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Saturday
Aug092008

Office of Congresswoman Shea-Porter - Shea-Porter Statement on NH Flash Floods

New Hampshire — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement today regarding the flash floods affecting central New Hampshire. 

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by these floods, especially the family of the young girl who was killed last night.  My office has been in contact with the Governor’s office, as well as state and local officials, to determine if any federal disaster aid is necessary. Tomorrow, I will tour the damaged areas and meet with families who were most affected by these severe floods.  I will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide any assistance that is necessary.”

Saturday
Aug092008

DNC - Senator McCain Watch: 2008 Iowa State Fair: John McCain Scavenger Hunt Edition

McCain's Opposition To Iowa Priorities Shows McCain Is Out Of Touch With Iowa


Washington, DC - As you make your way through the 2008 Iowa State Fair, keep an eye out for some of the things you might not see if John McCain were President. Whether it's McCain's fervent opposition to the Farm Bill, his lack of support for ethanol, or his consistent votes against renewable energy programs including wind power, the Iowa State Fair is an ideal look at what's at stake in this election.

MCCAIN DOESN'T SUPPORT THE FARM BILL

McCain Said As President, Would Veto Current Farm Bill. Speaking at a town hall in Iowa, McCain said, "I do not support it. I would veto it. I would do that because I believe the subsidies are unnecessary and I do not believe we should have tariffs against imported products." McCain added, "I just thought I'd start out with that non-controversial statement." [Des Moines Register, 5/1/2008]

McCain Would Veto Farm Bill "In a New York Minute." "We are, we are now have a Farm Bill that's winding its way through the Senate and the House of Representatives which protects sugar. Why should we do that, when, when we have - see and increasing in cost of food, and particularly those, including those that have sugar in it. Why shouldn't we, uh why should we raise protectionist barriers to sugar into this country. And why should we pay farmers who make as much as nine-hundred thousand dollars a year additional tax dollars of yours and mine. If I were the President of the United States I would veto that Farm Bill in a New York minute." [CNN Live Feed (Charlotte, NC), 5/5/2008]

Farm Bill Includes Important Disaster Relief. The farm bill authorizes a "$3.8 billion disaster relief fund for farmers and ranchers." [Reuters, 5/15/2008]

Farm Bill Authorizes Important Conservation Programs. The farm bill includes $1.1 billion in funding for the Conservation Stewardship Program, "a green payment scheme that pays farmers who practice land, water and wildlife conservation on working lands." There is also $1.3 billion included for Wetlands Reserve. [Reuters, 5/15/2008]

Biofuels Get Boost in Farm Bill. The farm bill "provides $300 million in mandatory funding for payments to support production of advanced biofuels including cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel." There is also "$250 million in grants and loan guarantees for renewable energy and energy efficiency systems for agriculture and rural small businesses." [Reuters, 5/15/2008]

YET MCCAIN HAS REPEATEDLY VOTED AGAINST INCENTIVES FOR GREEN JOBS AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

2007: McCain Opposed Legislation Extending The Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit; Recent Study Concluded More than 116,000 Jobs Could be Lost If the Tax Credit is Not Extended. John McCain supported the filibuster of the 2007 energy bill that included an extension of the production tax credit to 2011. While McCain missed the vote to on the bill, according to his staff he did, in fact, support the continuing the filibuster, which eventually killed the bill. In its place, Congress passed another version of the legislation that did not include an extension of the tax credit. A 2008 economic study by Navigant Consulting found that "over 116,000 U.S. jobs and nearly $19 billion in U.S. investment could be lost in just one year if renewable energy tax credits are not renewed by Congress. The study concluded that over 76,000 jobs are put at risk in the wind industry, and approximately 40,000 jobs in the solar industry." [HR 6, Vote 425, 12/13/07, Failed 59-40: R 9-39 D 48-1 I 2-0; Forbes, 12/13/07; U.S. News & World Report, 12/14/07; American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association press release, 2/4/08]

