In thi's commentary, Rolf Nordstrom, executive director of the Great Plains Institute, shares his position on how the Midwest connects with the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP, in this case COP15):
"The Midwest has a political significance disproportionate to its population size. North Dakota, for example, has roughly 640,000 people, but its two Democratic senators are likely essential to passing any sort of climate policy at the national level. States with large agricultural and coal industries are pivotal 'swing states' for U.S. climate policy.
As the U.S. goes, so goes the world. So what happens in Copenhagen will shape the future of the Midwest; and what we do here in the Midwest will influence what happens for the rest of the world."
Does the Midwest have that much influence? Will you be watching COP15?
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* Full commentary: A climate of change in Copenhagen