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Wars over Oil-Im sick of it

Sick and Tired of my Brothers and Sisters being hurt or killed for OIL

TO ALL THE SOLDIERS THAT WERE INJURED AND DIED IN #WARSOVEROIL I’M TRULY SORRY THAT OUR GOVERNMENT EFFORTS LED BY #REPUBLICANLIES BY #REPUBLICANWARMONGERS PUT YOU IN THIS SITUATION.

US Soldiers saving fellow soldier in battle over OIL
photo copied from fellow Blogger 

Did anyone else see the#lateshowwithdavidletterman last night 3/3/14  with the #Army #Soldier ?  If you didn’t see the show here is the You Tube Video

 Props to the Medical Team and the Soldiers positive attitude.

Here is a Youtube video link of the interview with David Leterman 

Edited and copied from G+ post: now that I’m back on my comp I’ll add a little more to what I felt was one of the best interviews of the past few months.  This Soldier was injured when a roadside bomb exploded by the truck he was in- and his arms and legs were amputated because of the damage.

It was reported that those Kick-Ass doctors performed double arm reattachment from Donor supplied body parts.  Though the #USARMY Soldier was in a wheel chair during the show, they have been working with him to fit him with some new legs and in a few months they expect him to be going about New York on foot and not needing the wheel chair!

I’ll be honest this #WarHero has a better attitude than I do.  I don’t know if I could have kept the positive attitude after loosing my arms and legs. During the commercial I commented to my girl that his ordeal was what #Metalica wrote and sang about years ago with the Hit Song ONE.    Luckily and thankfully Medical Science is helping him and others that were injured fighting a #WarOverOil in a land far away.

I’d like to point out that the USA has the know-how and technology to limit and reduce the amount of Oil we consume and are forced to buy from the Middle East.  I feel this is a step in limiting the resources that these Countries have and are using to kill and hurt the American Soldiers.

To put it simply: Limiting the cash flow will lessen the amount of $$$ they can spend fighting and if the USA is not dependent upon foreign oil we will become a sustainable nation once again .

To all the Soldiers that were injured in #WarsOverOil–I’m truly sorry that our Government efforts led by#republicanlies by #RepublicanWarMongers put you in this situation.

I’m sick and tired of my brothers and sisters being hurt and killed for OIL.To all the Soldiers that were injured and died in #WarsOverOil I’m truly sorry that our Government efforts led by#republicanlies by #RepublicanWarMongers put you in this situation

For everyone who says I’m a peace sympathizer or whatever. I joined the Army Long ago to fight in what I thought was going to be a showdown with Iran during the Iran-Contra Affair.   Yeah I was young & dumb and thought the USA was always right.

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Voters are Responsible for Shutdown~Lesson Learned~BlameGame

Yes I said and do mean that.  The Tea Party and their fellow GOP cronies were elected by the People.  So I point the finger in the blame game back at ‘We the People’ the Voting Public for electing these clowns into office.

I will admit that when I first learned about the Tea Party. I believed they were making a few valid points.  Though it was not enough for me to contribute $Money$ to support their political endeavors.  Some of the info was at least worth looking into.

Like any informed Voter studying the Issues that are affecting the USA and its Interests.  I want the facts-not the hype from the Media Networks.  I learned long ago when I started studying the effects of Climate Change that it was the Humans Fault. (IPCC-The IPCC report shows the Man Made CO2 is creating warming temperatures Worldwide )

I’ve written many green blog posts on Climate Change and the Causes and never understood why more efforts to end wars over Oil, Clean Energy Jobs, and protecting Americas Greatest asset “We The People” were not adopted and enacted by our Elected Officials.

I had to know why wouldn’t any elected official who campaigns on what’s best for the American Public and then FAIL to:create and enact laws and regulations to support the endeavor.  To understand and research this topic I luckily found the websites: Open Secrets and Follow the Money.

I had the Ah-hah Moment

I honestly couldn’t believe the amount of money Big Business and the Oil Industry was giving to our Elected Officials.  And when I look at the Government Shutdown created by the GOP and the Tea Party Members.  I realized these are the same people who are taking the most money from the Fossil Fuel Industry.

Coincidence or Fact learn for yourself from the people at: Open Secrets and Follow the Money.

I rest my case.

Sincerely,
Scotty
Scotts Contracting, StLouis Renewable Energy

Roy Blunt Missouri Senator is a perfect example of Big Business and Dirty Energy Money in Politics

Roy Blunt Missouri Senator is a perfect example of Big Business and Dirty Energy Money in Politics
Roy Blunt Missouri Senator is a perfect example of Big Business and Dirty Energy Money in Politics

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July 31st-Join Us to Take Back St. Louis!

End an era of public taxpayer dollars going to fossil fuel companies, their big bankers, lawyers and lobbyists, and require a plan to invest public money in and open land for renewable energy and sustainability projects!

Join Us to Turn In 36,000 Signatures to Take Back St. Louis!


