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Senate Votes Against States’ Rights to Label GMOs

Here’s How Your Senators Voted. Let Them Know What You Think.

 

On May 23, the Senate voted down (27-71) the Sanders amendment #965 toS.954, the Farm bill. The amendment, submitted by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), was an effort to support the existing right of states to enact their own laws requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food. You can see the complete vote tally here.

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English: Adoption of Genetically Engineered Cr...
English: Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S. HT = herbicide tolerance. BT = insect resistance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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.

AMERICA FIRST-BEFORE POLITICS by Scotty

AMERICA FIRST BEFORE POLITICS


While listening to the Interview by FAREED ZAKARIA who was interviewing Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles.  I was pleasantly suprised that Simpson had the guts to put America First before Politics. (emphasis added by Scotty)

At the start of the Interview he got my full attention when he called himself a “R.I.N.O. …which means a Republican in name only because I guess of social views perhaps or common sense would be another one which seems to escape members of our party”. (Its a great lesson for all of the Republicans in Office).

I admired Mr Simpsons- frankness in why the Republicans and Democrats are causing the turmoil that is hampering the rebound of the US economy .  I especially appreciated his direct comment on Re-Election when he said:

” if (Re-Election)…” means more to you than your country when we need patriots to come out in a situation when we’re in extremity, you shouldn’t even be in Congress.

He continues on to discuss the economy and progress needed to ensure continued growth.

You can’t cut spending your way out of this hole. You can’t grow your way out of this hole and you can’t tax your way out of this hole “Put that in your pipe and smoke it,”

To  bring about the progress that is needed to fix our economy while lowering our US Debt all Parties must be involved in solutions and learn how compromise is not always a bad thing.

“if you want to be in politics, you learn to compromise and you learn to compromise an issue without compromising yourself.
Show me a guy who won’t compromise and I’ll show you a guy with rock for brains.”

Truelly pointing out that the lack of Partinanship is not helping the economy.

Mr Erskine Bowles then went on with the interview and pointed out his thoughts on where the economy was headed

If we have a negative effect of 2 percent of GDP, we’ll be right back in recession and you better believe that the people of America will be calling on these members of Congress to do something.


So we think something will happen in the lame duck session. We believe it’ll probably be a two-step process where we end up setting up a framework with a time-frame in order to get something done. ZAKARIA: Boy, that’s pretty optimistic.

 

Lame Duck Session? What are they talking about.  We need Compromises ASAP.  What happened to the American Way of:

Everybody pitching in to do their part for the benefit of all?


Granted we Americans are a tuff nut and can handle anything thrown our way.  But what in the hell is wrong with our Elected Officials when they have to go behind the scenes and enact legislation during “Lame Duck Sessions”.   


  • Do we really need to wait 6 blessed months for progress?



  • Further Example of how the GOP is truely “Out of Touch” with Mainstream America.

If you too are tired of the Politics of the USA.  


Join me in voting a Democratic Ticket in the upcoming election.


My Best to You and Yours,
Scotty 


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FAREED ZAKARIA GPSInterview with Alan Simpson, Erskine Bowles; Panel Discusses Presidential Politics
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.05.27.html http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1205/27/fzgps.01.htmlIn 2010, President Obama challenged the bipartisan duo to chair a commission to develop policies to bring America back to fiscal sustainability and they did. Many powerful Washingtonians on both sides of the fence applauded the proposal from the two chairs, but nobody ever did anything about it and this week, the dangerous carping over the debt limit began anew.

  1. Who better to talk about this than Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles who are joining me now from North Carolina?
  1. Thank you so much for joining me, folks.
  1. ALAN SIMPSON, FORMER WYOMING SENATOR: It’s a pleasure.
  1. ERSKINE BOWLES, FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Great to be here.
  1. Senator Simpson, you’ve seen what’s been going on these last few months. The House actually voted on the Simpson-Bowles proposal and it went down decisively.
  1. Paul Ryan, the leader of the House on fiscal issues, I suppose, said that Simpson-Bowles was the wrong way to go because there weren’t enough spending cuts and there were too many tax increases.
  1. What was your reaction? That’s your party.
  1. SIMPSON: Well, I think my party and I have different views on a lot of things. I guess I’m known as a “

rhino” now, which means a Republican in name only because I guess of social views perhaps or common sense would be another one which seems to escape members of our party.

