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  •  AndySchmooklerforCongress has excellent advice.. (2+ / 0-)
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    meralda, Meteor Blades

     ..on two fronts Blue Virginia

    His strategy makes perfect sense for a number of reasons. The Dem could admit openly that "My chances of winning in this district aren't that good, but that means I can tell you what is true not what you want to hear - I've got nothing to lose" or something like it.
     Then list the things wrong with his/her republican opponent as Andy does. Besides people tend to vote for the underdog in a race where the winner is too obvious or by default/ gerrymanderin etc. I think Andy is on to something.

    Also Andy has a post..
    What President Obama Should Say About the Keystone XL Pipeline .. that is very good advice to the President on the Keystone pipeline:  

    The president should say:
    "I will approve the Keystone XL pipeline, but only as part of a comprehensive package of measures to deal with the problem of climate change, a plan about which our children and grandchildren could say, 'They did what we needed them to do.'"

    The president is often held hostage by his political opponents. Two can play at that game.

    By reframing the argument, the president would move the spotlight from himself to Congress, pressuring it to deal responsibly with a clear and present danger.

    It's actuallly a perfect set-up for this later development:
    Tar Sands Pipelines Should Be Held To Different Standards, EPA Says
    Up until now, pipelines that carry tar sands oil have been treated just like pipelines that carry any other oil. But the Environmental Protection Agency now says that should change. That's because when tar sands oil spills, it can be next to impossible to clean up.
      The agency made this argument in its evaluation of the State Department's environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline project, which, if approved, would carry heavy crude from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the United States.
     The EPA's  letter urges the State Department to set special standards to prevent Keystone from spilling, and make sure any spills that happen are rapidly contained.

    The EPA says it has learned about the additional risks of tar sands spills from a cleanup of a 2010 tar sands spill into Michigan's Kalamazoo River that has dragged out nearly three years and cost more than $1 billion. A lot of the heavy crude sank to the bottom and hasn't biodegraded.
      - emphasis added

    This is just the right approach imo. the President could and should hold the republicans to this EPA warning.

    P.S. I have no progressive blog to offer today but this work by AndySchmooklerforCongress @ Blue Virginia got me kind of jazzed. There is a perfectly reasonable way to keep the Keyston pipeline from happening.
    Especially since Trans Canada promised something they are refusing to do now.
    Keystone XL Pipe Shuns Infrared Sensors to Detect Leaks

    TransCanada Corp. (TRP), which says Keystone XL will be the safest pipeline ever built, isn’t planning to use infrared sensors or fiber-optic cables to detect spills along the system’s 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) path to Texas refineries from fields in Alberta.
    Trans Canada Promised something they now are proving they refuse to deliver - "the safest pipeline ever built".

    Thx MB

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