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Senate Passes Comprehensive Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Legislation

According to a 2014 study conducted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, by 2030 when fully enacted, the provisions in Shaheen-Portman would create nearly 200,000 jobs and save consumers $16 billion per year.  

(Washington, DC) – Today, the Senate passed legislation championed by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to boost energy efficiency across the country. Their Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, better known as “Shaheen-Portman,” as well as Senator Shaheen’s Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act, the Heat Efficiency through Applied Energy Act and key provisions from her Clean Distributed Energy Grid Integration Act, were made a part of a larger energy bill that passed the Senate today. A targeted energy efficiency bill authored by Senators Shaheen and Portman was signed into law by President Obama in April of last year, making it the first significant energy-efficiency legislation to be signed into law in a generation.

“Senator Portman and I first introduced our energy efficiency bill five years ago,” said Shaheen. “Senate gridlock couldn’t keep this good policy down forever. I’m happy to say persistence has once again paid-off. When the President signed our more targeted energy efficiency bill into law last year, it proved that Washington can make progress on addressing our nation’s energy needs when politics is set aside. This larger energy efficiency bill represents another opportunity to help our nation improve energy productivity, reduce carbon pollution, create domestic jobs, save families and businesses money and grow our economy. I will continue to reach across the aisle to pass more common-sense energy efficiency bills because it’s good for our economy and it’s good for our environment. I want to thank Senator Portman again for his partnership on this important legislation.” 

“Our energy efficiency bill helps create jobs, save consumers money on their energy bills, and clean up our environment,” Portman said. “This measure will help American manufacturing companies better compete with companies in Europe and Japan, keeping more jobs here and easing the middle class squeeze, while reducing carbon emissions equivalent to taking 20 million cars off the road. That’s a victory for all of us. A lot of hard work over the last five years went into passage of this bipartisan bill and I want to thank Senator Shaheen for being a true partner throughout this process”

According to a 2014 study conducted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, by 2030 when fully enacted, the provisions in Shaheen-Portman would create nearly 200,000 jobs and save consumers $16 billion per year. 

The underlying bill that passed today also included legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which Senator Shaheen has strongly supported. 

“I’m very pleased that LWCF has been put on a solid footing today and can move forward with long-term planning to preserve and protect New Hampshire’s beautiful spaces,” said Shaheen. “This is a big win for conservation, tourism and economic growth in New Hampshire.”

Shaheen’s energy efficiency legislation that passed the Senate today is part of the Energy Policy and Modernization Act:

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, or Shaheen-Portman, advances smart, bipartisan federal policies to spur energy efficiency  innovation across the most energy-intensive sectors of our economy. Provisions in Shaheen-Portman will create a national strategy to increase the use of energy efficiency through model building energy codes, promote development of energy efficient supply-chains for businesses, deploy energy-efficient technologies in schools and companies, and encourage the federal government to adopt and implement energy saving policies and programs to reduce its energy use and save taxpayers money.

Shaheen’s Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act, cosponsored by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), provides assistance to small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers in adopting what’s known as “smart manufacturing technologies.” Smart manufacturing uses technology to integrate all aspects of manufacturing, allowing for real-time management of productivity, energy and costs across factories and companies. These advanced technologies are transforming the manufacturing sector, allowing for businesses to manufacturer more while using less energy. According to a study by the ACEEE, by 2040, the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act will save consumers $5 billion in energy savings, while reducing carbon emissions equivalent to taking 116 million cars off the road.

Shaheen’s Heat Efficiency through Applied Technology (HEAT) Act addresses the major regulatory barriers hampering the deployment of heat recovery technologies, such as combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP). It does so by directing the Department of Energy to establish a federal framework that will help states develop solutions for meeting growing energy demands through heat efficient technologies, like CHP and WHP.

The Clean Distributed Energy Grid Integration Act, identifies and addresses obstacles limiting the use of clean energy technologies, thereby reducing energy costs and improving the power quality and resiliency of the electric grid. Specifically, the legislation directs the Department of Energy to identify the technical and regulatory barriers to integrating clean distributed energy sources on the grid, and to strive to overcome these barriers through research, stakeholder working groups and demonstrations.

The State of Our Climate: Why We Must Build a Clean Energy Economy

ngc_lead-vertical_R-01In the wake of President Obama’s final State of the Union address, our country has had the opportunity to reflect upon the tremendous strides toward combating climate change that the United States has made over these past seven years.  From increased fuel efficiency standards on automobiles to the historic UN climate deal reached in Paris, America has made significant progress—both at home and abroad—to ensure that the state of our union remains strong. 

