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Wed May 09, 2007 at 07:43 AM PDT

Pelosi Trumps Shrub LLP

by MarketTrustee

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is threatening to take President Bush to court if he issues a signing statement as a way of sidestepping a carefully crafted compromise Iraq war spending bill.

Pelosi recently told a group of liberal bloggers, "We can take the president to court" if he issues a signing statement, according to Kid Oakland, a blogger who covered Pelosi's remarks for the liberal website dailykos.com.

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Energize America has sent a comprehensive  people-powered message to the Hill that endorsed proven renewable technologies and distribution. What stopped The Efficient American Homes Act (EAHA) was one question.

How much does EAHA overlap other federal and state energy efficiency policies?

The EAHA is committed to establishing national standards of energy efficiency. We've identified shortcomings of federal mechanisms to implement minimum efficiency ratings. We've leveraged the value of financial incentives for household "investments." We've debated payback, though HUD recognizes 4 different valuation methods, and everyone relies on DOE's spurious data to discount residential projects.

Let's look at how the EAHA standards may actually relate to conditions at state level. Politics, utility structure, and development can create either a hostile or constructive environment for energy efficiency enforcement and positive outcomes.

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... I signed a [Citizen (Re)] contract, mostly because this is the only way I could conceivably hope to get a solar power system on my roof. I'm 25 and just starting out, so I don't have the credit history or the income to secure a home equity loan to buy a $20,000 system. It seems that the only people who can afford PV systems are retirees.

I've already weatherproofed my house and switched out all my bulbs and I'm buying more efficient appliances as the ones that came with my house start to go. But I want to do more. ...
by Icelander at 12:22 PM on 12 Mar 2007

This poor lamb is America's future. He can't afford to be the change he seeks.

This is why we fight for The Efficient American Homes Act of 2007, using the law, using best practices, using science, using taxpayer dollars to stop climate damage.

11th hour draft below ...

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A member of Congress asked the Energize America team to transform its concepts into material ready for Congressional action. The newly minted "Efficient American Homes of 2007 Act" (EAHA) seeks the right policy to help households make the "easy" choice.

Last week I started discussion about the economics of fossil fuel efficiency in American households. Turns out, since the oil shock of the '70s, the market and our government have relied more on "energy saving" than "energy efficient" measures to meet GHG policy goals.

Now we're under the gun --in more ways than one-- and need your help selecting key messages from the diary and your experiences. We need to Re-Energize Energize America!

Following is a more formal version of EAHA. Give it a good read, please. Let us know what you believe are the Top 5 points that can move our recommenations out of committee and onto the floor.

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A member of Congress asked the Energize America  team to transform its concepts into material ready for Congressional action. This diary opens discussion on the economics of fossil fuel efficiency in American households.

The Act’s three provisions mixed education and financial incentives to promote energy savings: 1. tax credits to offset the costs of energy efficient home improvements; 2. a national campaign to demonstrate CFL benefits; and 3. government insured energy efficiency loans for property owners within Community-Based Energy Investment bond localities.

Is this sufficient to achieve nationalgoals? Energy saving is one of two fundamental strategies to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and fossil fuel dependencies. The other is fuel-type replacement such as solar energy. These strategies are complementary. But their applications and perceived value in the home improvement marketplace need help in the payback department.

To encourge, even accelerate, the rate at which we adopt energy savings the newly minted "Efficient American Homes of 2007 Act" seeks the right policy to help households make the "easy" choice.

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Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 05:11 PM PST

Shrub LLP trumps Pelosi

by MarketTrustee

AP filed this story to the tubes 1 hour ago.

WASHINGTON -
President Bush will propose a tax deduction of $7,500 for individuals and $15,000 for families regardless of whether they buy their own health insurance or receive medical coverage at work. [UPDATE:actual SOTU text below fold]

The proposal, to be announced Tuesday in his State of the Union address, is aimed at giving the uninsured an incentive to purchase a medical plan.

There's some sports analogy under the headline, I'm sure. The key strategic point is that Shrub LLP recovered the ball -- while the House awaits Senate affirmation of minimum wage and House ethics reform, not to mention the unitary asshole's signature.

Putting aside the fact that the unitary asshole continues to suck dry the treasury, American voters will be hard pressed to recognize two facts:

  • Tax relief is no substitute for single-payer universal health care;
  • and Tax relief is a GOP bribe to forgive 12 years of irresponsible, market-driven government,

when they only hear the words "tax relief." GOP candidates might like that pigskin enough to kick it down the road to '08.

