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Sunday
Nov102013

Newsmax - Wind Power's Stunning Link to Toxic Waste

Proponents of wind turbine energy tout its environmental advantages over fossil fuel energy sources that produce carbon dioxide emissions.

But what they don't talk about is the vast amount of radioactive waste and other toxic substances resulting from the mining of the rare earth minerals needed by wind turbines, according to a disturbing report from two energy experts.

Wind turbines use magnets made with neodymium and dysprosium, rare earth minerals mined almost exclusively in China, reported Travis Fisher and Alex Fitzsimmons, policy associates with the Institute for Energy Research.

An MIT study estimated that a 2-megawatt wind turbine contains about 752 pounds of rare earth minerals.

Simon Parry of Britain's Daily Mail traveled to Baotou in northern China to view the mines, factories, and dumping grounds associated with China's rare earth industry, including a 5-mile-wide lake of industrial waste.

"This vast, hissing cauldron of chemicals is the dumping ground for 7 million tons a year of mined rare earth after it has been doused in acid and chemicals and processed through red-hot furnaces to extract its components," Parry wrote.

"Rusting pipelines meander for miles from factories processing rare earths in Baotou out to the man-made lake where, mixed with water, the foul-smelling radioactive waste from this industrial process is pumped day after day."

As the lake of waste grew larger, local farmers told Parry, "anything we planted just withered, then our animals started to sicken and die."

Residents of a nearby village said their teeth began to fall out, their hair turned white at young ages, and they suffered from severe skin and respiratory diseases. Children were born with soft bones and the incidence of cancer and osteoporosis soared, the Mail reported.

The lake's radiation levels are 10 times higher than in the surrounding countryside, official studies found.

In Baotou, most people wear face masks wherever they go, Parry noted.

The report from Fisher and Fitzsimmons, published by Rightside News, disclosed that mining one ton of rare earth minerals produces about one ton of radioactive waste.

Last year the United States added 13,131 megawatts of wind-generating capacity, and at least 4.9 million pounds of rare earths were used in the turbines installed in 2012. That means at least 4.9 million pounds of radioactive waste were created to make those turbines.

In comparison, the U.S. nuclear industry produces between 4.4 and 5 million pounds of spent nuclear fuel each year. So the U.S. wind industry most likely created more radioactive waste last year than America's entire nuclear industry — while accounting for just 3.5 percent of all electricity generated in the country.

And the MIT study revealed that the demand for dysprosium could rise by 2,600 percent in the next 25 years as the wind industry grows, the Rightside News authors warn.

They conclude: "All forms of energy production have some environmental impact. However, it is disingenuous for wind lobbyists to hide the impacts of their industry while highlighting the impacts of others.

"From illegal bird kills to radioactive waste, wind energy poses serious environmental risks that the wind lobby would prefer you never know about."

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Thursday
Nov072013

Newsmax - Christie Still at War With GOP Base Despite Win

Despite Easy Win, Christie Still at War With GOP Base

By John Gizzi

By winning Tuesday night in a landslide election for his second term as governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie moved so far to the left, it may be difficult for him to win the Republican nomination for president come 2016.

The GOP governor won in one of the bluest states — where President Barack Obama beat Republican Mitt Romney by 18 points in 2012. To win, Christie had to morph close to not only blue-state values and views, but become close to Obama himself — and he did just that.

Key positions Christie has taken in New Jersey — backing Al Gore's view that global warming is "for real" and caused by humans; his public slamming of the National Rifle Association and conservatives such as GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky; his acquiescence to gay marriage — all will come back to haunt him in what likely will be a fierce Republican primary fight ahead.

Editor's Note: Govt Prohibited From Helping Seniors (Shocking)

Last year Christie infuriated Republicans by embracing candidate Obama when the president arrived in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, just days before the presidential election.

At that point, polls showed that momentum for Romney stopped and shifted dramatically to Obama.

Many in his own party felt Christie was giving a boost to the Democratic president at the expense of Romney. Christie also declined to invite Romney for a visit to the storm scene.

"Christie's strategy of embracing Democrats and criticizing conservative causes and figures has worked in his big re-election tonight, but in terms of his national ambitions, he's playing a dangerous game," David Pietrusza, historian and author of three best-selling books on presidential election years, told Newsmax.

