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Saturday
Dec142013

NH GOP - SHEA-PORTER, KUSTER SELL-OUT TROOPS, MILITARY RETIREES - THEN LEAVE FOR CHRISTMAS VACATION

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Jeanne Shaheen needs to stand up to do what's right for America's bravest

 

Concord - Sending a big lump of coal to America's military, Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster voted last night in favor of a backroom budget deal that stands to slash retirement pay for military retirees. According to the Military Officers Association of America, the bill delivers annual reductions in the Cost of Living Adjustment that "will result in reducing retired pay by nearly 20 percent between the age at retirement and 62."

 

"Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster have turned their backs on America's bravest, voting to cut military benefits rather than have the spine to cut bloated federal spending. They voted for a backroom deal that sells out active duty troops and New Hampshire's military retirees by slashing military retirement benefits. It's a big lump of coal for the men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our country and our freedoms, said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "This is a raw deal for the men and women of our armed services, and Jeanne Shaheen can help stop it. Jeanne Shaheen needs to stand up to her party to do what's right for America's troops and military retirees. This is a gut check moment for Jeanne Shaheen, and military families in New Hampshire are watching. If she turns her back on the men and women who have risked their lives to defend our nation, they'll never forget it."

Saturday
May182013

SEIA - New Report: Solar Energy Reduces Military Costs, Boosts Security, Saves Lives

WASHINGTON, DC -- In celebration of Armed Services Day, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released a first-of-its-kind report detailing how innovative solar technologies are helping the U.S. military meet many of its critical functions – from security and battlefield readiness to cost savings and efficiency.

Enlisting the Sun: Powering the U.S. Military with Solar Energy” shows solar energy’s growing role in powering military installations and military homes across the U.S.  As of early 2013, there are more than 130 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems powering Navy, Army and Air Force bases in at least 31 states and the District of Columbia.

Just as importantly, solar energy is playing an increasingly important role in making the U.S. military’s energy supply more secure, more affordable and less reliant on often-times unstable foreign sources.

“America’s solar companies, which employ nearly 120,000 workers from coast to coast, are very proud of the contributions they’re making to help the men and women of the U.S. military to defend our nation,” said Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO.  “Solar clearly is making a big difference – both on the front lines and in military installations from North Carolina to Hawaii.  Many of the technologies being used by the military today have been adapted for use from consumer products.”

In Afghanistan, for instance, U.S. troops in battle zones are using everything from portable solar panels to solar tent shields to cutting-edge, solar-powered security systems to help them successfully carry out critical missions. See photos of military solar uses here.

In recent years, the Pentagon has become increasingly concerned about an overdependence on fossil fuels.  Today, the military buys gas for just over $1 a gallon, but getting that gasoline to forward bases in Afghanistan costs more than $400 per gallon.

By utilizing more solar energy, military leaders say they are not only saving money, but potentially saving lives, too, since solar is helping to reduce the number of truck convoys needed to transport fuel, which are frequently the targets of attacks by insurgents or improvised explosive devices (IEDs).  Over the past decade, there have been more than 3,300 U.S. casualties as a result of attacks on fuel convoys.

“Today, the Defense Department is one of the largest institutional users of solar energy in the world,” Resch added. “After using solar energy on military bases and in the field, many returning servicemen and servicewomen are finding great career opportunities at solar firms, which have been actively recruiting veterans.  Many other veterans have started firms of their own.”

In addition to its operational uses, solar energy is helping the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to rein in its massive energy bills. As the largest energy consumer in the world, the DOD faces a $20 billion energy bill each year. In response to increasing energy needs and shrinking budgets, the DOD has committed to meet 25 percent of its energy needs with renewable energy by 2025. The Navy, Army and Air Force are each implementing aggressive plans that are increasing investments in solar, which is expected to encourage even more innovation within the industry.

Today, the U.S. has 7,700 MW of installed solar electric capacity – enough to power more than 1.2 million American homes – and 40 percent of our existing capacity, or 3,300 MW, was installed last year alone, making solar one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation.  America’s solar industry now employs nearly 120,000 workers at 5,600 companies – most of which are small businesses spread across every state in the union.

About SEIA®:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA and its 1,000 member companies are building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. www.seia.org

Background Materials:
- “Enlisting the Sun: Powering the U.S. Military with Solar Energy,” May 17, 2013: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/enlisting-sun-powering-us-military-solar-energy
- Enlisting the Sun Fact Sheet: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/enlisting-sun-solar-military-fact-sheet
- Military Solar Photo Gallery: http://www.seia.org/news/press-support/enlisting-sun-photo-gallery
- Interactive Map of U.S. Solar-Powered Installations: http://www.seia.org/map/military-solar.php
- U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2012 Year in Review: www.seia.org/smi 
- The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2012: www.thesolarfoundation.org/research/national-solar-jobs-census-2012 

Thursday
Nov292012

Lignet - China Launches Aircraft Carrier

China has entered a critical phase in its rapid military expansion — and it is flexing its muscle for the world to see.

China just announced that it has succeeded in landing a J-15 fighter on an aircraft carrier, a milestone most experts didn’t expect the Chinese military to achieve for several years.