  1. Abortion is a horrible thing, but, for heaven’s sakes, a deeply intimate and personal decision and men legislators shouldn’t even vote on it. Gay-lesbian issues, we’re all human beings. We’re all God’s children. What is that?
  1. And for heaven’s sakes, you have Grover Norquist wandering the Earth in his white robes saying that if you raise taxes one penny, he’ll defeat you. He can’t murder you, he can’t burn your house, the only thing he can do to you, as an elected official, is defeat you for reelection.
  1. And

if that means more to you than your country when we need patriots to come out in a situation when we’re in extremity, you shouldn’t even be in Congress.

  1. ZAKARIA: But talk about Ryan particularly, because what I’m struck by is the Simpson-Bowles plan calls for an awful lot of spending cuts and, yet, those weren’t enough.
  1. SIMPSON: Well, Erskine can tell you we don’t call for —

You can’t cut spending your way out of this hole. You can’t grow your way out of this hole and you can’t tax your way out of this hole “Put that in your pipe and smoke it,” we tell these people.

  1. This is madness. If you want to be a purest, go somewhere on a mountain top and praise the east or something, but

if you want to be in politics, you learn to compromise and you learn to compromise an issue without compromising yourself. Show me a guy who won’t compromise and I’ll show you a guy with rock for brains.

  1. ZAKARIA: Erskine, you’re hopeful. You think that some of the ideas gaining fraction and, you know, there’s a kind of inevitability if you’re going to do this, there has to be some approach that’s pretty close to what you’re describing.
  1. BOWLES: Fareed, I believe the markets will force us to. I’ve spent my life in the markets, as you know, and look at what’s happening at the end of the year.
  1. We have about $7 trillion worth of economic events that are happening. We have expiration of the Bush tax cuts, we have the patch that’s been placed on the alternative minimum tax that’ll affect so many middle-class taxpayers, we have the payroll tax deduction that’s expiring.
  1. We have these senseless, mindless, across-the-board cuts that come from the sequester that comes as a result of a failed super committee. You know, all of those are hitting at once and the economic effect of those just next year, about 2 percent of GDP.
  1. If we have a negative effect of 2 percent of GDP, we’ll be right back in recession and you better believe that the people of America will be calling on these members of Congress to do something.
  1. So

we think something will happen in the lame duck session. We believe it’ll probably be a two-step process where we end up setting up a framework with a time-frame in order to get something done.

  1. ZAKARIA: Boy,

that’s pretty optimistic.

