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  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • Quirky Ex-Senator Stomps on Democrats’ S.D. Hopes

    07/24/2014 12:36:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Colin Diersing
    South Dakota Democrats are playing a tough hand in the Senate race, but they thought they could count on a wild card — former Sen. Larry Pressler — to help the contest break their way. Pressler seems to have other plans. Democrats already faced long odds to hold retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson’s seat. Obama lost South Dakota by 18 points last cycle, and the state marks the GOP’s best pick-up opportunity in its 6-seat quest to win the majority. The front-runner, popular former GOP Gov. Mike Rounds, faces several foes: Democrat Rick Weiland; state Sen. Gordon Howie, a conservative...
  • Northeastern Nevada ranchers hit with grazing closures ( BLM )

    07/24/2014 12:27:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Elko Daily Free Press ^ | ‎7‎/‎24‎/‎2014‎ | Dylan Woolf Harris
    BATTLE MOUNTAIN — Once again ranchers who run cattle on the Argenta Allotment in Lander County were told Wednesday that due to drought a number of areas would be closed to livestock. Pete and Lynn Tomera were told by the Bureau of Land Management they had a week to remove cattle from nine segments of the allotment ... We have 7 days to ride the entire mountain and have the cattle off. We are right in the middle of haying and are forced to drop everything and begin gathering cattle,” the Tomeras wrote. “We are forced to put the cattle...
  • The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

    07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by deport · 102 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews
    New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union. When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time. A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of...
  • You Can Buy An Entire Town In South Dakota For The Bargain Price Of $400K

    07/03/2014 6:21:58 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Consumerist ^ | 30 June 2014 | Mary Beth Quirk
    Check your pockets and dig into the couch cushions — if you can rustle up some spare change to the tune of $400,000, you could be the owner of your very own town in South Dakota. The man who owns Swett, S.D. — and its bar, single house, workshop, three trailers and 6.16 acres of land — is looking to sell. Sure, $400,000 is a lot of money for anybody. But instead of just owning a single house, you could crown yourself Grand High Empress/Emperor of this unincorporated hamlet about two hours from Rapid City, reports the Rapid City Journal....
  • Democrats Now Too Progressive For South Dakota?

    07/02/2014 8:55:14 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 2 2014 | Dan Riehl
    One consequence of Democrats continuing to go Left under Obama as a national party is poised to cost them a Senate seat in a year when they're fighting to retain control of that same institution. While South Dakota is conservative, Democrats have long held a seat in the Senate. Weiland is running to replace Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), who suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2006 and chose not to run for reelection. So national Democrats should be working furiously to try to keep the seat, right? Wrong. Cantor's loss in Virginia serves as a reminder to never take anything for...
  • Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work ((UN Agenda 21 )

    06/25/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 24, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN,
    Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. ... Officials also say that lynx face a relatively low degree of threat compared to other protected species. The Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to come up with a timeline on the recovery document when Molloy last month expressed frustration with the government's progress. The judge said the "stutter-step" approach by federal officials necessitated court intervention. The lawsuit pending before Molloy was brought by Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance....
  • The Bakken gets bigger - likely a LOT bigger

    06/19/2014 12:56:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    Oil Voice ^ | June 13, 2014 | Keith Schaefer
    Crescent Point’s Torquay Discovery Reignites Southeast Saskatchewan. Just when you thought The Bakken couldn’t get any better—it does. Oil producers are now “cracking the code” on the Torquay, or Three Forks formation below the Bakken, and coming up with incredible economics—these wells are paying back in only seven months. This news has completely re-invigorated the Canadian side of the Bakken. And on the US side, the Three Forks is causing industry to leap-frog estimates of the amount of recoverable oil available–by about 57%! It’s hard to imagine that the #1 oil play in all of North America could have such...
  • US Senate Panel Advances Bill To Force Keystone Pipeline Approval