Wednesday, July 31st at 10:00AM
Meet at Poelker Park (Tucker and Market across from City Hall)

After 8 months of hard work, the time has finally come! Join us in a celebration rally to turn-in over 36,000 signatures to the Board of Elections and begin to Take Back St. Louis from big corporations. 


The Take Back St. Louis initiative will end an era of public taxpayer dollars going to fossil fuel companies, their big bankers, lawyers and lobbyists, and require a plan to invest public money in and open land for renewable energy and sustainability projects. 

Instead of an economy based on corporations who bankrupt miners, cause climate change and steal money from the public schools, join us in support of the creation of a green economy for St. Louis! 


For more information, call 314-862-2249 and check out www.TakeBackStLouis.com.

Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, www.organizemo.org
join@organizemo.org  – 314) 862-2249 – 438 N. Skinker, St. Louis, MO 63130

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Less Weight Equals More Horsepower

To use a Building as an example: less weight on your Energy Bills equals more Horsepower for your Bank Account!

and the same principle can be applied to your Home or Business.

Everyone who has driven a car or truck built in the Late 70s or early 80s knows that gas was cheap-car and truck motors were gas guzzling monsters.

I can remember Ford and Chevy Pickups that got a whopping 8 mpg regardless of whether the trucks were loaded down with Farm Goods or NOT.

During the first fossil fuel crunch of the late 70s GM, Ford, and Dodge realized changes were needed and started developing cars that used less gas. They made the transition to lighter cars because:

Less Weight Equals More Horsepower.

This translates into less energy needed to move the vehicles or less Gas. (although I was just an infant in the 70s my Father has told me that this energy efficiency thing is old news to him…and a repeat of old news-by the Politicians and News Reporting Agencies) Thankfully with: Greater Technology mankind has taken these old stories and made them into the-

New Hip Thing To Do-

Energy Conservation and Creating Clean Energy from Renewable Sources.

The same thing is happening all over the World. Many countries are moving to Alternative Energy created from-Wind, Geo-thermal, and Solar. Since Going Green and Living a Sustainable Lifestyle has been adopted by all walks of life in every corner of the World.

More and more Countries have adapted to this new technology and embracing the Sustainable Culture that is shaping our Future.

Whether or not a Country can be called hip or not is left for the Debaters. What is hip to me is that the actual People made up of:

Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, and all the other walks of life-

who make up a country have realized that: Being Green is the Hip thing to do-for numerous reasons!

Here in the St Louis area. One of the most answered question as to why a client wants to join the Clean Energy Revolution is their

Extreme Dislike of Ameren UE-(the Company who provides the St Louis Area with our Electricity).

What surprises me most is that it many times is not because Ameren:

burns coal to generate our electricity-the greatest source of CO2 that is damaging our Climate and Disrupting the Natural Weather Patterns.

Its because of the way they treat the citizens of St Louis. Poor Service, Numerous Power Outages, the Choke Hold they have on the Missouri Lawmakers, and Outrageously High Energy Bills.

So what is the Best Defense to fight these upcoming high summertime cooling bills?

Energy Conservation is the best defense. I’m going to share the main secrets to Energy Conservation in an upcoming Green Blog Post.

What many Energy Auditors charge your for.  I am going to freely share how you can get More Horsepower for your $money$

and the rules of thumb that apply to saving energy in-

any building

any home

and

any business.

We can build a Green and Sustainable USA with American Made Materials for your Building Projects and use American Made Solar PV Systems to power your Building! Scotty

Conserving and Creating Energy has new wings and is coming to places near you.

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XL Dirty Pipeline Voters

At a time of record-breaking temperatures and increasingly devastating extreme weather events, our leaders need to stand up against dirty and dangerous energy projects. With your voice today, we can hold the senators accountable who sided with Big Oil over their constituents interests.

On Twitter?

Find your senators in the list below and remind them that Americans don’t want the Keystone XL pipeline by tweeting them:

