Conference Calls

  We invite you to participate in CARE's Monthly Conference Call program. All you need to do is call in from wherever you are--in your car, at your desk, on the beach, in an airport, or snuggled up in bed. The conference call is thirty minutes and features different experts each month.

The expert offers about 15 minutes worth of content in the area of their expertise and then 15 minutes of Q & A. If there is a stimulating dialog going on, there is no reason to have to end at 30 minutes, but that is the basic plan. You will likely learn as much from your peers' questions as your own. The only cost to you would be the phone call.

The topics are focused on those within the energy industry, not the consumer--but anyone is welcome to participate. A reminder notice will be sent to everyone on the CARE Newsletter distribution list a few days before each Conference Call. From there, you can RSVP.

Here you will find a catalog of all of CARE’s Monthly Conference Calls. You can listen to the actual, unedited call recordings and for the more recent calls, you can also open or download an edited transcript of the call. Here, the transcript is cleaned up for easier reading. Questions from call participants are offered in italics to differentiate the questions from the answers. For many this offers an alternative way to access the valuable information offered on the calls.

If you are not already receiving a notice about CARE’s Conference Call, please use the button to the left to subscribe to CARE’s Newsletter and you will then be on the list for the Conference Call Announcement.


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  •   Upcoming energy-related legislative issues: where are they in the process and which should concern you?
    Tim Charters
    care - 8/25/2010

    Tim started with the Committee on Natural Resources in June 2008, as Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all OCS energy development, federal lands energy programs, the USGS and Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all OCS energy development, federal lands energy programs, the USGS and OSM.. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all OCS energy development, federal lands energy programs, the USGS and OSM.

    Prior to coming to the Committee, Tim served two years as Legislative Director for Rep. Stevan Pearce (NM-2). He operated his own lobbying firm for four years, Charters and Company, LLC, a small government relations firm that represented clients from around America on a variety of issues, including Defense, Marine Research, and Health Care and tax policy. He spent most of his early career working for a Representative from his home-town, Encinitas, CA from 1993 until 2002, serving in a variety of roles including District Director and Senior Appropriations Assistant. While earning his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Humboldt State University, in Arcata, CA, Tim worked for Rep. Frank Riggs (CA-1).

  •   Middle East, Terriorism, and the Impact on Energy Production
    Amil Imani
    CARE - 7/22/2010

    Amil Imani is an Iranian-American writer, poet, novelist, essayist, literary translator, public speaker, political analyst and a pro-democracy activist who has been writing and speaking out about the danger of radical Islam both in America and internationally. He has become a formidable voice against Islamic Terrorism and also for the struggling people of his native land of Iran. Born in Tehran, Imani moved to the United States during the radical Islamic Revolution of 1978/79.

    Imani has both promoted American patriotism, and encouraged democracy for Iran. He has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world as well as in thousands of Internet magazines, websites and blogs. Amil's writings can be found on his website Imani is also director and co-founder of Former Muslims United, which came to existence in September 2009. He is also 2010 recipient of EMET, the Speaker of the Truth Award at the Capitol Hill. He is the author of recent smashing book "Obama Meets Ahmadinejad."

  •   Considerations For A Wise National Energy Policy
    John Droz, jr
    CARE - 6/23/2010

    John Droz, jr., Physicist and Environmental Advocate John received undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics from Boston College, and a graduate degree in physics from Syracuse University. He subsequently worked for GE/AESD (Utica, NY), Mohawk Data Sciences (Herkimer, NY), and Monolithic Memories (Cupertino, CA).

  •   Obama's obsession with "climate change" and an update on the climate change/cap and trade battle
    Christopher C. Horner
    CARE - 5/27/2010

    As an attorney, Horner has represented CEI, scientists, and Members of the U.S. Congress on matters of environmental policy in the federal courts including the Supreme Court. He is the author of three best-selling books on global warming policy: Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism, and his newest, Power Grab: How Obama's Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America.

    Horner is hailed by Glenn Beck as a "Watchdog" and praised by Rush Limbaugh as the "longtime go-to guy on global warming extremism," has compiled a jaw-dropping account of the government's arrogant plans to take over America's access to abundant, afforable energy--and by doing so, take over our economy and limit the individual freedom we've so long taken for granted.

