State Department Friday release: Keystone XL will have little environmental impact, but create 42,100 U.S. jobs

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It’s 4:00 on Friday afternoon.  Time to release a report with great news for the American economy, but which will leave hard-core enviros spitting, sputtering and gnashing their teeth.

The Keystone XL pipeline is all gain, no pain.

The U.S. State Department released its draft report on the proposed pipeline (Full report here) concluding that the pipeline will have little impact on the climate or the environment, but building it will create a jobs bonanza.

The State Department predicts that building the pipeline will create:

  • Approximately 42,100 jobs across the United States;
  • Approximately $2.05 billion in employee earnings;
  • Approximately $3.1 billion in direct expenditures; and
  • An undetermined amount of revenue from sales and use taxes.

At the same time the report concludes that the pipeline will have no meaningful effect on the climate, even if you accept (you shouldn’t) the dire predictions of the most extreme climate computer models, as Canada will extract oil from its oil sands with or without the pipeline.  The oil would simply get to market through less efficient means.

Further, the report concludes that with the pipeline’s proposed mitigation measures in place, construction and operation will have no meaningful effect on the U.S. environment, or endangered species

The report has good news for the Canadian environment as well, “The Environmental Screening Report concluded that, with incorporation of Keystone’s proposed measures to avoid or minimize impacts and with Keystone’s acceptance of the NEB’s regulatory requirements and recommended conditions, implementation of the proposed Project in Canada would not likely result in significant adverse environmental effects. “‘

The report even gives the pipeline a passing grade in the politically correct category of “environmental justice” concluding that, “impacts to minority and low-income populations during construction may include exposure to construction dust and noise, disruption to traffic patterns, and increased competition for medical or health services in underserved populations. Such impacts would generally be small and short-term.”  In addition, as “the risk of a potential release is roughly equal at all points along the pipeline, the risks associated with such releases would not be disproportionately borne by minority or low-income populations.”

How about signing some of those low-income people up for the 42,000 construction jobs and welcoming them into the middle class? How’s that for environmental justice?

The pipeline, as Marc Morano who publishes CFACT’s Climate Depot news and information service recently reported, will carry “ethical oil” from Canada, decreasing dependence on “conflict oil” from dictatorships.

The “climate change community” went straight into full reality denying mode.

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UPDATE: Sen. Stevens Caught in Lie

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We must contact Senator Stevens and politely let him know you are disappointed that he caved to pressure and voted NO on SB 250 and you expect him to help bring it back up in the committee and vote YES this time.  And tell him you don’t want to hear the Supremacy Clause stuff, because it doesn’t apply to unconstitutional laws out of Washington. If Stevens doesn’t repair this damage to himself , he may be a one term Senator.

Phone: (615) 741-4576, email: sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov


Senator John Stevens
Evidence is emerging that Tennessee State Senator John Stevens lied in statements made during a hearing last week.  Just before a vote was held on SB250, a bill that would make it a criminal offense for federal agents to enforce unconstitutional gun laws, Sen. Stevens said that he had spoken to 5 out of 6 Sheriffs in his district, and that they all opposed the bill as written.

In a statement he made on his Facebook page Sen. Stevens said:

“As I said in committee, I spoke with five out of the six sheriffs in my district before the vote, and spoke to the sixth after the vote. Six out of the six sheriffs told me that they would not enforce this bill as written because it was unconstitutional.”

This statement is absolutely fabricated.

TN Fully Exposed has been in contact with four of the six sheriffs and received word through a third party of the position of the fifth.

Sheriff Chuck Arnold in response to our request for clarification said:

“At no time have I discussed SB 250 with Senator Stevens…I say again sir, I never spoke with the Senator. I did receive a voice mail apology from the Senator saying there was some confusion between him and his staff. He stated he would remove the post but as of Monday it has not been removed.”

He went on to say he was a devout defender of the constitution and that he welcomed legislation that aids the Sheriff in that capacity.