    06/19/2014 5:04:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | June 18, 2014 | Ros Krasny
    The U.S. Senate Energy Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would force congressional approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, but the measure seems unlikely to be taken up by the full Senate. The bill, the latest effort by lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will languish without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote. The measure, from Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, would take a decision...
  • Feds block oil and gas leasing in Sage Grouse habitat ( Utah & Colorado )

    06/17/2014 7:17:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 17, 2014
    Federal authorities have issued a moratorium blocking oil, gas and coal leasing on 800,000 acres of public land in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah that is habitat for the imperiled Gunnison sage grouse. ... restrictive measures that will impact jobs and economic development
  • South Dakota Senate: Rounds (R) 44%, Weiland (D) 29%, Pressler (I) 18%

    06/12/2014 1:44:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 9, 2014
    Former Governor Mike Rounds still leads his Democratic opponent Rick Weiland by double digits in South Dakota’s U.S. Senate race, but Republican-turned-Independent Larry Pressler has made the race a bit closer. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely South Dakota voters finds Rounds with 44% of the vote to Weiland’s 29%. Pressler, a former three-term Republican senator, picks up 18% of the vote. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate in the race, while seven percent (7%) are undecided.
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • 45 senators, including vulnerable Dems, are asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations

    05/23/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    It’s only a small matter of time until the Obama administration finally, rapturously releases what its hopes will be the crown jewel of its rise-of-the-oceans-slowing climate-change agenda: Regulations capping the emissions from existing power plants, a.k.a., stamping out coal plants across the country. This set of regs is going to be even more complicated and controversial than the regulations for only new power plants the administration released last year, and as the AP obliquely explains, we’re likely to start seeing those “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices Obama once mentioned pretty quickly here: Electricity prices are probably on their way up...
  • Unions raise heat on Senate to approve Keystone XL

    05/21/2014 9:21:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 21, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Labor unions are beseeching senators to pass legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline by circumventing a government review process that threatens to stretch into 2015. In a letter to senators today, five unions, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute say the bill is essential to free the pipeline from “political limbo.” “After nearly six years of countless polls and five exhaustive federal reviews stating the pipeline is safe to build and will create thousands of jobs, we have unfortunately seen political rhetoric and gamesmanship take precedence over policy and leadership,” the groups say. The...
  • Rounds Commute Ad

    05/19/2014 7:57:57 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dr. Annette Bosworth For U.S. Senate
    Some people have told me that in South Dakota, there's an unspoken rule about so-called 'negative ads.' Instead, political negativity is doled out in the form of retribution by those in power or in whisper campaigns, conducted one whisper at a time. Obviously, Mike Round's record is fair game. The story we're reminding viewers of in my new TV commercial has been covered in the news.
  • Man Who Planned to Kill President Obama Sentenced to Death

    05/14/2014 12:47:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    The Root ^ | May 14 2014 | STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR.
    On Tuesday a South Dakota judge agreed with a unanimous jury to sentence James McVay, 44, to death for the killing of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein. McVay stole Schein’s car and planned on driving to Washington, D.C., to murder the president. In 2011 a South Dakota man stabbed a 75-year-old woman and stole her car. His plan was to drive to Washington, D.C., and kill President Barack Obama. James McVay made it as far as Madison, Wis., before police stopped and arrested him.
  • Keystone XL: A stalled pipeline keeps pumping cash into Washington, D.C.

    05/12/2014 10:52:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | MAY 9, 2014 | ALEXANDER PANETTA
    The Keystone XL pipeline may be stalled, but it's pumping a steady flow of cash into Washington — where inertia is a multibillion-dollar industry. The pipeline debate has become a money-making machine for lobbyists, advertisers, NGOs and political fundraisers in the U.S. capital, where tens of millions of dollars are being spent on the issue. The spending deluge will continue indefinitely, thanks to the two latest non-developments: the Obama administration has delayed a decision on the pipeline, and a congressional effort to speed up the process appears to have collapsed this week. The Washington insider news outlet, Politico, described the...
  • The Keystone Pipeline Is Ruining Mark Udall's Week

