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How Your Local Utility May be Pouring Gas on the Climate Changing Fire

 

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.   

We have a situation. Leaking natural gas (methane) is one of the most climate changing gasses we dump into our atmosphere.  In some places it is leaking at a disturbing rate. 

Scientists have just announced that 2014 was the warmest year on recordand noted an increasing number of violent storms.   Signs of climate change are being reported almost daily. Also noteworthy is that the language used to discuss the contribution of leaking natural gas in this emerging situation is misleading and creates a false sense of complacency.

 

Imagine your high school aged daughter coming home from her first…

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Keeping Keystone XL Pipeline in Perspective

by Francis Koster Ed. D.

As we struggle to create a better future for our kids, and their kids, sometimes it helps to take a breath and put things in perspective.   The current political storm over the Keystone XL oil pipeline could really use it.

A sensible Federal law requires that when a foreign company or country wants to build a pipeline which would cross our international borders, a Presidential Permit is required.[i] In the case of Keystone XL, this set the stage for politics entering the national discussion.

Tweet #1: "Our national security is at stake".   No. Oil is sold to the highest bidder - regardless of country of origin. So there is no "American" oil - only oil p…

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Why Todays Students Need Our Support

Why Todays Students Need Our Support

 

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

 

For the next two minutes or so reading time I intend to shock you with information, increase your anxiety about the future of our society, and tell you what you can do about it. The focus is our often criticized K-12 education system, which some describe as a boat run aground, and others say has been torpedoed. Instead, it may help to examine the passengers.

  

As of fall 2014, about 50 million students attend public elementary and secondary schools - one out of every six Americans. An additional 5 million students attend private schools.[1],[2]

 The kids who go to these schools have very different lives than you and I did at that age.  

Ther…

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A No Cost Improvement to America's Healthcare System You Can Make

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

In the world of medicine, a 3 year project has figured out that doing something simple increases patient health and satisfaction, while having the potential to reduce the annual cost to society for healthcare by billions of dollars.   And wonder of wonders, this does not depend on computers, or insurance policies, or politicians of any stripe.

The concept, called Open Notes,[1] is simple - after each visit to the doctor or hospital, the patient is given a copy of what the caregiver wrote in their chart. It is that easy.

Research shows that most patients forget more than three quarters of what the doctor tells them during the visit.[2] And…

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