Weakely County Sheriff Mike Wilson acknowledge by phone that he had spoken with Senator Stevens’ office about the bill, but he had not had the chance to read the text.  He continued that based on what he was told, the bill sounded political since he already had a duty to protect second amendment rights and he would absolutely enforce SB250 if it passed. He did express concerns that the bill as expressed to him would apply to hand grenades and explosives since it didn’t specifically define what was an unconstitutional gun law.

Finally Sheriff Tony King of Benton County confirmed to a source that he too was contacted by Senator Stevens’.  He, like Sheriff Wilson, had not read the text of the bill and did not want to state a position. When Senator Stevens indicated that he would simply say that Sheriff King would not support sb250 because it was unconstitutional the sheriff objected and told the Senator he was not prepared to make that statement.

Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder confirmed that he opposed the bill. “I did speak with Senator Stevens last Wednesday and advised him I was opposed to SB250. I feel the bill is a knee jerk reaction to the rumors spreading that the government is going to take away a citizens right to bear arms.”

That being said, he continues,  “Agents can only enforce laws related to interstate commerce, so they have no jurisdiction on items made in Tennessee and remain in Tennessee. As a Sheriff in the State of Tennessee I take an oath to enforce the laws of the State of Tennessee and hold the US Constitution. I do and will enforce any Tennessee state law…”

In a phone conversation with Sheriff Monte Belew likewise said he was opposed to the bill and he could not imagine a scenario where he would arrest a federal agent performing his duty. However when given the scenario of the house to house gun confiscation that took place during Katrina he responded, “Not in Henry county. My department isn’t going to do that [mass confiscation] and if anyone else tries it then that’s when we’ll have problems.”

During a podcast recorded today, Lou Ann Zelenik, Executive Director of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition and founder of the Rutherford County Tea Party said she was aware of four Sheriffs denouncing the Stevens’ statement.

The Facebook statement is not the only lie told by Senator Stevens last week.  According to Zelenik, who has been in contact with Senator Beavers and was present during last week’s hearing, Senator Stevens had expressed to Beavers that he was going to support the measure.

He had even reiterated this support on the evening before the hearing.  However, he reportedly caved to pressure from party leaders on the morning of the hearing and reversed his position.

As a newly elected senator, Stevens has time to repair the damage to his reputation. Zelenik expressed that he was genuinely nice and a bright man.  The fact that he reached out to the Sheriffs demonstrates there is potential. Nevertheless, the next election will determined whether the exaggerations are remembered by the voters.

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Missouri Government caught sending Private Data on Gun Owners to Department of Homeland Security

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This is probably being done because of some kind of pay back by DHS, as in money of some sort, guaranteed!……This violates Missouri State law !

The Missouri Department of Revenue, who issues concealed carry permits in Missouri, may have been caught transmitting private information on Concealed Carry Permit Holders to the Department of Homeland Security.

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder held a press conference to announce his involvement in an attempt to stop the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) from transmitting this private data to the Federal Government. The data transmission was discovered after a Missouri Resident Eric Griffin’s Concealed Carry permit was denied when he refused to let the DOR scan and transmit his private data to the Feds.

According to LT. Gov. Kinder, this information is not only being turned over to the fed, but also to a private agency in another state. Both actions are specifically prohibited by State Law, and seem like yet another attack on law abiding gun owners.

Kinder, and the Stoddard County Prosecutors, filed legal actions against the Missouri Department of Revenue; late today that action resulted in a temporary restraining order being issued that will force the DOR to stop transmitting this private information to the Feds.

Kinder released a Press Release that said:

“This case has issues of statewide importance implicating serious privacy concerns for law-abiding citizens. These folks have followed the letter of the law and been approved for concealed carry by the proper authorities. They must not be required to share that information with any third parties or the federal government.”

In my opinion, this is just another example of why gun registration is a very dangerous thing to allow. Nowhere in the Constitution are we required to register our weapons, or apply for any sort of permit to carry them. In fact, the second Amendment itself should be our conceal carry permit.

The Orwellian nature of this Missouri program highlights our need to be vigilant when it comes to suggestions of further gun registrations and legislation. The farther we allow them to go down this road, the easier it becomes for them to implement their ultimate agenda of gun confiscation.

