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Our View: Jim and Tim want to lead; will we follow?

Jim and Tim want to lead; will we follow?Maybe Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty are right. The time has come to get serious about renewable energy development.

In a joint press conference last week, the Democrat and Republican vowed to lead the region into a more "green" future.

They said efforts to pump up renewable energy sources have been woefully inadequate, despite promises for years that something will be done to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Sadly, we're more dependent on those foreign oil sources today than we were in the 1970s when long lines were forming at our local gas pumps.

Our upper Midwest states are doing a better job of developing new and more environmentally-friendly energy sources, but the winds of change are still more like a small breeze. You'd think researchers and leaders would be falling over each other in the race toward energy solutions.

Yet demand for fossil fuels continues to grow in our country, and there are few signs on the horizon to indicate that will change soon.

If, as Jim and Tim claim, Wisconsin and Minnesota can become leaders in the production and use of alternative energy sources, our economy will reap huge benefits for years to come.

One would think there is plenty of incentive to turn our words about renewable energy into action now.

We can no longer afford to allow foreign oil interests to have such a huge impact on our nation's economy every time they need some extra cash.

Let's cheer on Jim and Tim (and their respective legislators) in their effort to bring about meaningful change.

If they follow through on their promises to lead, we would all do well to be good followers in this important shift in energy production and use.

And the sooner we get at the job of change, the better it will be for all of us.