Jun 14, 2012
June 14, 2012
News in Jefferson Country from Pie N Politics dot com editor Liz Bowen: There is more on the outrageous second accelerated surcharge that Pacific Power is asking from the California Public Utilities Commission. For some reason, Pacific Power is planning on the Klamath dam removal, although at this time there is no reason to believe the dams will be demolished in 2012.
Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazer has not signed the Klamath Hydro Electric Settlement Agreement, which is limbo for several reasons: the first is integrity scientist Paul R. Houser, Ph.D. has filed a serious whistleblower complaint alleging faulty science used by the Department of Interior.
Second: There is a lack of funding for dam removal. Congress has not approved funding, and the State of California has not approved funding, still Pacific Power is seeking approval to obtain funds from its customers for dam removal.
Do we say this is outrageous?
Jun 14, 2012
Property Rights: Few have heard of Agenda 21, the U.N. plan for sustainable development that tosses property rights aside. But Alabama has, and it recently secured a victory as important as that over union power in Wisconsin.
After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s stunning triumph over the excesses and abuses of public-sector unions, the London Telegraph’s James Delingpole, an indefatigable opponent of global warming fraud, opined in a piece titled, “How Wisconsin And Alabama Helped Save The World,” that we should take note of “an equally important but perhaps less well-publicized victory won in the Alabama House and Senate over the U.N.’s malign and insidious Agenda 21.”
Agenda 21 is one of those compacts, like Law of the Sea, Kyoto and New START, that are supported by an apologetic administration with a fondness for the redistribution of American power and wealth on a local and global scale.
It fits in perfectly with President Obama’s pledge to “fundamentally transform” America, its institutions and its heritage of capitalist freedom.
Agenda 21 has not been ratified by the U.S. Senate, but it may not have to be if in a second Obama term theEnvironmental Protection Agency pursues it by stealth, as it has other environmental agendas that make war on the free enterprise system and rights we hold dear.
One of those is property rights. “Land … cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market,” Agenda 21 says.
“Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes.”
Not liking the sound of that, Alabama recently passed Senate Bill 477 unanimously in both of its houses. The legislation bars the taking of private property in Alabama without due process and says that “Alabama and all political subdivisions may not adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in or traceable to Agenda 21.”
Agenda 21 is intended to foster what environmentalists call “sustainable development” in the belief that man since the Industrial Revolution has been a plague on the planet, plundering its resources while destroying nature and putting the world at risk of disastrous climate change, poverty and disease.
At the end of March, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson jetted off to Paris’ ministerial meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, as the press release put it, “to discuss the agency’s international efforts on urban sustainability.”
Excuse us, but “urban sustainability” at the behest of global organizations is not what the EPA was created to do.
Jackson will represent the U.S. at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which will be held June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro.
“Specifically, in a transition to a green economy, public policies will need to be used strategically to reorient consumption, investments and other economic activities,” a U.N. document describing the conference explains.
The EPA’s war on coal, its regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant and its regulatory abuses including the use of drones to spy on American farmers are key parts of this international agenda that Jackson says “is the rarest of opportunities to truly change the world. … It means working together to strengthen the effectiveness of environmental governance.”
We don’t need “environmental governance,” just a governance of, by and for the people of the United States.
Nor do we need to “reorient” our consumption and economic activities.
Alabama has just told the U.N. and the EPA what they need to be told — don’t tread on us.
Jun 14, 2012
By Pete Kasperowicz – 06/13/12 09:10 AM ET
Hillicon Valley , The Hill’s Technology Blog
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday introduced the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which would require the government to get a warrant before using aerial drones to surveil U.S. citizens.
More broadly, Paul’s bill is aimed at preventing “unwarranted governmental intrusion” through the use of drones, according to the lawmaker.
“Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued,” Paul said Tuesday. “Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics.”
The bill, S. 3287, would require the government to obtain a warrant to use drones with the exception of patroling national borders, when drones are needed to prevent “imminent danger to life” or when there are risks of a terrorist attack.
The bill would also give Americans the ability to sue the government for violating the act. And, it would prohibit evidence collected with warrantless drone surveillance from being used as evidence in court.
