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Not to mention the noise from wind turbines and the birds that are killed by them. As for solar panels they are a health hazard to dispose of. it is nice to see someone has there eyes open when thinking about energy. ...(full comment)

Bates/My Turn: Do some energy math

If the affordable health care plan was a good plan, it would not have the problems that has encumbered it. The question should be why are strokes happening to younger people? If there were not doctors or nurses would health care still be a "right"? The only rights one has in this country are in the constitution. ...(full comment)

Tolg/My Turn: My stroke made me think

4 Billion dollars to be paid for by all electricity rate payers. It started off as 2.5 Billion dollars a few months back. Massachusetts was initially supposed to get 54 Million dollars in tax revenue for this, now its down to 24 Million, but only when the pipeline is first built. The story that isn't getting out is that the Black and Veach study (and they are largely a gas investment interest) determined a current need of .6bcf . . . while this pipeline proposed is 2.5 bcf. There was NO follow up to the "low impact study" and instead this mammoth, overbuilt project, to be paid for by us, is proposed: to bring gas to proposed LNG terminals in Nova Scotia. Market changes are needed not a pipeline: a few purchases on the spot market are being used by gas investment interests to gin up a so-called "crisis", and gas investments have both the media dollars and political tentacles to try to do this. (And don't forget 1.5 billion dollars that ratepayers are bilked due to leaking pipelines: recent legislation says they have 30 YEARS to fix existing leaks . . . think that will happen any time soon?) Does anyone recall that we are still paying for The Big Dig to the tune of 22 billion dollars? That we won't be done paying for until 2038? Well, here we go again. Baker is running for Governor. He "helped" with investors for the Big Dig . . . which started off at 2.5 billion . . . whoa, and look how that load on our backs mushroomed. Now here comes another big fat infrastructure project that we'll have to pay for. A study by the league of women voters in NY speaks of "recoverable gas". If most of this gas is taken for export, the Marcellus could be exhausted in as little as seven years. This pipeline plan is ludicrous, and clearly intended to benefit the .01% with yet another big wealth transfer. That extra charge on every electricity bill is already growing: that means less money to local businesses and households. ...(full comment)

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

The question is, who among our august Senators, will really stand with the citizens of our state: and who defer accountability to "there's really nothing we can do". The needs of the Northeast are .5bcf. The proposed pipelines TMG and Algongquin are so far over this that it should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that the billions of cubic feet over that amount are intended for export in KM's fleet of tankers, which is a gross abuse of eminent domain. The pipeline along the top of Massachusetts, along with the pipeline in southern MA will insure that Massachusetts becomes the shipping and storage grid for the Marcellus. These pipelines run along the top and bottom of Massachusetts with laterals planned or partially in place. Cui bono? This is going to be paid for by electricity customers to the tune of 2.5 billion dollars: recent estimates place this higher: more like 4 billion. And that figure doesn't begin to account for the environmental destruction. Forget a "superfund": by that time there will be no fund: damage permanent and unremitting. The company says "our senators have been fully briefed". None of our senators dispute this, and "they don't have a position" despite countless letters from local people. Who do they represent? We're beginning to get the picture. ...(full comment)

Letter: Losing ground

Mayor Martin is clearly uninformed. This gas is likely to be taken directly from the Marcellus Shale. He could do his community a favor and read a report by Marvin Resnikoff, Phd. on the very high radioactive content of Marcellus gas, and the dangers this poses to cities close to these shale beds. He might also want to do some due dilligence in understanding how unconventional gas is different from the "natural gas" of the past. Wonderful fantasy . . .that manufacturers will flock to Greenfield . . . . meanwhile, folks who live in surrounding towns, who shop and conduct business in Greenfield, will be economically devastated, and this area will likely become a less desireable place to live, surrounded by declining home values. ...(full comment)

In the Arena: Not all say ‘nay’ to pipeline

While I share your frustration with the continuing deteriorating situation in the Middle East, please recall that the US withdraw from Iraq was the result of the Status of Forces Agreement signed by the Bush administration. Obama became president after that agreement was signed. The current sectarian stiff we are witnessing is rooted in centuries old tribal and ethnic differences. There's very little the US can do to change that. In my opinion, it was the Bush administration's ill advised invasion that created the current hornet's nest. ...(full comment)

Letter: Foreign policy failure

I would like to see elephants protected. I would like to see severe penalties for harming them in any way. African Elephants have been living and dying for at least 3.5 million years. Left unmolested, they live about 70 years on average. Habitat loss is the single biggest threat to their continued existence. Elephant ivory is being smashed and incinerated all over the world these days. Some genius decided that that would dissuade poachers from killing elephants. Why wouldn't the recovered, poached ivory be sold at auction and the proceeds be used to pay people to protect the living elephants? When ivory and objects which have been artfully carved from ivory, or inlaid with ivory are burned or smashed, the Elephants which grew them are not restored to life. No one is protected by that additional destruction. The effect is simply the diminution of the supply of ivory which is not attached to living elephants. I am willing to entertain the idea that this policy is based on good intentions, but It seems clear to me that it is, in fact, counter-productive. I suspect that there are those behind the current campaign to destroy the stockpiles who may have ulterior motives. If it was designed to lead to the extinction of elephants in the wild, it seems likely to succeed. ...(full comment)

Blagg: Ivory ban enforcement hits sour note

The hearing on the MIAA bill will be held on Thursday, July 10th at 10:00 am in Room A-2 at the State House. ...(full comment)

In the Arena: Playing hardball with the MIAA

Having read the documents posted: and I encourage everyone to do so: there is a distressing emphasis on shareholder ROI, and no discussion of the impacts of these decisions on ratepayers, other than as an obstacle to be gotten around. It is extremely concerning that gas investment lawyers are being used to strategize on how to overcome existing policies and standards, and perhaps even laws. With much reassurance from the gas investment entities that "these won't be a problem". Actually, its heartbreaking. "The court of public opinion" they so fear is the rule of law, the role of government and appointed leaders, and the public's expectations of integrity and representation. Apparently, this is an inconvenient hurdle to massive profits and citizen concerns, ratepayer concerns, are just something to be gotten around. This is a betrayal of the whole notion of "for the people" and its clear that "the peasantry" is viewed as inconvenient to the plans of state government collusion with private investor interests. These documents make it clear that our state leadership view citizens, laws, and protections as "inconvenient ...(full comment)

Watchdog: States too cozy with gas companies

Dr. den Ouden has shown a bright light on our foreign policy blind spot. Democracy requires a long and difficult maturation process; it cannot be surgically implanted like a new heart into an unconscious patient. Sadly, the majority of the people of Iraq aren't ready. Given that we continue to make the same mistake, perhaps we should wonder who benefits from these disasters. ...(full comment)

den Ouden/My Turn: Iraq’s people must choose

"What greater good is there than the preservation of our natural resources"- Jane Shaney Well said! ...(full comment)

Ashfield joins gas pipeline opposition

Dear Joe, PTSD can be thought of as a normal human response to abnormal and tragic human experiences. You served your country, and part of that was being put in the position of witnessing violence, tragedy, and the suffering of human beings, while fearing for your own and your friends safety. Bless you for all you did on behalf of your nation, and the profound losses that attend such service. Safe travels, and loving wishes for healing and well-being. Hope you have a wonderful journey, and feel contained and supported in the land that you have served. May the beauty of the trail, and the simplicity of the journey restore your soul and nurture you. And thanks to your family too. ...(full comment)

Halfway to home

el articulo de Alice Pemberton ...(full comment)

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'She's really got it!'