Mittwoch, 13. Juni 2007

The American People Voted for Change and Instead, They Got the Democrats

A. Alexander - June 13th, 2007

Informant: Corey

Anger as EU Ministers give green light to GM-contaminated organic food

Rules on GM-free food relaxed as Europe lowers the purity standard

Informant: binstock


Anger as EU Ministers give green light to GM-contaminated organic food

Informant: Corey

The Bush Administration's Fighting Words

Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse write, "In an effort to analyze this latest surge of sophistry - a war of words always fought with the 'home front' in mind - we've come up with a short quiz that places genuine quotes from actual military commanders and Washington officials alongside quotes we've spun from our own questionable brains."

1,200 Billion Dollars to Arm the Planet

Pierre Haski cannot help but compare the 1,200 billion dollars the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reports as 2006 global military spending to the 60 billion dollars the G-8 has promised Africa.

Silence in the Senate

The editors of The New York Times write: "The most remarkable thing about the debate on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales this week was what didn't happen. Barely a word was said in praise of him or his management of the Justice Department. The message was clear even though the Republicans prevented a no-confidence vote through the threat of a filibuster - a tactic that until recently they claimed to abhor. The sound of Mr. Gonzales not being defended was deafening."

Step One: Close Guantanamo and start restoring American values and international standing

The editors of the Los Angeles Times write, "Shutting down Guantanamo is a good way for Congress to start restoring American values and international standing."

FBI Terrorist Watch List "Out of Control"

A terrorist watch list compiled by the FBI has apparently swelled to include more than half a million names.

Subpoenas Issued for Harriet Miers and Former Rove Deputy

Two Congressional committees are issuing subpoenas for testimony from former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor on their roles in the firings of eight federal prosecutors, according to two officials familiar with the investigation.

Defend your rights in the planning system



Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chair of the Out of Iraq Caucus and member of the Judiciary Committee, has joined Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Lynn Woolsey, the two Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, as well as Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Chief Deputy Whip and a member of the Steering and Policy Committee, and Congress Members Yvette Clarke, William Lacy Clay, Albert Wynn, and Dennis Kucinich in cosponsoring Articles of Impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney (H. Res. 333). For details, see:

On Wednesday, June 13, Waters and Kucinich held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss "Renewed Efforts in the House of Representatives to Impeach Vice President Cheney." The event took place at 9:30 a.m. at the Cannon Terrace (on the outside of the Cannon House Office Building).

The reference to "renewed" efforts may be related to this discussion of impeaching Cheney in which Congresswoman Waters engaged in April 2006:

Congresswoman Waters has spoken out strongly on this issue since June 16, 2005:

The list of state Democratic Parties that have passed resolutions urging the impeachment of Bush and Cheney has recently grown to 15. Meanwhile, 11 state legislatures have introduced such resolutions, which have now been passed by at least 77 cities and towns and a growing list of labor unions and other organizations. These resolutions are all listed at

David Swanson
david Personal Site Co-Founder Washington Director Board Member

From ufpj-news

ACLU Hears Administration's Plan for Spying Law, Says Congress Cannot Legislate Without Investigating

No-Confidence Vote, Appeals Court Ruling Are Two Strikes Against Administration

Twenty Things You Should Know About Corporate Crime

War and Censorship at Wilton High

'President' Lieberman: A Cautionary Tale

Surviving War, Slowly Dying at Home

Wie die Rede von individueller "Chancengleichheit" als Legitimationsfigur für gesellschaftliche Ungleichheit genutzt wird

Reformen ohne Verbesserungspotential

Soldaten auf Speed

Nicht nur US-Soldaten stehen unter Drogen bei Kampfeinsätzen, auch das britische Verteidigungsministerium sucht nach Mitteln, die Müdigkeit zu bekämpfen.

S. Korean Political Protesters Torture and Kill Pig as "Performance"

Urge Korean officials to prohibit animal abuse:

The convicted swindlers of the Enron era are making a comeback, with the president's help

The Anti-Investor Right

What America Owes Its Illegals

by Barbara Ehrenreich, The Nation

Anti-immigrant rage grows in direct proportion to the denial of the work they do.