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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder discusses the DHS moves to watch Missourians

Here is the press conference the Lt Governor Peter Kinder made March 4, 2013 below:

DEVELOPING

*UPDATE: Am told that a southeastern Missouri state judge is going to issue a TRO in the case.

*UPDATE 2: This just in from Kinder’s office:

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder backs fee office
lawsuit in Stoddard County
Legal action taken against fee offices over privacy concerns

JEFFERSON CITY – Lt. Governor Peter Kinder today hosted a press conference in the Capitol to announce a lawsuit filed over the collection and scanning of private documents by the Missouri Department of Revenue for residents seeking concealed carry gun permits.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by Russ Oliver in Stoddard County. Oliver is Stoddard County’s prosecuting attorney. He filed the lawsuit as a private attorney on behalf of Eric Griffin.

“I fully support Mr. Oliver in this important legal action in Stoddard County Circuit Court,” Kinder said. “This case has issues of statewide importance implicating serious privacy concerns for law-abiding citizens. These folks have followed the letter of the law and been approved for concealed carry by the proper authorities. They must not be required to share that information with any third parties or the federal government.”

Oliver said Mr. Griffin went to his local Department of Motor Vehicles fee office after passing the application process for a concealed carry gun permit. When he refused to let DMV employees scan some of his documentation, he was denied the permit.

Oliver said Griffin acted within his rights. He said the Department of Revenue apparently installed new computer equipment to record the information as part of the federal Real ID Act of 2005.

But state laws prohibit the department from retaining and collecting these types of documents and from complying with that portion of the Real ID Act. The data the DOR collected was being forwarded to Morpho Trust U.S.A., a Georgia company that specializes in partnering with state and federal governmental agencies.

“There are important privacy concerns for concealed carry holders who justly fear their information being sent to a third party or the federal government,” Oliver said. “Missouri law makes it clear that what is going on here is illegal, and serves no legitimate purpose since the county sheriff is solely charged with the duty of determining applicants’ eligibility for the endorsement.”

The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order to stop the Department of Revenue from collecting and sharing the private data and declare their actions unlawful.

*UPDATE 3: Kinder confirms TRO:

*UPDATE 4 — The TRO:

The Dana Show webpage as well

One commentor said:

Mark Jansen · Columbia, Missouri…Any time any government agency is accumulating information on citizens, it isn’t a good thing, and can never be. It must be opposed at all levels, every time

The CR Vote Tally: Courage in the Senate; Capitulation in the House

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30 signers of March 4, 2013 Letter from Bridenstine & Huelskamp to Boehner & Cantor Urging Defunding of Obamacare in Any Appropriations Bill:

16 Voting “No” on the Rule for Continuing Resolution, HR 933, 3/6/2013

14 Voting “No” on

Passage of the Continuing Resolution, HR 933, 3/6/2013

Amash (MI) Amash Amash
Barr (KY)
Black (TN)
Blackburn (TN)
Bridenstine (OK) Bridenstine Bridenstine
Brooks (AL)
Broun (GA) Broun Broun
DeSantis (FL) DeSantis
DesJarlais (TN)
Duncan (TN)
Duncan (SC)
Fleming (LA) Fleming
Franks (AZ)
Gingrey (GA) Gingrey Gingrey
Gohmert (TX) Gohmert Gohmert
Hanna (NY)
Hudson (NC)
Huelskamp (KS) Huelskamp
Jones (NC) Jones
Kingston (GA) Kingston (GA)
LaMalfa (CA)
Lamborn (CO)
Massie (KY) Massie Massie
McClintock (CA) McClintock McClintock
Meadows (NC)
Pearce (NM) Pearce
Posey  (FL)
Rohrabacher (CA)
Rothfus (PA)
Salmon (AZ) Salmon Salmon
Schweikert (AZ)
Stewart (UT)
Stockman (TX) Stockman
Wilson (SC)
Yoder (KS)
Yoho (FL) Yoho

(And once again, like clockwork, the Republicans cave in….So by looking at this, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker voted YES for the Continuing Resolution. Both of these guys need to go next election.)

