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Famed polar explorer Will Steger pauses Tuesday at the waterfront during his visit to the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen. He is leading a group of a dozen young Midwesterners. Will Steger Foundation/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Midwest could be in position to help improve the climate and gain jobs at the same time

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ST. PAUL -- The Upper Midwest could gain from the global climate change conference in Copenhagen, but those from the region attending the meeting say the real work will come in Congress and in Mexico City a year from now.

Reports from the United Nations conference on Tuesday indicate chances of a firm climate agreement by the time the conference ends are slim, but those from the Midwest say the conference remains important.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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