Advise and Dissent: Bethany Gustafson

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What would you like to tell president-elect Barack Obama? Advise and Dissent features Minnesota opinions on what the new president should be thinking and doing.

Mr. President-elect, because you were elected on the hope for change, I ask you to seek advice from a wide variety of people, to look to people who have experience as well as to new voices outside of Washington and outside of the corporate establishment.

Also, since energy is an important issue right now, I would advise you to look at long term solutions and do very careful analysis of the costs and benefits of new forms of energy. Make sure that new forms of energy truly are saving energy (unlike ethanol from corn, which takes a great deal of energy and water to produce), and make sure they are sustainable for the long term.