (this goes on at length before guy asks bartender: What’s going on, this is remarkable?  Bartender returns: just the Clancy brothers making excuse to drink!”  Then – “Why Are We Hear?”  Victor style! 
 
 
Speaker Presentation & Speaker
Dan Biersdorf  - Before introducing significant presentation provider, gave update of self, work and family.  Then gave background & history recognition for Alan Anderson,  MN Citizens Climate Lobby significant:
 
 
Alan Anderson – Thank You.   (here, a slide of earth from space craft – heading out – displayed).  Starting a fast paced, information filled, clearly delivered – Alan’s presentation started with slide showing remarkably blue marble colored earth.

The oceans seem vast?  But the next slide graphically displaying planet mostly composed of rock.  Only a tiny sliver of water exsists. 
 
Snippets of presentation heard
 
-Graph of earths CO2 content from 1960 vs today displayed a 46% increase of this gas.
 
-CO2 quantities in past, observed in ice core samples from Artic poles, provides data back 800,000 years. 
 
-Here, a graph displayed temperature cycles, rise and fall, with identically correlating CO2 levels.  Numerous cycles observed – very regular.  Analysis identified ‘earth’s orbit’ (elliptical, not circular), earths changing ‘tilt’ toward sun and earths ‘wobble’ every 30,000 years (?)  Graph displayed an obvious & significant cycle. 
 
 
-Been above, warm periods ~10,000 warm years.  Expect today a very slow cooling phase.
 
-In past 800,000 years, never has CO2 been more than 300 ppm.  Recent at 415 ppm -  not at that level in 3 million years.  Currently, far outside historical cycle and at rate projected at 1200 ppm by end of century.
 
-What does this do to oceans? Today (verse 1960?) an increase of CO2 by 30%. 
 
-Coral reefs, oceans nursery, are vital to 50% of life. Significant, reefs make up only 1% of ocean area.
 
-Diverse coral reefs produce significant part of globes diversity.  Increased CO2 in sea water drives PH down, causing problems for marine life.
 
 Recent global monthly mean CO2 data showed a yearly cycle – Most pronounced in Northern Hemisphere – (where largest land mast is). 
 
-Nearly all animals with a shell gets carbon from sea water.  When carbon replaced with bicarbonate, shell fish cannot make shells.  Straight up 101 HS chemistry explains todays shell fish problems.
 
 Bottom animals in food chain very sensitive to acidity.  If keep doing what doing, scientists claim – “Gonna mess everything up!”  Simple as that!
 
-US beating heats records this year – hottest summer in recorded history.
 
-Much of increased heat is absorbed in oceans – increasing evaporation and rain.
 
Alan Anderson  here provided an expansive discussion of “Good News” including ‘existing plans’ and ‘things to do’.
 
 
 
Q & A
Q – How sure government will give back (referring to Alan’s Good News Plan Proposed)?
A – Same as SS:  Would have to change legislature. 
 
Q – Nuclear?
A – France still at 71% & Sweden 40% with Nuclear energy supply.  Personally, believe need to do everything.  Keep nuclear energy running.  Today, we have incredible regulations. 
 
Q – Explain how solar panel projects work please.  Three years ago I signed up to be part of project.
A – Solar panels on roofs can save 70% of electricity bills.  Even with MN clouds, etc, 70-73% savings.   Last year, I cut 93%  off purchased electricity.  Was great on electric bill. 
 
Q – 2 Qs:   1st reference to solar affecting  million jobs, and 2nd Q, can we trust government to return proposed fossil fuel tax back plan to customers – look at our SS program.
A – Yes, 2 Million jobs – entire net.  Regarding return of fossil fuel tax being faithfully returned, it would all be distributed during same year and not put into a fund - as SS today.
 
Q – Germany supposedly going solar, but at same time they’re building coal fired power plants.
A – Reviewing Germany, they’re looking for solutions.  They’re working on it.
 
Q – If building new home, what would difference be?
A – Today, roofs still cheaper using asphalt shingles.  Interestingly, Tesla started making solar shingles.  They’re pricy yet – but in our future. 
 
Q – What are other greenhouse gases besides CO2?
A – There are 4 primary greenhouse gases.  Water in atmosphere is one, but it comes down in 10 days.  Methane & Nitrous oxide are 20-30 times more potent and take ~10 years to come out of atmosphere.  CO2, significantly, a powerful greenhouse gas stays up for centuries.
 
Alan Anderson thanked Club for inviting back for ‘encore’ presentation. Members showed significant appreciation with long applause. 
 
Thank You Darrell Bertelson & Dale Borgeson for photography. provided for Members with capable email providers.  
 
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