    05/06/2014 7:04:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 5, 2014 | Jason Plautz
    Mark Udall, D-Colo., is facing calls on both sides to clarify his position on the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline wouldn't run through Colorado, but it's about to take center stage in the state's politics. The Senate is near certain to vote this week on legislation that would approve the oil-sands pipeline, and that's leaving Sen. Mark Udall—a Democrat facing a tough reelection challenge—with an unenviable choice to make. If Udall votes yes, he'll anger a liberal base that has put blocking the pipeline at the head of its environmental charge. But if he votes no, his opponent...
  • Senate Moves To Bypass Obama, Approve Keystone Pipeline

    05/05/2014 5:37:33 AM PDT · by thackney · 34 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 5/5/2014 | Richard Berkow
    The vote to authorize immediate construction of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline may come to a crucial head next week, as two Senators introduced a bill on Thursday calling for binding legislation.
  • Bosworth 'Ruffles Feathers' With Facebook Post

    05/02/2014 1:12:39 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    KELOLAND.COM ^ | 5/1/14 | Jared Ranson
    SIOUX FALLS, SD - U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth is standing strongly in support of a controversial Facebook post she made on Monday. "The statement is tongue and cheek; it's meant to stir discussion," Bosworth said. Stir discussion it has. Bosworth is receiving national attention for a Facebook post she made earlier this week. The post, which has now been shared by nearly 60,000 people, is a photo comparing the country's food stamp program to a national park warning about feeding the animals, which goes on to say the animals would grow dependent on the handout. "It did ruffle...
  • GOP Senators Push for Tougher Response to Putin

    04/30/2014 2:57:46 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/30/14 | KRISTINA PETERSON
    Frustrated with President Barack Obama’s reaction to Russian action in Ukraine, a group of Republican senators said Wednesday they will introduce legislation outlining a more muscular response. “What we’ve seen from the administration is a lot of rhetoric,” Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning. The White House has been dealing “with the situation after something bad has already occurred,” he said. Earlier this week, violence flared up in another area of Ukraine that hugs the Russian border, as the new government in Kiev criticized local police...
  • Wis congressional candidate (US House Dem) apologizes for 'Injun time' remark

    10/23/2006 3:22:55 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 47 replies · 1,200+ views
    AP ^ | Mon, Oct. 23, 2006
    GREEN BAY, Wis. - Democratic U.S. House candidate Steve Kagen apologized Monday for commenting that he was late for a meeting on an Indian reservation because "we're on Injun time." "I did not mean any harm by my words and I humbly apologize if I offended anyone. That was not my intent," he said in a statement hours after the National Republican Congressional Committee released a tape recording of the comment. Kagen attended a meeting Friday on the nearby Oneida Reservation and at his next stop in Green Bay he made the following remarks: "Appreciate getting here almost on time....
  • 4 dead after small plane crashes into South Dakota wind farm in fog

    04/29/2014 7:57:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    ap ^ | April 28, 2014
    A small airplane heading back to South Dakota after a Texas cattle sale crashed into a wind farm in foggy weather, killing the pilot and three passengers. ... Similar conditions contributed to a 2008 crash in southeast Minnesota. Federal investigators concluded the pilot of a 1948 Cessna 140 lacked proper instrument training for the day's foul weather. The National Transportation Safety Board's probable cause report also noted the pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane while maneuvering around a wind farm.
  • Obama administration delays action on Keystone XL {again, still...}

    04/21/2014 5:56:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 30 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration on Friday said it was giving eight federal agencies more time to weigh in on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move almost certain to delay a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. That timeline spares President Barack Obama from making a politically difficult decision that would either anger environmentalists or jeopardize some Senate Democrats seeking reelection in red states. But Friday’s move alienated stakeholders on all sides of the issue, including oil industry allies who accused the White House of playing politics and environmentalists who want Obama to swiftly reject...
  • As Goes North Carolina, So go Republican hopes to take over the Senate