Before the vote, Democrats proposed an amendment to the continuing resolution that would replace the sequester cuts with tax increases and alternative cuts. Their bill was opposed by every Republican and also three Democrats from conservative districts: Reps. John Barrow (Ga.), Jim Matheson (Utah) and Collin Peterson (Minn.).

Now the CR moves on to the Senate.  Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have taken up the campaign to defund Obamacare, as noted in these pages.

Sad, only 14 Republicans vote against the Continuing Resolution and DID NOT defund Obamacare in the CR.

Redstate

House Leadership forced the continuing resolution to come to the House floor under a “closed rule,” meaning that debate was limited and no amendments were allowed to address the defunding of the President’s health care law. Among the missed opportunities due to this closed-door vote were the amendments prepared by Congressmen Bridenstine (OK-1), Huelskamp (KS-1), and DeSantis (FL-6), which would have removed all funding for ObamaCare implementation from the continuing resolution.

Sixteen bold Republicans in the House stayed true to fiscally conservative principle and voted against the “no amendments” rule today, including: Justin Amash (MI-3), Mo Brooks (AL-5), Jim Bridenstine (OK-1), Paul Broun (GA-10), John Fleming (LA-4), Phil Gingrey (GA-11), Louie Gohmert (TX-1), Tim Huelskamp (KS-1), Walter Jones (NC-3), Jack Kingston (GA-1), Thomas Massie (KY-4), Tom McClintock (CA-4), Stevan Pearce (NM-2), Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Matt Salmon (AZ-5), and Ted Yoho (FL-3).

Eric Holder said Congress can’t prohibit killings on U.S. soil

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In a chilling statement about executive power, Attorney General Eric Holder today declared that the president can authorize lethal force against Americans, and that Congress can not constitutionally limit such powers.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Holder whether Congress could prohibit the targeted killing of Americans in America. “Do you believe Congress can pass a law prohibiting POTUS to use lethal force on U.S. soil?” he bluntly asked, explaining he meant the prohibition would apply only where a person did not present an imminent threat.

“I’m not sure that such a bill would be constitutional,” the attorney general responded. “It might run contrary to the Article II powers that the president has.” Article II is the section of the Constitution that lays out the president’s authority as commander in chief of the military.

The exchange makes it clear that the administration believes that Congress cannot limit the president’s authority in such an area, a view consistent with public Office of Legal Counsel opinions on the war.

The exchange took place amid many other questions about the president’s targeted killing authority and the DOJ memos authorizing the targeted killing of Americans. For example, Holder assured Mike Lee, R-Utah, that the OLC memos would provide a much clearer understanding of what the administration means by an “imminent threat” that is not immediate, the vague standard it believes is required to authorize such a strike. When Lee asked if the memos would also provide more clarity on what constituted “made capture” infeasible, Holder provided no such assurance.

In addition, Holder embraced a view of the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force that completely ignores the legislative history of the law that authorized the war against al-Qaida. “We didn’t exempt the homeland in the AUMF, did we?” Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked the attorney general, in a question setting up his support for presidential use of lethal force in the U.S. “No,” Holder replied, “I don’t think we did.”

The attorney general may believe Congress authorized the use of lethal force in the U.S. with the AUMF, but former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has made it clear that Congress refused to authorize military force in the U.S. “Literally minutes before the Senate cast its vote,” Daschle revealed in a 2005 Op-Ed that described the legislative process behind the AUMF, “the [George Bush] administration sought to add the words ‘in the United States’” into the authorization. Such a change, Daschle continued, “would have given the president broad authority to exercise expansive powers not just overseas — where we all understood he wanted authority to act — but right here in the United States, potentially against American citizens.”

Back in 2001, Congress very specifically refused to authorize lethal force against Americans.

But today, Eric Holder not only revealed that he believes the president has that authority anyway, but that it doesn’t really matter because Congress could not constitutionally limit such powers.

