I doubt if Obama has made any of the crude, insulting comments that have issued forth from Trump's mouth. As far as wanting jobs, the Republican-controlled Congress has DONE NOTHING for job creation in the past 5 years. They have passed nearly 60 bills to defund Obamacare and NOT ONE jobs bill.
As far as living "Free", as long as you are owned by Big Oil, Big Banks, Big Insurance, Big Medicine, Big Agra and Big Corporate, your freedom is nothing but an illusion. If you want freedom, vote for Bernie Sanders. Trump cares nothing for you. ...(full comment)
DPU isn't looking at facts, they are aggressively knee capping renewables in favor of an overbuilt, private profit export pipeline, and making freebies of whole communities' land, water, public health and any semblance of advocacy for all the people of this region: AND enabling price gouging. There will NEVER be any benefit to citizens. With the enormous payout from exports there is no chance that we have any integrity on this matter. ...(full comment)
How is Trump any different than the current president?The president derides and name calls those who don't see his view on the world. Maybe the right has said it is time to be like the left. After all it has worked for the democrats. ...(full comment)
After reading Mr. Browns article, I thought if I put in the name Obama to replace Trumps there would be no difference. To my surprise there was no difference Mr. Obama was/is all about ego and power. I guess no one really is a civil servant. The president is the servant to the people. The people want the border secured, cheap energy, jobs and the ability to live free. I do not think the past two presidents have delivered anything but broken promises. ...(full comment)
We cost them Kinder Morgan less in their acquisition of thinner, made-in-China pipes.In Historic Deerfield, Kinder would have lower insurance premiums for liability, cheaper, 30 % thinner pipes in the rural areas - even sited in flood plains like the North Meadows. We will be holding the bag when the lines snap in an epic storm, for pipelines running under the electric grids in huge sections across Deerfield and Northfield, and now, perhaps Warwick? So many towns. This will imperil the towers all around if we get a big boom from a snapped line, down in a flooded fields like the North Meadows of Deerfield, following the easements that pre-exist from WMECO infrastructure build out, from years back. They really want the path of the grid across your neighbor's farm lands and Woolman Hill, there are pre-existing rights of way. Problem is: Irene took out our entire valley floor here, she went down deeper than the NED may go, and she let us know who is really in charge. Pipes will be exposed and snap like twigs in Western Mass. Our neighbors and communities will suffer fiscally and in ways we cannot recover from. Say it takes our neighbor's lives, their homes and their sense of all that is OK or right in their own homes? Well, that is actually gone now, because they map it under bedroom windows and across your neighbor's lawns. Our CT and the Deerfield rivers stand to be fouled by back-fill as they bore under, with sediment disruption that makes them not healthy for fish, as well as their potential dumping to avoid hazmat and proper storage charges associated with the operation -to get a pipeline 120 feet under our cherished CT and Deerfield rivers. They were found guilty and charged in 4 counties in PA during the build out of 300 Line. NED is slated to tie in to the 300 Line. They dumped and fouled water in 4 counties- on purpose. 4 Counties. Imagine this damage here. They got caught because neighbors like us had to go spy on them and submit pics to get them- after the damage was done. Google it. Do we want that toxic junk and degradation for our lands, neighbors houses, farms, rivers, cultural assets and state forests, here? FYI: Kinder has failed to document HOW they plan to do that horizontal drilling, writing TBD in entire sections submitted to FERC for this NED. Governmental filings that lack information on how they plan to blow stuff up to put it under rivers and highways. Specifically: drilling and blasting under the Deerfield and CT rivers, 91 N and S., surface routes like 5 and 10, and multiple rail roads that carry volatile substances. You would think if they have done pipelines before they would fill in that part for the Feds in their FERC documents? Perhaps to allow the people whose homes are nearby these locations to know how their foundations will be damaged, whether by dynamite or fracking the rock formations. The fracking and blasting part in our bedrock will toxify the cracked wells of your neighbors, making their water undrinkable or unsafe for watering crops, in many yards across the Western Mass. path of the NED. We are all collateral damage. Damage that cannot be easily fixed. There are quite a few people who live in the shadow of power lines in Mapped Incineration Zones who cannot sell their homes at this point, and who are known to be "Imperiled due to Proximity" where no aid can be rendered in the event of a mishap. Their water lines would be blown out, and the homes and people will be dead or hurt in a blast, purely based on Kinder not being required to map the line away from residences and schools. They know this Zone, because it has happened before, oopsie, we killed some people. Now they are required to map it. However, somehow, they are not required to notify abutters who sit adjacent to lines and in their maps, if they are more that 200 feet from the power lines. Burn Zone is 949 feet wide. This shows their disregard