  •   Renewable Energy Mandates--A State's Perspective
    Senator Mike Jungbauer
    CARE - 4/29/2010

    Educating the citizens of Minnesota and the legislature about the real science surrounding global warming is a focus of Senator Jungbauer's. Minnesota, like other states, is pursuing many forms of legislation to curb global warming pollutants. "If we are going to make public policy decisions that will affect the way we live indefinitely, it's important that we understand the unintended consequences of such legislation before enactment." Recently, Senator Jungbauer has been appointed to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) standing committee on Agriculture, Environment & Energy. He participated in a public policy panel for the Fourth International Conference on Climate Change, May 16-18, 2010

    The MN Legislature passed aggressive renewable energy and carbon reduction standards back in 2007. We have found that it may be difficult for us to meet those standards due to legislative constraints. Some focus will be on coal and nuclear moratorium, the difficulty of adding new transmission lines, ever expanding tax credits for wind and solar, complicated funding mechanisms for Community Based Energy Development (C-Bed) and pending lawsuit filed by North Dakota over the 2007 Next Generation Act in violation of the commerce clause.

  •   The Real Fuels of the Future and the Influence of T. Boone Pickens
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    Robert Bryce
    CARE - 3/26/2010

    Robert Bryce is managing editor of Energy Tribune and author of Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence" and the forthcoming Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy, and the Real Fuels of the Future.

    Now that healthcare has passed, attentions are likely to focus back to cap and trade. With that comes a push for renewable energy. At CARE we support renewable energy if it is responsible--meaning it works in both cost and energy parity. One person who has been crowing about renewables (especially wind energy) with a big megaphone is T. Boone Pickens. He is bound to be back in the news again and again. But what he is advocating doesn't always make sense for America--though it probably makes cents (or dollars) for him.

    Someone who has gone head-to-head with T. Boone is Robert Bryce. In a recent conversation with T. Boone on the Stossel show on Fox Business, Robert Bryce was able to articulately point out the flaws in T. Boone's premise--and many other general misconceptions that are out there regarding oil, gas and energy in general.

  •   Secretary Salazar's Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reforms and What They Mean Today
    Ben Lieberman, Senior Policy Analyst, Energy and Environment for the Heritage foundation.
    CARE - 2/25/2010

    Lieberman, trained as a lawyer and accountant, is known in public policy circles as a strong advocate of free-market solutions to the challenge of rising energy prices. He opposes unnecessary government regulation and mandates for energy producers while supporting increased access to domestic energy supplies. At Heritage, Lieberman also has developed expertise in the Clean Air Act, global warming and the effects of environmental policy on energy prices. He has testified before Congress on several occasions and appeared on news programs on NBC, CBS, FOX, CNBC and MSNBC. Before joining Heritage in 2005, Lieberman served as associate counsel and director of air quality policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington. Lieberman, a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bar associations, received his law degree from George Washington University in 1993. A certified public accountant since 1989, he received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Maryland in 1988. He lives in Bethesda, MD.

  •   First-hand Report of the Happenings at the Copenhagen Climate Conference and What it Means to the Energy Industry
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    Myron Ebell, Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
    CARE - 1/26/2010

    First-hand report of the happenings at the Copenhagen Climate Conference and what it means to the energy industry Myron Ebell is director of energy and global warming policy at CEI. He also serves as director of Freedom Action, a web-based grassroots activist organization loosely affiliated with CEI, and chairs the Cooler Heads Coalition, which comprises over two dozen non-profit groups in this country and abroad that question global warming alarmism and oppose energy rationing policies. Prior to coming to CEI, Myron was policy director at Frontiers of Freedom, a public-policy advocacy organization founded by former US Senator Malcolm Wallop. While at Frontiers of Freedom, he worked on property rights, the Endangered Species Act, federal-lands policies, and global warming. He previously served as senior legislative assistant to Rep. John Shadegg, where he helped develop landmark legislation that would reform the Endangered Species Act, and before that as Washington representative of the American Land Rights Association and as assistant to the chairman of the National Taxpayers Union. Myron has appeared as a guest on numerous television shows including the ABC Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Fox News's Special Report with Bret Baier, O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity and Colmes, and on national television networks in Australia, Canada, France, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, and Germany. His writings have appeared in a variety of publications, including the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Washington Post. Myron holds a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. He also did graduate work at the University of California at San Diego and at Peterhouse, Cambridge University.