STATE U.S. SENATOR VOTE (Yes=supports pipeline) Sample Tweet
AK Mark Begich Yes .@SenatorBegich I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AK Lisa Murkowski Yes .@lisamurkowski I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AL Jeff Sessions Yes .@SenatorSessions I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AL Richard Shelby Yes .@SenShelbyPress I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AR John Boozman Yes .@JohnBoozman I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AR Mark Pryor Yes .@SenMarkPryor I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AZ Jeff Flake Yes .@JeffFlake I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AZ John McCain Yes .@SenJohnMcCain I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
CA Barbara Boxer No .@SenatorBoxer Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
CA Diane Feinstein No .@SenFeinstein Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
CO Michael Bennet Yes .@SenBennetCO I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
CO Tom Udall No .@MarkUdall Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
CT Richard Blumenthal No .@SenBlumenthal Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
CT Chris Murphy No .@ChrisMurphyCT Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
DE Thomas Carper Yes .@SenatorCarper I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
DE Chris Coons Yes .@ChrisCoons I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
FL Bill Nelson Yes .@SenBillNelson I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
FL Marco Rubio Yes .@marcorubio I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
GA Saxby Chambliss Yes .@SaxbyChambliss I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
GA Johnny Isakson Yes .@SenatorIsakson I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
HI Mazie Hirono No .@maziehirono Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
HI Brian Schatz No .@brianschatz Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
IA Charles Grassley Yes .@ChuckGrassley I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
IA Tom Harkin No .@SenatorHarkin Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
ID Michael Crapo Yes .@MikeCrapo I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
ID Jim Risch Yes .@SenatorRisch I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
IL Richard Durbin No .@SenatorDurbin Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
IL Mark Kirk Yes .@SenatorKirk I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
IN Daniel Coats Yes .@SenDanCoats I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
IN Joe Donnelly Yes .@SenDonnelly I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
KS Jerry Moran Yes .@JerryMoran I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
KS Pat Roberts Yes .@SenPatRoberts I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
KY Mitch McConnell Yes .@McConnellPress I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
KY Rand Paul Yes .@SenRandPaul I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
LA Mary Landrieu Yes .@SenLandrieu I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
LA David Vitter Yes .@DavidVitter I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MA Mo Cowan No .@mocowan Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MA Elizabeth Warren No .@SenWarren Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MD Benjamin Cardin No .@SenatorCardin Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
MD Barbara Mikulski No .@SenatorBarb Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
ME Susan Collins Yes .@SenatorCollins I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
ME Angus King No @SenAngusKing Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
MI Carl Levin No .@SenCarlLevin Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
MI Debbie Stabenow No .@StabenowPress Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
MN Al Franken No .@alfranken Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MN Amy Klobuchar No .@amyklobuchar Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
MO Roy Blunt Yes .@RoyBlunt I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MO Claire McCaskill Yes @clairecmc I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MS Thad Cochran Yes .@SenThadCochran I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MS Roger Wicker Yes .@SenatorWicker I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MT Max Baucus Yes .@maxbaucus I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MT Jon Tester Yes .@jontester I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NC Richard Burr Yes .@SenatorBurr I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NC Kay Hagan Yes .@SenatorHagan I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
ND Heidi Heitkamp Yes .@SenatorHeitkamp I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
ND John Hoeven Yes .@SenJohnHoeven I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NE Deb Fischer Yes .@SenatorFischer I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NE Mike Johanns Yes .@Mike_Johanns I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NH Kelly Ayotte Yes .@KellyAyotte I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NH Jeanne Shaheen No .@senatorshaheen Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
NJ Frank Lautenberg Did Not Vote
NJ Robert Menendez No .@SenatorMenendez Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
NM Martin Heinrich No .@MartinHeinrich Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
NM Tom Udall No .@SenatorTomUdall Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
NV Dean Heller Yes .@SenDeanHeller I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NV Harry Reid No .@SenatorReid Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NY Kirsten Gillibrand No .@SenGillibrand Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
NY Charles Schumer No .@ChuckSchumer Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
OH Sherrod Brown No .@SenSherrodBrown Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
OH Rob Portman Yes .@robportman I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
OK Tom Coburn Yes .@TomCoburn I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
OK James Inhofe Yes .@jiminhofe I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
OR Jeff Merkley No .@SenJeffMerkley Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
OR Ron Wyden No .@RonWyden Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLL Tweet it!
PA Bob Casey Yes .@SenBobCasey I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
PA Patrick Toomey Yes .@SenToomey I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
RI Jack Reed No .@SenJackReed Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
RI Sheldon Whitehouse No .@SenWhitehouse Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
SC Lindsey Graham Yes .@GrahamBlog I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
SC Tim Scott Yes .@SenatorTimScott I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
SD Tim Johnson Yes .@SenJohnsonSD I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
SD John Thune Yes .@SenJohnThune I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
TN Lamar Alexander Yes .@SenAlexander I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
TN Bob Corker Yes .@SenBobCorker I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
TX John Cornyn Yes .@JohnCornyn I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
TX Ted Cruz Yes .@SenTedCruz I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
UT Orrin Hatch Yes .@SenOrrinHatch I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
UT Mike Lee Yes .@SenMikeLee I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
VA Tim Kaine No .@timkaine Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
VA Mark Warner Yes .@MarkWarner I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
VT Patrick Leahy No .@SenatorLeahy Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
VT Bernard Sanders No .@SenatorSanders Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
WA Maria Cantwell No .@MariaCantwell Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
WA Patty Murray No .@PattyMurray Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
WI Tammy Baldwin No @senatorbaldwin Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
WI Ron Johnson Yes .@SenRonJohnson I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
WV Joe Manchin Yes .@Sen_JoeManchin I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
WV John Rockefeller No .@SenRockefeller Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
WY John Barrasso Yes .@SenJohnBarrasso I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
WY Mike Enzi Yes .@SenatorEnzi I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!

