The Hype For Natural Gas

At time when there is huge controversy over fracking for natural gas, I have noticed a disturbing trend in advertising where they are trying to sell us on the use of natural gas.


The Hype For Natural Gas

At a time when there is a huge controversy over fracking for natural gas, I have noticed a disturbing trend in advertising where they are to sell us on the use of natural gas.   In this publicity,  they are even stooping so low as to say that fracking is safe technology.  There is absolutely no truth in this advertising.  It badly misleads the public into thinking that using natural gas will save our environment and protect us from global warming; something that it certainly will not do.

For anyone who has paid the least bit of attention to widely publicized scientific findings and paid attention to environmentalists,  they should know that fracking is hardly safe.   In fact,  fracking for natural gas has been proven to be one of the most dangerous and polluting techniques ever devised.  It has only come under heavy public scrutiny within the last several years.

In my opinion, President Obama should have advocated more strongly for the use of the wind and solar power.  To his credit, he has supported the utilization of these things but just not strongly enough.  By now, the “green technology” industry, which holds enormous potential for economic development, should have progressed much farther than it has.  President Obama should have been more proactive in putting green technology into practice.  If he had, there would be no dispute about its value.

The president has also been one of the strongest advocates for reducing greenhouse gasses, which cause global warming. If he is sincere about his desire to reduce greenhouse gasses, he certainly should not have advocated for increased use of natural gas, if no other reason than it uses fracking.

Even though natural gas is the least polluting of the fossil fuels, using it doesn’t come without a price. When natural gas burns, it releases carbon dioxide, another harmful greenhouse gas. Since CO2 emissions have increased over the last several years, the last thing we need is, even more, use of natural gas

Even though it sounds like I’m putting down President Obama, in truth, I applaud his efforts at giving us a cleaner environment. I hope the Democratic Party continues his against greenhouse gasses after he leaves office later this month.  We all know that his successor, Donald Trump certainly won’t.  Trump has shown himself to be not lonely at and for fossil fuels, but a “climate change denier,” just like most other members of the GOP.

 

In my opinion, President Obama should have been stronger in encouraging the use of solar and wind power.  Donald Trump thinks windmills and other such “green technology” is ridiculous and unworthy of consideration.  No environmental good will come from the Trump presidency.  The only interest he shows in the environment is exploitation of it.

 

More Dangers of Fracking: Two More Carcinogens

More Dangers of Fracking: Two More Carcinogens Two more chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking) have been discovered to be carcinogenic, or causing cancer.  It is becoming increasingly obvious the dangers of fracking far outweigh its benefits.  Recently, two more chemicals used in fracking and been linked to cancer.  These …
Natural Gas (Fracking) – The New York Times

News about natural gas. Commentary and archival information about natural gas as fuel from The New York Times.

 

 

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Could the Dakota Access Pipeline Still Happen Under Trump?

President Barack Obama’s administration is expected to push through long-delayed safety measures for the nation’s sprawling network of oil pipelines in its final days, despite resistanc…

Source: Obama oil pipeline rules face uncertain future under Trump

 

Could The Dakota Access Pipeline Still Happen Under Trump?

During the last days of his presidency, President Barack Obama is trying valiantly to pass legislation that would increase oversight over this country’s system of oil pipelines. Included in these pieces of legislation is the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Recently, the president refused to grant an easement to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company that is trying to build the pipeline.  President Obama, in one of the best decisions made during his presidency, killed the potentially hazardous Keystone XL pipeline earlier this year.

As you probably know, opponents of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline one day major victory when the federal government denied the necessary easement for Energy Transport Partners (ETP) to continue building the pipeline. For now, ETP is stuck in the mud, unless incoming President Trump decides to pull them out, even if by trickery, deception, or just plain lawbreaking.

With a new administration coming into power, I hope people aren’t celebrating victory over the Dakota Access Pipeline too early so that they let their guard down. I don’t trust Donald Trump on anything, especially something done by President Obama. Trump has never shown himself to be a fan of government regulation, unless he benefits from it. He is your typical Republican businessman.

Even though federal oversight and regulation over this nation’s ever-increasing system of oil pipelines should have been years ago, I applaud President Obama’s efforts to protect our environment. There have been an increased number of accidental spills on these pipelines for the past several years, so increase regulation is necessary. The big question is, will Donald Trump derail this regulation and oversight?

