Nation’s Major Newspapers Ignore Iraq War’s 6th Anniversary| Think Progress…….

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(Source: click here.)

Is this an example of the indispensable “reporting” which only newspapers provide?

Today marks six years since former President Bush launched the invasion of Iraq — a preventive war of choice based on “intelligence fixed around the policy.” Since that time, hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent, over 4,000 U.S. servicemen and women and hundreds more from coalition countries have died (tens of thousands more physically and mentally wounded), nearly 100,000 (or more) Iraqi civilians have parished and nearly 5 million have been displaced. Yet the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other major American newspapers are ignoring the anniversary today. Only USA Today printed a story noting the anniversary of the invasion. Today’s Progress Report has more on the good, the bad, and the ugly of developments surrounding the Iraq war over the last year.

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What Does ESSB 5840 Do to I-937’s Renewable Energy Standard?…….

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It allows utilities to reduce their annual new renewable-energy targets to their annual growth in their overall power needs. That change alone could cut 44% off I-937’s 2020 target, depriving the state of much-needed economic-development opportunities.

It cuts another eighth off I-937’s 2020 standard by grandfathering in old existing resources (particularly small hydro and biomass), and does nothing to create jobs and reduce climate emissions. Some of those resources have been operating since the 1800s.

It counts additional resources toward the target — including black liquor, even more hydropower, and conservation beyond I-937’s separate energy efficiency targets,  effectively displacing nearly a fifth of the law’s eligible renewables in 2020.

Coincidently, failing to develop our non-hydro renewables carries a heavy, long term cost, as climate change continues to reduce the Northwest’s snow-pack and restricts dams acess to water.

Overall, SB 5840 would cut the voter-endorsed renewables standard up to 75% or more in 2020.  ( Source)

Had enough?

Plan to attend a Town Hall meeting this weekend to let your representatives know that you are paying attention and are not pleased with Olympia’s effort to gut I-937’s voter approved mandate.  Here is a link to get you started: http://www.educationvoters.org/files/Townhall_March2009.pdf

Bush’s Secret Dictatorship | The Washington Post…….

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Here is the second reason why I will not shed any tears when the legacy media fails.

While President Bush secretly established himself as the de facto dictator of the United States of America, the third estate–supposed protectors of the Constitution, chose to spent it’s time obsessing over Anna Nicole Smith and which public figures did not love America enough.  Pathetic.

Scott Horton blogs for Harper’s: “We may not have realized it at the time, but in the period from late 2001-January 19, 2009, this country was a dictatorship. The constitutional rights we learned about in high school civics were suspended. That was thanks to secret memos crafted deep inside the Justice Department that effectively trashed the Constitution. What we know now is likely the least of it.”

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Coal-Sponsored CNN Rejects Anti-Coal Ad | Think Progress…….

This is just one, of the multiple reasons, why I’m not crying myself to sleep at night over the demise of the legacy media.

On Thursday, the Reality Coalition launched an ad “to demolish the notion that there’s anything clean about so-called clean coal.” Academy Award-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen created the anti-coal ad to harpoon the coal industry’s greenwashing campaign. The CNN rejected ad includes the line, “The most trusted name in coal.”

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Spokane’s Chris Marr Gives I-937 a Nice Green Shiving…….

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Nothing is more infuriating than Democrats who act like Republicans.

Way back in 2006, 52% of the voters in Washington State approved Initiative 937, which required the utilities operating inside the state to generate 15% of their energy from clean, renewable sources by 2020.

Not surprisingly, since the passage of I-937, the utilities have been in overdrive, working every legislative angle, desperately trying to wiggle out of any solid commitment to green power.

Enter Chris Marr, Democrat, the utilities best friend forever, and the Washington State Senator representing the 6th Legislative District.

Mr. Marr has introduced  SB 5840, which through a little green washing and a lot of fuzzy math effectively guts I-937, allowing the utilities to wave their hands and– presto change-o –the production of 3% of their power from renewable sources suddenly becomes…wait for it…exactly the same as 15%.

How is this slight of hand accomplished?

First, utilities would be allowed to count the energy produced by existing hydro-power projects as new renewable sources.

Second, utilities could claim credit for renewable energy produced outside of the Northwest.

Finally, if a utility spends money on conservation programs, the power saved through these efforts could count as a renewable energy source.

But wait, conservation rocks, how could it be a bad thing.

Call me sceptical, but any politician who has no problem fudging a 15% mandate for green power into a 3% validation of the status quo, will probably not loose much sleep if the utilities are allowed to monkey with their numbers for energy conservation in order to boost their renewable energy count.

And by any politician, I mean someone like Chris Marr.

He may be a Democrat, but Mr. Marr is a little iffy on whole “supporting the will of the voters” thing, especially if it forces his dead-ender buddies down at the Public Utility District Association to come to grips with the energy realities of the 21st century.


Do Not Block Plug-In Tax Credits!…….

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Sheesh.  You would think Congress loves failure.

First, they hand over $300 billion to the banks which engineered the destruction of our financial system, with no oversight, or plans to get back the taxpayers money.  No problem.

Let those banks use the money to give out executive bonuses, pay for corporate junkets, and lobbyists.   Even better.

Use money in the economic stimulus bill to give consumers tax credits for plug-in hybrid conversions.   Whoa, Congress needs to put the brakes on that kind of nonsense pronto.

Wouldn’t want to do something which would decrease the United State’s dependence on foreign oil, fight global warming, or benefit ordinary citizens.

Click here to let Congress know we demand affordable plug-in vehicles on the road, like yesterday.