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Valerie Plame on how the intelligence community really feels about Trump

https://www.yahoo.com/katiecouric/valerie-plame-intelligence-community-really-feels-trump-184654567.html

Valerie Plame on how the intelligence community really feels about Trump
Katie Couric 20 hours ago
By Sarah B. Boxer
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But there is almost no one in this country who has faced the consequences of a warring intelligence community and White House than former CIA officer Valerie Plame.
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In an interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Plame says that many of her former colleagues have been wrestling with how to handle this administration.
“I have to tell you, after the election, there was grave concern over: ‘What now?’” says Plame. “The question was, for them, do we stay with our jobs, or do we quit? What is the moral, ethical thing to do?… Because there is no coherent strategy. I think there is a high level of apprehension.”
Plame says that even before the Comey fallout, she knew of people in the intelligence community left their jobs due to President Trump’s election, in part due to fear that he would politicize the CIA. “I think everyone there would rather chew off their right arm than be accused of putting in any sort of partisan analysis political overtones to what they were doing.”
Couric asked Plame if she thinks that President Trump or his team colluded with the Russians during the 2016 U.S. election.

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Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sat May 13, 2017, 11:41 AM (5 replies)

Every breath we take in AZ

My comment would also fit the categories of Science and the Environment. This is from my simple layman's understanding of the coal industry and the environmental impact. My first priority remains, "Save the Planet". Join the scientists at the Peoples Climate March tomorrow if you can.

Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans. Evo Morales

Union of Concerned Scientists main website
http://www.ucsusa.org/

http://www.ucsusa.org/center-for-science-and-democracy/empowering-citizens-and-scientists/how-join-peoples-climate-march

Peoples Climate March in Washington, DC on 4/29, details and blogs at website

http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-06-24/the-vanity-costs-of-burning-coal-in-arizona/

THE VANITY COSTS OF BURNING COAL IN ARIZONA
By Nancy LaPlaca, originally published by Energy & Policy Institute
June 24, 2014
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When it comes to clean energy, Arizona is on par with Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and the entire Southeastern U.S. Arizona is far, far behind California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho – even coal-dominated Wyoming has a larger percentage of clean energy.

I want to make it clear that Arizona burns much of its coal to make electricity for air conditioning. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, coal-fired power is the largest single source of heat-trapping CO2, as well as a host of other toxics including mercury. Burning coal to make electricity for air conditioning is not a long-term solution, as it creates far more heat than cooling over time. Burning coal for electricity essentially makes Arizona — and the planet — uninhabitable.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Category:Existing_coal_plants_in_Arizona

Arizona has 16 operating coal-fired power units at six locations totaling 5,681 megawatts (MW).
Abitibi Snowflake Power Plant
Apache Generating Station
Cholla Generating Station
Coronado Generating Station
H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Arizona_and_coal

Arizona produces approximately 12 million tons of coal per year, all of which is extracted from the Black Mesa field in the northeastern part of the state, an area subject to Indian land leases. In 1992, tribal royalties from coal sales were $33 million. Black Mesa coal is burned at the Mohave Generating Station owned by Southern California Edison in southeastern Nevada, and is delivered via the nation's only long distance slurry pipeline.

In addition to burning its own coal, Arizona imports coal from New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Coal-fired power plants produce approximately 23 percent of the electricity generated in Arizona. Arizona's average retail price of electricity is 8.24 cents per kilowatt hour, the 21st highest rate in the nation In 2003, Arizona emitted 89 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, ranking it 24th in the nation overall.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/energy/2016/09/29/srps-northern-arizona-coal-plant-one-biggest-carbon-emitters-country/88583302/

SRP's northern Arizona coal plant one of the biggest carbon emitters in the country
Ryan Randazzo , The Republic | azcentral.com 6:06 a.m. MT Sept. 29, 2016
An electric train delivers 240 cars of coal to the Navajo Generating Station each day, dumping the black fuel into a pile roughly twice the size of the Walmart shopping center in nearby Page.

Each day the plant burns 24,000 tons of that coal, and in doing so, creates nearly double that amount of carbon dioxide pollution, making it the third-largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the country.
Over the years, upgrades have reduced the amount of other pollutants released by the plant's three generators. But the only way to reduce carbon emissions, which gain atomic mass on release, is to reduce how often the plant runs.
…….
Top carbon emitters
The EPA's 2014 list of largest carbon-emitting facilities includes several coal-fired power plants either in Arizona or that are partially owned by Arizona utilities.
No. 3: Navajo Generating Station, co-owned by SRP, APS, Bureau of Reclamation, TEP and NV Energy.
No. 31: San Juan Generating Station in New Mexico, where TEP is one of multiple owners. It plans to close a portion of its share.
No. 47: pringerville Generating Station, owned by TEP, SRP and Tri-State Generation.
No. 55: Craig Station in Colorado, where SRP is one of five owners. A plan released Sept. 1 would close one of its three units.
No. 78: Four Corners Power Plant in New Mexico, partially owned by APS, PNM Resources Inc., SRP, El Paso Electric and TEP. Partially closed in 2013.
No. 84: Cholla Power Plant, partially owned by APS and Tri-State. One unit closed last year and others are slated to switch to natural gas.

Posted by saidsimplesimon | Fri Apr 28, 2017, 12:48 PM (2 replies)

Peoples Climate March

This is from my simple layman's understanding of the coal industry and the environmental impact. My first priority remains, "Save the Planet". Join the scientists at the Peoples Climate March tomorrow if you can.

Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans. Evo Morales

Union of Concerned Scientists main website
http://www.ucsusa.org/

http://www.ucsusa.org/center-for-science-and-democracy/empowering-citizens-and-scientists/how-join-peoples-climate-march
Peoples Climate March in Washington, DC on 4/29, details and blogs at website

http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-06-24/the-vanity-costs-of-burning-coal-in-arizona/
THE VANITY COSTS OF BURNING COAL IN ARIZONA
By Nancy LaPlaca, originally published by Energy & Policy Institute
June 24, 2014
…..
When it comes to clean energy, Arizona is on par with Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and the entire Southeastern U.S. Arizona is far, far behind California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho – even coal-dominated Wyoming has a larger percentage of clean energy.

I want to make it clear that Arizona burns much of its coal to make electricity for air conditioning. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, coal-fired power is the largest single source of heat-trapping CO2, as well as a host of other toxics including mercury. Burning coal to make electricity for air conditioning is not a long-term solution, as it creates far more heat than cooling over time. Burning coal for electricity essentially makes Arizona — and the planet — uninhabitable.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Category:Existing_coal_plants_in_Arizona

Arizona has 16 operating coal-fired power units at six locations totaling 5,681 megawatts (MW).
Abitibi Snowflake Power Plant
Apache Generating Station
Cholla Generating Station
Coronado Generating Station
H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Arizona_and_coal

Arizona produces approximately 12 million tons of coal per year, all of which is extracted from the Black Mesa field in the northeastern part of the state, an area subject to Indian land leases. In 1992, tribal royalties from coal sales were $33 million. Black Mesa coal is burned at the Mohave Generating Station owned by Southern California Edison in southeastern Nevada, and is delivered via the nation's only long distance slurry pipeline.

In addition to burning its own coal, Arizona imports coal from New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Coal-fired power plants produce approximately 23 percent of the electricity generated in Arizona. Arizona's average retail price of electricity is 8.24 cents per kilowatt hour, the 21st highest rate in the nation In 2003, Arizona emitted 89 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, ranking it 24th in the nation overall.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/energy/2016/09/29/srps-northern-arizona-coal-plant-one-biggest-carbon-emitters-country/88583302/

SRP's northern Arizona coal plant one of the biggest carbon emitters in the country
Ryan Randazzo , The Republic | azcentral.com 6:06 a.m. MT Sept. 29, 2016
An electric train delivers 240 cars of coal to the Navajo Generating Station each day, dumping the black fuel into a pile roughly twice the size of the Walmart shopping center in nearby Page.

Each day the plant burns 24,000 tons of that coal, and in doing so, creates nearly double that amount of carbon dioxide pollution, making it the third-largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the country.
Over the years, upgrades have reduced the amount of other pollutants released by the plant's three generators. But the only way to reduce carbon emissions, which gain atomic mass on release, is to reduce how often the plant runs.
…….
Top carbon emitters
The EPA's 2014 list of largest carbon-emitting facilities includes several coal-fired power plants either in Arizona or that are partially owned by Arizona utilities.
No. 3: Navajo Generating Station, co-owned by SRP, APS, Bureau of Reclamation, TEP and NV Energy.
No. 31: San Juan Generating Station in New Mexico, where TEP is one of multiple owners. It plans to close a portion of its share.
No. 47: pringerville Generating Station, owned by TEP, SRP and Tri-State Generation.
No. 55: Craig Station in Colorado, where SRP is one of five owners. A plan released Sept. 1 would close one of its three units.
No. 78: Four Corners Power Plant in New Mexico, partially owned by APS, PNM Resources Inc., SRP, El Paso Electric and TEP. Partially closed in 2013.
No. 84: Cholla Power Plant, partially owned by APS and Tri-State. One unit closed last year and others are slated to switch to natural gas.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Fri Apr 28, 2017, 12:32 PM (0 replies)

Kellyanne Conway, "A Bunch of Pigs"

Mother Jones' David Corn has published a fact filled summary of her bigoted behaviour. Ms. Conway's message is in my "basket of deplorables". Of course, we all have the freedom to walk in lock step with such nonsense, or stand up for ourselves and others. It is my belief that we Americans will stand against those who would return our nation to civil war, or worse.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/09/kellyanne-conway-trump-deplorables-bunch-of-pigs

The Time Trump's Campaign Manager Called Americans "a Bunch of Pigs"
Yet now Kellyanne Conway is upset Hillary Clinton said Trump voters are "deplorables"
David Corn SEP. 15, 2016

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Conway's outrage, though, was selective, because in the past she has slammed millions of Americans for acting like pigs. Yes, pigs. She called millions of people pigs.

In January 2008, Conway was a guest GOP talking head on Fox News. With the subprime mess wreaking havoc on the economy, then-Rep. Barney Frank, a Democrat, had written an article explaining the need for greater government intervention to preserve the integrity of financial markets and to reverse unacceptable levels of income inequality. Conway, not surprisingly, criticized Frank's call for more government regulation of the markets. When the host asked if Wall Street too often takes advantage of Main Street investors, Conway went on a tear:

I think that's unfair because these people bought houses they could not afford. I mean, Julie, if you go out tonight and you spend $10,000 on a credit card and you make $8,000 a year, you could do the math. So people bought houses they couldn't afford. They know that. This country spends money like a bunch of pigs. They buy things they say that they need...when they actually want them. That's their business. But they should be in charge of their own economic sovereignty.

The notion that Americans were pigs was apparently much on Conway's mind at that time. That same month, she was part of a panel discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations. When she was asked a question about the role of economic issues in the 2008 campaign, she suggested that the key factor was whether voters would blame the lousy economy on the Iraq War or acknowledge their own piggish actions were to blame:
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