From Daily Dispatch

Nuclear weapons programs are mostly about regime survival

The Iranian Bomb In A MAD World

by Dilip Hiro,

While the military and the opposition are moving to eliminate torture, the Republicans are still denying it exists

Torture? Uh-Uh, Not Us

by Aziz Huq,

The facts don't support the oft-repeated mantra that we are a "conservative nation"

America's Progressive Majority

by Eric Lotke,

Yemeni Languishes at Guantanamo Long After US Approved Release

In the legal netherworld that the US military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has represented since it was opened in 2002, Mohammed, once a cook for the Taliban in Afghanistan, remains stuck in a limbo of mistaken identities, bureaucratic inertia and official neglect. In the eyes of his lawyers, the young Yemeni's case is an indictment of a system, still cloaked in the strictest secrecy and largely beyond accountability, in which a man who faces no charge and no sentence remains deprived of the freedom he was granted more than a year ago.

School, Military Skirmish Over Data on Students

Berkeley High School has refused to comply with the military's request for students' data. Instead, a group of parents has asked every student whether they want to opt out. Thus far, 90 percent of the students at Berkeley High have refused to have their names released to military recruiters.

Like Outlaws, Like Rustlers, Like Thieves

David Bacon writes: "'They chase us like outlaws, like rustlers, like thieves.' Those were the words Woody Guthrie used to describe the braceros of the 1940s, as he sang about the plane carrying them back to the Mexican border, which fell out of the sky over Los Gatos Canyon, killing all the nameless deportees aboard. Today Congress is creating more workers displaced like the braceros of old. Legislators would push them into the mobile global workforce, while at the same time, proposing immigration laws ensuring that they will still be the excluded outlaws and deportees of Guthrie's song."

Army Reservists Ordered for Screenings

For the first time since the Iraq war began, the Army is notifying thousands from a special category of reservists that they must report this summer for medical screenings and other administrative tasks.

Officials Rebuked for Disclosing Rove's Connection to Firing of US Attorney

46 pages of documents turned over by the Justice Department to Congress as part of the investigation into the firings of at least nine US attorneys provide further evidence that White House officials were deeply involved in the mass firings of well-performing prosecutors.

End of Mission Report: Secret UN Report Condemns US for Middle East Failures

The highest-ranking UN official in Israel has warned that American pressure has "pummeled into submission" the UN's role as an impartial Middle East negotiator in a damning confidential report. The 53-page "End of Mission Report" by Alvaro de Soto, the UN's Middle East envoy, presents a devastating account of failed diplomacy and condemns the sweeping boycott of the Palestinian government.

Bush Intensifies War on Forests, Scientific Truth Be Damned

Rainforest Portal and projects of Ecological Internet, Inc. -- Rainforest Portal -- Forest Conservation Portal -- Forest Conservation Blog -- Forest Conservation Newsfeed

June 13, 2007 OVERVIEW & COMMENTARY by Dr. Glen Barry,
Ecological Internet

In a last minute effort to hand out forests to cronies before his term ends, the Bush administration has proposed eliminating protections from 1.5 million acres from Northwest forests considered critical to the survival of the northern spotted owl. This will reopen the 1990s battle between timber production and wildlife habitat on public lands, and there is little reason to believe that this is scientifically justified in terms of owl habitat and forest health. This comes as the scientific basis for Bush's languishing "Healthy Forests" policy of logging and replanting burned forests rather than allowing them to regenerate naturally has been shown definitively to be bad science. An important new study has found that subsequent fire severity is much worse in logged and planted areas, compared to those that had burned severely and were left alone in an earlier fire. There appears to be no ecological truth (or for that matter truth of any kind) that the Bush Administration is unable to spin, twist or outright lie about. How did this man come to be trusted with the Earth's climate and America's forests? Let's hope the planet can survive another year and a half of what will certainly be renewed last minute assaults upon life giving ecosystems. g.b.

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Plant trees, lots of them, you can never plant enough!

Hit Anywhere on Earth with ICBMs

Informant: Kev Hall


Hit Anywhere on Earth with ICBMs

The Pentagon has been searching for ways to, in the words of U.S. Strategic Command's Lt. Gen. C. Robert Kehler, "strike virtually anywhere on the face of the Earth within 60 minutes." The boys at Stratcom call the concept "Prompt Global Strike," or PGS.