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Legislation McCain Opposed Included Investment Set To Expire Next Year For Generators Of Geothermal, Wind And Solar Power. "Compromises that won passage for a major energy bill in the Senate this week left investors for geothermal, wind and solar resources out in the cold. After a long struggle, the Senate passed the bill late Thursday. It increases vehicle fuel mileage standards and encourages energy efficiency in federal buildings and in electricity-guzzling appliances. The House is expected to take a final vote next week. But passage was assured only after negotiators removed provisions that would set a requirement that 15 percent of electricity come from renewable sources by 2020. Also gone were extensions for investment and production tax credits set to expire next year for generators of geothermal, wind and solar power. 'From the standpoint of renewable energy, the compromises were certainly a missed opportunity, and they were out of step with much of the support we get from across the country,' said Gregory Wetsone, director of government affairs at the American Wind Energy Association." [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 12/15/07]

San Francisco Chronicle: Legislation McCain Opposed Also Sought Eliminate Tax Cuts for Oil Companies and Instead Fund Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the 2007 energy bill that McCain opposed "would have revoked $13.5 billion in tax breaks from the five largest oil companies. The money would have been redirected into tax incentives for solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, wave energy and other renewables. Consumers would have received a $3,000 tax credit for buying an electric plug-in hybrid and a tax credit of up to $4,000 for installing solar panels to power their homes. But the measure failed on a 59-40 vote, falling one vote shy of the 60 votes needed to end debate and move the bill forward." [2007 Vote 425, 12/13/07; The San Francisco Chronicle, 12/14/07]

2006: McCain Voted Against Extending The Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit And Over $290 For Renewable Energy Research. McCain voted against an amendment to extend the renewable energy production tax credit and clean renewable energy bonds programs for four years including $290 million for renewable energy R&D on Solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydropower. [2006 Senate Vote #42, 3/14/2006]

HE'S SPOKEN OUT AGAINST ETHANOL...REPEATEDLY

1998: McCain Sponsored an Amendment to Kill Ethanol Subsidies After 2000. McCain sponsored an amendment to prohibit extension of ethanol subsidies from 2001-2007. According to McCain's press release, "The amendment strikes the Finance Committee amendment that extends for an additional seven years the tax credits for ethanol and methanol producers. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated lost revenues total $3.8 billion. McCain's amendment would have allowed the existing subsidies to continue through the year 2000 but would have eliminated the seven-year extension." [S.AMDT.1968 to S.1173, 3/11/98; McCain Senate Press Release , 3/11/98]

1998: McCain Called Ethanol "Inefficient" and a "Prime Example of Corporate Pork." McCain stated in March 1998, "Ethanol is an inefficient, expensive fuel." He further claimed, "If ever there was a prime example of corporate pork, the unnecessary, inequitable ethanol subsidy program is it." [McCain Senate Press Release , 3/11/98]

1999: McCain Said Ethanol Subsidies Are "Not Worth It." During a 1999 Presidential debate in Iowa John McCain said, "Ethanol is not worth it. It does not help the consumer. Those ethanol subsidies should be phased out." [Des Moines GOP Primary Debate, 12/13/1999]

2000: McCain Said Ethanol Should Be Phased Out. During his 2000 campaign, McCain called for eliminating the "corporate welfare doled out to" ethanol grants, and stated "ethanol is not right, the subsidies should be phased out." [Houston Chronicle, 2/11/2000]

2003: McCain Voted To Allow The President To Waive Ethanol Requirements. McCain voted for an amendment to the 2003 Energy Policy Act allowing the President to waive ethanol requirements if the administration has determine that the requirement resulted in an increase in average cost of gasoline to end users in a State or region of 10 cents per gallon or more. McCain: Y [2003 Senate Vote #206, 6/4/2003]

2004: McCain Voted Against Tax Credits For Ethanol; Measure Also Banned MTBE In Four Years. McCain voted against moving forward on an amendment to the 2004 Internet Access Tax bill that banned methyl tertiary ether (MTBE) in four years, eliminated, 270 days after enactment, oxygen requirements under Clean Air Act and established a renewable fuel standard requiring use of 3.1 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2004, increased to 5 billion gallons in 2012. The amendment also established a credit trading program, increased credit to 2.5 gallons of renewable fuel for the use of cellulosic biomass (ethanol) derived from agricultural residue and included no liability protection for either MTBE or ethanol. [2004 Senate Vote #73, 4/29/2004]