Congressional Democrats Launch Climate Change Task Force

EcoWatch

Building on President Obama’s  inaugural commitment to address climate change, key congressional leaders announced a new Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change that will be co-chaired by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). The goal is to provide a Congressional forum for discussions on solutions and actions to try to solve the climate crisis. The task force is expected to convene meetings of members from both chambers of Congress, and release reports and help circulate information on global warming and solutions to the problem.

“Congressman Waxman and Senator Whitehouse’s formation today of a Bicameral Climate Task Force adds more momentum behind the national call to turn the tide of dangerous climate change,” said Franz Matzner, associate director of government affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council. “President Obama rightly identified this threat to our children’s future as the moral challenge of our time. The long-standing leadership of Congressman Waxman and Senator Whitehouse will bring even more force to bear in taking decisive action.”

“We’re thrilled to see a new platform for global warming solutions being established, and that it’s being led by two legislators with such strong track records of leadership on this issue. From Superstorm Sandy to last year’s record drought, far too many Americans have been harmed by the early effects of global warming, and they’re hungry for leadership on this issue and solutions to the problem,” said Nathan Willcox, federal global warming program director for Environment America.

Congressional Democrats Launch Climate Change Task Force.

MO Sen Roy Blunt votes for Big Oil and Not the Taxpayers

Hold Sen. Roy Blunt accountable for the vote against ending oil subsidies.
Take action!
Clicking here will add your name to this petition to your Senator:
Take action now!
Dear Friend,
Last night, 48 Senators, including Sen. Roy Blunt, put Big Oil before the American people and helped defeat a bill that would have ended tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies.1
How could anyone vote against a bill that would have kept $21 billion of American taxpayers’ money out of the pockets of cash-rich oil companies?
One big reason is oil money in our political process. A lot of it. Oil and gas companies spent $39.5 million lobbying congress in just the first quarter of this year,2 and have donated tens of millions of dollars directly to the political campaigns of current Senators, including $697,998 to Sen. Roy Blunt.3
In all, three Democrats joined all but two Senate Republicans to protect Big Oil tax breaks that even a former Shell CEO said weren’t needed.4
But make no mistake. Even though we didn’t get the 60 votes required for passage, our pressure to end oil subsidies is already working. More and more legislators are acting defensive about their support of Big Oil over the American people.
In February, similar legislation to repeal some oil subsidies got only 44 votes. Yesterday, we got 52 votes. That comes after CREDO Action members sent more than 225,000 petitions to the Senate and made more than 1,000 calls yesterday to 11 key Senators, six of whom flipped their position and voted to end tax breaks to Big Oil.
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said yesterday that despite this defeat, he will continue to push for ending oil subsides as part of negotiations on the budget and to raise the debt ceiling.5
We need to keep the pressure on. And one key to breaking Big Oil’s grasp on our legislators is letting Congress know that we know about the millions of dollars that Big Oil has given them — including the $697,998 to Sen. Roy Blunt.
Let’s make sure that voting to protect oil company profits doesn’t go unanswered by those of us who actually pay the price.
Thank you for taking action.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
P.S. — Want to find out more about the Big Oil money going to our elected officials? Our friends at the Dirty Energy Money campaign have the scoop. Click here to see how much dirty energy money your Senators and other elected officials have taken.
1. “Senate GOP Votes Down Bill To End Big Oil Subsidies,” Huffington Post, May 17, 2011
2. “Senators Opposing End of Oil Subsidies Received Five Times More in Big Oil Campaign Cash,” Oil Change International, May 17, 2011
3. Dirty Energy Money campaign data
4. “Ex-Shell CEO Says Big Oil Can Live Without Subsidies ,” National Journal, February 11, 2011
5. “Senate rejects bill to cut oil tax breaks,” The Hill, May 17, 2011

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Re: Big Oil says you’re "Un-American"

On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 7:17 AM, Steve Kretzmann, Oil Change International <info@priceofoil.org> wrote:

Oil Change International  
Dear ScottsContracting,
Can you believe the nerve of these oil executives? This morning the CEOs of America’s biggest and most profitable oil companies are coming to the Senate to argue that they still deserve billions in government handouts.
Oil giant Conoco Phillips even went so far yesterday as to call the effort to end these corporate giveaways “Un-American”. That’s right. The very same companies that have made almost 1 trillion dollars in profits over the past ten years, while shirking their fair share of taxes, are trying to take billions more of our tax dollars while wrapping themselves in the American flag. Don’t let them get away with it!
These greedy CEOs will be using every scare tactic in the book to frighten your Senators into giving them more of our money.  And they are hoping that the millions of dollars in campaign contributions that they have showered on our elected leaders will keep these taxpayer funds flowing to Big Oil. Don’t let them get away with it!

Big Oil knows that the vast majority of Americans support ending corporate welfare to these outrageously profitable industries. They are counting on the fact that Members of Congress are too scared to bite the hands that feed them.
Ending subsidies to Big Oil won’t lower domestic production, raise gas prices, or cost jobs.  These are just the same old scare tactics by a greedy industry bent on trying to keep America dependent on oil. Don’t let them get away with it.
The United States can’t drill our way to energy independence.  The way to end our nation’s crippling addiction to oil is not to drill for more oil or give more taxpayer money to the oil industry – as a country we need to consume less oil.
We have the technology; we know how to do this.  All we need is the political will.

