The Hanford Cleanup After 25 Years

hanford.jpg   May 18th Associated Press article published online May 2014 on the status: basically the worst cleanup work still remains to be done with half of the money going to "operate" the facility instead of being used to actually clean anything up  This comes on top of the ongoing DENIAL of worker's compensation to seriously ill Hanford workers, which should be a huge scandal. 

President Obama reneges on Equal Pay

President_Obama.jpeg    From the Guardian/UK but reported in Common Dreams "Obama's Epic Fail on Equal Pay: LGBT Need Not Apply? Executive actions are great. But not when they exclude millions. And especially when they don't live up to promises ... this represents an embarrassing stain on the Obama record. He promised to sign the executive order over six years ago. Yet he's still dilly dallying while his representatives continue to make up reasons for why he refuses to sign it. Each one lamer than the last."

How Do You Close A Nuclear Power Plant?

San_Onofre.jpg   According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, decommissioning a nuclear plant is permitted to take up to 60 years. San Onofre Nuclear Generating plant in southern California - located near the San Andreas earthquake fault and major urban areas - is finally being decommissioned.  However, radioactive waste from San Onofre will be stored ON SITE for the foreseeable future!
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Wyden Applauds Approval of Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

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Monday, March 24, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore, issued the following statement on the Energy Department’s approval of Jordan Cove’s application to export liquefied natural gas from Coos County, Oregon:

“This announcement is exactly what Coos Bay, North Bend and America need: new jobs and new investment, while factoring in a changed geopolitical landscape through a case-by-case process."

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Greens Demand Decommission of of ALL Nuclear Power Plants

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster and its impacts on land, sea and air, we redouble our stance against all nuclear development and deployment. The dangers are just too great for all of us and for the ground beneath our feet. 

Join us in telling our representatives that we want:

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Deporter In Chief

 President_Obama.jpeg   From Yahoo News March 4, 2014: Janet Murguia, who heads the National Council of La Raza ... called President Barack Obama the "deporter in chief," denouncing the administration's deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants.   Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ... implored Obama to halt deportations for relatives of U.S. citizens, legal residents and young people who were brought to the country illegally by family members.
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Merkley admits his vote will hurt hungry families in Oregon

Senator_Merkley.JPG   "We are cutting programs at a time of record inequality in our nation, and yes, they will hurt families in Oregon, some of these core programs that simply put food on the table," Merkley said.  Oregonians will receive about $60 a month less in SNAP benefits.  He still voted YES for the Farm Bill, as did Senator Wyden.  On the other hand, Congressional Representative Peter Defazio's Eugene staffer remarked on a call that he voted NO on the farm bill because "it would hurt poor and hungry people".

Jackson County 2014 Initiative

The Jackson County Chapter of the Pacific Green Party recommends a YES vote on Measure 15-119.

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Using a Non-Renewable Resource to Transport a Non-Renewable Resource?

Why on earth would anyone use a non-renewable resource (diesel and bunker fuel) to transport another non-renewable resource (coal) to a distant country?  And degrade the environment all along the way in the process!  You know the answer: it's to make big corporate profits for the Australian company Ambre Energy and Wyoming based Cloud Peak Energy.

Link to background article in Portland Mercury newspaper here.

Info on the lawsuit brought by concerned citizens here.

 

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The Pacific Green Party Endorses the Move To Amend Campaign

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

For more information on this campaign, follow this link.