2005: McCain Voted To Strike The Renewable Fuel Mandate, Including Ethanol, From 2005 Energy Policy Act. McCain voted in support of an amendment to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 striking the renewable fuel (ethanol) mandate from underlying amendment. [2005 Senate Vote #138, 6/15/2005]

2008: McCain Supports Eliminating Ethanol Subsidies And Tariffs On Imported Ethanol. When explaining his economic plan, McCain said, "Become--make it a national priority to--for energy independence." Later, he says, "But I'll tell you what, I would eliminate ethanol subsidies. I would eliminate the tariff on imported ethanol… I'm for biofuels, I'm for all that stuff, but let's let the market play. Let's not subsidize ethanol or any other alternate form of energy." [CNBC, "Kudlow & Company," 4/15/08]

MCCAIN SET TO MAKE PROFIT FROM BUDWEISER SALE TO INBEV

"Anheuser's stock price opened at $67.55 today, almost a 50% gain over the near $47 price in February when the possibility of a deal was made public. Cashing out could leave the McCains with hefty capital gains…" [Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire Blog, 7/14/08]

MCCAIN HAS WALKED AWAY FROM POSITIONS, HE ONCE HELD

McCain Panders, Votes Against Grassroots Lobbying Reform Similar to What He Once Sponsored. McCain voted for the Bennett amendment to the Senate Ethics Reform Bill to strike provisions requiring that activist organizations which engaged in grassroots lobbying efforts had to report details of their activities and finances. "While grassroots groups on both sides of the political spectrum oppose the proposal, social conservative leaders such as Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, who broadcasts a radio program to hundreds of thousands of evangelical Christians, have been its most vehement critics. McCain sponsored legislation last Congress that included an even broader requirement for grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors." [The Hill, 1/18/07; S.Amdt.20 to S.1, Vote #17, 1/18/07, agreed to 55-43; R: 48-0, D: 7-43, McCain voted "Yea"]

McCain's Flip-Flop on Immigration. Though once McCain, through his Kennedy-McCain immigration reforms, "want(s) to allow undocumented workers who participate in a guest worker program to be able to stay in America and apply for permanent residency or citizenship after paying fines and satisfying other requirements." [Los Angeles Times, 11/29/05] Now, "Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on Thursday backed a scaled-down proposal that imposes strict rules to end illegal immigration but doesn't include a path to citizenship...Among other things, the bill makes being in the country illegally a criminal misdemeanor and toughens penalties for re-entering after being deported." [AP, 8/2/07]

John McCain Voted For Bush Tax Cuts And Defended The Flip-Flop As A Legislative Gimmick. John McCain voted to extend tax cuts supported by the president that were set to expire between 2005 and 2010. "The Senate voted 53-47…in favor of extending the president's investor tax cuts on dividends and capital gains. Joining in this breakthrough vote was John McCain, the senator who voted against these tax cuts when they were introduced in 2003. This is an important shift for the GOP presidential frontrunner[.]" McCain's vote was described as "a sharp reversal of his anti-tax-cut posture," though he defended the shift, saying, "it was a gimmick," reasoning that "the tax cuts were temporary and then had to be made permanent. The tax cuts are now there and voting to revoke them would have been to--not to extend them would have meant a tax increase. I've never voted for a tax increase in my life." [Senate vote #10, H.R. 4297, 2/2/06, passed 66-31; New York Times, 2/21/06; Washington Times, 3/6/06; NBC News, 4/2/06

 

Saturday
Aug092008

Obama For President - New Energy for America Plan

Obama Campaign Releases TV Ad to Run During Olympics on Obama's New Energy for America Plan

30-Second Spot Highlights Senator Obama's Energy Plan and a New Vision for Our Economy

Manchester, NH -Today the Obama Campaign unveiled a new ad that will run during the Olympics. The ad discusses Obama's plan to invest in a green-energy economy focused on harvesting wind and solar power and building the next generation of fuel efficient cars. Obama's plan provides immediate relief, invests in a clean energy future, and brings us closer to energy independence.