While drone surveillance in the United States would undoubtedly prove controversial, the use of drones is currently a topic of international concern. Some Democrats have said the use of drones to disrupt terrorist networks is hurting America’s image overseas.
Additionally, the United Nations is considering an investigation into drone airstrikes inside Pakistan, which could focus on the rate of civilian casualties caused by these attacks.
Congress has ordered the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to move toward allowing drones to fly alongside commercial aircraft in U.S. airspace by 2015.
The FAA is planning a pilot program to test fly drones in six locations, but will not set the rules for what the unmanned aircraft can be used for.
Law enforcement agencies and state and local governments have expressed a strong interest in unmanned aircraft, and are being courted as potential customers by the booming drone industry.
There is opposition, however, from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that have raised concerns about the impact of the drones on privacy.
Jun 14, 2012
Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:11 AM
California’s strawberry acreage continues to increase, with 3 percent more acres planted last year, an industry representative says.
About 38,000 acres of strawberries from San Diego to Monterey Bay have been yielding about 68,000 pounds per acre this year, said California Strawberry Commission communications director Carolyn O’Donnell. The total crop last year was 2.5 billion pounds.
The harvest is ahead of last year, she said. The weather has been better this year, she said, and so far 90 million trays — at about 9 pounds per tray — have been harvested. Last year at this time, 77 million trays had been harvested.
There has been no significant disease pressure on the crop, O’Donnell said. That is often dependent on the weather as much as anything else, and the weather can vary throughout the 500-mile-long coastal growing region.
Exports go mostly to Canada and Mexico, but other destinations include Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Last year, 242 million pounds of fresh berries and 35 million pounds of frozen berries were exported.
U.S. production has greatly increased in recent years. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, nationwide it has grown from 500 million pounds in 1974 to 2.9 billion pounds in 2011. About 80 percent of that goes into the fresh market.
In Oregon, 2,000 acres of strawberries yielded a total of 22.6 million pounds last year, according to NASS. Most of the production, 19.8 million pounds, went into the processing market.
Jun 14, 2012
Prices up 19 percent from 2011, farmers optimistic market will stay strong
By JOEL ASCHBRENNER
H&N Staff Reporter
June 14, 2012
Tuesday on his farm in the Henley area. Hay farmers around
the Klamath Basin began harvesting this week.
Swathers rumble over green fields in the Klamath Basin, leaving straight rows of cut alfalfa in their wakes.
The first hay harvest of the year is under way and local farmers are hoping for good yields and high prices.
“This week everyone will be cutting, if they haven’t already,” said Tulelake-area hay farmer David King, who started bailing hay on Tuesday.
Grass and alfalfa hay are two of the Basin’s staple crops, accounting for about 15 percent of total agricultural sales in Klamath County, according to the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.
Farmers will harvest the perennial forage crop several times as it grows throughout the summer. King said he’ll cut his alfalfa three times this summer, four on his more productive fields.
Henley-area farmer Kenny Schell spent Wednesday afternoon cutting alfalfa in a field off Reeder Road. Schell said he will harvest his alfalfa three times and his grass hay twice this summer.
The crop looks decent so far, Schell said, but he won’t know how much it yields until he bails the hay. Basin hay crops have experienced limited rain damage compared to previous years, but the several late freezes “really knocked the crap out of the hay,” he said.
The market has been strong for Klamath Basin hay growers. The average price of hay in Oregon was $228 per ton in May, up 19 percent from May 2011.
Drought in the midwest last summer reduced the supply of hay and drove up prices. Schell said he is optimistic the market will remain strong.
King, the president of Klamath Basin Hay Growers Association, listed a number of factors that could affect the market for local hay. With the price of milk down, dairymen are looking to save money by buying lower quality hay, King said. Cows will produce less milk on the low-grade hay, but curtailing the milk supply could in turn help lift the price of milk.
But on the other hand, there could be increased international demand for Klamath Basin hay, King said. Much of the Columbia River Basin hay is rain damaged, so countries like China, Japan and Saudia Arabia, which buy hay from Seattle ports, could look farther south to the Klamath Basin for their hay supplies, King said.
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