for the safety and value of human life as they look for 7 billion on our backs, across Mass. NH, CT, with tie in to NY and PA. With regard to Historic Deerfield and the loss of artifacts, get this: Bement School's playing fields are in the Mapped Incineration zone for Franklin County. Deerfield has a volunteer fire department. The fields that hold the artifacts also flood out in hurricanes. It creates potential for massive fiscal impact from civil suit litigation of survivor's families that would never be remedied. Town could go belly up. Possible loss of Bement school kids, parents and neighbors, and innumerable, know historic, cultural artifacts that cannot be dug up, carted off, or back-hoed into oblivion. Kinder Morgan has 2 million in liability, I may be wrong on that but it is way low. NED pipeline is a lose-lose for Mass., for jobs creation and for the concept of infrastructure that supports actual economic development for Mass. The home loss, job loss, land loss and disregard for safety is outrageous. Berkshire Gas is Spanish energy giant, Iberdrola. They serve more than 32 million clients in Europe and Latin America. They want to pump the gas to 32 million customers, and get more going there. Europe pays 2 x more than we do for gas. The the cupboard will be bare here. Your electric and gas prices will rise as they deplete the Marcellus Shale find and get it out in of the US, across our lawns, in an unregulated market, to the highest bidder. Supply and demand. ...(full comment)
Renewable energy would free us all from this abuse. Note they have plenty of money for advertising day and night, and swollen executive salaries: but we have thousands upon thousands of gas leaks. Perhaps gas development should be stalled until the leaks are fixed to make a dent in owed money, and in the meantime, other forms of energy should be given primacy. Frankly the "customer service" has been lousy. p.S. as of 2013, even AFTER, some plants were taken offline, we STILL had double the inflow pipeline capacity than we actually needed, and that did not include LNG. FIX THE LEAKS. ...(full comment)
Massachusetts has a law that requires gas companies to fix leaks in their aging pipelines all over the state. If you look at the maps available for towns all over the state you can see that these companies have used maintenance capex for other things: as their executive salaries have swollen, bilking businesses and homeowners IN EVERY SINGLE TOWN, and creating unhealthy, and even deadly conditions. It would be an interesting exercise to look at Bradley's voting record in watering down That legislation to aid gas companies and significantly gas investment companies????? WE paid for gas we didn't get: billions upon billions of cubic feet of gas that was never delivered, while executive salaries soared. Why in God's name would we want to become MORE dependent on an industry that has demonstrated a pattern of theft, poor accountability, and disregard? If these pipelines are left unrepaired it helps gin up a case for "more pipelines". If you look at just how widespread this problem is all over the state, why in God's name would anyone WANT to do business with these folks. Let the alternatives be explored, finally. Gas investments from around the world are converging on our region and have been kneecapping renewable energy: we need to get alternatives NOW: tell Baker to lift caps on net metering and get windpower. Why are we "deepening our relationship" with abusive entities? ...(full comment)
If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting...BULL....! there is never any good to come out of anyones murder.
Maybe we should ban all media so people would not seek to become that "darkest kind of celebrity".
We could ban all weapons from the entire world and stop all war and violent crimes.
Maybe we should stop manufacturing planes, automobiles, sharp objects and chemicals that could be responsible for killing innocent people.
Evil will always be amongst us, how we deal with it is the real blame. ...(full comment)
It is great to hear these thoughtful questions being asked by a high school student. Not that I don't expect that thoughtfulness from high school students, but we do see very few younger people involved in the pipeline protests. I would love to hear your opinion on how we could get other younger people involved; it is your land to inherit.
There's one other thing I would like to add: I do find it interesting that so many people believe putting this pipeline through will reduce their utility rates. Can anyone remember the last time rates went down? It never happens! Even if origination rates change, this is never passed on to the ratepayers. In fact it appears that some of the costs of building this pipeline will be passed on to the consumers, whether as a rate hike or as fees that will be assessed. There are so many reasons to hate this pipeline, and so few to like it (a handful of short-term jobs, which, if true to form, are likely to go to out of state workers); rate changes will most probably be one of the former. ...(full comment)
At the bottom of Bank Row, trying to turn left onto Mill Street from Deerfield Street, can be futile. But the advice given in the article, to get your car as close to the white line as possible, is wrong here. You should actually stop your car a car's length back from the white line. The camera must be pointing at the wrong angle. I noticed that if another car appears and waits behind me, the left turn light turns green soon. So I started stopping farther back from the while line, and voilà! problem solved. ...(full comment)