    04/19/2014 12:24:58 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 72 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 18, 2014 | Fred Barnes
    To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that happening are close to zero. For Republicans, North Carolina is necessary. It’s the key to control of the Senate. Obama Hagan It’s number six on my list. That is, there are five states where capturing Democratic seats appears more likely—West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas. Then comes North Carolina. Assuming Republicans don’t lose any of their own seats, those six pickups would give Republicans a 51-49 majority. And with it, the political...
  • Banker Who Helped Crash Housing Market Helped Crafting Mortgage Reform

    04/10/2014 4:00:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/10/2014 | Alana Goodman
    Controversial housing finance reform legislation making its way through the Senate Banking Committee was co-written by a former mortgage trader for Countrywide Financial and Wachovia, two of the subprime mortgage behemoths at the center of the housing market crash in 2007.Michael Bright, the senior financial adviser to Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), worked as a trader and member of the loan-pricing desk at Countrywide Financial from 2002 to 2006, and as a senior trader for Wachovia from 2006 to 2008.Bright joined Corker’s office in 2010, and has been a key figure in crafting the Corker-Warner housing reform bill and the...
  • This Legislation Would Let Government Take Over U.S. Mortgage Market

    04/08/2014 12:26:39 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    heritage ^ | april 8, 2014 | nobert Michel
    Even worse, the U.S. Senate is poised give us Fannie–Freddie 2.0 in the new housing reform bill that Senators Tim Johnson (D., S.D.) and Mike Crapo (R., Idaho) have released. The Johnson-Crapo bill would wind down the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but would also replace them with a new government agency that expands the federal government’s grip on the housing market. If the Johnson-Crapo housing bill is adopted, the federal government will have effectively taken over the U.S. mortgage market.
  • Pierre man protests paying perpetual child support (South Dakota & Canada)

    04/05/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT · by cutty · 57 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | April 5, 2014 | Joe O'Sullivan
    Both of Haraldson's children are in their 20s. South Dakota's child support laws only require child support payments up to age 18 in most cases, and 19 in one other instance. But Haraldson, born and raised in South Dakota, was living in Canada at the time of his divorce. There, child support laws can go on indefinitely, unless he hires a lawyer and fights. "I was told it was going to be $20,000 to $30,000 to litigate, and I'd have a 50-50 chance," Haraldson said by phone from Pierre. "I just went, 'Oh, my God.'" Haraldson, a 52-year-old computer support...
  • Angry motorists want to put brakes on red light cameras

    04/01/2014 9:39:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    ·FoxNews ^ | April 01, 2014 | Robert Gearty
    The new law makes South Dakota the sixteenth state to stamp out red light cameras and speed cameras by statute or state court ruling ... the cameras violate due process, don’t make intersections safer and generate revenue more for the red light vendor than the community. ... Brekford, based in Maryland, reported last week that it is losing money. .. Redflex Traffic Systems in Phoenix has even bigger headaches. The firm has been the subject of a federal bribery investigation in Chicago for the past year.
  • Sage Grouse Rebellion

    03/30/2014 10:38:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    wsj ^ | March 11, 2014
    Will Obama use two small birds to limit oil drilling in the West? Almost half the land west of the Mississippi belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 62% of Idaho and 81% of Nevada. No surprise that the Obama Administration wants to control more. But the result could be to suppress the country's booming oil and gas development. In partnership with green activists, the Department of Interior may attempt one of the largest federal land grabs in modern times, using a familiar vehicle—the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A record 757 new species could be added to the...
  • How Conservatives Win

    03/27/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    heritage.org ^ | 3/27/14 | Mike Needham
    It should come as no surprise The New York Times would bury news of a conservative victory over President Obama on page eight. The lead paragraph said it all: Senate Democrats, bowing to united House Republican opposition, dropped reforms of International Monetary Fund governance from a Ukraine aid package on Tuesday. The real question is whether this was merely a moment in time or a seminal shift in how congressional Republicans will approach future showdowns. And to be clear, future showdowns are inevitable if we are to achieve any conservative policy victories. Before going further, it is important to explain...
  • Green Revolution leader Norman Borlaug statue unveiled at U.S. Capitol