Join us – tell Congress loud and clear that you expect them to end all government handouts to oil, gas and coal companies and reject campaign contributions from these Dirty Energy industries. Remind them that they should represent the people, not Big Oil.

Peace,
Steve Kretzmann
Executive Director
Oil Change International
Oil Change International campaigns to expose the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitate the coming transition towards clean energy. We are dedicated to identifying and overcoming barriers to that transition.
We are a 501c3 organization and all donations are fully tax deductible.
Check out our blog at PriceOfOil.org and find out how much oil and coal money your Representatives take at DirtyEnergyMoney.com.
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Oil and Gas: Lobbying Background

For Months I have been preaching about Dirty Energy Politics and quoting information I’ve been viewing from http://opensecrets.org yet for some reason I’ve not received many responses to the Article Posts on the Sustainable Building Blogs I operate http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com and https://scottscontracting.wordpress.com.

So with this post I’ve included everything from the open secrets web site in one easy to use point of reference. As you will see the various lobbying organizations are spending Millions of Dollars Influencing our Elected Leaders.

Do Dirty Environmental Polluters Speak For You?

They don’t speak for me either.  So Join me in the battle to reduce Climate Change created by the Biggest Polluters and the Lobbying Organizations that buy off the Politicians in office.

I myself don’t have the lobbying power that these organizations do.

So I took the next best step and joined a movement called 350 and

created with the organizations assistance created a group for St Louis.

Here are the details I’ve worked out so far:

A new Meetup has been posted in the 350 of St Louis 350.org Community

Here are the details for “Let’s meet in Saint Louis, MO”:

When:
TBD

Where:
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I am only one person in the big clog of life and need your help. Use the above links to join me in the fight against the unscrupulous individuals and companies that are polluting the Air we Breath, Water we Drink, and the Land we all depend upon for our daily substance.
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          Now on with the promised information about the Lobbying Activities of the Oil and Gas Industries

        This industry, which includes multinational and independent oil and gas producers and refiners, natural gas pipeline companies, gasoline service stations and fuel oil dealers, has long enjoyed a history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 million to candidates and parties since the 1990 election cycle, 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans.

        Though former oilmen George W. Bush and Dick Cheney occupied the White House for eight years, the oil and gas industry could not win support for repealing bans on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. However, Congress voted in 2008 to lift a ban on offshore drilling. These companies are also wary of cap-and-trade climate change legislation, such as the measure Democratic President Barack Obama supports. Yet Obama still received $884,000 from the oil and gas industry during the 2008 campaign, more than any other lawmaker except his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

        Obama appeared poised to usher in more offshore drilling expansion in 2010 — until the explosion of a BP-operated oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that resulted in millions of gallons of fossil fuels to leak into the coastal waters of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. The environmental toll has been significant, and industries such as tourism and fishing have suffered. Politically, the Obama administration has delayed plans to expand offshore drilling in many areas, and Congress is mulling whether to pass legislation aimed at avoiding another disaster of similar scope.

        In contrast to former President Bush’s largely pro-industry stance on energy and environmental issues, the Democratic-controlled White House and Congress will probably grant these companies fewer favors. Bush consistently rolled back Clinton-era restrictions on commercial uses of federal lands—including nature preserves, national forests and national monuments. To the oil and gas industry’s delight, he got one step closer in March 2005 when Senate Republicans passed a budget resolution containing a filibuster-proof provision to allow for drilling in ANWR.
        Oil and gas companies are always among the industries to spend the most on lobbying, pouring $132.2 million into these efforts in 2008 alone.
        — Aaron Kiersh and Dave Levinthal
        Updated June 2010

        Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics.

        Oil and Gas

        Industry Profile, 2010

        Total for Oil and Gas: $146,577,043
        Total Number of Clients Reported: 195
        Total Number of Lobbyists Reported: 788
        Total Number of Revolvers: 500 (63.5%)
        . Campaign Contributions from this industry