 

Understanding the Controversy Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline …

Sep 14, 2016 The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline continues to make headlines. Yesterday, Energy Transfer Partners, the developer behind the $3.8 …
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Aug 26, 2016 A look at how the fight over the Dakota Access pipeline has become an environmental and cultural flash point, drawing thousands of protesters …

 

How the TPP Amounts to a Corporate Takeover

The question is whether we should allow rich corporations to use hidden provisions to dictate how we will live.

Source: How the TPP Amounts to a Corporate Takeover

President Obama’s push for the TPP (Transpacific Partnership) has made me come to the conclusion that he is a true corporatist in every sense of the word.  I have supported him through his entire presidency, now I feel betrayed.  There is no way he cannot know that the TPP will just cause more outsourcing of American jobs to foreign countries.

There is absolutely no way that President Obama doesn’t know the ramifications of the TPP; outsourcing of jobs, allowing tribunals to overrule Americans regulations (there goes the environment), and causing his fellow Americans higher prices on their medicines.

Basically, President Obama is saying to us, “trust me”, but anyone who has listened to the facts that we do know about the TPP, especially after reading WikiLeaks, knows that it is a bad deal that will hurt a lot of people, especially our workers.  How are American workers supposed to compete with workers in the Far East who are making little more than $.50 per hour.  Not to mention that many of these workers are children because most of these countries have no laws protecting children from exploitation. Even though I have mostly been willing to trust the president on most things, I refuse to trust him when it comes to the TPP.

Another thing that pisses me off about the TPP debate is the fact that President Obama, and other proponents of the TPP (mostly Republicans), wants to allow no debate whatsoever.  The full text of the TPP hasn’t even been released to members of the public, or even our representatives in Congress, even though they are the ones who will vote on it.  Thankfully, the Democrats in Congress are standing fast in their opposition to “fast-track“.  After all, that’s what fast-track means; no debate in committees or even discussion.

In his advocacy for fast-track, President Obama flies in the face of democracy.  What is more undemocratic than not to allow discussion, even in a legislative body like the U.S. Congress?

 

TPP fast track is dead! (for now)

The Obama administration had asked Congress for “fast track” authority, under which Congress would only have been allowed a yes/no vote on TPP’s many complex and controversial clauses, as well as those in TPP’s sister treaties, such as TTIA. TPP has …
THE NEW WORLD DISORDER

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would turn over to globalists the power to issue regulations about U.S. trade, immigration, the environment, labor and commerce. It’s called a “living agreement,” which means the globalists can amend and change the

 

A Further Explanation Of How Bad the TPP Is

A Further Explanation Of How Bad the TPP Is

Even though I already knew the TPP was bad for America, I don’t think I understood the true gravity of just how bad it is.  After watching this video from “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman, I am even more solidly entrenched in my position against the TPP.

The TPP can be described as nothing less than a disaster, not only for American workers, but the entire country.  Thousands of jobs will be lost overseas, and American laws about worker safety, protecting the environment, and manipulating our currency could be easily overruled by so-called “tribunals”.

The TPP is not only a threat to our workers, but is also a threat to our national sovereignty.  If the TPP passes, it will be a disaster for our entire economy.  For the life of me I can’t understand why President Obama is pushing so hard for the passage of the TPP.  By advocating so strongly for this horrible trade bill, President Obama risks damaging his presidential legacy.

Even though I don’t always see eye to eye with the president on a number of issues, I have defended him many times.  His position on the TPP is absolutely indefensible.

What the Senate’s anti-TPP vote tells the world

SINGAPORE — Where you stand on fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is quickly becoming an ideological litmus test on the American left. But to some governments outside the United States, the TPP is already a litmus test of a
You Can’t Read the TPP, But These Huge Corporations Can

The Senate today is holding a key procedural vote that would allow the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be “fast-tracked.” So who can read the text of the TPP? Not you, it’s classified. Even members of Congress can only look at it one section at a time in

Opposition to the TPP Growing Among Progressives in the Democratic Party

Opposition to the TPP Growing Among Progressives in the Democratic Party

 

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance in a media conference call with Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Friday to push back on what he called “dishonest” criticism from progressives — apparently including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — that the Trans-Pacific Partnership was a “secret” deal.”What I am averse to is a bunch of ad hominem attacks and misinformation that stirs up the base but ultimately doesn’t serve them well. And I’m going to be pushing back very hard if I keep hearing that stuff,” Obama told a small group of reporters on the call.