  •   The EPA's Carbon Ruling and the Tailoring Rule, what it means and what we can do about it
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    Daniel R. Simmons, Director State Affairs, Institute for Energy Research
    CARE - 12/17/2009

    Before joining IER, Simmons served as the Director of the Natural Resources Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In this capacity, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of a 200-member task force made up state legislators and private sector members. ALEC's Natural Resources Task Force promotes policy innovations through markets, property rights, and the rule of law in energy, environment, natural resources, and agricultural policy areas. He also drafted, researched, and promoted ALEC's model legislation.

    Prior to working for ALEC, Simmons was a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He analyzed proposed federal regulations and wrote comments to federal agencies during the rulemaking process. He also drafted law review articles based on a current regulatory and legal issues. Previous to working at the Mercatus Center, Simmons served as Legislative Staff for the Committee on Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives where he handled endangered species and forestry issues.

    Simmons holds a B.A. in Economics from Utah State University and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

  •   The Likely Progression If Cap and Trade Passes And The Paradigm Shift Taking Place That Says It Will Not Pass. What is Plan B?
    Jim Sims, President and CEO of the Western Business Roundtable
    CARE - 11/18/2009

    A veteran of more than 30 years in the fields of natural resource, environmental regulation and energy policy development at the state and federal levels, Jim Sims served for 18 years in Washington, D.C., both in senior policy positions in the U.S. Congress and the White House and as a energy and environmental policy advocate. He serves as Chairman of Policy Communications, Inc., a full service public affairs / lobbying firm with offices in Golden, CO and Washington, D.C. Jim's innovative work has been recognized in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Denver Business Journal, United Press International, Politics Online and other publications.

  •   Energy Development, the Regulatory Environment, and Your Legal Options
    Perry Pendley, President and Chief Operating Officer at Mountain States Legal Foundation.
    CARE - 10/28/2009

    William Perry Pendley is a nationally known expert regarding constitutional, environmental, private property, natural resources, and federal lands issues. He has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, as well as on nationally broadcast radio programs. He has delivered speeches in all 50 States. His monthly column, Summary Judgment, appears throughout the country; he is the author of three books: It Takes A Hero (1994); War on the West (1995); and Warriors for the West (2006). He is admitted to practice law in Wyoming, Colorado, Washington, D.C., and Virginia

  •   Energy Policy In The New Political Environment In Washington - Issues Outlook For The Rest Of 2009 And Beyond
    Dan Naatz Vice President of Federal Resources & Political Affairs at The Independent Petroleum Association of America
    CARE - 9/24/2009

    Dan Naatz is currently Vice President, Federal Resources and Political Affairs for the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA). He coordinates all activities for the IPAA concerning federal resource issues and also manages the political activities for the association. Prior to coming to IPAA, Mr. Naatz spent 12 years on Capitol Hill working for the late Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY) in various capacities including Chief of Staff and Legislative Director.

    Mr. Naatz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Colorado College and a Master of Art in Public Administration from the University of Virginia.

  •   Cap and Trade, Where It Is, The Mood in DC, and What We Can Do Now
    David Kreutzer, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst in Energy Economics and Climate Change, Center for Data Analysis
    CARE - 8/20/2009

    David Kreutzer is the Senior Policy Analyst in Energy Economics and Climate Change at The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis.

    In this position, Kreutzer researches how energy and climate change legislation will affect economic activity at the national, local, and industry levels.

    Before joining Heritage in February 2008, Kreutzer was an economist at Berman and Company, a Washington-based public affairs firm. From 1984 to 2007, he taught economics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., where he also served as Director of the International Business Program.

    In addition, Kreutzer was a Visiting Economist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1994 and was a visiting economics instructor at Ohio University in the early 1980s.

    Kreutzer's research has appeared in journals such as The Journal of Political Economy, the National Tax Journal, Economic Inquiry, The Southern Economic Journal and The Journal of Energy and Development. He has also written for mainstream media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, the Journal of Commerce, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

    Kreutzer earned doctorate in economics from George Mason University in 1984. He also has a bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Virginia Tech. Raised in Northern Virginia, he now lives with his wife and three children in Arlington.

  •   Energy Advocacy and Washington DC Policies
    Paul Driessen
    Care - 7/30/2009

    Paul Driessen comes from a background as an environmental activist and an attorney. Since "seeing the light," Paul now spends much of his time and effort advocating for energy. He is a friend of CARE offering insight, data and encouragement when needed. As a member of CARE's Energy Counsel, Paul is a frequent contributor to CARE's Blog (Comments About Responsible Energy). His writing can also be found in his book, Eco-Imperialism. Paul is a Senior Fellow with the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, nonprofit public policy institutes that focus on energy, the environment, economic development and international affairs. Our discussion will revolve around the environmental agenda, its influence on current energy policy, and what we can do to have an impact.

