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Harvard grad. Toomey trashes EPA report which Harvard report praises.

Among the rest of the self-promoting crap in GOP Senator Toomey's most recent mass emailing was this attack on the environment:

Coal is a domestically sourced, low-cost form of energy which helps sustain jobs for Pennsylvania and beyond. Coal-fired plants have gone to impressive lengths to reduce harmful emissions. Nevertheless, the Obama administration continues to implement policies that will make energy more expensive for hard-working Pennsylvanians while destroying good, family-sustaining jobs.

As part of the president's on-going "War on Coal," the EPA this week released a new proposed regulation on existing power plants.

This new policy is more of the same old, bad ideas we have seen for the past six years. From making coal-fired electricity prohibitively expensive, to forcing taxpayers to subsidize inefficient energy, to burning more corn in our gas tanks, the President continues to advocate policies that raise prices for consumers and eliminate jobs.



However, Toomey's alma mater, Harvard takes an opposite view to this Neanderthal Senator:
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2014/06/breathing-easier-over-electricity/

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its long-awaited draft regulations on carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, which would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. Just days before Monday’s announcement, scientists from Harvard and Syracuse universities released a study highlighting the potential health benefits of such changes.

While the federal regulations, to be finalized next year, are aimed at reducing the emission of globe-warming carbon dioxide, since they would decrease pollutants from power plant smokestacks, there is a significant ancillary benefit for human health.

Studies have indicated that air pollutants like sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and fine particulate matter that penetrate deeply into the lungs not only harm people with pulmonary conditions such as asthma, they also affect the cardiovascular system and can lead to thousands of premature deaths, along with thousands of days lost from work and school because of illness.


Do please take time to go to this link and you will see two striking, national maps indicating the percent of reduction in summer peak 8 hour ozone and fine particulate matter. "The maps (images 1, 2), which depict the benefits of reducing co-pollutants of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, are a close approximation of the clean air benefits the EPA standards are likely to achieve." You will see that no state benefits as much as Pennsylvania, and within the state, Southwest Pennsylvania benefits the very most. What a miserable excuse for a public servant this man is!

Clintons have always MARKETED themselves as 2 for PRICE of 1

Going back to Bill's first presidential campaign - elect me and you get my wife as well - it's a "2 for the price of 1" (his exact words). How appropriate that he referred to their "price". That has proved to be the operative factor with the Clintons. I expect the same would hold true if Hillary were elected.

Both Clintons are making the case that theirs was a co-presidency -- an echo of Bill Clinton's controversial statement during the 1992 campaign that voters would get "two for the price of one" if they elected him. At times, the former president has seemed to cast the current race as a referendum on his administration.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/21/AR2007122102588.html


So let us remember Bill's attitude toward his Big Banking friends and those who dare criticize them:

Clinton's relationship with Goldman Sachs is not unique. Bill and Hillary Clinton have always nurtured cozy ties with Wall Street—in terms of policies and funds-chasing (for their campaigns and the foundation). The chief economic guru of the Clinton administration was Robert Rubin, a former Goldman Sachs chairman, and the financial deregulation and free-trade pacts of the Clinton years have long ticked off their party's populists. In his new book, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner recalls visiting Bill Clinton at his Harlem office and asking his advice, as Geithner puts it, on "how to navigate the populist waters" and respond to the American public's anger about bailouts and Wall Street. The former president didn't seem to have much sympathy for these popular sentiments and replied by referring to the CEO of Goldman: "You could take Lloyd Blankfein into a dark alley and slit his throat, and it would satisfy them for about two days. Then the bloodlust would rise again."

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/hillary-clintons-goldman-sachs-problem

Judge approves Sandusky investigative report; Corbett to have chance to respond

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review

HARRISBURG — A judge overseeing the release of Attorney General Kathleen Kane's report on why the investigation of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky took almost three years on Tuesday approved that report, which now goes to Gov. Tom Corbett, the former attorney general, for a response. The report examines whether Corbett delayed the investigation for political reasons as he ran for governor in 2010.

Kane told the Tribune-Review on Monday that the report may be released this month. She hired Widener University Law School professor H. Geoffery Moulton to conduct the investigation as a special deputy paid $74 an hour.

Moulton is a former federal prosecutor who investigated the FBI's handling of the 1993 Waco Branch Davidian compound in which 76 people were killed.

The report, fulfilling a campaign promise for Kane, a Democrat, comes at a critical time for the Republican governor, who is trying to tie together a difficult state budget while facing a deficit exceeding $1.2 billion in an election year. He trails Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf in an early poll for the November election.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6223333-74/report-kane-corbett#ixzz33fqI4GKJ
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Read more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6223333-74/report-kane-corbett#axzz33IFnYv9t



Our female, Democatic state Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, continues to do an excellent job in office. Great timing on this, coming out just in time for campaign season - Corbett's running for re-election in November. Our Democratic candidate, Tom Wolf is ahead in the polls, 55% to 30%. Can't wait to get a Democratic governor back in Pennsylvania! And to see Corbett raked over the coals for covering up for Sandusky.

Obama Asks Congress to Back $1 Billion Effort to Boost US Military Presence In Europe

Source: Associated Press via Huffington Post



WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the United States plans to boost its military presence in Europe as tensions simmer in the region over Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Standing next to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Obama said the U.S. would rotate more American troops into the region and called on Congress to provide up to $1 billion to support the effort.

"Under this effort, and with the support of Congress, the United States will preposition more equipment in Europe," Obama said at Warsaw's Belweder Palace.

If approved, the funding will be used to increase military exercises and training missions on the continent, as well as rotations of air and ground forces, the White House said. Officials said Obama was also seeking to ramp up U.S. Navy participation in NATO deployments in the Black and Baltic Seas, plus working to boost the military capacity of non-NATO countries that sit on Russia's border, including Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/03/obama-in-europe_n_5436146.html



Attention Congress! Just Say No! Give the American taxpayers a break.
A billion dollars would be far better spent creating jobs for Americans to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure - highways, bridges, etc.

I thought Obama just gave a speech backing off from the US policing the world.

1st post primary poll: Wolf leads Corbett, 51 to 31%

HARRISBURG — In the first public poll since the May 20 primary, Democrat Tom Wolf holds a 20-point lead over Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, an independent New Jersey polling firm found.

Rasmussen Reports, of Asbury Park, a media company specializing in polling, said Wolf holds a 51-31 percent lead over Corbett. A company spokeswoman said Rasmussen does not do “commissioned” polls paid for by clients.

The poll, based on response of 750 likely Pennsylvania voters, was conducted May 27-28 and has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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