"He enjoys little margin of error, having endangered his standing with his party's national right-of-center base," Pietrusza said.

During his governorship and campaign, Christie played the role of happy Republican maverick, earning kudos from shows like MSNBC's "Morning Joe," while angering some of the key constituencies of the modern Republican Party.

Chief among them is the NRA, so influential with swing voters in elections that even Democrats are loath to criticize them.

Christie has stridently attacked the Second Amendment group. He called "reprehensible" an ad run by the NRA that pictured Obama's daughters and pointed out that they attended a school protected by more than a dozen armed guards.

"I think we need to have a large, national discussion ... and gun control has to be part of it, too," Christie said in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., last December.

Christie noted that New Jersey has the second toughest gun control statutes in the country — laws the NRA has called "extreme."

Christie has also angered Christian conservatives, a group that by some estimates tallies nearly a third of Republican voters.

In August, Christie signed a law that would levy criminal penalties against parents and Christian ministers if they counsel youth to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. One couple recently filed suit against Christie, charging the law infringes on their rights as parents.

And while Christie repeatedly proclaimed opposition to same-sex marriage and vetoed a bill to legalize the unions, he surprised many conservatives when the state Supreme Court ruled to legalize gay marriage — and Christie ordered the state's acting attorney general not to appeal the decision.

"It's definitely not a profile in courage," Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage, told Politico. "You've got a court in New Jersey that doesn't understand that it's supposed to be interpreting the law, not making it up out of thin air."

Christie withdrew his appeal because he doesn't think there's a likelihood of succeeding. "There's no doubt it's going to affect him" politically in a 2016 Republican primary, Brown said.

Ralph Reed, head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, told Newsmax that Christie "has a case to make to social conservatives."

Reed, a strategist in presidential campaigns and the first executive director of the Christian Coalition, suggested that Christie might emphasize to social conservatives that he is a faithful Roman Catholic and that he oversaw the defunding of Planned Parenthood in his state.

"I think in some ways, he'll face the same challenges that Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani faced," Gary Bauer, president of American Values and himself a former presidential hopeful, told Newsmax.

"He's a Northeastern Republican and so far no one has proven that such candidates can deliver anything in the Northeast, and they end up having a hard time appealing to the base in the Midwest and the South."

Bauer also voiced concerns about Christie putting the brakes on the appeal of the judicial ruling favoring same-sex marriage because "it fits into a bigger trend that Republicans are being told to follow by the consultants — to just ignore the issue" of same sex marriage.

The New Jersey governor also made national news by calling Sen. Paul and other Libertarian Republicans "dangerous" for opposing government surveillance programs.

Editor's Note: Govt Prohibited From Helping Seniors (Shocking)

Garden State conservatives almost always give low marks to Christie's appointees to key positions.

His first state attorney general — an appointed position in New Jersey — was Paula Dow, a registered Democrat who took strong stands in favor of abortion and gun confiscation and said "no" to New Jersey joining in the state attorneys general lawsuit against Obamacare.

Pietrusza, the historian, offered up a comparison of Christie to a GOP moderate from a previous era.

"Christie may be on the path not of the Wendell Willkie of 1940 — who won the nomination as a liberal Republican and fresh face — but of the Willkie of 1944 who had so alienated his party's base that he crashed and burned instantly," he said.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

Thursday
Nov072013

ICYMI - NH Union Leader: Medicaid in NH: Why go Washington’s way? 

November 6, 2013

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20131107/OPINION01/131109503

Expanding Medicaid can be about one of the following two goals, but not both: 1) Getting more people onto Medicaid, or 2) Helping the uninsured gain access to quality insurance coverage. If New Hampshire is to participate in any form of “Medicaid expansion,” it should pursue the latter goal.

When the Legislature convenes in a special session today to consider expanding eligibility for Medicaid, it will have on the table an impressive proposal from Senate President Chuck Morse and Majority Leader Jeb Bradley.

Studies of Medicaid enrollees show that the program improves health care access, but not measurable health outcomes. And because it pays doctors and hospitals a fraction of what it actually costs for treatment, it does not solve the problem of cost-shifting. Nonetheless, there is pressure to expand eligibility from the state’s current 63 percent of the federal poverty level to the Obamacare-demanded 138 percent.