        View totals by: Client/Parent | Subsidiary/Affiliate

        Client/Parent Total
        ConocoPhillips $19,626,382
        Chevron Corp $12,890,000
        Exxon Mobil $12,450,000
        Royal Dutch Shell $10,370,000
        Koch Industries $8,070,000
        BP $7,335,000
        American Petroleum Institute $7,300,000
        Anadarko Petroleum $5,150,000
        Marathon Oil $5,130,000
        Williams Companies $4,900,000
        America’s Natural Gas Alliance $3,360,000
        Chesapeake Energy $2,776,560
        National Petrochemical & Refiners Assn $2,764,909
        Occidental Petroleum $2,582,989
        Murphy Oil $2,410,000
        Devon Energy $1,380,000
        Apache Corp $1,310,000
        Noble Energy $1,290,000
        National Propane Gas Assn $1,200,000
        Independent Petroleum Assn of America $1,185,774
        Interstate Natural Gas Assn of America $1,140,000
        Sunoco Inc $1,120,000
        Hess Corp $1,100,000
        Spectra Energy $1,083,509
        El Paso Corp $1,076,718
        American Gas Assn $980,000
        Kosmos Energy $890,000
        Tesoro Corp $870,300
        Energy Transfer Equity $850,000
        Weatherford International $840,000
        Reliance Industries Ltd $760,000
        Petroleum Marketers Assn $685,000
        Valero Energy $644,000
        Gas Technology Institute $625,000
        Plains Exploration & Production $600,000
        Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition $545,000
        Transocean Inc $540,000
        Denbury Resources $540,000
        PDVSA $470,000
        TMT Group $470,000
        Enbridge Pipelines/Lakehead Pipeln Ptnrs $440,000
        Cobalt International Energy $430,000
        Hercules Offshore $420,000
        National Fuel Gas Corp $400,000
        Natural Gas Supply Assn $370,455
        Enbridge Energy Partners $350,000
        Halliburton Co $345,000
        Quintana $300,000
        Soc of Ind Gasoline Marketers of America $300,000
        Statoil ASA $298,500
        Gas Processors Assn $270,000
        Bass Enterprises Production $270,000
        Ansaldo Energia $270,000
        Doyon Drilling Inc $265,000
        Ad Hoc Deep Water Expl/Production Cltn $260,000
        Gas Natural SDG SA $250,000
        Domestic Petroleum Council $240,000
        Atlas Energy $240,000
        ATP Oil & Gas $240,000
        Nexen Inc $240,000
        Enterprise Products Partners $236,000
        Arctic Slope Regional Corp $235,000
        Magellan Midstream Partners $232,385
        Cheniere Energy $230,000
        Syntroleum Corp $219,000
        Anschutz Corp $200,000
        Frontier Oil $200,000
        Lansdale Co $200,000
        Hunt Consolidated $200,000
        Nicor Inc $200,000
        Oceaneering Intl $200,000
        CNX Gas Corp $192,500
        CenterPoint Energy $190,000
        BG Group $190,000
        EnCana Corp $190,000
        Kinder Morgan Inc $190,000
        Assn of Oil Pipe Lines $184,400
        Nabors Industries $180,000
        Helix Energy Solutions $180,000
        TransCanada Corp $180,000
        US Turkmenistan Business Council $180,000
        In Situ Oil Sands Alliance $170,000
        Industrial Safety Training Council $160,000
        Mitsui Oil Exploration Co $160,000
        Arrow General Supplies & Services Co $160,000
        AGL Resources $160,000
        Sinclair Oil $160,000
        American Public Gas Assn $155,000
        Nustar Energy $152,500
        ONEOK Inc $150,000
        Questar Corp $150,000
        Intl Assn of Drilling Contractors $150,000
        Michigan Consolidated Gas Co $140,000
        National Oilheat Research Alliance $140,000
        Southwest Gas $140,000
        National Oilwell Varco $137,500
        US Oil & Gas Assn $129,195
        XTO Energy $120,000
        Tellus Operating Group $120,000
        Gulf LNG Energy $120,000
        Countrymark Cooperative $120,000
        Gary-Williams Energy $120,000
        Ergon Inc $120,000
        Excelerate Energy $120,000
        Kern Oil & Refining Co $110,000
        Marion Energy $110,000
        Vulcan Energy $110,000
        Tidewater Inc $100,000
        Strata Production $100,000
        Hyperion Resources $100,000
        Hornbeck Offshore Services $100,000
        Seminole Energy Services $100,000
        Oilfield Services & Drilling Indus Cltn $100,000
        Gilbarco Inc $100,000
        Great Point Energy $100,000
        Alliance Pipeline $100,000
        CSA America $90,000
        Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Assn $90,000
        Vitol Inc $90,000
        Independent Petroleum Assn/Mountn States $85,000
        DaVinci Hourani $85,000
        Denali-The Alaska Gas Pipeline $80,000
        Enstar Natural Gas $80,000
        Falck Alford Services $80,000
        Energen Corp $80,000
        National Stripper Well Assn $80,000
        Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America $80,000
        US Oil $80,000
        NATSO $78,973
        Ohio Oil & Gas Assn $70,000
        Alon USA Energy $70,000
        Talisman Energy $70,000
        New England Fuel Institute $67,000
        Oil Oxidizer $60,000
        Aegean Oil & Environmental Corp $60,000
        Encore Acquisition $60,000
        Sigma $60,000
        Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition $52,500
        Colonial Pipeline $50,000
        Frank Reidy $50,000
        Alberta Energy $50,000
        Navajo Nation Oil & Gas Co $40,000
        Oil Shale Exploration $40,000
        QEP Resources $40,000
        Iroquois Gas Transmission System $40,000
        McDermott International $40,000
        Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority $37,494
        AES Corp $30,000
        BakkenLink Pipeline $30,000
        Western States Petroleum Assn $30,000
        Washington Gas Light Co $28,000
        Camelot Oil & Gas Development $20,000
        Alyeska Pipeline Service $20,000
        Green Earth Fuels $20,000
        DeepStar Project $20,000
        Mariner Energy $20,000
        NIC Holding $20,000
        UNEV Pipeline $19,500
        Trenton Fuel Works $10,000
        Western Independent Refiners Assn $10,000
        TORP Technology $10,000
        Texas Alliance of Energy Producers $10,000
        Northern Star Natural Gas $10,000
        Elkem Holding Inc $10,000
        American Assn of Petroleum Geologists $10,000
        Colonial Oil Industries $10,000
        Boardwalkd Pipelines $0
        Bradwood Landing $0
        C&C Technologies $0
        Cabot Oil & Gas $0
        Delta Petroleum $0
        Fleishman-Hillard Inc $0
        NSTAR $0
        Seven Seas Petroleum $0
        Petro-Hunt LLC $0
        Montana Refining Co $0
        National Assn of Shell Marketers $0
        National Cooperative Refinery Assn $0
        Independent Fuel Terminal Operators Assn $0
        Gulf South Pipeline Co $0
        Stanley Energy $0
        NOTE: All lobbying expenditures on this page come from the Senate Office of Public Records. Data for the most recent year was downloaded on January 31, 2010.

        Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics. For permission to reprint for commercial uses, such as textbooks, contact the Center.

        Lobbying

        Oil and Gas Lobbyist-Client

        Total Number of Lobbyists Reported: 788*
        Total Number of Revolvers: 500 (63.5%)

        Download:
        Lobbyist
        Lobbying Firm/Registrant
        National Assn of Truck Stop Operators
        El Paso Corp
        America’s Natural Gas Alliance
        Shell Oil
        ConocoPhillips
        Marathon Oil
        Chevron Corp
        Interstate Natural Gas Assn of America
        National Assn of Truck Stop Operators
        Noble Energy
        12345617 Next
        * Actual number of individual lobbyists. This number may be different from the total number of records as lobbyists may be associated with more than one lobbying firm.

        Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics. For permission to reprint for commercial uses, such as textbooks, contact the Center.

        If these stats and numbers sicken your stomach as much as they do mine and you question as to why our Trusted Leaders are Failing to Listen to the Constituents and failing to enact solutions to the everyday struggles that “We the People” are going thru in our daily lives as we are struggling to fill the gas tank and heat/cool our homes.
        Then you are perfect person for the  
        St Louis 350.org Community
        Join Me in the Fight Against The Biggest Polluters!


        Scott’s Contracting



        Green Me UP-Scotty

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        https://scottscontracting.wordpress.com

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        Another Example-GOP Out of Touch With America

        I ask myself what is the big deal with stopping Pollution from Fossil Fuels and GHG’s? 

        ? Doesn’t everyone want to be healthy? 

        Why is it wrong to Protecting the Environment? 

        ? Do the Republicans understand that when they cut health care and then Remove Environmental Safe Guards that “We the People” could get sick and then not have any access to Health Care because they have DE-Funded the Programs?

        Ms Lisa Jackson, Administrator for the EPA cites:
        • 60 percent of Americans believe the E.P.A. “needs to hold polluters accountable,”

        • 75% of Americans favor tougher regulations on pollution in order to protect our air and water

        • the contamination of our soil and water is the #1 issue for Americans

        These are just some of the questions I asked myself.  To attempt to learn why the GOP is so Short-Sighted and not protecting the America they say they so strongly care for. I started looking and searching into why the Republicans are voting the way they are.

        Through the Power of the Internet (which they are also trying to curtail) I found the Open Secrets Web Site.


        OpenSecrets.org is your nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or interested citizen, use our free site to shine light on your government. Count cash and make change
        .

        I Found out who the Top Oil and Gas Contributors were in 2009-2010.  In the graph below you will see the Republicans in RED and the Democrats in BLUE and you can see for yourself which party receives the Largest Contributions.

        I don’t own a Calculator that will add figures into the Multi Billions of Dollars.  What I do know is that if the Oil and Gas Companies have that much money to spend on Lobbying the Republican Party;  Then “We the People” are getting screwed over when we pay to fill up at the Gas Pumps.

        If they weren’t Lobbying Multi Billion Dollars to Buy the Republican Party OFF to vote for Dirty Fossil Fuels and decreased Regulations on GHG’s our/ “We the People” Gas Prices Would be Lower. 

        I feel this is a personal assault against the Average American and Small Business.  We are the Major Supporters of the US Government through the Taxes that are levied against our paychecks and through the Goods and Services we depend on. 

        Through the News Networks: CNN, HLN, CNBC I’ve learned that the Major Corporations are not paying their fair share of Taxes.  So this leaves “We the Average Citizens” paying more taxes to support the “Wasteful Government Spending”

        I don’t have a solution but I do know that there needs to be some changes made in the way our Government operates.