    03/26/2014 12:07:46 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON — The father of the so-called Green Revolution has a permanent home in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers unveiled a statue of Norman Borlaug on Tuesday in a ceremony on what would have been his 100th birthday. The Iowa native and University of Minnesota graduate is credited with saving as many as 1 billion people from hunger by creating a type of wheat that was disease resistant and high-yielding. Borlaug, who died in 2009, won the 1970 Nobel Prize for his work and has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. His likeness will join...
  • Colorado Senate Seat Becomes Potential Pickup for GOP: Cory Gardner throws curve ball at Mark Udall.

    03/11/2014 8:10:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/11/2014 | Bill Straub
    Democratic control of the U.S. Senate – already tenuous as a result of retirements and stiff Republican challenges – has become even more perilous as a result of recent events in Colorado. In what amounts to a game of trading places, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, a Republican who intended to challenge incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) in the November election, dropped out of the race to run for the congressional seat currently held by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). Gardner, in turn, jumped into the Senate race, providing Colorado Republicans with a significantly better chance of capturing Udall’s seat....
  • Democrat Senate Panic: Gardner Makes A Total Of 14 Democratic Seats Vulnerable

    02/27/2014 9:29:16 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 75 replies
    Hugh Hewitt.com ^ | February 27,2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    The GOP’s probability of taking over the United States Senate increased dramatically Wednesday with the entry of Rep. Cory Gardner into the race against incumbent Obamacare enthusiast Senator Mark Udall in Colorado. 1. West Virginia: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito v. no one. Jay Rockefeller quit after Capito got into the race. She will win, going away. 2. South Dakota: Former Governor Mike Rounds in South Dakota v. no one in South Dakota This is a mortal lock for the popular Rounds. 3. Arkansas: Rep. Tom Cotton v. the hapless legacy senator Mark Pryor in Ark Pryor won his seat because...
  • Senate Democrats are in big trouble in 2014

    02/23/2014 8:36:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/20/14 | Ron Pearson, Trevor Smith, Ph.D.
    **SNIP** Midterm elections are often a reflection of the approval rating of the incumbent president and now President Obama stands at 42.8%. And elections in the 6th year of a PresidentÂ’s term are usually not good for the incumbentÂ’s party. To make things even worse for Democrats, the issues of a weak economy and Obamacare make November look bleak for Harry Reid and his Senate Democratic cohorts. â—ľAlaska, Mark Begich â—ľArkansas, Mark Pryor â—ľLouisiana, Mary Landrieu â—ľMichigan, Open Seat (liberal Democrat Carl Levin retiring) â—ľMontana, John Walsh â—ľNorth Carolina, Kay Hagan â—ľSouth Dakota, being vacated by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson...
  • Report: US Energy Secretary Favors Reducing Oil Shipped By Rail

    02/19/2014 10:30:50 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 19, 2014 | Reuters
    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz supports reducing the amount of crude oil shipped by rail in favor of pipelines that are safer, cheaper and cleaner, Capital New York reported on Wednesday. "What we probably need is more of a pipeline infrastructure and to diminish the need for rail transport over time," he said in an interview published on the Capital New York website. He said the infrastructure is "not there" to handle the surge in North Dakota Bakken oil production from near zero to 1 million barrels per day (bpd). "Frankly, I think pipeline transport overall probably has overall a...
  • Which Democrats Benefit From Keystone XL Pipeline Delays?