From Information Clearing House

Clear-cutting cypress trees solely to decorate gardens and flower beds, crazy, right?

It sounds like the plot of a cartoon...

Cypress swamps are clear-cut and entire trees are ground up to make cypress garden mulch. Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Lowe's are driving destruction of the Gulf's best natural storm protection by selling cypress mulch all over the country. It's time they stopped.

One of the most important actors in this tragic comedy is you. Once you've watched the cartoon, please help ensure a happy ending by using our action system to send an email directly to the CEO's of all three companies. Then, if you show the clip to five friends, we'll send you a little token of thanks.


Plant trees, lots of them, you can never plant enough!

Loddon phone mast row


13 June 2007 08:44

Families angry at proposals for a controversial phone mast close to a fire station in a south Norfolk village face an agonising wait to see if it gets the go-ahead.

South Norfolk Council's planning committee meets tomorrowwhen it will decide whether to give permission to the 15-metre mast T-Mobile want to put up at the fire station on the High Street, Loddon to improve the signal black spot in the area.

But the council has received 36 objections from families living in the area concerned about the health and environmental risks posed by the mast which is close to nearby schools and a conservation spot.

Council officers have recommended the planning committee refuse the application because it would not “preserve or enhance the Conservation Area” and would be “detrimental to the visual amenities” of the area.

Jim Leathers, 74, who lives with his wife Eileen in Norwich Road, Thurton, near Loddon, fought an unsuccessful battle with Orange to prevent an eight metre mast going up near his home.

Mr Leathers said he did not think it was the right place for a mast to go and urged councillors to refuse it unless a more suitable location could be found.

“The fire station is a bad choice of location,” he said. “There's even a nursery school opposite and no one knows what effect it has - apparently it's worse for children whose brains haven't formed properly.

“You even have the post office opposite where people congregate. I think it's very bad sticking these things in a populated area. “They don't take the ordinary people's views - I am against it and it is wrong. No one can prove the effect either way - you don't know until time passes what effect these things will have on people.”

The Evening News, through our Put Masts on Hold campaign, has fought against the installation of mobile phone masts near homes and schools until it is proved they are safe.

Loddon Parish Council also has a number of concerns about the application which it states “is not is not in keeping with the street scene” and poses a possible risk to health “especially with the close proximity of schools and nurseries”.

Objectors to the mast have suggested the mast would be better served on an industrial estate, or even on top of the church tower.

But the council has also received five letters in support of the scheme which they say will improve the signal in the area, and would help improve the situation for businesses in the area.

John Carwardine, T-Mobile communication affairs manager, said: “We have to conform to very strict international and national health and safety guidelines. In citing where mobile phone base stations are located, we always try to find a balance between the needs of the customers and the environment.

“There are over 60million mobile phone users in the country and without masts the mobile phone network will not work.”

Omega read "Base Stations, operating within strict national and international Guidelines, do not present a Health Risk?" under: and
"Competing interests, conflicts of interest: Who's funding WHO?"under:

The planning committee meeting takes place tomorrowat 4.30pm in Hobart High School, Kittens Lane, Loddon.

# Has your health or quality of life suffered because of a nearby phone mast? Call Lucy Bolton on 01603 772429 or email

Copyright © 2007 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

How to sell a war

by Jeffrey St. Clair


The war on Iraq won’t be remembered for how it was waged so much as for how it was sold. It was a propaganda war, a war of perception management, where loaded phrases, such as “weapons of mass destruction” and “rogue state” were hurled like precision weapons at the target audience: us... [excerpt from Cockburn and St. Clair’s new book on the death of the mainstream media: End Times.]

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Where’s the anti-war passion?

