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Thursday
Oct082009

Shea-Porter Votes to Help New Hampshire's Dairy Farmers 

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted in favor of the Agriculture Appropriations Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 263 to 162.  Within this bill is $350 million in assistance to dairy farmers, including $290 million to assist struggling dairy producers and $60 million to allow for the purchase of cheese and other dairy products for food banks.  On September 14, 2009, Congresswoman Shea-Porter cosigned a letter to the Agriculture Appropriations conferees urging them to include this funding in a final bill. 

“As a member of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, I am pleased that funding in this bill will positively impact our struggling dairy farmers right here in New Hampshire,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.   “We must continue to make investments in nutritional assistance and rural businesses.”

This legislation makes key investments in public health, rural communities, and conservation.  Other provisions of the Agriculture Appropriations Act include: $58 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help low-income families; $7.25 billion for Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); $1.69 billion for International Food Aid; $1 billion in conservation projects; and $169 million for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  

 

Thursday
Oct082009

HCHR - Speaker Pelosi Squashes Transparency

Developing Story: Nancy Pelosi is squashing efforts to have bills like the massive, 1,000 page health care reform effort published for 72 hours before any vote is taken.

Democrats want this transparency measure stopped so that they can slide their efforts to lard bills with their favorite provisions without the public getting any opportunity to have a say about their underhanded efforts.

Read the developing story

Thursday
Oct082009

National Poll Shows More Than Nine Out of 10 Americans Want Solar Now 

National Poll Shows More Than Nine Out of 10 Americans Want Solar Now

  • ·         92% of Americans think it is important for the nation to develop and use solar energy. This was consistent across all political party affiliations.
  • ·         77% of Americans feel the Federal government should make solar power development a national priority, including the financial support needed.
  • ·         Almost half (49%) of all Americans are currently pondering solar power options for their home or business.
  • ·         43% of Americans make solar their top energy source, followed far behind by other sources including their second choice, wind (17%).

 

October 8, 2009 (Washington, D.C.) – A vast majority of Americans, across all political parties, overwhelmingly support development and funding of solar energy, and their support for solar has remained consistent over the last year. These and other findings were reported today in the 2009 SCHOTT Solar BarometerTM, a nationally representative survey conducted by independent polling firm Kelton Research.

The survey found that 92 percent of Americans think it is important for the U.S. to develop and use solar energy. This strong support for solar remains unchanged since Americans were asked the same questions in the June 2008 SCHOTT Solar Barometer (94%). (The difference is within the margin of error for both polls.)

This support for solar power is consistent across political party affiliation with 89 percent of Republicans, 94 percent of Democrats and 93 percent of Independents agreeing that it is important for the U.S. to develop and use solar power.

Furthermore, close to eight in 10 (77%) Americans feel that the development of solar power, and other renewable energy sources, should be a major priority of the federal government, including the financial support needed. This sentiment also remains the same since June 2008 (77%).

 “The SCHOTT Solar Barometer confirms our belief that Americans are ready for solar energy,” said Dr. Gerald Fine, President & CEO of SCHOTT North America. “We’ve invested over $100 million in Albuquerque, New Mexico and created hundreds of green jobs manufacturing innovative solar products.”

 “With controversial debates happening all over America, this isn’t one of them,” said Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “Americans overwhelmingly want clean, reliable solar energy for their homes and businesses. It’s now time for Congress to listen to the American public and prioritize the use of solar in upcoming energy legislation. By expanding the U.S. market for solar, Congress will reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions while creating jobs in all 50 states.”

The poll also showed that if they had to choose one energy source to financially support if they were President, 43 percent of Americans would opt for solar over other sources such as wind (17%), natural gas (12%) and nuclear (10%).

Almost half of all Americans (49%) say they’re currently pondering solar power options for their home or business – and another three percent already have solar power. Among those who would like to take advantage of solar power at home or at work, seven in 10 (70%) envision they would make the change within the next five years.

But most feel they lack information – fewer than one in five (12%) can claim that they’re extremely informed about the subject of solar power in general. What’s more, almost three in four (74%) Americans admit they wish they knew more about solar power options for their home or business.

 

About the Survey’s Methodology

The SCHOTT Solar Barometer Survey was conducted by Kelton Research between August 31st and September 8th, 2009 using an email invitation and an online survey. SCHOTT Solar, one of the trend-setting manufacturers of solar energy technologies, and the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) commissioned the survey. Quotas are set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population ages 18 and over. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

 

Thursday
Oct082009

SEIA Statement on DOE Loan Guarantee Expansion to ‘Commercial’ Projects 

Washington DC – Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement today regarding the Department of Energy’s (DOE) expansion of its loan guarantee program to "commercial" project and the creation of its new Financial Institution Partnership Program (FIPP);

 “Today’s solicitation announcement from Secretary Chu is a major step in improving the department’s loan guarantee program. By expanding eligibility for the loan guarantee to ‘commercial’ projects instead of the limited ‘innovative’ project definition, DOE is making the loan guarantee more broadly available to more solar companies. And the more projects that receive loan guarantees, the more jobs will be created. This is stimulus in action.

 “The new Financial Institution Partnership Program will not only bring much needed capital back into the solar market, but it will streamline the application process allowing projects to be developed sooner.

 “While today’s announcement is good news for the industry, there is still more to be done to improve the loan guarantee program. Most notably, Congress must restore the $2 billion that was diverted from the loan guarantee program earlier this year for the Cash for Clunkers program. DOE-guaranteed projects create jobs and a stronger loan guarantee program will help to spur new jobs and investment across the country.”

 

Thursday
Oct082009

NH DOC - Women’s Prison Celebrates Ordination of its Chaplain

(Goffstown, NH)  Since 2006, Beth Richeson has provided chaplaincy and other support to the inmates at the New Hampshire State Prison for Women.  In August she became an ordained Presbyterian Minister and the women’s prison became her mission.  On Tuesday, October 6, 2009, nearly one hundred inmates joined Chaplain Richeson for a celebration of her ordination.

The ceremony included music performed by the inmate choir, inmate testimonials, and reflections from other religious leaders.  New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn congratulated “Chaplain Beth” and said he was honored to have her in the Department’s midst and to recognize her accomplishment.

Commissioner Wrenn said, “She meets the inmates on the playing field without pre-conceived notions and has a boundless capacity for compassion.”

 

The inmates collected scraps of fabric together and sewed those into a vesting that was presented to the Chaplain.

The position is funded by the New Hampshire Council of Churches and not the Department of Corrections. The Chaplain is a non-denominational position that works with all faiths to facilitate and provide spiritual support to the inmate population.