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Opening Arguments

Green, green

I noticed a story the other day about "green dying" -- you can get buried in a cardboard box and save the Earth! Then the story was "localized" for Indiana by some enterprising reporter who went out and found a couple of funeral homes who were "thinking about" going green. I thought that was the silliest wacko environmental story I'd see this month, till I discovered that the Republicans are trying to outgreen the Democrats:

In the race for greenness, Republicans are picking up the pace for their upcoming national convention in St. Paul.

Think hybrid electric trucks delivering soft drinks to the Xcel Energy Center. Almost 300 containers for used cans, bottles, paper and all other things recyclable. A thousand bicycles available for convention-goers to get around the Twin Cities. Recycled desk chairs, cubicles and carpeting. Even 45,000 biodegradable discount cards for visitors.

"I think we are going to be the greenest convention in GOP history,' said Joanna Burgos, press secretary for the convention, which will be held Sept. 1-4.

Democrats are doing much the same — and arguably more — at their convention Aug. 25-28 in Denver. They're even pushing an effort to reduce carbon emissions from delegates and alternates traveling there.

A thousand Republicans bicycling through St. Paul -- I'd pay to see that.