Hands

Goto: http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/hands_ad/

Saturday
Aug092008

SEIA - Join SEIA for SunFest 2008 at the Democratic National Convention

If you or your colleagues are attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver, please join the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) for SunFest 2008 - a fun, educational sun break at Coors Field on August 27 from noon – 4 p.m. 
Simply RSVP at http://www.seia.org/meetingsandevents for your entry pass.
The solar festival will feature a keynote address by environmental advocate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and remarks by national and local elected officials including U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, and U.S. Representatives Ed Perlmutter and John Hall.  The latest solar energy technology will be on display for the public while you enjoy live entertainment by the Chuck McDermott Band (band that performs with Bonnie Raitt) and celebrity guests.
The event is being sponsored by Q-Cells, Applied Materials, Sharp Solar, Standard Renewable Energy and Suntech America as well as MolsonCoors. Exhibitors include: American Solar Energy Society, Applied Materials, Bella Energy, Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association, Douglass Roofing, REC Solar, Sharp Solar, Standard Renewable Energy, SunEdison, Sunsense, Suntech America, and USA Solar.
The solar energy industry in the U.S. has witnessed incredible growth over the last several years. Solar energy is a clean, reliable, and abundant energy source that will reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy while creating thousands of homegrown jobs. The exciting and fast-emerging solar market is an economic engine for Colorado and the rest of the U.S. and we are excited to provide a glimpse of what the industry is doing to move America to pollution-free energy future.
We look forward to seeing you in Denver!
-Solar Energy Industries Association
 
EVENT SUMMARY:
SunFest--A fun, educational sun break and concert at the Democratic Convention
DATE:    Wednesday, August 27, 2008
TIME:    12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
PLACE: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado (enter on Wynkoop Walkway & 19th Street)
Saturday
Aug092008

DNC - #89. Supporting Unfair Trade Deals

On Trade, Bush and McCain Support the Corporate Interests and the Unfair Trade Deals They Support, at the Expense of Working Americans.

BUSH:

Bush: "Walling Off America From World Trade Would Be A Disaster For Our Economy." During a speech on Wall Street, President Bush said, "I know there's going to be a vigorous debate on trade, and bashing trade can make for good sound bites on the evening news. But walling off America from world trade would be a disaster for our economy. Congress needs to reject protectionism and to keep this economy open to the tremendous opportunities that the world has to offer. [Economic Speech in New York City, 1/31/07; Public Papers of the Presidents]

MCCAIN:

McCain Advocated Free Trade, Criticized "Hid[ing] Behind Walls." John McCain said, "Opening new markets for American goods and services is indispensable to our future prosperity. We can compete with anyone. Senators Obama and Clinton think we should hide behind walls, bury our heads and industries in the sand, and hope we have enough left to live on while the world passes us by. But that is not good policy and it is not good leadership. And the short-sightedness of these policies can be seen today in Congress' refusal to vote on the Colombian Free Trade Agreement. When new trading partners can sell in our market, and American companies can sell in theirs, the gains are great and they are lasting. The strength of the American economy offers a better life to every society we trade with, and the good comes back to us in many ways -- in better jobs, higher wages, and lower prices." [McCain Remarks on the Economy at Carnegie Melon University, 4/15/08]

REALITY:

McCain Predicted 316,000 New Jobs in 1993. Similarly, the NAFTA could result in the creation of 316,000 new jobs in this country, as well as tens of thousands of jobs in my home State of Arizona, in addition to adding considerably to overall economic output in Arizona, the United States and Mexico. President Clinton says that we must have safeguards to protect our workers and the environment. I agree that it is important that we negotiate these side agreements, but they should not forestall moving forward on the underlying agreement. [Congressional Record, 2/18/1993]

NAFTA Net Displacement Was One Million Workers. A 2006 Economic Policy Institute study found that NAFTA had displaced just over 1 million jobs in this country, and net job loss of 16,000 in Arizona. [Scott, Salas & Campbell, Revisiting NAFTA, 9/28/2006; http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/bp173 ]