But our union will never truly be secure until we tackle climate change, which threatens our economy, our health, and our national security. That’s why NextGen Climate is calling for America to be powered with more than 50 percent clean energy by 2030, putting us on the path to a completely clean energy economy by 2050. It’s up to the American people to ensure that our next president is prepared—on day one—to help solve this crisis by accelerating our country’s transition to a clean energy future.  

We know that transitioning to clean energy is an economic growth opportunity for our country creating jobs, lowering energy costs for families and businesses, and driving our country’s economic growth. In fact, according to a recent report from ICF International, this transition will create up to 2 million jobs by 2050 and increase disposable incomes by as much as $650 per household.

At the same time, the cost of climate inaction would be disastrous. Leading researchers predict that inaction on climate change will lower America’s GDP by 5 percent through 2050 and 36 percent by the end of this century—dramatically expanding income inequality as these impacts disproportionately affect low-income households. 

As President Obama begins his final year in office and the race for his successor is underway, one thing is clear—addressing climate change is essential to ensuring America remains strong and secure, our economy continues to lead the world, our society becomes more just, and our children have access to brighter, better future.  

There is too much at stake to ignore the greatest challenge our country faces.

Shaheen and EPA Administrator McCarthy Tout Importance of Biomass Energy to Reducing Carbon Pollution

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy tour Lavalley Middleton Building Supply in Middleton, NH.

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
tour Lavalley Middleton Building Supply in Middleton, NH.

(Middleton, NH) – This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy joined company leadership at Lavalley Middleton Building Supply in Middleton and biomass stakeholders to discuss the federal initiative to reduce carbon emissions and the important role biomass energy production can play in this effort. The Clean Power Plan (CPP) establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants and sets state-specific targets for carbon emissions reductions. States have the flexibility to establish their own plans to meet CPP standards, and at today’s event, Administrator McCarthy announced that the EPA will hold a workshop that will assist states in making biomass a part of their plans. 

“LaValley Middleton Building Supply is a great example of a Granite State business doing its part to reduce carbon pollution,” said Shaheen. “Biomass systems are a win-win for New Hampshire as they support our forest products industry and help New Hampshire lead the way in reducing emissions that are contributing to climate change. It was a pleasure to be with Administrator McCarthy today to see firsthand how a forward-thinking company is embracing biomass energy to improve its bottom-line and the environment.” 

“For states with abundant forest resources like New Hampshire that are crucial to the local, regional and national economy, those resources need to be maintained and enhanced for the health of those industries. Good forestry practices are good for both the economy, but also the planet’s climate health,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Biomass and bioenergy products can be an integral part of state’s climate protection plans that promote responsible land management and renewable energy. If done right – this approach can promote healthy forests, support local economies, and cut carbon pollution”. 

LaValley Middleton Building Supply uses a 400kW wood-fired, steam-turbine generator that turns waste wood produced at the facility into electricity and heat, significantly reducing its emissions and fuel consumption. The system was installed in 2007 to adapt to economic challenges and rising electricity costs. Shaheen has been a leading advocate for these clean and efficient power production systems, known as combined heat and power. Earlier this year, Shaheen introduced the Heat Efficiency through Applied Technology (HEAT) Act and the Clean Distributed Energy Grid Integration Act, legislative proposals that would address the major technical and regulatory barriers that often prevent heat recovery technologies from being adopted. 

Governor Hassan Calls for Answers on Pipeline Project

Governor Hassan Calls on Federal Regulators to Fully Investigate Alternative Routes, Require Developers to Answer Questions and Concerns from Local Communities on Northeast Direct Pipeline Project

Maggie HassanCONCORD – Working to ensure the voices of affected communities are heard and that their questions and concerns are addressed, Governor Maggie Hassan today sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) calling on them to fully investigate alternative routes and require developers to comprehensively address the questions and concerns of New Hampshire residents related to the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project.

In the letter, the Governor requests that FERC require Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company to respond to questions and concerns from affected communities, and asks commission staff to closely review these concerns and consider potential alternative routes as they begin the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) process.

“Over the past few months, I have heard from many communities and individuals along the proposed route with a number of safety, environmental, economic, and health questions and concerns,” Governor Hassan wrote. “To address these issues, I request that FERC, or the Company, as part of the DEIS process, provide detailed responses to the concerns and questions of New Hampshire residents.”