    02/17/2014 5:15:01 AM PST · by thackney · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon via Fox ^ | 2014/02/12 | Lachlan Markay
    Democrats who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline have thousands of dollars invested in direct competitors to the company looking to build the pipeline, public records show. A recent environmental assessment by the State Department was seen as a step toward the pipeline’s approval, but Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) remains opposed to its construction. “In my view, there is now enough evidence to conclude that construction of this pipeline is not in America’s long-term interest,” Kaine said in a statement on the review. The freshman Democrat has between $15,000 and $50,000 invested in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, according to his...
  • Democrats Who Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline Own Shares in Competing Companies

    02/13/2014 10:12:31 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 12, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    Democrats who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline have thousands of dollars invested in direct competitors to the company looking to build the pipeline, public records show. A recent environmental assessment by the State Department was seen as a step toward the pipeline’s approval, but Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) remains opposed to its construction. “In my view, there is now enough evidence to conclude that construction of this pipeline is not in America’s long-term interest,” Kaine said in a statement on the review. The freshman Democrat has between $15,000 and $50,000 invested in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, according to his...
  • Commentary: Keystone XL — the cost of politics and illusion

    02/07/2014 10:08:50 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 6, 2014 | William O'Keefe
    For over five years, the Obama Administration has delayed a decision on the Keystone pipeline because of alleged concerns about environmental impacts, especially climate change. The Administration’s non-decision process has been strongly supported by its activist environmental allies who have made extreme and unsupportable claims. Now, the truth comes out from the former Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, who finally admitted that the decision is “a political one, and one founded in science” and just yesterday by former Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, who said that Keystone is a “win-win.” In spite of these admissions, environmental activists continue their...
  • Broad Coalition Backs Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

    02/05/2014 10:44:11 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Associated Press via ABC ^ | February 4, 2014 | By MATTHEW DALY
    An unusual coalition of lawmakers from both parties, labor and business leaders, veterans groups and Canada's ambassador to the United States joined forces Tuesday to push for quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Five Democrats joined Republicans at a Capitol news conference to urge President Barack Obama to approve the pipeline following a State Department report last week that raised no major environmental objections. The $7 billion pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. The project has lingered for more than five years and has become a symbol...
  • US State Dept: Without Keystone, Oil Trains May Cause 6 Deaths Per Year

    02/04/2014 8:47:21 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 03, 2014 | Reuters
    Replacing the Keystone XL pipeline with oil-laden freight trains from Canada may result in an average of six additional rail-related deaths per year, according to a U.S. State Department report that is adding to pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the line. The long-awaited study, released on Friday, focused on the environmental impact of TransCanada's $5.4 billion pipeline, but also spent several pages analyzing the potential human impact of various ways to transport oil, using historical injury and fatality statistics for railways and oil pipelines. Although it excluded the runaway oil train derailment that killed 47 people in Lac...
  • Keystone Pipeline to Be Built Because There’s No Reason Not To

    02/01/2014 6:43:56 PM PST · by thackney · 19 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 1/31/2014 | Jonathan Chait
    The State Department today released its long-awaited environmental impact analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline. The analysis is key because President Obama announced last summer he would not approve the pipeline unless it was found to have no significant impact on climate change. And that’s what the analysis finds. It argues, as many other analysts have concluded, that if we block the pipeline, Canada will just ship the oil out by rail. So, what public policy reason is there to block the pipeline? There really isn’t one. Indeed, the environmentalists' obsession with Keystone began as a gigantic mistake. Two and...
  • The dirty little secret on Sage Grouse ( Montana and )

    01/30/2014 9:56:26 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Clark Fork Valley Press ^ | January 29, 2014 | Schwaderer
    It’s no coincidence that sage grouse habitat also happens to intersect both the largest untapped coal deposits in the country as well as large parts of the Bakken oil field. It’s clear the primary motivation to focus on sage grouse for ESA listing is to provide yet another tool for special interest groups to block energy development. And in this obstructionist toolbox, there’s no heavier sledgehammer than the Endangered Species Act. What an interesting irony, then, that so much effort is going into “protecting” one bird from energy development, when the Obama administration is turning a blind eye to hundreds...
  • Bill proposes allowing elected officials to carry concealed weapons in courthouses (SD)

