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Subject: Please support Clean Renewable Energy Companies in Arkansas through the extension of Treasury Grant Program 1603 and 48c Clean Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit because "Renewable Energy is Homeland Security"

(The following is freely ripped off, rewritten and combined from emails of suggested letters to politicians compiled by Arkansas Business Leaders for a Clean Economy and Infocast)

Dear Senator _,

I believe that Treasury Grant Program 1603 and 48c Clean Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit are critical to the continuing development of solar power, wind power, and other forms of renewable energy, which are important to the secure economic and environmental future of the United States of America. The ability to create these clean renewable power sources, however, is being seriously threatened by the lapsing of key U.S. government supports of the Treasury 1603 (Treasury Grant) program and the 48c Clean Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit, originating in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann: $KEITH OLBERMANN$
Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann: $KEITH OLBERMANN$
Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann: $KEITH OLBERMANN$
Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann: $KEITH OLBERMANN$

Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann: $KEITH OLBERMANN$
Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann: $KEITH OLBERMANN$
Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann: $KEITH OLBERMANN$
Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann: $KEITH OLBERMANN$

Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann: $KEITH OLBERMANN$
Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann: $KEITH OLBERMANN$
Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann: $KEITH OLBERMANN$
Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann: $KEITH OLBERMANN$
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Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann! Keith Olbermann?

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Barack Obama was inaugurated President of the United States of America on 20 January 2009; George W Bush was inaugurated on 20 January 2001; Bill Clinton on 20 January 1993.

From 20 January 2009 to 8 October 2010, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gone from 7949 to 11,006 (a 38.5% increase); the Nadaq has gone from 1441 to 2402 (66.7% increase); the S&P 500 has gone from 805 to 1165 (44.7% increase); and the Russell 2000 has gone from 434 to 694 (59.9% increase). The S&P 500 is included in the Index of Leading Economic Indicators.  

From January 2001 to January 2009, the DJIA went from 10,660 to 7949 (-25.4%), the Nasdaq went from 2781 to 1441 (-48.2%), the S&P 500 went from 1355 to 805 (-40.6%), and the Russell 2000 went from 499 to 434 (-13.1%).

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Which election result would be better for the stock markets?

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Today, the National Research Council (comprised of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine) published its Advancing the Science of Climate Change (2010) America's Climate Choices website. The National Academy of Sciences is comprised of approximately 2100 of the best scientists in the U.S.

To be invited by your peers into the NAS is second only to receiving a Nobel Prize in terms of recognition in science, according to this Wikipedia article on the NAS.

The tofu is below the fold (beef is an extravagant source of protein in terms of carbon footprint).

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If I believe in anything...

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This Friday is the close of an opportunity to petition the EPA to regulate carbon and equivalent emissions. Please sign the letter to the EPA at the link below. Note that you will be placed on the We Campaign email list.

We campaign comment link

Coal is the major source of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. A carbon tax or cap and trade system would balance the externalized costs of burning coal. This would allow markets to choose clean(er) alternatives. EPA is the right agency to regulate this pollutant in the U.S. International treaties and coordinated incentives would allow a worldwide effort to proceed.

Right now, the U.S. is the only renegade among developed nations. Australia signed on to the Kyoto Protocol after a change of government. The Kyoto Protocol is running out of time, but the new administration can convene a new global conference to rectify the shortcomings of Kyoto. In the meantime, the EPA is setting policy that can represent a shift in the right direction, the direction chosen by the voters! Yea! Sign the petition and follow up with calls to your reps and senators.

Reposted from my comment to the mian WVA story. Sorry about how short this is, but I believe it is important to get comments in now.

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Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 05:07 PM PDT

Who won the rescue vote?

by sustainable

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If people on DKos are going to criticize the rescue vote, who will be hurt the most? Will it be easy to use the result to criticize the Bush Administration and Republicans, or will the Democratic Party leadership suffer? Do the readers and commentators on DKos care if they hurt the Democratic Party leadership? Is it more principaled to criticize a poorly conceived omnibus bill that may save the world's financial system? Are there good and necessary aspects to the Senate Amendments resulting in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008? Was a better bill waiting in the wings? Would a delay have cost the treasury more than any benefit from a better bill? Is McCain's vote for the rescue plan a maverick break from his party, or can he manipulate the result to criticize Barack Obama and Joe Biden?

--I try to flesh out answers to these questions below the fold--

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