  1. BOWLES: And don’t forget it doesn’t have to be exactly what the Simpson-Bowles plan has, but it’s got to be a balanced plan. You’ve got to have some small amount of revenue that comes from reforming the tax code and there’s broad agreement that the tax code needs to be reformed.
  1. So I believe that you will find — if, in fact, we can get the right kind of momentum going, I think I’ll find strong support. We’ve been working with 47 members of the Senate, an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, the same kind of group in the House of Representatives.
  1. And I believe these — this group will come together during the lame duck to put forward a plan like this. Now, I don’t think the plan itself will be implemented during the lame duck, but I think there will be an agreement that we have to do some kind of balanced plan.
  1. If we don’t, then I think you will see the markets really take a really adverse look at the country and I think you’ll see us lose another downgrade in our credit and I think you’ll see interest rates pop up and, before long, you’ll see the availability of credit lessen. So I think we could have a real problem if we don’t do something and do something relatively quick.
  1. SIMPSON: And you know who will get hurt the worst in that process when interest rates go up and inflation kicks in, the little guy, the one that everybody on their hind legs talks about, “We’re doing this for the little guy, the most vulnerable, the unfortunate.” Well, Merry Christmas, those guys are going to get eaten when interest rates and inflation kicks in.
  1. ZAKARIA: Gentlemen, stay with us. When we come back, we’re going to ask Senator Simpson and Erskine Bowles what they think of President Obama’s leadership on this issue, what they think of Mitt Romney and there’ll be a few other things as well.
  1. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
  1. ZAKARIA: And we are back with Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the authors of the Simpson-Bowles plan for a rare opportunity to have a conversation.
  1. Senator Simpson, I want to ask you — I want to ask both of you, but I want to ask you what you think of President Obama’s embrace of your plan or lack thereof.
  1. And I’m going to start by asking you — just bear with me because I talked to him in January, mostly about foreign policy, but I did ask him about Simpson-Bowles. And he probably got — this got him more agitated than at any point in our conversation.
  1. This is what he said. He said, “I’ve got to tell you most of the people who say it if you ask them, “What’s in Simpson-Bowles,” they couldn’t tell you. First of all, I did embrace Simpson-Bowles. I’m the one who created the commission. If I hadn’t pushed it wouldn’t have happened because the Congressional sponsors, including a whole bunch of Republicans, walked away.”
  1. “The basic premise of Simpson-Bowles was we have to take balanced approach in which we have spending cuts and we have revenue increases. And although I did not agree with every particular thing that was in it, what I did do is take the framework and present a balanced plan of entitlement changes, discretionary cuts, went ready to make a deal.”
  1. “I presented this plan three times to Congress. The core of Simpson-Bowles, the idea of a balanced deficit reduction plan, I have consistently argued for, presented to the American people, presented to Congress.”
  1. Is that fair?
  1. SIMPSON: Well, he does get a little testy and we all get a little testy, but the president — I wouldn’t have done this if I didn’t regard him as our president. I accept that. He’s my president, too. And it’s ugly stuff out there.
  1. There’s a lot of hatred in the world, hatred toward politicians, hatred toward the president, hatred toward Democrats, hatred toward Republicans, but I can tell you this. If he had embraced our plan, he would have been ripped to shreds.
  1. Erskine can tell you a little more. He visited with him personally alone for an hour-and-a-half, but he would have been ripped by the Democrats saying, “Why you rotten — you’re digging into the precious, precious Medicare.”
  1. And the Republicans would have rejected — if he’d embraced the Republicans, en mass, in the House would have rejected it. So, either way he’s going to get hammered so he’s playing the waiting game.
  1. ZAKARIA: Erskine, a lot of economic experts say, look, the right solution for the United States right now is obvious, which is you need some stimulus now, particularly given the very low interest rates, the very high levels of unemployment in the construction sector.
  1. The government should spend some money repairing and rebuilding the infrastructure, but that would only be viable and particularly something the markets would celebrate if it was tied to a long-term deficit reduction plan like Simpson-Bowles.
  1. Do you buy that basic idea that if your plan were adopted as a ten-year plan, it actually gives the U.S. government some leeway to make some necessary investments now?
  1. BOWLES: Yes, I truly believe that the only thing standing between the U.S. and sustainable growth is having a sensible, responsible, long-term fiscal plan. I believe if the world believed that we were going to put our fiscal house in order that you would see substantial economic growth in the future.
  1. But, again, I got back to what’s happening at the end of this year. We have $7 trillion worth of economic events that are going to hit the fan in December.
  1. And if we don’t set up to them — if we don’t stand up for them and we don’t do the right thing, if Congress doesn’t act, it doesn’t put this partisanship aside and doesn’t make some compromise, you’ll have a negative impact on GDP next year of at least 2 percent. That doesn’t make any sense.
  1. ZAKARIA: Alan, what do you make of Mitt Romney? Romney’s first ads are out and when he says, on day one what is he going to do and he says he’s going to approve the Keystone Pipeline, fine. But then he says and, then, we’re going to have tax cuts.
  1. This has, of course, been the, you know, kind of a Republican strategy for a while. Do you think — given what you’re describing, I can’t imagine you think day one what a Republican president should do is propose tax cuts?
  1. SIMPSON: Well, I wouldn’t have voted for him if I’d have been in Congress. How could you vote for a tax cut when you were doing two wars on the cheap? You had two wars you were fighting. You had things that were — the government — all the income from the government was only taking care of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and you do a tax cut.
  1. Every time there was a surplus and the last time was when this fine gentleman was doing it in ’96, you can’t get there. But you don’t have to do a tax cut, get that out of your gourd. You go into the tax expenditures and start knocking that stuff off and that’s where you get your revenue.
  1. BOWLES: Fareed, we have the most inefficient, ineffective, globally anti-competitive tax code that man could dream up and what we need to do is broaden the base, simplify the code, use — get rid of this spending in the tax code and use about 90 percent of the money to reduce income tax rates for everybody and use about 10 percent of the money to reduce this deficit.
  1. You know if you think about the debt today and the interest on the debt, it’s kind of — you know and put it in relationship to something else, we spend about $230, $240 billion a year on interest on the debt today even at these current low rates.
  1. Fareed, that is more than we’re spending today at the Department of Commerce, Energy, Education, Homeland Security, Interior, Justice and State combined. And if we don’t do anything, if we just, you know, put our heads in the sand and hope things will get better, we’ll be spending over a trillion dollars on interest by the year 2020.
  1. That’s a trillion dollars we can’t spend on this country on education or infrastructure or high valued-added research. And worst of all, it’s a trillion dollars we will be spending principally in Asia to educate their kids and to build their infrastructure and to do high value-added research over there so that the next new thing is created there and the jobs of the future are there not here. That’s crazy.
  1. ZAKARIA: All right, final question. Erskine, there are rumors in Washington that President Obama has asked you whether you would be interested in being the Secretary of Treasury. Do you have a comment?
  1. BOWLES: He hasn’t asked me to be Secretary of Treasury for sure.
  1. ZAKARIA: If he were to ask you, would you accept?
  1. BOWLES: No, I’m living in North Carolina and that’s where I want to live. I’m the happiest in my whole life, Fareed.
  1. ZAKARIA: Gentlemen, pleasure to have you.
  1. SIMPSON: I would just say we — all we do, Erskine and I, is math. We don’t do Power Points. We don’t know charts. We do math, but we don’t do BS or mush so join us.
  1. ZAKARIA: Maybe what we should try and get — and do is for the first time in the history of the republic, have co-Secretaries of the Treasury, one Republican and one Democrat. SIMPSON: Boy, if we could get our hands on that script.
  1. BOWLES: I don’t want a job, thank you.
  1. ZAKARIA: Thank you very much, gentlemen.
  1. SIMPSON: Thank you.
  1. BOWLES: Thank you