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In a recent diary, I was encouraged to perform a literary critique of Barack Obama's public addresses. At the time, I'd sardonically remarked that Obama owed his political genius, his muse, to Stephen Carter, author of Confessions of an Affirmative Action Baby and other post-black meditations on bourgeois society.  Prior to that, I've alluded cryptically to his capacity for political victory being a function of his status as a "Harvard-educated striver." He is erudite, even clever, and financially creditable. But this certification of his success is in turn indebted to the multivalent culture of suspended disbelief that is quotidian Americana -- the perennial tabla rasa, illiteracy, economic and societal disintegration, and the biennial historicism manufactured by MSM, wherein one discovers national identity in a particular persona.

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Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 11:52 AM PDT

The Truth Predictor

by MarketTrustee

This is a detour diary, really a note to myself on one of the most appalling, politically opportunistic, operationally meaningless, needlessly inhumane marketing ploys dreamed up by an American executive ever. (Oh, wait; perhaps I exaggerate; there is the national health information network.) I'm reminded of several Big Ideas presented by past clients whose dreams achieved the unopposed status of business acumen before a slack-jawed reception the morning after.

I'll not digress further. Here's the "news":

LONDON (Reuters) - Imagine being able to check instantly whether or not statements made by politicians were correct. That is the sort of service Google Inc. boss Eric Schmidt believes the Internet will offer within five years.
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zap2it.com heralds, "The conclusion of ABC's miniseries "The Path to 9/11" led ABC to a ratings win Monday." And I laugh. You can't average out how Americans flushed their interest in PT911.
AIR DATETIME(EST)RATINGSegment description
9/10/068-9PM7.6/12kiddie bedtime
 9-10PM8.2/12full-throttle bureaucratic intrigue
 10-11PM7.9/13advertised "cliffhanger", MSM teaser
9/11/068-9PM6.7/10kiddie bedtime
 9-10PM8.3/129-9:18pm, "averaged"; bush memo + PT911 resume
 10-11PM7.2/12 final PT911 segment + Primetime special edition; by comparison, "CSI: Miami" scored a 6.6/11 for CBS
source: zap2it.com 9.11.06; zap2it.com 912.06; author.
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 at 08:50 AM PDT

Newshour: Not Net Neutrality

by MarketTrustee

Last night, Newshour broadcast file footage and discussion titled "Net Neutrality. Clever name, bad idea". For the first time, anti-trust enforcement came out of the closet of net neutrality branding ("an ongoing ad campaign").

Jeff Brown talked with PAUL MISENER and SCOTT CLELAND about the internet industry. Misener, former FCC attorney is VP, global public policy, Amazon.com. Cleland, of Precursor, a telecom industry research and consulting firm, is also chairman of NetCompetition.org, which is funded by telecom, cable and wireless companies.

They did not speculate about first amendment violations, digital products, or choice ("whether all content on the Internet is created equal"). They talked about minimizing the cost of competition for a handful of "telecommunications" retail/wholesale carriers: The Consumer Grid.

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The principle subjects of federal conflict with state and local governance are few. But their recurring, indispensible applications in the game of Monopoly are many.

Following is a partial digest of a report on "preemptive" federal statutes that was commissioned by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA-30) and released online 6 June, 2006. The report is available as HTML summary and in a 54 pg. pdf format.

I don't deny that partisan bias may well be Waxman's motive for ordering this report; undoubtedly, there are other instances of nonpartisan support for law which suborns democracy. But I trust that its conclusions sufficiently illustrate how Preemptive Doctrine is being waged as well in the domestic theater, in our neighborhoods and comprehension of American civic life. I recommend you read the report in its entirety, then share this information with your Republican neighbors.  

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Thu May 18, 2006 at 06:53 AM PDT

mailto: johnconyersjr

by MarketTrustee

Wednesday, Truthout.org published a Tuesday Reuters report Bush Agrees to Review Spy Program. That's to let the world know, hallelujah, Hayden's been cleared to exercise his discretion when answering his confirmation committee. Since Abu Gonzales' tongue got stuck in his zipper, "Democrats, who have long pushed for full hearings, said the change would bring the White House into compliance with the National Security Act of 1947, which requires the executive branch to keep Congress informed on intelligence matters." Whatevah ...
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