    01/30/2014 11:59:02 AM PST · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    KSFY ^ | 01/29/2014 | Mark Roper
    Some state lawmakers who worry about their safety want the right to carry guns while on public property. A new house bill would allow state legislators to arm themselves while visiting the Capitol or county courthouses.
  • Exclusive: Democratic senators to file amicus brief in Hobby Lobby birth control case

    01/28/2014 2:47:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/28/2014 | Liz Goodwin
    In a brief to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, 19 Democratic senators are siding with the Obama administration against evangelical Christian businessmen who argue that paying for their employees’ birth control, a requirement under Obamacare, violates their company’s religious freedom. The senators—five of them women—argue in their “friend of the court” brief that the owners of the Oklahoma-based crafts store chain Hobby Lobby are not exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate simply because some forms of birth control offend their religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby’s owners, David Green and his family, are suing the federal...
  • To a family of pipeline workers, Keystone XL presents struggle of the century

    01/28/2014 6:39:11 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | JANUARY 24, 2014 | ALEXANDER PANETTA
    There’s a clan of semi-nomadic tradesmen quietly watching for a sign that, somewhere on the horizon, there might be a resolution to the Keystone XL dispute. The Berringer brothers have travelled far, and often, to build pipelines like their dad did. Between the now-retired father and his two burly boys, their total combined experience adds up to about a century. And in all that prodigious pipeline-laying history, they say, not once have they ever witnessed a struggle like the one over Keystone XL. The Berringer boys happen to have a few bucks riding on the outcome. They’d expect their union...
  • Five Reasons Obama May Cave On The Keystone Pipeline

    Despite years of acrimonious delay, the Keystone XL pipeline project is increasingly likely to receive the green light from the U.S. government sometime this year. ... In the end, intense pressure from constituencies close to the Obama Administration will force the President to align himself with the project. Here are the top five reasons why the government will finally be compelled to take action on this hot-button issue and why it will probably happen sooner rather than later. 1) The U.S. Midterm elections - Nothing changes policy faster than an election and this year it looks like several members of...
  • Legislators want students who can’t read to be held back

    01/25/2014 4:20:31 PM PST · by kingattax · 28 replies
    Capitol Journal ^ | January 22, 2014 | Bob Mercer
    A state lawmaker from Perkins County (South Dakota) wants to require that first- and second-grade students show they are proficient at reading before they can advance to the next grade. “I brought the bill at the request of my school board in Eagle Butte,” Rep. Betty Olson, R-Prairie City, said. The House Education Committee hasn’t scheduled a hearing yet for HB 1067. The bill doesn’t name a specific assessment or test that should be used. “They’ll have to figure that out,” Olson said.
  • Emails expose close coordination between EPA, Sierra Club and other lib environ activist groups

    01/23/2014 10:24:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    Among Washington's most important but rarely covered realities is the daily close coordination among Democratic politicians, executive branch bureaucrats and the left side of the non-profit activism community. Emails obtained recently through a Freedom of Information Act request submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute exposed a slice of that coordination in the campaign to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The emails show, according to Fox News correspondent John Roberts, "senior policy officials at the EPA working closely with environmental groups in what appears to be an effort to kill the pipeline."...
  • Bottom 5 States in (Liberal) Fiscal Condition: (Shortened title)

    01/20/2014 12:40:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Inquiring minds are digging into a George Washington University paper on State Fiscal Conditions, a ranking of 50 states, by Sarah Arnett. PolicyMic Produced this Chart of State Fiscal Conditions based on the working paper. Highlights and Lowlights Let's return to the original working paper for some highlights and lowlights. At the bottom of the rankings are New Jersey and Illinois. New Jersey faces long-run solvency problems due in part to nearly 15 years of underfunding its state and local pensions. It has an estimated unfunded pension liability of around $25.6 billion as well as $59.3 billion in unfunded liabilities...