The Bangor Daily News
by John Buell


But perhaps the largest reason Bush rests easy on the throne is the absence of a full-blown student movement. Though many college students are involved in anti-war protests, their efforts lack the numbers and the intensity of an earlier generation. …. Although virtually none of my friends served in Vietnam, the war was continually part of our consciousness — if only because the inequities of the draft did require some skill to navigate and the steps taken to avoid the war forced dramatic shifts in life plans. Should we conclude from this, as some on the left have, that one way to ramp up opposition to the occupation of Iraq is to restore the draft?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

FINANZINVESTOR BLACKSTONE: Mein Jet, mein Helikopter, mein Rekordgehalt,1518,488174,00.html

Changing the climate

National Review
by Jonathan H. Adler


In January the Bush administration promised bold, eye-popping initiatives on energy and the environment in the State of the Union address. But the White House failed to deliver. Bush proposed reducing U.S. gasoline consumption by 20 percent over ten years, largely by increasing subsidies and mandates for alternative fuels and tightening auto fuel-economy standards. Such proposals are hardly path breaking, and certainly failed to justify the pre-speech predictions. More ethanol is not an inspiring energy future. In May, by comparison, there was little effort to hype the president’s announcement of a new climate-policy agenda in preparation for the G-8 summit in Heiligendamm. Everyone knew climate change topped host Angela Merkel’s agenda, and that President Bush and the German prime minister were leagues apart on the issues. The big question was not whether Bush would propose something new, but whether he would acquiesce to European demands. So it was a surprise when, at the tail end of a speech outlining his G-8 agenda, President Bush seized the global initiative on climate-change policy...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Terminally ill inmate will still be executed



The state parole board refused Tuesday to block the execution of a death row inmate who is dying of cancer. Jimmy Dale Bland is to be executed June 26 for the Nov. 14, 1996, murder of 62-year-old Doyle Windle Rains 11 years ago. He is ‘on the verge of death’ with advanced lung cancer that has spread to his brain and his hip bone despite radiation and chemotherapy, defense attorney David Autry told the five-member Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Senate Dems plan new round of Iraq votes

USA Today


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday the Senate will face another round of votes on the Iraq war before the July Fourth recess, a strategy intended to show that Democrats are not giving up on efforts to bring troops home. While the measures are unlikely to pass, the announcement comes as party leaders are under fire by many liberal supporters for passing legislation that funds the war through September...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Chinese demand drives global deforestation

Informant: NHNE


Plant trees, lots of them, you can never plant enough!

Is Mandatory Volunteerism, Uncompensated Labor?

by Nancy Levant

In our psychological re-wiring and redirection, all American “communities” are operating with massive volunteer-based work forces – from most healthcare facilities to social/human service organizations to libraries to youth-based community projects – remembering that this “volunteerism” was also initiated and commanded by our president. Notice how we the people are working “for free” to demonstrate our compliance and willingness to serve “the greater good of our communities.”......

Rumsfeld War Crimes Case in Germany Focus of United Nations Special Rapporteur

In Landmark Case, Court Upholds Habeas Corpus Rights

What 'These People' Contribute Remains America's Saving Grace

Democratic Dinosaurs Turn DC into the Land That Time Forgot

Support the FY2008 Interior Appropriations bill

Support Funding for Interior Dept!

I write to urge you to support the FY2008 Interior Appropriations bill.

As you know, the programs in this bill are essential to safeguarding our environment and public health. After years of deep and disproportionate cuts to these important programs, the FY2008 Interior Appropriations bill provides an increase of $1.95 billion over the President's request for the agencies funded in this bill.

Among the programs that received the proposed increases, the Land and Water Conservation Fund--$206 million--$98 million over the President's Budget; the Forest Legacy Program $62 million--a 54% increase over the President's Budget; National Wildlife Refuges--$56 million over the President's Budget; and the National Landscape Conservation System up $10 million.

With these increases, the FY 2008 Interior Appropriations bill takes an important step toward funding the programs that will protect our public lands, air, water, parks, wildlife, and communities' health, while encouraging federal action on climate change, by establishing a commission of scientific experts that will identify key areas for research and action to address to respond to the threat of global warming.

I also urge you to support several conservation amendments. One, an amendment by Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) and Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) would prohibit taxpayer dollars from being wasted on new logging roads in the Tongass National Forest.

As a taxpayer, I'm writing to urge you to help end the waste of millions of taxpayer dollars on building new roads in America's largest intact rainforest for the timber program. Taxpayers lose an average of $40 million a year to access timber which may never be sold on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Since 1982, the Forest Service has wasted nearly $1 billion taxpayer dollars.

