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The Building Trades Weigh In – Food for Fuel Costs Jobs!

North America’s Building Trades Unions fight every day for America’s construction workers – seeking better work opportunities, increased wages and protecting benefits. That’s why they’re so alarmed about S. 517 – the so-called “Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act.” It’s a bill that, if passed, will let Washington mandate even HIGHER ethanol standards for our gasoline than the current 15 …

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He doesn’t want your money in oil and gas.

The man who once said the North Polar Ice Cap would be completely melted – in 2013 – is at it again. This time, Al Gore thinks he can solve the problem of climate change, by taking your public pension money out of oil and gas stocks. At Harvard University, he bragged that he’d “spent a lot of time in …

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You worked hard for your pension. Investment decisions should be made by professionals – not political activists.

Depending on the extent of your pension fund’s holdings in fossil fuels, divestment will cost you from 5 to 7 percent of your monthly benefit, according to Compass Lexecon, one of the world’s  most respected economic consulting firms. If you’re a public university student, divestment will raise your tuition from $1,043 to $3,265, depending on your school’s reliance on endowment …

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It’s costing us at the pump – and the grocery store

Corn is an important food source, especially for the poor.  So why are we using it to fuel the engines in our cars? Dr. V.K. Mathur, Ph.D., writes that the “Ethanol Mandate” has raised consumer prices for food and gas and has hurt the environment – while contributing to food shortages in poor countries.  Read more at Sentinel Source.

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A nation of laws…and more laws

According to the Mercatus Centre, between 1970 and 2008 the number of prescriptive words like “shall” or “must” in the Code of Federal Regulations grew from 403,000 to nearly 963,000, or about 15,000 edicts a year – and during the Obama years, the same number of new rules went on the books every year. In a ground-breaking piece in THE …

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MA – Mass Rules May Increase Carbon Emissions in New England

Credit: Angela Rowlings Environmentalists and the energy industry alike believe that a new plan by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker may have adverse consequences throughout New England, according to the Boston Globe. The plan will severely curtail operations of power generators in Massachusetts, but the state’s energy demands will still have to be met – so plants in Connecticut, Rhode Island …

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Time to End NH Experiment with RGGI

The New Hampshire legislature is considering proposals to end New Hampshire’s 9-year experiment with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – RGGI – and the Union Leader says it’s about time. Carbon dioxide emissions are down, but not because of RGGI.  Rather, it was cheaper, more plentiful natural gas that’s been driving down prices and replacing more carbon-intensive fuel, according to …

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Vermont Fossil Fuel Divestment Will Hurt Pensioners: Study

Fossil Fuel Divestment is Expensive, Hurts Pensions and Has ZERO Impact on Climate Change A new report commissioned by the Vermont Pension Investment Committee and conducted by the Pension Consulting Alliance confirms what many of us already knew:  divestment would be costly, will hurt pensioners – and will have no tangible effect on climate change. The report was commissioned after …

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‘Cracker’ plant near Pittsburgh could fuel Erie area business

“Shell Chemical Appalachia announced in June that it will indeed build a $6 billion “ethane cracker” plant along the Ohio River near Pittsburgh. Construction is expected to begin in earnest late this year and to employ as many as 6,000 workers. The plant, when it becomes operational early next decade, will permanently employ 600.” Learn more at Go Erie.