 

Source: Obama Fires Back At Warren, Liberals Over ‘Dishonest’ Attacks On Trade Deal

 

Opposition to the TPP (transpacific partnership) seems to be mounting among members of the Democratic Party, some of whom have been strong supporters of President Obama in the past.  However, the president still persists in his efforts to get this controversial trade bill “fast-tracked” through Congress, despite the fact that most members of the Democratic Party, and every labor union in the country are opposed to the TPP.

The primary reason that most people, including myself, are opposed to the TPP is because of the secrecy behind it.  Since the TPP is being negotiated by corporate leaders behind closed doors raises a red flag to most people who are opposed to it.  Despite this fact, President Obama persists in his claim that the TPP is not “top-secret”, I don’t know what else you would call a proposal that even members of Congress haven’t been allowed to see, let alone read anything other than top-secret.

Now the president has the unmitigated gall to attack Senator Elizabeth Warren, saying that she has been “dishonest” and her claims about the TPP, and what it will do to this country.  He is obviously quite angry at true progressives like Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Sherrod Brown, and Senator Bernie Sanders for telling the truth about the TPP; something which he is unwilling to do. I saw the piece on the news where the president was very angry at Elizabeth Warren and other opponents of the TPP, and I couldn’t help but think that his anger was both uncalled for and badly misplaced. Where was President Obama’s anger when the Republican Party, especially the Tea Party, was attacking both him and his policies over the past 7 years?  Where was the anger when Donald Trump and the birthers when they were attacking his heritage?

If anyone has been dishonest, it’s President Obama.  After all, he is the one who is pushing to “fast-track” the TPP through Congress.  If he was more forthcoming about what’s in the TPP, and release the full text of this controversial proposal, much of this opposition might go away, unless the TPP is as bad as they say it is.  Personally, I believe what they say about The Transpacific Partnership.  I believe the TPP will be devastating to the US economy and that it will cause a huge loss of American jobs.  When opponents of the TPP say that American workers cannot compete against Asian workers, who make a fraction of what American workers make, I believe it because it makes perfect sense.

President Obama seems to be banking on people just blindly trusting him, which, in my opinion is very naïve.  Even though many people in this country have trusted in President Obama until now, his asking them to support a trade bill that has been negotiated behind closed doors by corporate leaders, is asking way too much of us.

The only thing that will satisfy opponents of the TPP is he was to just come out and let the people see what is in the TPP.  If it’s something that would be good for the country, as President Obama, and other supporters of it, mostly members of the Republican Party, say it is, we have a right to know.  By his lack of candor about the TPP, President Obama is causing people who once had faith in him to do the right thing, to lose their faith, which is too bad.

Until President Obama allows members of Congress and the people see what the TPP is really all about, I will not support his position on the TPP. This country has a history of negotiating bad trade bills that usually only benefit Wall Street and the country’s wealthy elite, such as NAFTA, which caused a great loss of American jobs to workers overseas.  This happened despite the fact that then-President Bill Clinton who was pushing for it, making what proved to be false claims that it would be beneficial.  It turned out that opponents of NAFTA were correct in their claims about how harmful it would be to American workers.

I learned a long time ago that the old saying, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire”, is very true.  If President Obama expects us to support that TPP, then he needs to clear up some of the smoke (and mirrors) and prove to us that there is no fire.

Is TPP trade deal a massive giveaway to major corporations? An exchange …

And this is one of the most contentious arguments of all: The debate over the TPP’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision. The ISDS, which has drawn high profile criticism from Elizabeth Warren and many others, is a mechanism contained in the
Wake up economists. The TPP is not “free trade”

Going by the intellectual property and investment chapters that have been leaked via WikiLeaks, the TPP would establish a US-style regulatory structure that would hand considerable monopoly-style power to US pharmaceutical and digital firms, limiting …

The Hype For Natural Gas

At time when there is huge controversy over fracking for natural gas, I have noticed a disturbing trend in advertising where they are trying to sell us on the use of natural gas.