This year, House Appropriations Committee is making efforts to require the Forest Service to address road problems in the National Forests, while recommending that the Forest Service use the existing 5,000 miles of roads on the Tongass, rather than building new ones, for the timber program. Supporting the Andrews/Chabot Tongass Amendment will further send the message to the Forest Service that Americans want our tax dollars spent conscientiously.

Here are three other amendments that may be in play and I strongly urge you to support:

* An amendment by Rep. John Salazar(D-CO)and Rep. Mark Udall(D-CO) to prohibit the use of funds to issue oil and gas leases on Colorado's spectacular Roan Plateau. The Bureau of Land Management last week decided to issue oil and gas leases in this special area, despite the pleas of Colorado's Governor, local elected officials and many Coloradans to delay that process until a more balanced land management plan can be developed.

* An amendment by Mark Udall (D-CO) to prohibit the use of federal funds to issue commercial oil shale leases on public ands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The Bush Administration is rushing ahead to issue commercial oil shale leases on thousand of aces of BLM lands before they leave office. The Udall amendment would allow for a more careful and prudent approach to this important energy issue.

* An amendment by Mark Udall (D-CO) to stop the Administration's policies that give away hiking trails and routes across National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and Wilderness to states and counties across the West. These lands must be protected from road development that could harm current and future protection for Wilderness and National Parks.

Thank you for your consideration.

[Your name]
[Your address]

The Divide in Caring for Our Kids

"There's a presidential election under way, but ... American children are dying because of a lack of access to health care, and we're worried about Mitt Romney's religion and asking candidates to raise their hands to show whether they believe in evolution. I'm starting to believe in time travel because there's no doubt this nation is moving backward," says Bob Herbert.

Global Warming Is Speeding Up Ocean Waves

Gigantic ocean waves, spanning hundreds of kilometres from crest to crest, have been speeding up because of global warming, a new model suggests.

Congress Turns to Energy, and Lobbyists Arrive

Having tried and failed to overhaul the nation's immigration laws last week, Congress begins what some say is an even more divisive project this week: taming America's thirst for oil.

Finding Therapists Proves Hard for Troops

Soldiers returning from war are finding it more difficult to get mental health treatment because military insurance is cutting payments to therapists, on top of already low reimbursement rates and a tangle of red tape.

12 States Want to Fight Global Warming: Tell the EPA to give them the green light!

Öffentliche Petition Strahlenschutz: Informationen über Strahlengefährdung

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

ich möchte Sie bitten, die beigefügte Pressemitteilung zu veröffentlichen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Guido Klamt

Pressemitteilung vom 13.06.07:

Der ÖDP-Kreisrat Gerhard Geiger aus Fellbach hat beim Bundestag eine öffentliche Petition eingereicht, in der gefordert wird, dem Verbraucher korrekte Informationen bei technischen Geräten, insbesondere bei strahlungsaktiven Geräten wie Schnurlostelefonen, zu bieten. Geiger begründet dies damit, dass dem Bürger das Recht verschafft werden sollte, zu erfahren, mit welchen potentiellen Gefahren er lebe, wenn er ein selbst vom Bundsamt für den Strahlenschutz bedenkliches dauerstrahlendes DECT-Telefon erwerbe. Die Petition ist online unter dem Link einsehbar und kann dort mitgezeichnet werden. An der Unterzeichnung haben sich bereits knapp 200 Bürger beteiligt.

Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei (ÖDP)
Kreisverband Rems-Murr
Geschäftsführer Guido Klamt

Urge Caribbean Nations to Protect Sharks

Munitions Dumping at Sea

WMD Dumped at Sea

"The Army now admits that it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste - either tossed overboard or packed into the holds of scuttled vessels."

From Information Clearing House

Seasons in Hell: Voices From Guantanamo

Prisoner 345

What happened to Al Jazeera's Sami al-Haj

From Information Clearing House


Guantanamo Trials Unfair: Nuremberg Prosecutor

The US war crimes tribunals at Guantanamo have betrayed the principles of fairness that made the Nazi war crimes trials at Nuremberg a judicial landmark, one of the US Nuremberg prosecutors says.

