Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Here are few key facts about oil drilling from Moveon.org:
- It's a gimmick. The US only has 1.6% of the world's oil. And drilling could take over a decade or more to produce any oil.1
- It won't lower gas prices. Even after a decade-long wait the price will barely drop a few cents per gallon.1
- America knows drilling won't work. According to a recent poll, 54% of poll respondents said they did not believe more drilling would lower gas prices. And 63% said opening up public lands to oil and gas drilling is more likely to enrich oil companies than to lower gas prices for American consumers.2
- Voters are ready for real solutions. The public overwhelmingly believes (76%!) that policymakers should focus on investing in new energy technologies including renewable fuels and more efficient vehicles rather than expanding exploration and drilling for more oil.2
1. "Correcting the Record: You can go to..." Office of Speaker Pelosi, June 18 2008 http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=1390
2. "Americans Don't Believe Bush, Industry Claims on Gas Prices, Poll Shows," Wilderness Society poll, July 24, 2008 http://tinyurl.com/5v7mgp
Monday, August 4, 2008
Dean Baker The Compromise "Drill Anywhere" Plan
Dean Baker for Truthout: "Senator McCain and the Republicans in Congress are calling Senator Obama and the Democrats environmental wimps for refusing to allow the oil industry to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, environmentally sensitive offshore areas and anywhere else they please. The Republicans are claiming that the Democrats don't care about Joe Sixpack, who now has to pay $4 a gallon for his gas. Nor do they care that most of this oil is now imported."
The Right Wing Planned Effort to Make the White American Working Class and Rural Residents Anxious, Frustrated, Angry and Looking for Scapegoats:
By Bryant Welch
BuzzFlash.com's Review (excerpt)
“Bryant Welch was born to write this vitally important and highly readable investigation of how a cadre of ethically challenged political operatives and their religious and journalistic allies have gradually distorted and disabled the minds of ordinary Americans—and have all but crippled the once-extraordinary mind of America. It is not too late for us to reclaim our identity, but we will succeed only if we take to heart the lessons so lucidly laid bare by the remarkable work of this insightful psychologist and experienced political activist.” --Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard Law School
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Sunday, August 3, 2008
NEW YORK, 3 August 2008 (BWNS) -- The Baha'i International Community categorically rejects statements by an Iranian prosecutor that seven Baha'is detained in Tehran have "confessed" to operating an "illegal" organization with ties to Israel and other countries.
"We deny in the strongest possible terms the suggestion that Baha'is in Iran have engaged in any subversive activity," said Bani Dugal, principal representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations. "The Baha'i community is not involved in political affairs. Their only 'crime' is the practice of their religion.""The seriousness of the allegations makes us fear for the lives of these seven individuals," she said.
She was responding to Iranian newspaper reports of statements by Hasan Haddad, deputy prosecutor general for security at the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran.
Ms. Dugal said that seven Baha'is arrested earlier this year were members of a committee that helped attend to the needs of the 300,000 Baha'is in Iran. "That is no secret - the government knew perfectly well about the existence of this committee long before its members were arrested, just as the government knows perfectly well that these people are not involved in any underhanded activity," Ms. Dugal said.
Ms. Dugal said the detentions are part of a well-documented, decades-long campaign to stamp out the Baha'i community in Iran, and that the latest accusations follow the same pattern as previous unfounded charges."
Suggestions of collusion with the state of Israel are categorically false and misleading. The Iranian authorities are playing on the fact that the Baha'i world administrative center is located in northern Israel," she said."
The Iranian government completely ignores the well-known historical fact that the Baha'i Faith was centered in Iran until 1853 when the authorities there banished the Baha'i prophet-founder, who was forced into exile and eventually imprisoned in Acre on the Mediterranean coast under the Ottoman Turkish regime. That area happens to be in what is now Israel."
Ms. Dugal said many Baha'is in Iran -- including members of the coordinating committee before their imprisonment -- are frequently detained for questioning about their activities. The Baha'is, she said, have nothing to hide and try to answer truthfully whenever they are interrogated.
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