The Hype For Natural Gas

At a time when  there is huge controversy over fracking for natural gas, I have noticed a disturbing trend in advertising  where they are to sell us on the use of natural gas.   In this advertising,  they are even stooping so low as to  say that fracking is safe technology.   For anyone who has paid the least bit of attention to widely publicized scientific findings and paid attention to  environmentalists,  they should know  that fracking is hardly safe.   In fact,  fracking for natural gas has been  proven to be  of the  most dangerous and polluting  techniques ever devised.

One of the most disturbing aspects of this entire issue is the fact that at a time when fracking should be banned, instead, there is a fracking boom. Even though this fracking boom has been going on since the late 70s, especially in states like New York and Pennsylvania, it has only come under heavy public scrutiny within the last several years.

President Obama, even though he has been one of the strongest advocates against the use of fossil fuels, such as, coal and petroleum, he doesn’t seem to include natural gas as a fossil fuel.  I’m afraid he may have allowed himself to be co-opted by the oil/gas industry.  In my opinion, President Obama should be advocating more strongly for the use of wind and solar power.  To his credit, he has advocated for the use of these things but just not strongly enough.  He has allowed himself to become a part of the hype for natural gas.

The president has also been one of the strongest advocates for reducing greenhouse gases, which cause global warming. If he is truly sincere about his desire to reduce greenhouse gases, he certainly should not be for increased use of natural gas because it involves the harmful practice of fracking. It is a well-known fact that fracking pushes huge amounts of methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane gas is one of the worst possible greenhouse gases, and the last thing the president should be advocated for increased use of natural gas

Granted, natural gas is the least polluting of the fossil fuels, but its usage doesn’t go without a price. When natural gas burns, it releases carbon dioxide, another harmful greenhouse gas. Since CO2 emissions have increased over the last several years, the last thing we need is even more use of natural gas

Even though it sounds like I’m putting down President Obama, in truth, I applaud his efforts at giving us a cleaner environment. I hope he continues his fight against greenhouse gases, but I just wish he would not push natural gas as much as he does.

The president has also been one of the strongest advocates for reducing greenhouse gases, which cause global warming. If he is truly sincere about his desire to reduce greenhouse gases, he certainly should not be pushing for increased use of natural gas because it involves the harmful practice of fracking. It is a well-known fact that fracking pushes huge amounts of methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane gas is one of the worst possible greenhouse gases, and the last thing the president should be advocated for increased use of natural gas.

In my opinion, President Obama should be stronger in encouraging the use of solar and wind power.

Senator Bernie Sanders: Still Fighting Against The TPP

Senator Bernie Sanders: Still Fighting Against The TPP

 

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks out against the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership).  Senator Sanders also criticizes the mainstream media for not giving this vital story more coverage.  In this, Senator Sanders makes a very good point.  There really hasn’t been very much coverage on the mainstream media about the TPP.  The primary exception would be The Ed Show on MSNBC, where Senator Bernie Sanders has been a frequent guest.  Whenever he is on, the TPP is his main subject of criticism.

Senator Sanders compares the TPP to NAFTA because he rightfully points out that the TPP will cause an even bigger job loss to foreign nations that NAFTA did.  He cites the fact that American workers will be pitted against workers in Asia who only make about $.56 per hour.  If you were a corporatist (a.k.a. Corporation owner) what would you do, especially if you had a board of directors that you are accountable to as well as stockholders who invest in your Corporation?  The obvious answer is, you move your operations overseas to take advantage of the cheaper Asian labor.  That’s the primary reason why the TPP is a horrible idea.

One thing that gets me about the TPP is a fact that it is being negotiated in secret.  Even members of the U.S. Senate, like Senator Bernie Sanders, and members of the US House of Representatives are not being allowed to see the entire text of the document known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.  Despite this, they are being expected to vote YAY or NAY on this controversial bill comes before them.  How can we trust a piece of legislation that is voted on under this type of shady dealings?

Another thing that really gets me about the TPP is the fact that President Obama seems entirely complicit in not only the TPP secret negotiations, but the currently ongoing efforts by certain members of Congress to fast-track this legislation and shove it down the throats of the U.S. Congress.  Fast-tracking a piece of legislation is a process where no committee hearings are allowed before a bill goes directly to the floor part was to be voted on.  Legislators will only be allowed a few hours to read what little documentation about the TPP that they are allowed to see.  What a travesty!