US to sidestep Russia veto on Kosovo

THE US is pressing for a quick UN vote on Kosovo but is ready to take on Russia's threat of a veto and move to unilaterally recognise the Serbian province's right to independence.,20867,21891697-601,00.html

From Information Clearing House

ElBaradei warms of 'brewing confrontation' between U.S. and Iran

The director general of the UN nuclear inspection agency has warned Tehran and Washington for the first time that their yearlong stalemate over Iran's nuclear activities is turning into a "brewing confrontation" that "urgently needs to be defused."

From Information Clearing House

Child labour on the rise as poverty increases

Iyad Abdel-Salim, 12, left school six months ago and has been working to boost the family income. His father was killed in Iraq's political violence. As the only boy in the family, and with three smaller sisters to look after, he was forced to go onto the streets and work.

From Information Clearing House

US signals permanent stay in Iraq

This spring's debate over a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq may have implied that the US presence there is likely to wind down soon, but recent comments from both the administration and military officials suggest a different scenario.

From Information Clearing House

Arming a civil war

AS THE saying goes, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." It may be catchy, but history has shown its peril as foreign policy. It's now the risky strategy U.S. commanders are following in arming Sunni fighters who pledge to hunt down al Qaeda guerrillas in Iraq.

From Information Clearing House

A true land of opportunity

By Terry Jones

Where there's death and destruction, there's profit - as security companies in Iraq know only too well.

The United States' new strategy in Lebanon

By Alberto Cruz

The US plan is being implemented by Fouad Siniora's government which has not hesitated for a moment to accuse Syria of protecting and arming Fatah al Islam. With this episode, on the one hand strong tensions are built up with the aim of softening the positions of countries critical of US, French and British efforts to secure a new UN Security Council resolution to extend UNIFIL's mission, to control the Syrian frontier under the pretext of arms smuggling and to justify a kind of international tutelage of Lebanon.

Thailand Dog Shelter

Support needed to keep Thailand shelter open


Chairs for the Thailand Dogs

Today I had an e-mail from Doggon Wheels and five chairs are being sent to Dawn Poole of HHDRC. (1) Charlie (2) Lucky (3) Ebony (4) Fai (5) Tong. We even have some money left order as they gave us an incredible deal. They donated every single one of the Chairs. The shipping of the Chairs will cost a little over $300.00 plus a charge on delivery. Total cost will be around $350.00. This means we will be able to send the rest of the money to Dawn for food and medical supplies. To have a look at these beautiful dogs go to this address:

To tell you the truth, we were worried that we wouldn't have enough money for the chairs, so this generous offer from Doggon Wheels is probably the best Christmas Present anyone could want. I want to thank all of you and Dawn sends her kindest regards and a big thank you from the dogs.

Earle and Dawn and the dogs: Charlie, Ebony, Lucky, Fai, and dear little Tong.



Aircrack: Millions computer without protection

Translation with SYSTRAN

Aircrack: Millionen Computer ohne Schutz

Crack für WLAN-Verschlüsselung WEP aufgetaucht

Aircrack: WEP in weniger als 60 Sekunden geknackt


Jeder kann mitlesen: Millionen Computer ohne Schutz,1872,5552590,00.html

Urge Your Member of Congress to Vote YES on the Hinchey-Wolf Amendment

Click here to look up your Representative's Contact Info:

What to Say When You Call

Ask for the appropriations staff person, but if he/she is unavailable, leave your message anyway.

Identify yourself and tell the staff person that you are calling about the FY 2008 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. Urge Your Member of Congress to Vote "YES" on the Hinchey-Wolf Amendment


The Hinchey-Wolf amendment would delay for one year the implementation of section 1221 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct). The proposed designation on April 26, 2007 by the Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to section 1221 of two "National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors" - one in the east and the other in the southwest.

Under section 1221, not only private lands within designated corridors could be harmed by applicants but also public lands such as national parks, designated wilderness areas, national monuments, national wildlife refuges, and other wilderness-quality lands.

These designated corridors were proposed and will be finalized without preparation of any environmental review, or meaningful opportunities to comment on the proposals, or any consideration of numerous available alternatives.

The Hinchey-Wolf amendment will allow a year for further consultations with state and local officials and local citizens to ensure that federal energy plans respect state and federal laws protecting private property and our cherished wild areas. At the same time the amendment will give the DOE the opportunity to work toward a modern, reliable, and secure transmission system that meets our nation's needs.

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