Morse and Bradley have proposed a better way. Rather than throw people onto Medicaid, they would use Medicaid funding to enhance the state’s premium support program. Low-income families would get better-quality private insurance, which pays full hospital and doctor reimbursement rates. And unlike straight Medicaid expansion, eligible people who are already privately insured would not be lured onto Medicaid.

There is little appetite in New Hampshire for doing nothing to expand access to insurance for low-income families. Just saying “no” is likely to result in full Medicaid expansion by making it the only option. The Morse-Bradley plan is a far better alternative.

Wednesday
Nov062013

Here’s A Map Of Jay Carney’s ‘Small Sliver’ Of Americans Whose Insurance Has Been Canceled Thanks To Obamacare

November 5, 2013 by  

Remember Jay Carney on NBC’s “Morning Joe” last week, telling a former Bush appointee that “only a sliver or cut” of the American population was getting policy cancelation notices thanks to Obamacare’s one-size-fits-all coverage mandates?

The comment was intended to diminish the strength of criticisms that President Barack Obama had lied about people getting to keep health coverage they liked, as well as to deflect some of the heat the Administration has taken for the egregiousness of the falsehood of one of the President’s most famous statements.

But here’s a map that illustrates just how many people on individual health plans have been dropped by their providers because of Obamacare. Four hundred thousand people in Georgia is not a sliver; nor is 900,000 in California or 800,000 in New Jersey.

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The map reflects only individual policy cancelations and doesn’t consider the effects of Obamacare on employer-sponsored group plans. And it’s a snapshot of a moment in time in the early days of the Obamacare rollout. Across the board, these numbers will increase. And it only shows data gathered from 16 States and Washington, D.C. [...]

Click here For the rest of the article  --->  Map Of Jay Carney’s ‘Small Sliver’ Of Americans

 

Tuesday
Nov052013

Citizens For A Strong NH - Oh Really, Carol?

In 2010, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter promised: "If you have insurance, and your employer covers you, it's not going to change."

 

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(November 4, 2013) - When trying to sell Obamacare to the American people, President Obama was famously quoted on several occasions saying something similar to the following quote, which you can watch here: "Let me be clear, if you like your doctor or healthcare provider, you can keep them. If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep that too."- President Obama, 2009

 

Recently, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has uncovered video from 2010 with Rep. Carol Shea-Porter saying something similar to President Obama: "It's our job to say, if you have insurance, and your employer covers you, it's not going to change." - Rep. Shea-Porter, 2010   


Video of Rep. Shea-Porter's comments can be found here in our web video.

   

In recent days, several reports from the press have detailed countless stories of Americans having their current health insurance policies canceled. CBS News reported that more than two million Americans have been told they cannot renew their current insurance policies. In fact, these cancelation notices have soared above Obamacare enrollment rates. What is even more shocking is that it has also been reported from CNBC and others that the White House knew millions could not keep their plans under Obamacare. The Washington Post's Fact Check has even given the President the abysmal rating of "four Pinocchios," as a result of his blatantly untrue claims.

 

In addition, Forbes has now reported that it is likely for 93 million Americans (including those with employer sponsored plans) to have their health insurance plans canceled as a result of Obamacare.

On Sunday, the Union Leader reported on the anticipated release of our video today. They "asked Shea-Porter's office for a comment on [our] charge Friday, but did not receive one."

 

Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:

"Like President Obama, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter was willing to say anything to sell Obamacare to the American people. Once they forced the legislation into law, they then continued to make false claims and manipulate their constituents in order to protect their political careers. Contrary to untrue promises, countless Americans already have received, and millions more likely will be receiving, letters informing them that they will no longer be covered by their current insurance policy as a direct result of Obamacare.

"We know for certain that the White House was aware they were misleading Americans. Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is now demanding answers from Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. Was she being deliberately deceitful by specifically saying that those covered by their 'employer' would not lose their insurance because she knew the fate of millions with individual plans once the law was implemented? Or, did she mean to promise, like President Obama untruthfully did, that Obamacare wouldn't force anyone, regardless if they had individual or employer coverage, to lose their current policy?  Like the New Hampshire press, we await a response from our Congresswoman."
 
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