Sara Jerving There are obviously costs to investing in renewables. I'm not sure who you think doesn't acknowledge that. If we are talking about domestic energy supplies there are costs in adapting our economy to nat gas. But our domestic fossil fuel supplies are finite. We will become dependent on foreign markets once again when they run out. so why not use that investment and put it towards renewables now? I challenge you to look beyond this red/blue vision you have locked yourself in. It would be good for you.
Sara Jerving Our group was founded by John Stauber, an independent writer who lives in Wisconsin, not "Mr. Soros." We receive money from the Open Society Institute only for a project on civil liberties and homeland security, which is our executive director's expertise. Nothing to do with energy issues. Please do your research before you type your responses.
Sara Jerving The price of oil is set on the global market, meaning whether or not fossil fuel production is occurring abroad or at home has no impact on the American consumer. So if you are advocating for expansion of extracting fossil fuels domestically, mainly fracking, that is not a remedy. As demand for fossil fuel increases globally, so will the price. So Americans can only insulate themselves against high oil prices by consuming less oil. Additionally, while the technological advances of fracking have brought down costs of obtaining shale oil and gas, the process is still more cost-intensive than conventional oil and gas development. As a result, the industry is dependent on high prices for shale gas in order for it to be profitable.
Sara Jerving From what I understand it is the intensity, not the frequency of the storms that is on the rise. Additionally, the talk of freak storm has distracted us from other impacts such as long term drying effects that result in droughts and the melting of the Arctic, among others.
Sara Jerving And on another note: "We have a firewall against you" -- Are you equating me with the Democrats? The Obama administration has not been a champion of fighting climate change and has been a huge roadblock in international climate change negotiations. So I'm not sure who "you" are firewalling. This is not about red vs. blue, William.
Sara Jerving Thank you very much, Declan. Yes, when its such an important topic, why aren't people willing to talk about substance rather than immediately becoming defensive and reverting to talking points. Our nation would benefit immensely if people started having meaningful conversations about such critical issues, rather than throwing insults at one another like Middle Schoolers.
Sara Jerving The Janesville area received an economic development administration grant, through the Obama contingent and received $1.2 million for business incubator from feds. Ryan doesn't earmark for the region any more. The area was kept afloat by unemployment benefits. Something that Ryan calls "a hammock that ends up lulling people in their lives into dependency and complacency." A comment many of his constituents find insulting. Ryan voted against unemployment benefit extensions until their were wrapped in a package with Bush tax cuts. I have reported on the aftermath of this plant closing for the past four years, was there two weeks ago.
Sara Jerving The plant closed in a series of three layoffs. The first closing was on Dec. 23, 2008, in which the plant stopped producing SUVs and laid off 1,200 workers. At that point it was effectively shut down. A small quantity of workers stayed on for four months after to finish an order of trucks. To understand what GM meant to this community, and then point to the final layoff, is a gross misrepresentation of the facts, and is used solely to manipulate voters.
Sara Jerving Hi Max, I am referring to "model" "voter ID" and "Castle Doctrine" bills. Please see resources below: http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/03/11366/alec-and-nra-behind-law-may-protect-trayvon-martins-killer http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/03/11350/second-judge-strikes-down-wis-alec-inspired-voter-id-law
Sara Jerving I'm wondering what your thoughts would be on the ethics complaint the Center for Media and Democracy recently filed. "The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) filed a complaint today with the Government Accountability Board (GAB) based on newly discovered documents revealing that numerous Wisconsin legislators have received corporate-funded gifts through their connections to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). " http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/03/11372/cmd-asks-wisconsin-ethics-board-examine-corporate-funded-gifts-alec-legislators
Sara Jerving ALEC's 501 (c) 3 status is being questioned, as noted in the New York Times pieces posted over the weekend: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/us/alec-a-tax-exempt-group-mixes-legislators-and-lobbyists.html
Sara Jerving It’s not “controversial” if you don’t value transparent government. Through ALEC, corporations get an equal vote with legislators behind closed doors to craft legislation that impacts a wide range of issues in society. The laws pass without ALEC's stamp on them. Americans deserve to know which corporations are underwriting their laws.
Sara Jerving Thank you both for your comments. What I was finding was experts who said that individuals not tied to the community are coming into towns and some areas have seen an increase in crimes against women, including crimes like unknown assailant rape which are harder to prosecute. This, of course, also has to do with an increase in population. Ed you said this comes from “boom-town nature of a few places” – which is exactly what the report suggests. The report does not suggest that the actual of process of fracking is directly linked to violence against women. That doesn’t make sense. But if you are a small town in Pennsylvania, and your region is being explored for drilling, these are clearly the kind of issues you need to consider.
Sara Jerving I don't understand what you mean by citizens are forced to run away from people who attack them, in this context. It is clear from the 911 calls that Zimmerman pursued Trayvon. There is no reason a neighborhood "watchdog" should be caring a gun. Their sole purpose is to "watch" and then alert the police. As far as your second point goes, the problem is precisely in the interpretation. The law gives immunity to those who use "deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony." The number of "justifiable homicides" in FL has tripled since the law was passed. It leaves room for racial profiling.