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what you may not know(keystone pipeline)

I came across this and thought it worth forwarding:
2015-01-30 / Commentary

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Keystone about much more than Kerpen tells us
Phil Kerpen in his article published in the Times Record on January 7, recommends that the United States approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Kerpen is President of American Commitment, an organization dedicated to “Free Markets, Economic Growth, Limited Government, Property Rights, and Individual Freedom” according to its website. There are many statements in this article which are highly questionable. Kerpen’s claim that the pipeline would create 40,000 jobs appears to be a gross exaggeration. The Times Record editorial on January 22 puts the number of jobs at 5,000 temporary jobs and only 40 permanent ones, hardly enough given all the risks of a Keystone XL pipeline.

Kerpen’s claim that the principal opponent of the pipeline is San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer is totally false. In June of 2011, twelve hundred people came to Washington, D.C. to protest the pipeline in the largest act of civil disobedience in the North American climate movement, followed by 40,000 people who stood outside the White House in 2013 protesting Keystone. Gus Speth, former dean of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, has thrown his lot with those getting arrested to protest the Keystone Pipeline. In addition there are millions of people opposed to building the pipeline for reasons Kerpen failed to mention. Ranchers and indigenous people who live along the proposed pipeline path have campaigned together against the pipeline that would threaten their water supplies. Water supplies along the proposed route of the pipeline are all interconnected. Spills from the pipeline could contaminate an enormous expanse of water needed for drinking and irrigation of the nation’s breadbasket, not to dismiss salmon runs and valued fly fishing streams.

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Perhaps the biggest reason not to build Keystone is that the planned route is through the Ogallala Aquifer, a vast source of fresh water beneath the Great Plains that provides drinking water to approximately two million people. We cannot put this huge source of fresh water at risk. But Kerpen doesn’t tell us this. He may not even know about it.

He doesn’t tell us that the tar sands oil the Keystone XL pipeline would carry have emissions of CO2 that are 12 percent higher than from conventional oil. He doesn’t tell us about the scourge on the landscape the tar sands extractions have made in Alberta, where the Trans Canada oil company has torn down boreal forests to extract tar sands oil, leaving huge tailing ponds covering nearly 70 square miles. These ponds have now been found to leak toxic liquid into nearby water systems. He doesn’t tell us about the broken treaties with indigenous people in Alberta who can no longer fish in their streams. The lawsuits brought by indigenous people in Canada and the U.S., some of which have been successful, may be out greatest hope to forestall this attack on our land. Indigenous people, however, have few resources to go up against “Big Oil.” For a more complete understanding of this debate I heartily recommend Naomi Klein’s most recent book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.

Kerpen doesn’t tell us that a part of the Keystone pipeline system known as Keystone 1 is already built and had fourteen leaks in the United States in its first year of operation. Tar sands oil is thought to cause more erosion of pipelines than traditional oil. We have only to look at yesterday’s newspaper to read about truckloads of water being brought into the town of Glendive, Montana following a leak in an oil pipeline that poisoned the water supply in the Yellowstone River with 50,000 gallons of oil, or more.

Another error in Kerpen’s article is that Keystone would provide “more secure access to North American energy.” All the tar sands oil in Keystone would be carried to refineries in Texas and exported from there to other countries and would add nothing to the U.S. supply of oil.

As to Kerpen’s attack on Tom Steyer, shouldn’t we applaud a man who once promoted and made his fortune on fossil fuels for “seeing the light” and becoming a proponent of “green energy”? The forces against green energy are fierce, but unless we listen to what 97 percent of environmental scientists are telling us and do something about our reliance on fossil fuels now, we will not have a livable planet. Let us hope that Obama will not listen to false prophets like Phil Kerpen and will acquire the knowledge and courage that will lead him to veto the Keystone XL pipeline.


Sarah J. Slagle-Arnold is a clinical psychologist. She lives in Topsham.
Posted by luckyleftyme2 | Mon Feb 2, 2015, 07:54 AM (17 replies)

old age

As I listened to the news last night and heard the general muzzle loading season ended and the bow season (special) will end next sat. I realized this was the first year I never hunted since I was 10. From the age of 10 -11 I was allowed to go with my dad but not carry a weapon. At the age of 12 I shot my first deer with a 20 gauge bolt action shot gun. I can remember that in 1948 the radio was saying a week before hunting season that we may not be allowed to hunt because of forest fire danger. I also remember the night before season opened I tossed and turned most of the night.
strange how you mellow out over the years. The last few years I hunted I bet I passed up on
20 does even though I Had a permit.
I still may go rabbit hunting with my son and grandson a few times this winter; but I'll let them do the shooting. I'll just enjoy the outdoors.
Posted by luckyleftyme2 | Sun Dec 7, 2014, 09:32 AM (2 replies)


We’ll start with the standard definition of a Red state.