China's New
Aircraft Carrier At Sea


China's J-15 Jet Fighter
Approaches Carrier

Gordon G. Chang, an expert on Asian geopolitics, tells LIGNET, the global intelligence and forecasting service, that China is becoming desperate as a result of its deteriorating economy and the desire to claim more land.

Chang also believes the “military is starting to break free of civilian control.” He calls this “a very, very troublesome event.”

Is this just the beginning of China’s aggressive attempt to position itself as a global military superpower?

As the Obama administration prepares to announce the replacement for Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, this looms as a critically important question.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, LIGNET will hold an emergency briefing on the escalating tensions between the United States and China.

Leading the intelligence panel will be former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who recently served as U.S. ambassador to China.

We strongly encourage you to join this urgent LIGNET briefing Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at 11 a.m. EST to discover how this new China could have dire consequences for America and inescapable economic ramifications.

If you would like to register to watch this important briefing, you can sign up by clicking here.

For More Information on LIGNET’s Briefing on China — Go Here Now

Tuesday
Sep182012

Shea-Porter For Congress - Guinta Forced to Acknowledge His Vote for Sequestration was a “Terrible Idea”

Manchester, NH – At today’s BIA debate, Congressman Guinta was forced to acknowledge that his vote for sequestration was a “terrible idea.”  After voting to kill over 6,000 New Hampshire jobs and to put the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard at risk, Guinta has finally conceded to voters that he was wrong to vote with his Tea Party.

Naomi Andrews, Campaign Manager for Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, released the following statement.                 

“I doubt that working families in New Hampshire will accept Congressman Guinta’s apology for voting to kill jobs here in the state.  Thousands of New Hampshire workers may now face layoffs due to Congressman Guinta’s actions.  This stands in direct contrast to Carol Shea-Porter’s record of middle class job creation while in Congress.”

Congressman Guinta tried to shift the blame during the debate to the Senate and Democrats.  Unfortunately, he can’t escape the fact that he voted for the bill, and Representative Paul Ryan even introduced him on the floor to speak in favor of it.

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BACKGROUND:

  • At the New Hampshire BIA Debate, Frank Guinta stated, “Now sequester has turned out to be a terrible idea, I think most people would agree with that,” and called sequester, “A mistake that occurred” [NHPR, 9/17/2012]
  • Frank Guinta admitted in a radio interview that his vote for sequestration put the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard at risk for closure [WGBH, 4/30/12].
  • Frank Guinta admitted in a radio interview that his vote for sequestration put the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard at risk for closure [WGBH, 4/30/12].
Friday
Aug032012

NHDP - ICYMI: Ayotte, McCain have short memories on sequester 

There has been a lot of talk in Washington lately about that dreaded S-word - sequestration - and its potential impact on our military personnel, defense industry and, by extension, our national security.

On Tuesday, that discussion shifted to Merrimack, where U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and John McCain of Arizona sounded the alarm for several hundred defense workers at BAE Systems.

If the first wave of $500 billion in automatic defense cuts goes into effect next year, the GOP senators warned, New Hampshire could lose more than 3,600 defense jobs, the Army could have 100,000 fewer soldiers and the nation's security could be at risk.

"We all believe we have to cut spending," said Ayotte, who with McCain serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee. "But to create a national security crisis, on top of our fiscal crisis, is the wrong thing for America."

Now, you can count us among those not thrilled with the prospect of a "national security crisis," assuming that's what would happen if sequestration were to go forward unabated. Nor are we enamored of New Hampshire possibly losing 3,600 jobs - defense or otherwise.

But before we go too far down this road, let's pause for a moment to remember how we got here.

And we got here because House Republicans - with support from the likes of Ayotte and McCain in the Senate - made the perfunctory raising of the nation's debt ceiling into a knock-down-drag-out fight over spending last summer, bringing the nation to the brink of default in the process.

While the raising of the debt limit was to cover previous spending obligations agreed to by House Speaker John Boehner et al, Republicans banded together to demand major spending cuts in return, some calling for $1 in cuts for every $1 hike in the debt ceiling.

Ultimately, with the Aug. 2 debt-limit deadline looming, Republican leaders and the White House agreed to a compromise that called for $917 billion in cuts over a 10-year period.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 also called for at least $1.2 trillion in additional cuts to be hashed out by what would mistakenly become known as the "supercommittee" - six Democrats and six Republicans with a combined 190 years of Washington experience - by the end of November. If they couldn't reach a deal, and they didn't, $1.2 trillion in cuts split evenly between defense and other discretionary spending would begin in 2013.

And that's where we are today.

Predictably, many of these same Republican lawmakers who supported this deal - including McCain but not Ayotte - now want to renege on it, even though it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support last summer in the House (269-161) and Senate (74-26).

Many are also trying to divert blame to President Barack Obama, rather than take responsibility for their own actions that led to this situation.

In fact, in a joint statement issued Monday by Ayotte, McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham before embarking on their two-day "Preserving America's Strength" tour, they said the president "shares direct responsibility for the potential loss of over 1 million jobs if defense sequestration takes effect."

If anyone is responsible for that potential loss of jobs, it's those Republicans who intentionally manufactured the debt-ceiling debacle that led to sequestration in the first place.

Read the Nashua Telegraph editorial here.