Sen. Barbara Boxer’s climate bill set to be released today contains a
provision that will compensate General Electric quite nicely for its
lobbying and media efforts promoting climate legislation.
821(c) requires that, by December 12, 2012, the EPA set standards for
greenhouse gas emissions from “new aircraft and new engines used in new
General Electric is the world’s largest manufacturer
of commercial and military jet engines, a business worth about $12
billion in annual revenues.
So the Boxer bill would compel
airlines and the military, when purchasing new aircraft and new
aircraft engines, to purchase more expensive “green” engines made by
GE, according to standards set by the current and GE-lobbied Obama
So to all of those who said "Why would GE go along with the Government, if it didn't really care about Global Warming?", do you have your answer now?
It's like what happens in sales. Whenever there is an RFP*, you want to be the one who writes the RFP. That way, you can require certain elements that only your Company can deliver on, putting you in the drivers seat to get the contract, and the sale.
GE just did that, to the tune of $12 billion dollars.Per year.
Far be it from me to gross you out over your Wheaties. But there may be bedbugs in your library books.
Denver Public Library has banned one of its most avid users for spreading the tiny insects in volumes of obscure literature that he borrows each week.
Three times since Sept. 3, the city has quarantined and fumigated four areas of its main branch. Thirty-one books have been destroyed in efforts to contain the infestation of bugs and their larvae and droppings.
The problem threatens books not only in Denver's system, but those in libraries throughout Colorado.
"It's everybody's collections and everybody's homes at risk," says Tom Scott, manager of security and safety.
"This is one hot mess," adds library spokeswoman Celeste Jackson. "Our biggest concern is that people understand how seriously we're taking this. We're hopeful that we've contained it. But this guy isn't exactly our ideal customer."
That customer is Roger Goffeney, 69, who happens to have made it his life's mission to preserve books. He's a zealous participant in the Gutenberg Project, a worldwide effort to archive printed books online.
Goffeney borrows tomes of classic literature from the library — as well as from libraries at universities and in other counties using Denver's system as an intermediary. Then he "reviews" the books — not actually reading them but comparing hard copies to online versions to ensure that his fellow Gutenberg volunteers have scanned them completely.
PROMISES that special chemicals could duplicate money have allegedly duped three Victorian businesses.
Police said the businesses gave about $160,000 in cash to two men in the belief their money would double when soaked in chemicals, the Stonnington Leader reported.
A supermarket receipt, uncovered during investigations, has since revealed the chemical formula as bleach, baby powder and hair spray.
Police said the two men would conduct the "procedure" out of sight each time, transfer the money into their possession, then wrap up worthless paper in aluminium foil or another non-see-through casing.
Detective Sgt Andrew Healey said the business owners were told to leave the wrapped package for 24 hours while the chemical worked.
Police arrested and charged two men, aged 23 and 25, after being alerted by the business owners who had become suspicious and opened the package to find no money.
The business owners only became suspicious after they bought into the scam?
But inside the box is a 6 1/2 -foot white cross, built to honor the war dead of World War I. And because its perch on a prominent outcropping of rock is on federal land, it has been judged to be an unconstitutional display of government favoritism of one religion over another.
Whether the Mojave cross is ever unveiled again -- or taken down for good -- is up to the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Next week, it will get its first major chance to divine the meaning of the First Amendment command that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."
If the court reaches the constitutional issues at hand, all sides agree it could provide clarity to the court's blurry rules on church-and-state separations. It could also carry important implications for the fate of war memorials around the country that feature religious imagery -- the Argonne Cross in Arlington National Cemetery, for instance, or the Memorial Peace Cross in Bladensburg.
The Mojave cross's protectors, which include veterans groups and the federal government, say the symbol is a historic, secular tribute; its original plaque from the 1930s said it was erected to honor "the dead of all wars." They argue that Congress has taken the steps to distance itself from any appearance of endorsing a religious display.
But the American Civil Liberties Union, Jewish and Muslim veterans, and others say government actions have only deepened the problem. In an effort to avoid the lower courts' rulings that it must come down, Congress has designated the site the country's only official national memorial to the dead of World War I, elevating it to an exclusive group of national treasures that includes the Washington Monument and Mount Rushmore.