        Here are just some of the things I do and are planning to do and urge all concerned American Citizens to the same.

        1. I will vote a Straight Democratic Ticket for the First Time in my Life in the Up-Coming Elections.  (I don’t agree with many of their views but the Alternative is Worse.)
        2. I have contacted my Government Representatives through this web site and let my voice be heard- I suggest that Every Concerned American Do The Same
        3. Stay Active in the Political Discussions.  I post frequent Articles on my Web Sites: St Louis Renewable Energy and Scotts Contracting  That highlight the GOP Republicans attempts to undermine and drive the Average American into the Poor House.
        4. Stay Informed on the Issues that are Affecting American and re-peat 2 above.  If your Elected Leaders do not know on how you stand on the issues, How will they support your views and Vote on the Issues you Support?
          • When Listening to the Republicans on TV and Radio- Don’t let their slick tongues distort the real issues- “Listen and Watch“- while reading between the Lines.
        5. Because of the way Lobbying Activities Work in Washington there needs to be additional safeguards enacted to protect “We the Americans” from the Major Corporations who are gaining- more and more power, and removing the protections that the Average American Depends upon.
        Contributor Amount
        Koch Industries $1,931,562
        Exxon Mobil $1,337,058
        Chief Oil & Gas $1,192,361
        Chevron Corp $937,964
        Marathon Oil $678,290
        Valero Energy $636,500
        Occidental Petroleum $575,900
        Devon Energy $507,250
        Williams Companies $491,685
        Chesapeake Energy $467,056
        ConocoPhillips $462,204
        Independent Petroleum Assn of America $459,500
        Anadarko Petroleum $443,260
        American Gas Assn $386,400
        Halliburton Co $314,280
        Pilot Corp $290,567
        Tesoro Petroleum $277,883
        Society of Indep Gasoline Marketers $274,000
        Bass Brothers Enterprises $247,465
        Petroleum Marketers Assn $243,900
         

        For additional ideas on:

        1. Reducing GHG’s
        2. Becoming Energy Efficient
        3. Saving $ on Energy Costs
        4. Government Reform
        5. Clean Energy Jobs

        Take the Poll on Where the Energy Will Come From for Your Property in the Future:
        Feel Free to use the Links Below.

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        EPA Creating Jobs while Protecting the USA

        • the E.P.A. will continue to do its job, which is to protect the health of the American people 

          jobs are being produced through this environmental clean-up work 

          •  17,500 properties have been cleaned up recently, creating 70,000 jobs

          60 percent of Americans believe the E.P.A. “needs to hold polluters accountable,”

          • 75% or three-fourths of Americans favor tougher regulations on pollution in order to protect our air and water

           

        • the contamination of our soil and water is the number one issue for Americans
        •  Protect the EPA from Republican Polluters

        E.P.A. Administrator Jackson Fights Back

        EPA Admin Lisa Jackson

        At the national Brownfields conference in Philadelphia, which was attended by more than 7,000 national and local policymakers, engineers, designers, and artists, E.P.A. Administrator Lisa Jackson said Republican members of Congress are trying to cut funding to the E.P.A. and limit its ability to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Jackson said some members of Congress see the E.P.A. as “over-reaching and only out for power.” While this “back and forth is important to our democracy,” the E.P.A. will “continue to do its job, which is to protect the health of the American people, while moving ahead.”

        Jackson said much of the country is scaling back due to the tough economic times and the federal government “also needs to take responsibility.” However, she believes there’s a “reasonable way to scale back.”

        While some Republicans are convinced that the E.P.A. is trying to “grab power” and any attempt to regulate the GHG emissions will, in effect, cost jobs, Jackson said Republicans should just look at the work local communities are doing to restore brownfield sites and see how many jobs are being produced through this environmental clean-up work.  Jackson said, “if they could only see the before and after of this vital brownfields work.”

        According to a recent poll by USA Today, some 60 percent of Americans believe the E.P.A. “needs to hold polluters accountable,” said Jackson. In addition, some “three-fourths of Americans favor tougher regulations on pollution in order to protect our air and water.” She believes “the contamination of our soil and water is the number one issue for Americans.” If there’s more pollution, we’ll only “see more sickness and more contaminated sites.”

        Within the E.P.A., brownfield work is a “point of pride.” Some 17,500 properties have been cleaned up recently, creating 70,000 jobs. Jackson said she would make brownfield remediation a continued priority. She added “brownfield redevelopment can be a part of conservation efforts as well.”

        Jackson also highlighted the new sustainable community building block program that is a part of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which was formed with the U.S. Department of Transporation and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Some 32 communities just received grants that will bring in private sector experts to help conduct “walkability audits.” Both large cities and small communities won grants.

        Before getting her second standing ovation, Jackson said, “these are challenging times but we need to uphold the environmental laws of this country.”

         crossposted Image credit: E.P.A. Administrator Lisa Jackson / DC Streets  Blog