At PolitiFact Rhode Island, we recognize that whether a state is Red or Blue can be a matter for debate. Our state is considered to be among the bluest of the Blue, yet it has had Democratic governors in only 20 of the last 50 years. Nonetheless, the color is typically defined by how a state votes in the presidential elections, so we're going to classify states by how they voted in the 2012 Obama-Romney race.

It should be noted that there are different ways to measure poverty. Occupy Democrats says its claim is based on per-person income. We looked at that, along with median household income and median family income.

By all three measures, 9 out of the 10 poorest states voted Republican in the last presidential election. (In fact, they voted Red in the last four elections.)

According to the latest Census data, 9 of the 10 states with the lowest per-person income levels were Red: Mississippi, Arkansas, Idaho, West Virginia, Kentucky, Utah, Alabama, South Carolina and Oklahoma.

The Census data also show that 9 of the 10 states with the lowest median household income were Red: Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina and Oklahoma.

And 9 of the 10 states with the lowest median family income were Red: Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana and South Carolina.

The only Blue state on each list: New Mexico.

By the way, 9 of the 10 states with the highest per-person income voted Blue in the 2012 presidential race: Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia and Washington. The only Red state on the list: Alaska.

Posted by luckyleftyme2 | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 10:22 AM (1 replies)

so much for right wing political ads

HARTFORD--Economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the recession in 2009, according to new federal statistics released Wednesday.
Quarterly gross domestic product - the value of all goods and services - from 2005 to 2013 was released by the U.S. Commerce Department, which said the statistics will provide a "more complete picture of economic growth" in each state.
From the second quarter of 2009 until the end of 2013, the economies of Connecticut, the region's second largest, and Maine grew by 3 percent.
In contrast, Massachusetts' economy, the largest in New England, expanded by 11 percent, to $424.4 billion from mid-2009 to 2013.
hot air and despair is all the right has in its pocket!
Posted by luckyleftyme2 | Tue Sep 2, 2014, 08:04 AM (3 replies)

how wrong is the right

I can't help think of this ole ditty when I see the heritage groups failures at trying to prove wrong is right:
here's the ditty: "there's just no justice in this here land I just got a divorce from my ole man!
I laughed and laughed at the court's dissension they gave the kids to him

Dick Polman
Back in the distant days of yore — circa 2013 — Republicans viewed Obamacare as the meatiest, juiciest issue of the 2014 campaign season, the political equivalent of a Porterhouse steak. But alas, the issue has since shrunk to a sprig of parsley.

You rarely hear Republicans railing wildly anymore about an imminent “train wreck,” because the law they hate is doing what they feared most: It’s working.

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Obamacare is expanding health coverage to ever-growing millions of Americans, notably in red states like North Carolina, Arkansas and Kentucky. Since March, it has exceeded enrollment projections, a landslide majority of Americans (including self-identified Republicans) tell pollsters that they’re happy with their new coverage, and most premium hikes this year are expected to be modest — foiling GOP doomsday warnings about skyrocketing rates.

And so, having hurled themselves headlong into the wall of factual reality, Republican strategists are beating a swift retreat. It’s all detailed in the new ad-tracking stats compiled by the nonpartisan Campaign Media Analysis Group, which details dramatic anti-Obamacare ad pullbacks in North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas.

It may be sheer coincidence, but the ad pullback in North Carolina comes at a time of rapid enrollment in North Carolina — nearly 600,000 people by early spring, which, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, is roughly 54 percent of the potential statewide market. And it may be sheer coincidence, but the ad pullback in Arkansas comes at a time of rapid enrollment in Arkansas; indeed, the rate of uninsured citizens in that state has reportedly fallen from 22.5 percent last year to 12.4 percent at the midpoint this year.

The GOP’s ad retreat dovetails with congressional stats that document the GOP’s rhetorical retreat. According to the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, GOP lawmakers referenced Obamacare 2,753 times in floor speeches last September. But this past June, with Congress in session for roughly the same number of days, GOP lawmakers were virtually mute. The number of references: 171.

It’s a beautiful thing for the public, to be spared so much of their bilge.

And they’ve been wrong about Obamacare so many times, it’s comical. They said there’d be “death panels.” Wrong. John Boehner said we’d face “Armageddon.” Wrong. They said the federal website couldn’t be fixed, that it would “collapse on itself.” Wrong. They said that few Americans would bother to sign up. Wrong. They said that few healthy young Americans, in particular, would bother to sign up. Wrong. They said that those Americans who were forced to change health plans would hate their new coverage. Wrong. They said Obamacare would train-wreck federal spending. According to the Congressional Budget Office, that’s wrong too. They said that premiums this year would go through the roof...yeah, let’s talk about that one.