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35 RADICAL ISLAMIC TERROR TRAINING CAMPS ARE NOW OPENLY OPERATING INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

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01-04-2012 11:51 am – World Net Daily
WASHINGTON – A radical jihadist group responsible for nearly 50 attacks on American soil is operating 35 terrorist training camps across the nation, but the U.S. government refuses to include the organization on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorists.

Jamaat ul-Fuqra, known in the U.S. as “Muslims of America,” has purchased or leased hundreds of acres of property – from New York to California – in which the leader, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, boasts of conducting “the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare.”

In a recruitment video captured from Gilani’s “Soldiers of Allah,” he states in English: “We are fighting to destroy the enemy. We are dealing with evil at its roots and its roots are America.”

Though Gilani and his organization is suspected of committing assassinations and firebombings inside the U.S., and is also suspected of the beheading murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, the terrorist camps spread through the country continue to expand in numbers and population.

A documentary called “Homegrown Jihad: Terrorist Training Camps Around the U.S.” provides compelling evidence of how “Muslims of America” operates with impunity inside the U.S. In the video, producers visited some camps, attempted to visit others and interviewed neighbors and local police officials. It also include excerpts of the “Muslims of America” recruitment video.

Get “Homegrown Jihad: Terrorist Training Camps Around the U.S.” and share it with your neighbors, your local police officials and your representatives in Congress.

The recruitment video shows American converts to Islam being instructed in the operation of AK-47 rifles, rocket launchers and machine guns and C4 explosives. It provides instruction in how to kidnap Americans, kill them and how to conduct sabotage and subversive operations.

Jamaat ul-Fuqra’s attacks on American soil range from bombings to murder to plots to blow up U.S. landmarks. A 2006 Department of Justice report states Jamaat ul-Fuqra “has more than 35 suspected communes and more than 3,000 members spread across the United States, all in support of one goal: the purification of Islam through violence.” In 2005, the Department of Homeland Security predicted the group would continue to carry out attacks in the U.S.

“Act like you are his friend. Then kill him,” says Gilani in the recruitment video, explaining how to handle American “infidels.”

Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was attempting to interview Jamaat ul-Fuqra’s leader, Gilani, in 2002 when he was kidnapped and later beheaded. One year later, Iyman Faris, member of both Jamaat ul-Fuqra and al-Qaida, pleaded guilty in federal court to a plot to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge.

Seven of the compounds have been identified as training facilities: Marion, Alabama; Commerce, Georgia; Macon, Georgia; Talihina, Oklahoma; York County, South Carolina; Dover, Tennessee and Red House, Virginia. Other compounds are located in California, Colorado, Texas, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Michigan and West Virginia.

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Montana Lawmaker: Obamacare Allows Feds to Collect Gun Ownership Information

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Montana lawmaker Krayton Kerns sponsored a bill recently that prohibits healthcare providers from refusing or conditioning care if a person refuses to provide information relating to firearm ownership.


Infowars reported:

Montana lawmaker Krayton Kerns warns that President Obama’s recent executive orders on gun control could lead to a chilling future scenario where Americans are forced to hand in their firearms in order to receive critical hospital treatment under Obamacare.

Republican Kerns, sponsor of a recently passed bill that prohibits “a healthcare provider from refusing or conditioning care if a person refuses to provide information relating to firearm ownership, possession or use,” blogs about his personal experience of ammunition shortages in gun stores before warning that his legislation could represent, “the single act which stands between your fundamental right to keep and bear arms and their confiscation.”

On January 16, 2013, President Obama released 23 “Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions” of which Action #2, #14, #16, #17, #21, and #22 utilize the national healthcare system to collect gun ownership information. As Obamacare grows over the next decade, unwary citizens will voluntarily divulge firearm ownership information including serial numbers in exchange for routine healthcare. Through the power of incrementalism, placing this information in a federal database seems harmless at first,” writes Kerns.

In Missouri, the Department of Revenue is working with the Department of Homeland Security to obtain data on Missouri citizens and gun owners and then transfer this information to DHS and unnamed third parties.

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