Last chance: Tell the State Department to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

Dear Friends,

The State Department is collecting it’s final round of public comments on whether the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL Pipeline is in our national interest.

It is not. And they must reject the permit to build this pipeline.

These comments are especially important right now, because of new evidence of a shockingly cozy relationship between State Department Officials and lobbyists for the Canadian pipeline company TransCanada, and of major conflicts of interest in the pipeline review process.

The State Department may not be taking seriously it’s obligation to to conduct an impartial evaluation of the impacts of this pipeline, but this decision is ultimately still up to the President.

I just submitted a public comment to send a strong message to President Obama and the State Department, and I hope you will too. Learn more and submit a comment at the link below:

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Share Your Ideas With MO Sen Claire McCaskill

“Kitchen Table Talk” in St. Louis at the St. Louis Public Library – Buder Branch (4401 Hampton Avenue) from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The purpose of this meeting is to reach out to you, to listen to your thoughts and ideas about federal policies and legislation and to take them back to the Senator.

Invitation,

My name is Brendan Fahey and I am a staff member for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, on behalf of the Senator, I will be hosting a “Kitchen Table Talk” in St. Louis at the St. Louis Public Library – Buder Branch (4401 Hampton Avenue) from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The purpose of this meeting is to reach out to you, to listen to your thoughts and ideas about federal policies and legislation and to take them back to the Senator.

