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Global Warming Given Attention in Minnesota

An article in the Star Tribune newspaper yesterday has reported on a Tuesday meeting at the Minnesota State Capitol atended by legislators and environmental speakers that discussed the adverse effects of global warming. Methods of reducing greenhouse gas emissions were a topic of discussion, as well as the consensus that a group of scientists had reached regarding its harmful effects and causes. The event is noteworthy because it marks one of the first times that leadership in the country has recognized the issue as one that effects everyone and convened to discuss it.

The Star Tribune covers the issue well, with a story that covers all the necessary factual information that reaers may not be familiar with, as well as the views of those in opposition of the meeting. The article mentions the proposed solutions, the significance of the meeting, and gives quotes from key figures involved or notable ones who have spoken out on it. Particular focus is placed on Pawlenty's proposed Next Generation Energy Initiative, as something that directly relates to an important figure in Minnesota. Attribution style in the article varies. There are equal amounts of paraphrasing, direct sentence quoting, and fragment quoting. The quotes are from figures ranging from officials for Xcel Energy, to former legislators to the state's governor, and they serve to emphasize the importance the issue has.

An article on the same topic was printed in the St. Paul Pioneer Press a day later, highlighting that climate change is finding a platform for discussion at the capitol when last year there was no desire for lawmakers to acknowledge the issue. This article does not include any information on the opposition to the meeting that did exist, and actually undermined it by including "Almost everyone, Republicans and Democrats alike, stood and applauded when he finished." which seems kind of pointless in a story like this. Attribution is similar in this article, but much less lone words are quoted, which is good, and there are a nice amount of full sentence quotes that work in the story.

The two articles both have their strongpoints and are essentially the same if anyone actually read them entirely, but the Star Tribune article cuts right to the point in its opening sentence by saying that global warming is a real threat, and Minnesota lawmakers are acknowledging it. You have to dig pretty deep into the Pioneer Press article to get to a spot that talks about the consequences of the problem, which is not an effective way to have written it, in my opinion.