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Vermont Bans Fracking!

VERMONT BANS FRACKING! I hope this is contagious!

2:52 pm: Ban on fracking passes Senate 27-1!

2:53 pm: Clean Energy Associate Leah Marsters floods AT&T phone lines across the state with exclamation marks.

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Two more public interest victories just in...

The House proclaims that "corporations are NOT people" and "money is NOT speech" by passing JRS11 - asking Congress to amend the Constitution.

And, we can celebrate the Midwives Bill again! A fix to the insurance company loophole passed. Women, not their insurers, will at last get to choose who delivers their babies!

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Argentina Nationalizes Oil, Ousts Big Oil Corporation
President sees 'the recovery of sovereignty' in take-back of natural resources from corporations:
*Note: This is exactly the opposite of what's currently happening in our own country!
**Note: Remembering history... the exact same reason that the Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the CIA and British intelligence in 1953 - nationalizing the oil industry. More power to the Argentinians this time..

EPA sued over dispersants used in BP oil spill  Two years after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, research into the environmental effects is turning up evidence of sick fish. Video from Al Jazeera shows fish sickened by the gulf spill. Now, three environmental groups are filing a lawsuit demanding more study into this.

Center for Biological Diversity, the Surfrider Foundation, and Pacific Environment are suing the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard. The three environmental groups complain the government doesn't know enough about the effects of chemical dispersants used to break up big oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon.

Two years ago this Friday, the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank. In the months that followed nearly five million barrels of oil gushed into the gulf. Back then a lawyer for the Center for Biological Diversity filed notice of intent to sue the EPA and the Coast Guard over the impact of chemical dispersants used in the cleanup.

This week, almost two years to the day of the spill, the suit was filed.


The Autism Epidemic and Disappearing Bees: A Common Denominator? 
On a recent front page of The Salt Lake Tribune, a frightening, oversized headline read, "Highest rate in the nation, 1 in 32 Utah boys has autism." Less well publicized, another national story ran the same day: "New pesticides linked to bee population collapse." If you eat food and hope to do so a few years from now, this should be equally frightening. A common denominator may underlie both stories. A recent Stanford University study, examining 192 pairs of twins, where one twin was autistic and one was not, found that genetics account for 38 percent of the risk of autism and environmental factors account for 62 percent.

FBI: Hundreds Of Thousands May Lose Internet In July

For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.

The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, , that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet.

Short Sales to Speed Up:  Following a recent settlement with the state attorneys general, new short sale requirements are to be adopted by the largest five mortgage servicers in the US, in the expectation that these will speed up what has become quite a lengthy process.

As part of the new requirements, servicers will be required to make a decision on a borrower’s request for a short sale within 30 days of receiving that request, reported Housing Wire. While this alone should help to reduce the processing time of short sales, a number of other requirements will help address key hold-ups in the process.



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Comment balloon 6 commentsMirela Monte • April 21 2012 12:20PM


Please let me know how you like this format! 


Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 8 years ago

Ban fracking? We had a bumper sticker here in Texas the late '80's:"Left the Northern Bastards Freeze in the Dark " I see your from South Carolina. It's still the South. Cheap Energy fuels manufacturing. 

Now, I know I could crap you  a pair of Tiffany Earrings and you still won't see the light. 

Posted by Mike Morrison (Will & Will Real Estate Brokers, The Woodlands, Texas) over 8 years ago

Mike:  Wow!  Why so uncouth?

Can we start with an explanation of what fracking is?   
Fracking is this technique of drilling for natural gas invented in the late 1990s by Halliburton when Dick Cheney was their CEO. It involves pumping millions of gallons of toxic chemicals at enormously high pressures into the earth to break apart rock formations, freeing up gas trapped inside of rocks. The problem with the technique is that these chemicals are turning up in people’s water supplies. That’s a very dangerous situation. A lot of those chemicals are carcinogenic, they’re neurotoxins, and they’re very harmful. It’s a double whammy, because it’s really bad stuff that ends up in people’s water supply, and it’s virtually impossible to clean it up.

Fracking has been outlawed in France:

Fracking and faulting: how a gas extraction method produced tremors in UK:

Fracking: Gas industry pours $747 million into lobbying and Congress:

The use of fracking has been outlawed in France and Bulgaria:

In a stunning break with First Amendment policy, House Republicans directed Capitol Hill police to detain a highly regarded documentary crew that was attempting to film a Wednesday hearing on a controversial natural gas procurement practice. Initial reports from sources suggested that an ABC News camera was also prevented from taping the hearing; ABC has since denied that they sent a crew to the hearing.

Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Gasland" was taken into custody by Capitol Hill police this morning, along with his crew, after Republicans objected to their presence, according to Democratic sources present at the hearing.

Hearings are open to the public, and any citizen can attend. Regulations only govern the use of cameras. Even under an extreme adherence to the rules, Fox's camera could have been confiscated or disabled without subjecting him to arrest. And while Fox did not have formal Capitol Hill credentials, such formalities are rarely enforced against high-profile journalists. Temporary passes are easy to obtain, and if Republicans had objected on procedural grounds, they could have simply sent the crew to the front desk, rather than ordering police to arrest journalists. The right to a free press is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Documentary crews are almost never denied access to public meetings of elected government officials.

Washington, DC - Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement upon learning that Gasland Director Josh Fox was arrested for attempting to film a public congressional hearing on hydraulic fracturing. The Chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology ordered Fox arrested when he attempted to film the hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's approach to studying ground water contamination that resulted from hydraulic fracturing in Pavilion, Wyoming.

"It is beyond unacceptable that acclaimed documentary director Josh Fox was arrested for trying to film a public hearing on groundwater contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing in Pavilion, Wyoming. This was a public hearing, there was plenty of room for cameras, and a credentialed camera crew was told they would be denied access because they were working for a documentary filmmaker. This is blatant censorship and a shameful stain on this Congress. I stand by Josh's right to record this hearing. His arrest was a huge mistake."


Josh Fox on Ed Show 2/1/12:
Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 8 years ago

Your response confirms my suspicions. This isn't about fracking it's a political agenda. Grow up, it's not the '60's.

Posted by Mike Morrison (Will & Will Real Estate Brokers, The Woodlands, Texas) over 8 years ago

Mike:  How's that chip on your shoulder working for your real estate career?

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 8 years ago

Real Well. I'm seated in reality.

Posted by Mike Morrison (Will & Will Real Estate Brokers, The Woodlands, Texas) over 8 years ago