These “Kitchen Table Talks” also serve, in part, to inform you of the services that are available through Senator McCaskill’s regional offices. The Senator’s staff throughout the state are able to assist you on a range of federal government issues. If you are currently having an issue with a federal agency, I will be happy to discuss that with you and put you in touch with the member of the Senator’s staff best suited to help with your issue.

Should you have any questions, please contact me at Brendan_Fahey@mccaskill.senate.gov or by calling (314) 367-1364. I hope you will be able to join me in St. Louis on May 25th.

Sincerely,

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MO Sen. Roy Blunt took lots of oil money .

MO Sen Roy Blunt votes for Big Oil and Not the Taxpayers (And then voted to let Big Oil keep taking our money)

Hold Sen. Roy Blunt accountable for the vote against ending oil subsidies.
Take action!
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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
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.

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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

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This applies to both the Veggies and Meaties

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

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Oil & Gas

Industry Profile, 2010


Year: “) “) “) “) “) “) “) “) “) “) “) “) “)

Total for Oil & 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.

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Lobbying

Oil & Gas Lobbyist-Client

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

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Lobbyist

Lobbying Firm/Registrant

Adcock, Michael W

Van Scoyoc Assoc

Addison, Daniel R

Patton Boggs LLP

Agnew, Richard A

Van Ness Feldman

Aguillen, Dean

Ogilvy Government Relations

Akins, Haley E

Dow Lohnes Government Strategies

Albert, Alex

McKenna, Long & Aldridge

Alfano, Holly A

National Assn of Truck Stop Operators

Allen, Kevin

Clark & Weinstock

Alperin, Janice

El Paso Corp

Amontree, Tom

America’s Natural Gas Alliance

Anderson, Mark A

Kelley, Drye & Warren

Anderson, Mark Joseph

Kelley, Drye & Warren

Anderson, Rebecca L

Williams & Jensen

Anderson, Tobyn J

Lighthouse Consulting Group

Antelo, Cristina

Podesta Group

Archer, Bill

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Architzel, Paul

Alston & Bird

Armstrong, James

Shell Oil

Atkins, Caroline

ConocoPhillips

Avery, Kevin J

Marathon Oil

Ayres, Merribel S

Lighthouse Consulting Group

Baer, Julian

Olsson, Frank & Weeda

Baierlein, Daniele

Podesta Group

Baird, Frederick A “Tripp” III

JC Watts Companies

Baker, George D

Williams & Jensen

Baker, Teal

Podesta Group

Bangert, Philip

Patton Boggs LLP

Barbour, Austin

Capitol Resources

Barnes, Ben

Ben Barnes Group

Barnett, Charles

Alpine Group

Barnette, James D

Steptoe & Johnson

Barry, Lisa B

Chevron Corp

Bates, Michael J

Prime Policy Group

Bayless, James L Jr

Winstead, Sechrest & Minick

Beal, Lisa

Interstate Natural Gas Assn of America

Beatty, Chris

KRL International

Beaudreau, David

DC Legislative & Regulatory Services

Beaulieu, Stephen A

National Assn of Truck Stop Operators

Becker-Dippmann, Angela

McBee Strategic Consulting

Beer, Michael S

Williams & Jensen

Beizer, Amy

Van Ness Feldman

Belair, Robert R

Oldaker, Belair & Wittie

Belcher, Leslie

Steptoe & Johnson

Bell, Michael J

Hogan Lovells

Bemis, Robert

Noble Energy

Bendall, Jennifer L

Eris Group

Benedict, Mark

Genesis Group

Bentzel, Carl W

DCI Group

Berman, Howard

Dutko Worldwide

Berman, Michael S

Duberstein Group

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* 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.

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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.

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Congress 2011-IT’S ONLY A DREAM

Subject: Congress 2011-IT’S ONLY A DREAM

Guest Post by: Russ Hacker

IT’S ONLY A DREAM

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971…before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

I’m asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. Term Limits.

12 years only, one of the possible options below..

A. Two Six-year Senate terms

B. Six Two-year House terms

C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!!

If you agree with the above, pass it on.

