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Thursday
Oct302014

Brown For US Senate - BROWN TOURS​ SEABROOK NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, UNDERSCORES IMPORTANCE OF ENERGY PRODUCTION 

PRESENTS CLEAR CONTRAST TO SHAHEEN’S ANTI-NUCLEAR, HIGH COST ENERGY POLICIES
 

SEABROOK - Today, Scott Brown toured the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant to underscore the importance of nuclear power as part of an “all of the above” energy policy that will lower prices and increase domestic supply. This stands in clear contrast to Senator Shaheen’s efforts to limit the use of nuclear power in New Hampshire.
 
“Energy prices in the Granite State are ​increasing and cost​s​ are estimated to rise as much as 50 percent this winter," said Brown. “Senator Shaheen voted for a national energy tax and supported efforts to limit the use of nuclear power in New Hampshire. ​We​ simply can’t afford Senator Shaheen’s costly energy policies.”
 
​Though Shaheen denies it, she ​has opposed nuclear power​​ and called it​ "
dangerous."​ 

Scott Brown supports an “all of the above”
energy policy​​ ​to increase supply and lower costs for the people of New Hampshire. Recently, the Portsmouth Herald reported that skyrocketing energy prices will be a “dire situation” for thousands of people in New Hampshire, with rates set to increase between forty or fifty percent.
 
This month, Scott visited Hampton resident Kerri Ruggiero, a mother working four jobs to make ends meet. Ruggiero is a Unitil customer and was recently notified that her rates are set to increase heading into the cold winter months.
 
During that visit, Ruggiero said, “I have not even turned on the heat yet and already saw a $20.00 jump in my bills. I’m supporting Scott Brown because he has a plan to lower prices and stand up for New Hampshire. Senator Shaheen broke her promise to help our families, and has made it clear she stands with President Obama instead of New Hampshire.”



Background:

March 2013: Shaheen Voted For An Amendment To Enact Federal Energy Tax. “To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to ensuring that all revenue from a fee on carbon pollution is returned to the American people.” (S. Amdt. 646 To S. Con. Res. 8, 
Roll Call Vote #58: Rejected 41-58, 3/22/13, Shaheen Voted Yea)

An Energy Tax Could Cost Up To 10,000 Jobs In New Hampshire. “This tax would deal a blow to employment in New Hampshire, with a loss of worker income equivalent to 7,000 to 10,000 jobs in 2013 and 10,000 by 2023.” (“Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” National Association Of Manufacturers, 2/26/13)

A Energy Tax Could Increase The Price Of Gas In New Hampshire By More Than 20 Cents Per Gallon. “Prices at the pump would jump by more than 20 cents a gallon in 2013.” (“Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” National Association Of Manufacturers, 2/26/13)

A Energy Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Electricity For New Hampshire Families By 18 Percent. “Households in New Hampshire would see a significant increase in their electricity rates, with an average increase of 18 percent in 2013.” (“Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” National Association Of Manufacturers, 2/26/13)
Saturday
Oct252014

FrackNation - THE TRUTH about fracking comes to Denton amid anti-fracking vote

A “pro-fracking” documentary is to have a public screening in Denton in the run up to the controversial attempt to ban fracking in the the town.

FrackNation is the result of a two year investigation into the issue by veteran journalist Phelim McAleer who faced lawsuits, bogus 911 calls and gun threats as he looked for evidence of many of the claims made by anti-fracking campaigners.

The screening will take place at 5pm on Oct. 28th at the University of North Texas in Denton and McAleer is coming to the town to answer questions about his film after the screening.

“It's the first time I will be in Denton and I'm really looking forward to it,” said McAleer. "I'm particularly glad to be speaking at UNT, as this seems to be the center of the anti-fracking movement in the area."

Much of FrackNation was filmed in Texas and looks at some of the frauds and bogus claims forwarded by anti-fracking campaigners in the state.

The normally anti-fracking New York Times described FrackNation as “meticulously researched.. and provocative”. FrackNation looks at claims made by Calvin Tillman, the former Mayor of Dish, TX, who maintains that fracking harmed his children and other residents in the town.

The documentary revealed that Tillman's “scientific results” were actually compiled by Alisa Rich, a fraudster who falsely claimed to have a PhD and to be an engineer. A court also found that she had compiled a fraudulent video to push an anti-fracking lawsuit to force a company to settle a bogus claim.

“I am so looking forward to coming to Denton, especially at this crucial time when people need clear, reliable journalism to help them make up their mind about this important issue,” said McAleer who has worked as a crime reporter and investigative journalist in several countries including Ireland, Romania, Vietnam, Madagascar and Indonesia.

“At the moment muchof what is being circulated about fracking is being promoted by ideologues who have no reservations about pushing inaccurate or just plain fraudulent information. It's time for the truth about fracking to get an airing in Denton.”

"The screening is open to the public and I want to hear peoples questions and I want to answer them all with the truth – not exaggerations,” he added.

North Texas College Republicans Club will be hosting the screening:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5:00pm - 7:00 pm
UNT Business Leadership Building
Room 073
1307 West Highland Street
Denton, Texas 76201
 

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EDITORS NOTES

MCALEER'S BIO
Phelim McAleer is a filmmaker and investigative journalist. He most recently produced and directed FrackNation - a documentary to uncover the truth about Fracking. He has produced documentaries for CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature length documentaries. Before becoming a filmmaker, Phelim was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in Eastern Europe. He also covered Romania and Bulgaria for The Economist. Before that he covered Ireland for the UK Sunday Times. He has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in many countries including Romania, Uganda, Madagascar, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Canada and China. McAleer has appeared on or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including Fox News, CNN and the BBC. He has been interviewed on over 100 US and international radio shows.


