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Posted by Matt_in_STL in General Discussion
Wed May 25th 2011, 12:05 PM
In Joplin, MO over 122 persons are confirmed dead, 700 are injured, and 1,500 are still missing. A huge portion of the city including its hospital is destroyed. Tornados have devastated Alabama, Mississippi, and other cities in recent weeks. Yet, the Republicans in Congress used that issue to kill a green energy bill. House Republican Leader Cantor (R-VA) would not allow the $1 billion dollar relief bill to advance unless something else was cut.

When Cantor held up the disaster funds, the House appropriations Committee acted quickly to kill a green energy bill which oil company lobbyists opposed. It is unprecedented to use disaster relief money as a bargaining chit.

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The House Appropriations Committee acted quickly to cut a $1.5 billion dollar program to provide loans to develop fuel efficient vehicles. This would offset the $1 billion dollar cost for disaster relief blocked by Cantor. This fuel efficient vehicle bill is a program Republicans have wanted to cut all along, but could not muster bi-partisan support. The disaster bill gave them an opportunity to further advance their big oil agenda and kill the program because Democrats could not block the disaster relief bill.


http://www.examiner.com/economic-policy-in...

These jackasses can find a way to give a gift to Big Oil in anything. It is amazing how they will use a disaster such as this for political gain and yet all their minions will see is that they were "fiscally conservative" and balanced out their spending with a cut.
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Posted by Matt_in_STL in General Discussion
Thu Mar 31st 2011, 11:08 AM
In a forest of tubes eight metres high in eastern Spain scientists hope they have found the fuel of tomorrow: bio-oil produced with algae mixed with carbon dioxide from a factory.

Almost 400 of the green tubes, filled with millions of microscopic algae, cover a plain near the city of Alicante, next to a cement works from which the C02 is captured and transported via a pipeline to the "blue petroleum" factory.

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The other great advantage of the system is that it is a depollutant -- it absorbs the C02 which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

"It's ecological oil," said the founder and chairman of BFS, French engineer Bernard Stroiazzo-Mougin, who worked in oil fields in the Middle East before coming to Spain.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110331/bs_af...
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I have to say I am a bit leery of any type of oil being a depollutant and "ecological" however, if that is the case, this could be something to watch.
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Posted by Matt_in_STL in General Discussion
Thu Mar 03rd 2011, 09:48 AM
A group based in Utah is seeking to recall eight of the 14 Democratic Wisconsin senators who have fled the Capitol as separate recall efforts gain steam in individual senate districts.

The American Recall Coalition, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, rallied last week in Green Bay, days before a tea party group held its own rally in Merrill to collect signatures needed to recall Sen. Jim Holperin of Conover.

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The Recall Coalition filed paperwork last week with the Government Accountability Board to recall the following senators: Dave Hansen of Green Bay, Spencer Coggs of Milwaukee, Holperin, Julie Lassa of Stevens Point, Mark Miller of Monona, Fred Risser of Madison, Lena Taylor of Milwaukee and Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie.

http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/article/2...
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Why is it that Utah always seems to get involved in business in states other than their own? Is Utah so boring that they have to push their agenda on every other state? I guess it is their belief in state's rights - every state has the rights as determined by their state.
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Posted by Matt_in_STL in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Jan 15th 2011, 08:32 AM
"John McCain has extended a hand to his old rival. Writing in the pages of the Washington Post, McCain praises President Obama for his remarks at the Tucson memorial on Wednesday and makes his own commitment to not let his passion get the best of him. He also bears witness. Referring to the president, McCain writes: "He is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country's cause. I reject accusations that his policies and beliefs make him unworthy to lead America or opposed to its founding ideals."

Shortly after this statement, McCain released a map with crosshairs on his tongue.

http://www.slate.com/id/2281296
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