Among the concerns from New Hampshire residents and municipalities about the proposed NED Project detailed in the letter are:

  • Potential impacts on the region’s water supplies, water quality, and water supply infrastructure.
  • Potential air quality and emissions impacts, as well as concerns about noise and the size of the proposed compressor station.
  • Potential safety issues and how the company will work with rural communities to enhance emergency response capabilities.
  • Concerns that the project is not needed in New Hampshire, and that any regional benefits will not outweigh the impact on the communities along the proposed route.
  • Concerns that this natural gas will be exported to other nations.

In addition to requiring the Company to address the questions above, Governor Hassan requested that FERC staff consider all potential viable alternatives to the proposed route.

Governor Hassan added, “I ask that FERC staff looks closely at the proposed route and consider all potential viable alternatives. The siting of energy transmission projects must strike a balance between potential benefits in reduced energy costs and potential negative impacts. We must work to ensure that the potential negative impacts of the proposed NED Project do not disproportionately outweigh the benefits, particularly for the residents and communities that would bear the burden of hosting the project.”

Full text of the Governor’s letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC):

Norman C. Bay, Chairman
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20426

RE: Docket No. PF14-22-000

Dear Chairman Bay:

I write to request that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) require Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (the Company) to respond to the questions and concerns of New Hampshire residents related to the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project, as well as to ask the commission staff to closely review these concerns and consider potential alternative routes as they begin the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) process.

Over the past few months, I have heard from many communities and individuals along the proposed route with a number of safety, environmental, economic, and health questions and concerns. To address these issues, I request that FERC, or the Company, as part of the DEIS process, provide detailed responses to the concerns and questions of New Hampshire residents, including the following:

  • The protection of drinking water is critically important to our state and our people. Many residents and municipalities have concerns about potential impacts on the region’s water supplies, water quality, and water supply infrastructure from the development of natural gas transmission infrastructure. Has Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company compiled a complete inventory of potential impacts to water supplies and water quality from the proposed NED Project? If not, we request that FERC require such an inventory.  What efforts will be undertaken to avoid or mitigate any potential impacts to water supplies and water quality? What, if any, short-term and long-term water quality monitoring will the Company conduct?
  • Many residents and municipalities, particularly those in New Ipswich and the surrounding towns, have concerns with potential air quality and emissions impacts from the proposed compressor station, as well as concerns about noise and the size of the proposed compressor station. What efforts will be undertaken to avoid or mitigate air quality impacts from the compressor station? How will Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company measure and control methane and other emissions from the compressor station?  How will the Company measure any downwind air quality impacts?  Are there alternatives to a 40,000 horsepower compressor station? To address noise concerns, we ask that the Company provide detailed information about noise impacts and mitigation related to the proposed compressor station.
  • Some of the towns along the proposed route are rural in nature and may have only limited emergency response resources. Will Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company work with communities to enhance emergency response capabilities? How will the Company monitor for potential safety issues?
  • There are many concerns that the project is not needed in our state, and that any regional benefits will not outweigh the impact on the communities along the proposed route. Does FERC’s public need review consider where any unsubscribed capacity on the proposed line will be used? Does FERC’s review consider any benefits that the project would have on system reliability and energy prices for all states in the region, including New Hampshire? It would be useful for stakeholders to understand the methodology that will be used to calculate these types of cost/benefit calculations in FERC’s review of the project.
  • Many concerns have been raised that this natural gas will be exported to other nations. We ask that the Company provide a detailed response to these concerns, and to commit to using these supplies in New England.
  • The current proposal traverses primarily through communities where residents and businesses do not have access to natural gas. While we recognize the potential positive impact that increased natural gas supplies could have on energy prices across the region, we urge FERC to give serious consideration to alternatives that would place the pipeline closer to communities that will be directly served.  In addition, we ask the Company to develop proposals that ensure that any impacted community will see energy benefits from a pipeline.
  • State agencies are currently reviewing the Company’s Resource Reports and other filings and may have additional questions.  It is my hope that you will require the Company to respond individually to state agency questions and concerns, as well as to questions and concerns from municipalities.

In addition to requiring the Company to address the questions above, I ask that FERC staff looks closely at the proposed route and consider all potential viable alternatives. The siting of energy transmission projects must strike a balance between potential benefits in reduced energy costs and potential negative impacts. We must work to ensure that the potential negative impacts of the proposed NED Project do not disproportionately outweigh the benefits, particularly for the residents and communities that would bear the burden of hosting the project.

Thank you for your consideration.

