Submitted by Vicki Sansbury on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:56pm.
Just in time for Earth Day, the Koch bros., Club for Growth, ALEC and other well funded right wing groups have decided to go after the solar energy industry! Seems they don't want no stinkin' clean energy getting in the way of their Earth destroying dirty oil and gas millions.
I think we should applaud the rising manufacturing of solar panels and the fall in price of the cost of them. I'll drink to that! Join us at Drinking Liberally this (and every) Thursday night at 7:00 at the BBC!
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Your Dear Leaders in Peace,
Vicki and Ron
Submitted by Vicki Sansbury on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:37am.
This solar farm is the kind of thing the Koch brothers are fighting to kill.
The Maywood Solar Farm, which is made up of 36,000 solar panels, started producing power last month. It’s one of 85 renewable energy projects that the EPA has helped install on Superfund sites, landfills and old mining sites in the U.S., projects which together produce 507 megawatts of power. The solar farm is located on the site of a former coal tar refinery plant, which dealt with hazardous chemicals until its closing in 1972. In the 1980s officials found that the groundwater underneath the site was contaminated with benzene and ammonia, and afterwards the area was designated as a Superfund site.
“This innovative solar project demonstrates that Superfund sites can be redeveloped,” EPA Regional Administrator Susan Hedman said in a statement. “The Maywood Solar Farm project has transformed a site with a long history of contamination into a source of renewable energy.”
Talk about turning lemons into lemonade!
Submitted by Vicki Sansbury on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 5:23pm.
Now that solar power is taking off and panels are becoming cheaper, the usual suspects who support dirty energy are on the attack.
Solar, once almost universally regarded as a virtuous, if perhaps over-hyped, energy alternative, has now grown big enough to have enemies.
The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation's largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor green energy. The conservative luminaries have pushed campaigns in Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona, with the battle rapidly spreading to other states.
Alarmed environmentalists and their allies in the solar industry have fought back, battling the other side to a draw so far. Both sides say the fight is growing more intense as new states, including Ohio, South Carolina and Washington, enter the fray.
Naturally, ALEC is drafting model legislation to put a stop to green energy. It takes brass balls to ask legislators to prevent clean, renewable energy. That's the GOP for you.
Submitted by Ron Schneider on Sat, 04/19/2014 - 2:15pm.
This Tuesday, April 22, is the 4th Tuesday of the month, meaning it is time for the monthly documentary film put on by Carol Tvaroh of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan at the New Albany Road House, formerly New Albany Country Club, at 1706 Graybrook Ln. This month's movie is "Inequality for All." Here is the information from Carol on the movie:
AN OCCASION TO BE INFORMED, HAVE A BITE TO EAT, A DRINK AND DISCUSSION WITH FRIENDS.
IT'S IMPORTANT. THIS TUESDAY WILL BE INEQUALITY FOR ALL, ABOUT A SERIOUS SITUATION AFFECTING ALL OUR LIVES. NO KIDDING! YOU NEED TO KNOW! PLEASE JOIN US.
Submitted by Vicki Sansbury on Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:20pm.
Nothing or nobody seems capable of hammering it into the GOP brain that their racism, sexism and absolute hatred of the poor is not a winning strategy.
Greg Brannon ran a website that supposed the Aurora theater shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing to be false flags, panicked over "Agenda 21" and warned of the menace of fluoridated water. He calls food stamps "slavery". He was previously caught lifting large parts of his campaign website directly from Sen. Rand Paul's website, apparently because that's what Ayn Rand would have done, and far from being chastened by the discovery has in fact continued to pilfer from everyone from Rep. Justin Amash to the Cato Institute to the Coalition for Jobs. So he's not just stupid, he's an unapologetic crook.
And yet there is no act that will render Greg Brannon, doctor, patriot and defender of our precious bodily fluids, too stupid or too disreputable for the Republican Party to prop up under the Big, Big Stupid Tent. That's what we're reduced to these days. In a party in which shutting down the government for unclear reasons sounds like a brilliant thing, in a party that considers the primary purpose of Congress to be spigot for the month's newest conspiracy theories, in a party that launched campaigns to convince young Americans they should do without health insurance, regardless of the obvious risks to them and their welfare, because the health and welfare of those Americans was not worth two little shits compared to the possibility of doing vague damage to the other party in the next set of elections, you cannot pipe up and say that overtly mean, conspiracy-peddling, anti-patriotic crackpots aren't who the party is. It has become all the party is. If Dr. Greg Brannon makes it to the Senate, he won't be an outcast. He'll fit right in.
You own this guy, Republicans.
Mean, stupid people suck. Yet this is what your modern GOP represents in spades.
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