  •   Offshore Development, In The Context Of Overall Worldwide Energy Investment
    Byron King
    CARE - 5/27/2009

    Using Brazil as an example of a nation that's going out into its deep offshore with great enthusiasm--approaching a national rapture, Byron will use the US as an example of a nation that's stuck in the past and hog-tied by a political process that's so unwieldy that it stymies development. At the same time, we have to keep an eye on the whole investment paradigm for large projects--how to invest in big projects over the long term, while dealing with day to day fluctuations in the marketplace.

  •   The House Climate Bill, UN Climate Process, EPA Endangerment and Latest Science and Public Opinion Polls on Global Warming
    Marc Morano
    CARE - 4/30/2009

    Marc Morano is the executive editor and chief correspondent for, a global warming and eco-news center founded in 2009. Morano served for three years as a senior advisor, speechwriter, and climate researcher for U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee as he also managed the award-winning communication operations of the GOP side. Morano, who has spent years researching climate change, environmental, and energy issues, traveled to Greenland in 2007 to investigate global warming claims. As Senate staff, Morano also attended the United Nation's climate eco-conferences held in Kenya, Indonesia, and Poland in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Morano authored and compiled the 2007 groundbreaking report of 400-plus dissenting scientists and the follow-up 2009 report of 700-plus scientists dissenting from man-made global warming fears. Morano has held both White House and Capitol Hill Press credentials and a former member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has attended and reported on numerous international eco-conferences as well as the 2002 UN-sponsored Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to joining the Senate, Morano worked for well over a decade as an investigative journalist, documentary maker, radio talk show host and national television correspondent. In 2000, his investigative television documentary "Amazon Rainforest: Clear-Cutting the Myths" created an international firestorm. His reporting has made international news, including appearances and coverage on CNN, Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes, BBC TV, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, US Weekly Magazine, web links from the Drudge Report, the entertainment show Extra TV, and Politically Incorrect w/ Bill Maher.

  •   Green Hell--How Environmentalists Plan to Ruin Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them
    Steve Milloy
    CARE - 3/26/2009

    We are excited to bring you Steven Milloy as the featured guest for CARE's March Conference Call. You may recognize his name as the founder of For our Conference Call he will be addressing the topic of his brand-new, just-released book Green Hell--How Environmentalists Plan to Ruin Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them. The title says it all. Please check out the reviews already on They will make you want to join this exclusive conversation and buy this important new book.

  •   Is Obama the Next FDR, Carter, Clinton or Reagan?
    John Fund
    CARE - 2/20/2009

    John Fund writes the weekly Political Diary column for, published by the Wall Street Journal.

    Mr. Fund joined the Journal in 1984 as deputy editorial features editor. He became an editorial page writer specializing in politics and government in October 1986 and was named a member of the Journal's editorial board in December 1995.

    Mr. Fund worked as a research analyst for the California State Legislature in Sacramento before beginning his journalism career in 1982 as a reporter for the syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak. In 1993, he received the Warren Brookes Award for journalistic excellence from the American Legislative Exchange Council.

    He has authored several books including Cleaning House: America's Campaign for Term Limits and Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy.

  •   What Free-Market/Conservatives Might Look Out For On The Energy Issue Under The New Administration In The Coming Year
    H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D.
    CARE - 1/21/2009

    H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is one of the country's leading authorities on energy and environmental issues.

    He is the lead analyst of the National Center for Policy Analysis' E-Team--one of the largest collections of energy and environmental policy experts and scientists who believe that sound science, economic prosperity and protecting the environment can go hand in hand.

    Burnett routinely discusses energy and environmental policy on national television and radio networks, including CNN Headline News, Fox News, and CNBC. His commentaries and articles have appeared in publications such as USA Today, The Washington Times, Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Rocky Mountain News, and the Miami Herald.

    A recognized scholar, Burnett has written on numerous topics that affect every American, including government environmental policy, offshore drilling, global warming, endangered species, and public lands.

