Thursday, April 24, 2014

Who is for more smoke, more cancer, and taxing sunshine?

142,000 US workers are building and installing solar systems.  Coal uses 90,000 workers.  Not many people know these numbers.  

Military veterans suffer a high unemployment level, one bright point is they make up 10% of solar workers.  Solar employees 22% more vets than the average US business.

Next time you hear someone go off on the "war on coal", correct them.  It is a war against smoke, cancer, hotter summers, and a war for new and safer jobs.

Think about it, which one causes the most black lung, sensational deadly accidents, has taken government subsidies for generations, makes smoke, pollutes fishing and hunting areas, and which one do you have to set at the railroad crossing for when you could be somewhere else?

Monday, the Oklahoma governor (the state with the biggest energy rate increase in the nation, 20% in the last couple of years) signed a bill taxing homeowners who have solar systems.  Lets review; the sun that falls for free on your house is yours, pretty sure of that, you invest in your own system to turn your sunshine into your energy.  Now the state gives the government regulated monopoly the mandate to charge you for hedging against higher rates.  WTF?  This is the Koch's ALEC and Americans for Prosperity's doing, no secret, they take credit already for it.  What next, tax anyone who invests in efficient appliances and LED bulbs as they too will buy less energy from the monopoly.  This is an issue of freedom, freedom of choice, and where are the Republicans, blow jobbing big business.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Why was'nt Occupy Wallstreet met with the same Fox support as the Utah guns and cattle guys?

Did you know there are a couple dozen guys in the US making over 1 million US Dollars an hour?  There are 9 guys who each make more than 334,000 school teachers, there are a dozen or so making more than you (if you are median income) than you can in about 38 years at median income.  And,,,,,,,,they don't pay hardly any tax.   Check it out


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Oklahoma starts with a zero, check this out.

Zero klahoma.  Yesterday the lady gov of OK signed in a new communist style central committee control law, it prohibits cities or countries from raising minimum wages.
Also, Monday the legislature showed up with a bill that did not go through committee or scheduling procedure, and voted without debate, and passed it, a bill to hammer home owners who invest in their own wind or solar generation system.  So much for the frontier spirit, this was a victory for the government regulated monopolies (utilities) and for coal and gas and Kochs who paid for it, yes paid for it.
If you live in OK, or just want to fight the Kochs and ALEC, call the gov office and say you want her to veto bill SB 1456.  Her number is 405-521-2342, or find her facebook, dump a message there.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

$170,000, GMO labeling illegal in the US, this too will hit the fan.

Koch's have a congressman in Kansas, Mike Pompeo, receipent of more money from them than any other elected official in the house or senate.  Now, Pompeo has taken $170k in the last year or so from grocery firms, food manufacturers, ag businesses, and Monsanto to make it illegal to claim or label products as GMO free.  The name of his bill, "The Save and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014".  Whats the goal, trash state GMO laws, keep manufacturers from selling GMO free products.  Pompeo says the current state laws allowing labels of "no GMO" or advertisements of same are confusing consumers, he just wants to help consumers, not producers, just us.  He claims GMO are safe, and by vague suggestions, conventional foods may not be as safe.

In a twist, or blunder, he claims one reason GMO is safer, not as many pesticides are used on GMO.  Well, well, my roots run through a lot of farms, and I see the chemical bills.  GMO corn for example may use a little less of one spray or another, but, they are engineered to be immune from herbicides such as Roundup, thus they are washed in these chemicals, and since weeds are so damn tenacious, the more Roundup we slather on them, the more survive it each year, leading to an arms race of chemicals on the farm.  Overall, I doubt we use fewer chemicals, less of one maybe, more of another.  The whole lets be safer by not using pesticides is kind of an admission by deniers that what we eat is washed in carcinogen's and gender bender chemicals, I mean didn't he just step in it here?

Some already call Pompeo's bill the DARK Act.  "Deny Americans the Right to Know", if passed this bill makes what we eat a secret, even Kashi cereal could be prosecuted for letting us know the corn flakes are GMO free.  At the farmers market a "hey buddy this sweet corn is GMO free", could land a gardener in jail.

If you're confused by labels that say  "GMO free", maybe you are to fucking stupid to be shopping in the first place.  

GMO in its self doesn't worry me much, I mean what I eat of it.  But organic is the only safe from chemical food.  But GMO does something else.  It ties farmers to a very expensive seed, to be repurchased each year.  The patent prohibits farmers from saving these seeds, up until now, that was the only way the world saved seed, farmers kept some for next year, free seed, spread over the whole world, the safest widest preservation method, now that is being prohibited, the way humanity survived has been outlawed.  This too will hit the fan.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1,000 times more important than you think.

An independent study in Pennsylvania found methane levels up to 1,000 times higher than the EPA estimated recently.  The measurements were taken at about 3,400 ft. above ground level over a broad area of gas production.  Where levels were highest crews on the ground found pipelines and wells responsible. 

Methane is up to 20 times more destructive than CO2 in accelerating global warming.  Methane lasts about a century in the atmosphere, trapping much higher rates of reflected heat than CO2.  

Fracking companies, drilling rig & pipeline operators, local utilities, none do much to halt leaks.  In the field it is often vented or flared off rather than put into the system.  Driven by greed, but unable to see or care about the monumental volume of waste.  Some claim if they stopped all but 1% of the leaks and vents they would gain hundreds of millions in product volume.

Those who would promote natural gas as a cleaner fuel, 1/2 the carbon of coal, are mistaken, with the 1/2 of carbon you get fewer calories of energy, and every day another century of assured destruction of the climate.  

Today in Kansas a gas company is going to court asking for imminent domain over thousands of acres in 3 counties.  They want to force landowners into signing away their rights to gas for those resisting, and force a price on those willing who want "to much".  What other industry can do this?  Can WallMart go to court and force you to do business with them at their price?  

These are reasons we must exit the fossil fuel economy.  "Operation Free" (click that little shield on the left) are military vets, many of whom know first hand they fought a war in Iraq for oil, who believe national security will be enhanced if we have our own renewable energy sources, stop being the protectors of fuel lines in the middle east, stop global warming which will create more failed states.  If the US, the largest economy, switches to renewables and energy stingy factories, homes, appliances & cars, the whole world will switch, and we starve Russia from 100 million a day in natural gas, about that much in oil too, Iran too, and so on.