Regards,

Russ Hacker
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Letter Opposing MO Sen Robin Wright-Jones Nuclear Agenda

Missouri Senator Robin Wright-Jones I strongly urge you to stop the Support of Ameren UEs Nuclear Agenda. The past does repeat itself and Missouri can do better than Nuclear Energy for Clean Energy Production.

Here are my top 10 reasons-with examples on why I I do not support Ameren UE’s Nuclear Agenda.

1) Amerens goal is to charge the people of the St Louis Area, the ratepayers, millions of dollars up front for an unnecessary, risky, and expensive Nuclear Power Reactor Plant rather than investing in the cheapest energy resource available, energy efficiency

2) the proposed legislation would chip away at a 1976 ballot initiative supported 2-to-1 by Missouri voters. (A law that the Voting Citizens of Missouri Enacted)

  • legislation-SB 321 and SB 406This law protects Missourians from investor-owned utilities charging ratepayers up-front for the construction of a power plant until it is producing electricity.

3) Ameren admits it cannot find investors to fund the Nuclear Plant because it is too risky and expensive.

  • Therefore, Ameren must pass SB 321 or SB 406 which shifts the financial risk of investment of a new nuclear plant from shareholders to ratepayers.
  • But while shareholders dodge the risk, they still receive a financial windfall if/when the reactor comes online and Ameren then sells the excess electricity out of state for a premium.

4) Ameren can easily meet Missouri’s energy needs through energy efficiency instead of raising your electric rates to pay for a $6 billion nuclear reactor.

  • “If we went after the potential that we’ve seen in our own study, we wouldn’t have to build another power plant for 20 years, and we could retire Meramec, and we’d be OK. But we’d lose $30 million a year. And we just can’t do that. It’s that simple.”

5) Cost estimates for new nuclear plants have risen dramatically since the much-heralded “nuclear renaissance” began during the past decade, says Blackburn. “Projects first announced with costs in the $2 billion range per reactor have seen several revisions as detailed planning proceeds and numerous design and engineering problems have emerged. The latest price estimates are in the $10 billion range per reactor.

  • The costs for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have fallen steadily while construction costs for new nuclear power plants have been rising over the past decade, which now makes electricity generated from new solar installations cheaper than electricity from proposed new nuclear power plants, according to a new report published by a retired Duke University professor.
  • Missouri has Adequate Clean Energy Resources from via: Photovoltaic Electricity and GEO Thermal. Both of which has no harmful side effects- Such as Nuclear Waste.

6) According to Norman Baker, the environment spokesperson… turning to nuclear power to tackle climate change is “like jumping from the frying pan to the fire”. “Nuclear power may not contribute to carbon emissions, but it generates tonnes of radioactive wastes costing billions to store and will pose a risk to humans for thousands of years after disposal,” he added.

7) Per Nuclear Reactor in Florida 6 Billion in Projected Costs ends up with total costs of 22 Billion over Budget

8 ) The Proposed Nuclear Site is not too far away from the New Madrid Fault Line that Scientist say has a high chance of having an earth quake. Only the Northwestern Pacific Rim has a higher chance of Rupturing.

9) If there is a Nuclear Disaster our Great Missouri Land will be destroyed. Just Like the disaster Japan is currently going thru and what the Soviets went thru with Chernobyl. I for one don’t want to see the Great Missouri Farmland Polluted from Nuclear Waste.

10) There is no safe way to dispose of the Nuclear Waste. The Citizens of Nevada have already put a stop to the proposed nuclear waste burial in their back yard– Yucca Mountain.
All the Information Provided on this Article is from the Green Blog: St Louis Renewable Energy I give the sources for all the information provided. Please research the True Costs of Nuclear. It is clearly not what Missouri Needs- when there are more feasible alternatives- that not only cost less but have no harmful effects to the Environment.

Listen to Missouri Senator Robin Wright-Jones Interview about Ameren UEs Nuclear Agenda: “The Way I Roll”

I urge Everyone who opposes this Nuclear Movement to contact your legislation Department at: Missouri Legislature Contact Link

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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 Protect 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

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