    He has held various positions in professional and public policy organizations, including serving as a member of the Environment and Natural Resources Task Force in the Texas Comptroller\'s e-Texas commission, board of directors of the Dallas Woods and Water Conservation Club, and advisor for the American Legislative Exchange Council's Natural Resources Task Force.

    Burnett received his Ph.D. in 2001 from Bowling Green State University. He also received degrees from Southern Methodist University.

  •   The Current Energy Policy Climate
    Robert L. Bradley, Jr.
    CARE - 12/17/2008

    Robert L. Bradley, Jr. is one of the nation's leading proponents of market-based, fuel-neutral energy policy. He is the founder and chairman of the Institute for Energy Research, an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., and a visiting fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. Bradley, who holds a BA and MA in economics and a Ph.D. in political economy, is also an honorary senior research fellow of the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. Bradley received the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award in 2002 for his work on free market approaches to energy sustainability.

    Bradley is author of numerous books Incluing Energy the Master Resource and, most recently, of Capitalism at Work: Business, Government, and Energy (M&M Scrivener Press), an application of the capitalist worldview to corporate and energy controversies. His website covers this and the two forthcoming books in his trilogy on political capitalism in the energy industry. More information on Rob Bradley and the Institute for Energy Research can be found at

    Robert Bradley will be joined by IER's Director of State Affairs, Dan Simmons. Before joining IER, Simmons served as the Director of the Natural Resources Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In this capacity, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of a 200-member task force made up state legislators and private sector members. ALEC's Natural Resources Task Force promotes policy innovations through markets, property rights, and the rule of law in energy, environment, natural resources, and agricultural policy areas. He also drafted, researched, and promoted ALEC's model legislation. Simmons holds a B.A. in Economics from Utah State University and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

  •   Election Results And Strategy For 2009
    Ron Arnold
    CARE - 11/13/2008

    An award-winning author and Executive Vice President of the Bellevue, Washington-based Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, Ron Arnold is a private consultant to industry. His books, public appearances, and frequent invitations to give congressional testimony have made him one of the most visible critics of progressivism and a prominent defender of technological civilization. His book Undue Influence: Wealthy Foundations, Grant-Driven Environmental Groups and Zealous Bureaucrats that Control Your Future prompted a congressional investigation of environmental groups. His grassroots organizing has helped Fortune-500 companies guard against shakedowns by anti-corporate organizations.

  •   World Energy Markets and America's Role
    Michael Economides
    CARE - 10/17/2008

    Michael Economides is known throughout the world for his insight and expertise on world energy markets. He is the author or co-author of 14 books including The Color of Oil--the best selling primer on oil and energy (Executive Summary availble on the CARE Website); and his newest From Soviet to Putin and Back. Among his many qualifications, two that would be of the most interest ot CARE's audience are his role as Professor at the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houtson, and Editor-in-Chief of the Energy Tribune--a fascinating and educational monthly magazine. Additionally, Economides is managing partner of a petroleum engineering and petroleum strategy consulting firm. Most importantly, he is a friend of CARE and a frequent contributor to the CARE Blog.

  •   Endangered Species Act Issues And Their Impacts On Energy Development And Production
    Kent Holsinger
    CARE - 9/11/2008

    The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the pit bull of all environmental laws. It applies to all activities authorized, permitted or funded by the federal government as well as activities on private lands that could be a species' habitat. Recently, activist environmental groups have been blanketing the West with efforts to list hundreds of species. If succesful, these listings could dramatically affect the ability to conduct any activities on federal lands or private lands with habitat.

    Kent Holsinger is the founder of Holsinger Law, LLC. The Firm, now with three attorneys, specializes in lands, wildlife and water law. Kent's work on natural resource issues has been recognized in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Rocky Mountain News and, among others. Prior to founding Holsinger Law, Kent practiced law in Denver, served as the Assistant Director for Water at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and worked in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Wayne Allard and Congressman Bob Schaffer.A member of the National Western Association, Kent also serves on the board of the Conservation Science Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

  •   New Evidence That Global Warming Is Mostly Natural
    Roy Spencer
    CARE - 8/14/2008

    Roy W. Spencer is a principal research scientist for the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the US Science team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) on NASA's Aqua Satellite. In the past, he has served as senior scientist for climate studies at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. Spencer is the recipient of NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and the American Meteorological Society's Special Award for his satellite based temperature monitoring work. He is the author of numerous scientific articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals. His areas of research expertise include satellite temperature data, hurricanes, the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance, the evangelical movement and global warming and general climate issues.

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