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Talking about climate change in Trump country: in Minnesota, "Rural Climate Dialogues" get people across the political spectrum to discuss global warming

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Ostrander, Madeline (main author)
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Publication Date:
USA: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
communication barriers, environment, environmental communication, environmental policy, environmental quality, information issues, participation, politics, public information, weather, discussion groups, mediation, climate, climate change, dialogue, civic engagement, citizen juries
10 pages., via website, The national magazine of the Sierra Club., FOR 47 YEARS, HARVEY KRAGE LIVED IN a white farmhouse with red shutters on the side of a bluff about 11 miles from the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota. He and his family kept ducks in a pair of ponds and drank water from the springhouse in their backyard. For three decades, Krage commuted from the farm through a woodland of red cedar and black maple, past corn and bean fields, to the small city of Winona, where he retreaded massive, heavy construction tires for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Then for another decade, he drove the company's semitrailers, passing the long hours with talk radio, especially the diatribes of right-wing commentator Rush Limbaugh. That's how he first heard about climate change, "about how crazy these scientists were."