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Capital Letters Jordan Schrader covers North Carolina government for the Asheville Citizen-Times.
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Called 2 Action Check out this site, run by Steve Noble. He's a member of the religious right and he tells the truth as he sees it. He calls himself an equal opportunity offender. Check out what he has to say!
NC Politics New Bern native (and your blogger's fellow high school classmate -NBSHS '85) Steve Hale writes from Pitt County about his take on the North Carolina Political scene. Check out his blog and offer up your comments.
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Driving With One Hand Kevin LeCount is apparently driving with his LEFT hand, as this blog is written by my good friend who works for SEANC, the union of the NC State Employees. His wife, Heidi, works at my alma mater, Meredith and are good folks, despite their political leanings. Check them out.
On Saturday, your blogger posted an update from NC Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger(R-Rockingham), calling on Governor Beverly Perdue to consider drilling off the North Carolina coast for oil and gas. This letter provides more information than did the previous post:
Your comments on oil/gas exploration are appreciated. I have worked with this industry for many years. A few additional points:
1. Modern extraction of oil & gas is done mostly from the sea floor. One platform can cover an entire reservoir that would have required a dozen in years past.
2. Spills of oil are found mostly in history books. "Spills" of gas go harmlessly into the atmosphere. Most of what is now known off our coasts is gas, not oil.
3. The oil & gas industry brings many, many high-paying jobs, and not only for those working on the rigs: R&D (including funding of university research), engineering, major equipment sales/fabrication/maintenance, specialty ship-building, refineries,aviation (helicopters), etc. One only needs to visit Sugarland (oil company office complex near Houston) or Calgary to see the immense wealth the industry has generated.
Editor's Note: Kent Misegades is an activist and expert in many areas, including education. He is chairman of Thales Academy, a low-cost private school in Apex.
In a Friday press release, North Carolina's Senate Republican Leader, Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) urged our Governor to follow the Virginia State Senate in supporting offshore drilling for oil and gas so that Virginia would not get ahead of NC in job creation.
In a letter he wrote to Gov. Beverly Perdue (D-Chapel Hill/Trent Woods-outside of New Bern), he urged her to:
"'take the necessary steps to ensure that North Carolina is not outpaced by Virginia when it comes to offshore oil and gas exploration and the new industry and jobs that could bring to our state."
Perdue said in pre-election debates, that she favors drilling only in "existing tracks" which are basically in the Gulf of Mexico and are far away from North Carolina and wouldn't help NC job seekers.
During the 1998 RNC National Convention, the popular call became "Drill, Baby, Drill". That has since been printed on lapel pins and bumper stickers, nationwide.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Your blogger has a cousin who worked on offshore oil platforms in Louisiana for years. He would work for a certain amount of time on, then fly home for two weeks off, so he could rest and have time with his wife and family.
The work is hard, the hours are tough, but the pay is extremely high for a blue collar job. It allowed this man to take good care of his family, and save for a good retirement, if he wanted.
Katy's ConservativeCorner is posting an e-mail we received from the Eagle Forum, regarding the big vote on the Energy Tax. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scheduled the Household Energy Tax Vote this Week! Please Take Action to defeat the so-called Global Warming bill!!!!
We thank the Eagle Forum for providing this important information to us:
Late Monday night, during yet another closed-door meeting in the House of Representatives, the liberal majority maneuvered to bring the highly unpopular 946-page energy-rationing bill, better known as the Waxman-Markey cap-and-tax bill, to the House floor for a vote by the end of this week!
Sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, H.R. 2454 imposes a system of "cap-and-tax" in order to combat so-called "global warming." This massive, across-the-board household energy tax is being disguised by congressional liberals and is being sold under the slogan "cap-and-trade," which simply means giving the government power to put a cap on the amount of carbon emissions (CO2) produced by the production of electricity, gasoline, and heating oil, and forcing businesses to actively lobby Congress for higher cap levels and to buy permits for the emissions they are allowed.
Rather than calling it "cap-and-trade," it should be called "cap-and-tax"-as it caps Americans' standard of living and taxes our use of products whose manufacture emits CO2.
If passed and signed into law, H.R. 2454 will further cripple our economy and drain your pockets in the following ways:
1. It will raise your household electricity rates by 90 percent, gasoline by 74 percent, and residential natural gas prices by 55 percent by 2035, after adjusting for inflation.
2. It imposes an annual burden of $144.8 billion per year on U.S. households, and it will reduce household earnings by a projected $37.8 billion.
3. It will further cut U.S. employment levels by 965,000 jobs by reducing economic output by $136 billion per year-this translates to a $1,145 increase in energy costs per American household.
4. It will force low-income households to disproportionately bear the across-the-board energy cost increase, as a larger percentage of the poor's income goes toward energy costs, as opposed to wealthier households.
5. It sets the stage to effectively kill the coal industry as it will be taxed so heavily, it will not be able to sustain itself.
6. If enacted, H.R. 2454 would be the biggest government takeover of the economy since the Second World War, which is the last time energy, food, and other basic commodities were rationed. Waxman-Markey amounts to a $2 trillion tax increase on middle-class Americans. Not only would this be the biggest tax increase in the history of the world, but it is yet another example of President Barack Obama violating his campaign promise not to raise taxes on the middle class. This cap-and-tax bill is simply an underhanded way of facilitating a colossal transfer of wealth from consumers to big businesses.
7. Household energy taxation with the ultimate goal of energy-rationing is dangerous, not only for your pocketbook, but also for the well-being of your family and your standard of living.
8. H.R. 2454 is a hidden tax and it must be defeated this week in the House!
The Democrat Majority has announced that amendments to this bill can be made no later than 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25th. We expect a floor vote to occur soon after that, so please begin calling your Representatives and tell them to vote NO on cap-and-tax!
Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Watch The Heritage Foundation's David Kreutzer discuss how Cap-and-Tax will raise your family's household energy costs!
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Monday, October 15th, is Blog Action Day. I looked into it a bit and realized that on "Blog Action Day", bloggers are encouraged to blog about "the environment". I couldn't resist.
Our misguided liberal friends love to pigeon-hole conservatives into one big ole' lump. They think we want to poison the water, foul the air, drive big SUVs (correct), cut down all the trees, kill the baby bunnies, club the seals, and execute the whales. (Wait, didn't the whales make a comeback in the 80s?)
While it is true that I love driving my Jeep Wrangler for fun, and my Ford Escape for safety, I don't apologize for it. They aren't the big SUVs, but if I could afford one, I'd have a Hummer.
We know that he'll be flying in his private jet, to Oslo, where he and Tipper will pick up the award. He's recently been photographed using one of the least efficient aircraft available, yet he feels compelled to tell we "little people" how to live our daily lives.
Further, this misinformation tells us that we are facing an irreversible "global warming". Gore thinks that this is due to humankind's inability to police itself and that tougher environmental regulations are needed. (More regulations from a liberal, what's new?)
Al Gore is right on one account. We are in a warming trend. Just not the type he envisions.
Our environment is cyclical and the earth has warming since the mid-nineteenth century. Previously, we were, in what scientists call, a mini-ice age.
Famed hurricane forecaster, William Gray, has received much criticism for speaking out against the environmentalist wackos (as Rush calls them). He disagrees with Gore and others on their theories about global warming. In Sunday's News and Observer print edition, a report on his opinion was buried in the fine print that usually ends up in our recycle bin without being read. (Yes, we do recycle.)
I appreciate this special day to give me the opportunity to help clear things up. We should all learn the truth about what is happening in our environment, and more importantly, what is NOT happening. Have a great "Blog Action Day". I know I will.