Month: October 2012

Opponents of Proposal 2 Deceive and Intimidate Working Families

LANSING — Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer today addressed the dishonest tactics and misleading ads by the corporate special interests against Proposal 2 to Protect Collective Bargaining. Just yesterday, Protecting Michigan Taxpayers was caught red-handed misleading voters again in their latest 30-second TV ad. The ad, “Dangerous,” misrepresented statements printed in the Detroit Free Press by an opposition spokesman. After being confronted with the facts, the ad’s sponsor, PMT, has thus far defiantly refused to take the ad down. Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution (CPMC) and Protecting Michigan Taxpayers (PMT) purchased nearly $25 million worth of ads attacking Proposal 2. The ads are filled with lies, misleading information and fear mongering. “The dishonest tactics by PMT represent a pattern of lies from corporate special interests that want to silence the voice of working families and eliminate the fundamental right to collective bargaining,” said Brewer. “These fear-mongering and false ads are funded by corporate special interests like Dick DeVos, who benefit when workers’ rights to negotiate for fair wages, benefits and safe working conditions are diminished.” On Friday, PMT engaged in the lowest form of intimidation, bringing a complaint against the Michigan Parent Teacher Association (PTA), challenging their tax status for endorsing Prop 2. These bullying tactics were denounced by the Michigan Nonprofit Association, which stated, “PMT’s leaders were clearly either ignorant or dismissive of the law. 501(c)(3) organizations are...

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Michigan Supreme Court Protects One Family: The Schostaks

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court today is hearing the second case in two months involving the family of Michigan Republican Party Chair Bobby Schostak, a last-minute case that could prevent voters in Washtenaw County from deciding next Tuesday on a referendum to stop the rezoning of Schostak-owned land. “Once again we find that the Michigan Supreme Court works to benefit corporate special interests and politically powerful individuals,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “This is the second case in two months in which Justices Brian Zahra and Stephen Markman will rule on a case involving a Schostak. The Supreme Court seems to have become a personal business court for Bobby Schostak. I guess if you’re the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, the Michigan Supreme Court is protecting your business. If you’re a family seeking justice for an abused child or from an insurance company, this Court doesn’t stand for you.” In the case, Salem Springs v. Salem Township (No. 146002, 2012), a Schostak Brothers company is attempting to prevent the voters of Salem Township in Washtenaw County from having a say on the rezoning of Schostak Brothers property from agricultural-residential to commercial. The Schostak Brothers company failed at the trial court level and in the Court of Appeals, but now the Supreme Court is hearing arguments to determine if a further appeal will be allowed. In...

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Update: Sandy to Erode Many Atlantic Beaches

Oct. 29 Update: USGS Revises Coastal Change Forecasts ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – On Oct. 29, 2012, USGS revised its forecasts for coastal change due to Hurricane Sandy. Now, the forecasts are as follows: Delmarva Peninsula: 91 percent of the beaches are expected to experience erosion; 55 percent of the beaches are expected to experience overwash, and 22 percent are expected to experience inundation. Coastal New Jersey: 98 percent of the beaches are expected to experience erosion; 54 percent of the beaches are expected to experience overwash, and 9 percent are expected to experience inundation. South Coast of Long Island: 93 percent of the beaches are expected to experience erosion; 12 percent of the beaches are expected to experience overwash, and 4 percent are expected to experience inundation. The new forecasts, along with maps showing the extent of the impacts, can be found online. End Update (Original post from Oct. 27, 2012) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Nearly three quarters of the coast along the Delmarva Peninsula is very likely to experience beach and dune erosion as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, while overwash is expected along nearly half of the shoreline. The predictions of coastal change for the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia peninsula is part of a larger assessment of probable coastal change released by the U.S. Geological Survey Friday.  “Model forecasts are run anew for each hurricane, as each case...

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Corps of Engineers Learning To Do ‘Less with Less’

ByLaDonna Davis, USACE-SW Div. A barge makes its way through the McKlellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System lock and dam. Reducing the MKARNS hours of operations is just one of the ways the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division is looking to reduce costs as part of the civil works transformation. Currently, the MKARNS runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A barge makes its way through the McKlellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System lock and dam. Reducing the MKARNS hours of operations is just one of the ways the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division is looking to reduce costs as part of the civil works transformation. Currently, the MKARNS runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. DALLAS (Oct. 17, 2012) — When money is tight and times are trying, families, corporations and government organizations alike can be heard around the globe repeating the timeless mantra, “do more with less.” But, in fiscally challenging times when the U.S. government is looking for ways to decrease spending and reduce funding across its many agencies, that old saying is getting a new twist, “do less with less.” Doing less with less is the challenge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or USACE, is facing; and part of the solution is to come up with ways to transform its entire civil works program to suit lower budgets,...

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Industrial onsite generation increasingly relies on natural gas

Onsite generating capacity in the industrial sector produced 142 million megawatthours of electricity in 2011. Of that, 58% was from natural gas, up from 51% in 2000. Onsite generation is used when some or all of an industrial plant’s electricity needs can be provided more economically onsite than by purchasing power from the electric grid. Bookmark It Hide...

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