Back in June, the right-wing Daily Caller website warned in a headline that, thanks to Obamacare, Americans would face “Double-Digit Premium Hikes.” The Daily Caller cited a bid by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to seek an average 12.5 percent premium increase in the Connecticut market. (By the way, health insurers have sought big hikes since time immemorial.) But now we have the result. Two days ago, after Connecticut insurance regulators said no to that hefty hike, Anthem agreed to lower the average premium by 0.1 percent.

How come? Because Obamacare has empowered federal and state regulators to thwart health insurers’ attempts to gouge customers. In an email, a Kaiser Family Foundation official told Talking Points Memo, “Premium increases for exchange plans have been modest in most places...But even the increases we’ve heard about generally represent proposed rates that may not be the last word, once state regulators finalize their reviews.”

The moral of this story: Watch not what Republicans say about Obamacare (their Cassandra ‘tude has long been a crock), but what they do about Obamacare. Which is squat. Heck, they still can’t even agree on what they’d replace it with. And their decision this summer to yank most of their campaign advertising speaks volumes.

Posted by luckyleftyme2 | Sun Aug 31, 2014, 06:35 PM (0 replies)

to you planted losers

How many times have you seen a certain pundit from Maine lead a movement (well contribute) to down liberals;fight gay rights, or whatever will give him 15 minutes of attention with his few hardliner friends most who are taking advantage of their fellow Mainers? I would love to have 5 minutes with him in a public forum to call his attention to all the lost battles he has led as well as the cost to Maine taxpayers ! Just think of the lost wages jerks like him have cost us.
the latest kick in his face is the fact that unions are supporting a Maine republican ; an best of all this idiot is so negative he has slammed this elected republican! I say all this moron does is cause chaos latching on to any hair-brain idea that will give him attention and put a buck in his pocket! but then who am I just a man born into a republican family that has been on his own since he was 16. but the best thing my family ever gave me was the ability to think ,so I seldom let jerks like him bother me until they effect my pocket book! Fishy if anyone takes the time to research you they will see "your a nobody full of hate and all you do is spread discontent!
Posted by luckyleftyme2 | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 08:36 PM (0 replies)

get the assassin

After this public execution of our countryman "James Foley" we need to capture his executioner and put him on public display for the world to see that we avenge our american brothers and sisters. this " ISIS GROUP" IS NOTHING BUT A BAND OF OUTLAW MILITANTS !They use terror as their main attempt to control their enemy. As a military adversary they are few and weak. Certainly not able to confront a real militia. Any person who has worn a uniform should demand a swift and just capture or kill of this assassin and those who order it. We should make a real statement of fact of this so that any man who commits such an act (and those who ordered it) understand that so doing they have signed their own death warrant!
Posted by luckyleftyme2 | Mon Aug 25, 2014, 08:52 AM (0 replies)

hope you all voted today

I got my vote sticker today about 2:45 -was a fair turnout in my district-parking was a problem
Posted by luckyleftyme2 | Tue Jun 10, 2014, 09:36 PM (0 replies)

just got this from a friend

This just in from a friend.

Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security" to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats.

Here's a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana ...
I think she is a little ticked off!
She also tells it like it is!
Oh sooo true!

"Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight!!!!!

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) for FIFTY YEARS.

2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).

3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.

4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and "your ilk" pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your "shill commission" are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.

5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now "you morons" propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because "you idiots" mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from Medicare to pay the bills.

6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you "incompetent bastards" spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.

To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "bullshit" to your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU:

1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?

2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?

3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?

4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and health care benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the "greedy" ones. It is you and your fellow nutcase thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.

And for what? Votes and your job and retirement security at our expense, you lunk-headed, leech.

That's right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic, political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.

And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.
NO, I did not stutter.

P.S. Stop calling Social Security benefits "entitlements". WHAT AN INSULT!!!!

I have been paying in to the SS system for 45 years “It's my money” - give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks.


If you agree with what a Montana citizen, Patty Myers, says, please PASS IT ON!!!!

Thanks Patty, What a meaningful, truthful, well written article.

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Posted by luckyleftyme2 | Tue May 27, 2014, 05:11 AM (8 replies)

ahh mr governor

how can you say with a straight face you are cutting my taxes when just with the expansion of sales tax items you cost the average Maine shopper $500 bucks a year? Man didn't you ever hear of pinochle?
Posted by luckyleftyme2 | Mon Apr 28, 2014, 05:40 AM (4 replies)
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