ABOUT FRACKNATION
FrackNation was acquired by and premiered on AXS TV, owned by a maverick billionaire Mark Cuban. It was subsequently picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures and is now available on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and VOD. The movie was financed through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. It raised $212,000 in 60 days and was one of the most successful documentary campaigns ever funded through Kickstarter.
 
The New York Times described FrackNation as "provocative and meticulously researched."
Thursday
Oct232014

NH GOP - SHAHEEN LIES ABOUT HISTORY OF OPPOSING NUCLEAR POWER 

Concord - Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a longtime opponent of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant, lied during last night's NECN debate about her history of opposing nuclear power. Shaheen has blasted nuclear power and managed anti-nuclear activist Paul McEachern's 1986 and 1988 gubernatorial campaigns.

 

"Jeanne Shaheen has a long history of opposing nuclear power and her brazen attempt to mislead voters about her failed energy agenda is shameful. Shaheen led multiple campaigns to scuttle New Hampshire's Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant and restrict nuclear power," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Energy prices are skyrocketing, and during her decades in public office Jeanne Shaheen has failed to support policies that would increase the supply of energy and reduce costs for ratepayers."

 

In the 1980s Shaheen blasted nuclear power, calling it a "dangerous" source of energy (click here for video.)

 

The Chicago Tribune reported that with Shaheen serving as his campaign manager in 1986, gubernatorial candidate Paul McEachern "made the Seabrook issue the centerpiece of his campaign, promising to try to scuttle the $4.8 billion reactor if elected."  

Thursday
Oct232014

FrackNation - Sparks sure to fly at McAleer/Tillman debate 

Los Angeles 10-22-2014
 

SPARKS are set to fly with a debate about fracking between a veteran filmmaker and journalist and a vocal anti-fracking activist in Dallas.

The no doubt heated debate between Phelim McAleer and Calvin Tillman comes after McAleer has released a documentary and a video questioning key facts behind Tillman's activism.

The debate is set to start at 7pm at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute in Dallas on Monday Oct 27th. It comes at a crucial time, as the nearby town of Denton prepares to vote on whether to ban fracking - the first such vote in the state.

Phelim McAleer – a veteran journalist who directed and produced FrackNation, a documentary investigating many anti-fracking claims– said he was looking forward to exposing the truth about fracking and exposing those who are now making a lucrative living peddling misinformation that a number of courts have found to be fraudulent.

“After we exposed Calvin Tillman, he issued the challenge for a debate (rather than address the serious matters raised about the fraudulent findings). Then he tried to back out – breaking promises to pay for return airfares, changing venues etc – hoping I would walk away - but I'm not going to let him get away with peddling misinformation. I'm really looking forward to bringing the truth to Dallas and to those who still believe the frauds being promoted by Tillman.”

Calvin Tillman is the former Mayor of Dish, Texas who featured in the anti-fracking documentaries Gasland and Gasland II claiming that fracking had polluted his town, had made his children ill and could lead to cancer.

Phelim McAleer's investigations have revealed that the “evidence” touted by Tillman to push his anti-fracking campaign was gathered by a fraudster who had made up her qualifications.

Several courts found Tillman based all his very dramatic claims on one air study carried by Alisa Rich. Rich, the sole proprietor of Wolf Eagle Environmental Engineers and Consultants LLC.

However, these judges found that Alisa Rich:

1) fraudulently claimed to have a PhD

2) fraudulently claimed to be a qualified engineer

3) and in a separate case, she has arranged and filmed a fraudulent video to try and extort a company to settle a damages claim

McAleer – who has worked as a crime reporter and investigative journalist in several countries including Ireland, Romania, Vietnam, Madagascar and Indonesia – said he is looking forward to revealing the truth behind much of the anti-fracking activism.

“These are well-funded campaigns based on fraud, exaggerations and lucrative lawsuits. Mostly they scare people and often children, but have no basis in reality. I want to expose these people who think nothing of scaring children to push an agenda. It's despicable and I look forward to exposing it to the world.”

“I urge everyone to join me in Dallas on Monday to add their questions to a growing list that Calvin Tillman refuses to address.”

The debate which is open to the public will take place between 7pm-8:30pm at

Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute

Building H, Room H114

3939 Valley View Lane

Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX 75244-4997

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EDITORS NOTES


MCALEER'S BIO
Phelim McAleer is a filmmaker and investigative journalist. He most recently produced and directed FrackNation - a documentary to uncover the truth about Fracking. He has produced documentaries for CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature length documentaries. Before becoming a filmmaker, Phelim was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in Eastern Europe. He also covered Romania and Bulgaria for The Economist. Before that he covered Ireland for the UK Sunday Times. He has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in many countries including Romania, Uganda, Madagascar, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Canada and China. McAleer has appeared on or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including Fox News, CNN and the BBC. He has been interviewed on over 100 US and international radio shows.

ABOUT FRACKNATION
FrackNation was acquired by and premiered on AXS TV, owned by a maverick billionaire Mark Cuban. It was subsequently picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures and is now available on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and VOD. The movie was financed through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. It raised $212,000 in 60 days and was one of the most successful documentary campaigns ever funded through Kickstarter.
 
The New York Times described FrackNation as "provocative and meticulously researched."
Wednesday
Oct222014

ALG's Daily Grind - Drill, baby, drill 

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Oct. 22, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Drill, baby, drill
Gasoline prices on average have reached levels not seen since 2010 thanks in no small part to the private sector led American oil shale boom.

Lost GOP opportunity in lame duck?
Kicking the budget until the end of FY 2015 means giving Obama free reign to wield his pen and phone.

Carroll: Liberal journalists invent fictional world to attack Scott Walker
"It is not easy being on the editorial staff at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, especially now that they have been forced to admit that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10, which they strongly editorialized against, has saved Wisconsin taxpayers more than $3 billion."