With every good wish,

 

Margaret Wood Hassan
Governor

 

 

 

Cc:       Eric Tomasi, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Allen Fore, Vice President, Public Affairs, Kinder Morgan

 

 

 

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NH Auto Dealers And Sierra Club Offer Suggestions To Jump Start Energy Savings

NH Automobile Dealers Association Teams Up with NH Sierra Club to Promote Cost-Cutting Tips for Businesses

BOW, NH – New Hampshire has among the highest electricity rates in the entire country, and it is a significant financial drain on any local business that requires lots of power to run the company.  The costs can drive people out of business.

To lower costs, the NH Automobile Dealers Association took the energy saving seriously which has resulted in some major savings. At NHADA headquarters, the Daniel B. McLeod Center, in Bow, the staff completed a full energy retrofit of the offices and lowered energy bills by almost $10,000.  The changes also reduced the building’s energy footprint, which is kind to the environment.   With such impressive results, NHADA shared the findings with it’s over 570 NH business members, and several dealers followed suit, which led to savings statewide of well over $100,000.

“Auto Dealers have huge electricity bills, so we understand that reducing costs and improving efficiency while reducing our environmental footprint is a proven winner,” says NHADA President Peter McNamara.  “By looking at our building as a whole system, we made multiple upgrades and will save a lot of money.”  Innovative grants and funding, industry rebates, and low interest loans all helped to make auto dealers’ projects a reality. In addition, NHADA hired local and used a local bank to offer a boost to the local economy.

Dealers from several communities shared their energy overhauls and significant savings.  They include AutoFair Companies (Manchester Nashua Stratham), AutoServ Dealerships (Tilton), Lambert Auto Sales (Claremont), Seacoast Volkswagen (Greenland), Townline Equipment (Plainfield), and Weed Family Automotive (Concord).

NH Sierra Club supports the energy saving programs with positive economic benefits for the sake of the environment. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) grants , as well as other financial tools available to businesses and homeowners alike, provide the needed incentive to go the distance to lower energy use. Measures such as energy efficiency, weatherization and even installing solar panels all do their part to lower energy demand which in turn reduces the pollution from traditional power sources, like coal and oil.

In a related program hosted by the NH Retail Association, 184 businesses from across the state, many NHADA members, participated in cost cutting energy program. Nearly half started the energy audit recommendations and they are expected to spend $620,000 less on energy just from the energy improvements.

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a new carbon standard for existing power plants next month and it is anticipated to act similar to RGGI on a national scale. Expanding programs that lower our energy bills and impact on the environment make good economic sense in tough economic times.

“Energy savings programs help local businesses build and expand while lowering the risks of air pollution and climate disruption for the rest of us,” Catherine Corkery Director of NH Sierra Club stated. “The recently released National Climate Assessment supports continuing investment programs like RGGI nationally by setting a new carbon health standard next month.  The costs of inaction make it clear that we need to make the choice as a country to step up and lead the way for global action on climate change. Investing in our local businesses and communities help create jobs, strengthen our economy and make our future brighter for the next generation.”

 

The New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association (NHADA) is a statewide trade association, representing the interests of the motor vehicle industry. Membership consists of all of the new-car and new-truck dealers in the state, along with motorcycle, recreational vehicle, farm equipment, used-car, power equipment, and construction equipment dealers, as well as motor vehicle service, auto body repair, and motor vehicle parts sales facilities, and associate members.

Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots organization started in 1892 with over 2 million members and supporters across the country. The statement of purpose of Sierra Club starts: “To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the Earth.” NH Sierra Club has over 10,000 members and supporters in New Hampshire.

Momentum Growing To Pass Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

At Environmental Business Council luncheon, Shaheen highlights economic and environmental benefits of bipartisan bill

(Manchester, NH) –With growing momentum in Congress to pass energy efficiency legislation, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) touted the economic and environmental benefits of her bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC) this afternoon at the Environmental Business Council’s (EBC) New Hampshire Chapter Luncheon in Manchester. Shaheen updated EBC members, business leaders and environmental advocates about her renewed efforts to pass a new version of the Shaheen-Portman ESIC legislation she recently reintroduced with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH).  The reintroduced Shaheen-Portman legislation is backed by Republicans and Democrats, businesses and industry leaders, and environmental advocates and will drive job creation, consumer savings and reduce pollution.

“Efficiency is the cheapest and fastest way to address our nation’s energy challenges,” Shaheen said. “There is a growing set of leaders all around the country who want to see energy efficiency policy enacted and I hope we can pass my bipartisan bill to create jobs, save billions, and reduce pollution.”

Shaheen has been a leader on energy efficiency policies since her time as Governor of New Hampshire when she established the New Hampshire Building Energy Conservation Initiative. Earlier this month, Shaheen reintroduced the widely supported bipartisan Shaheen-Portman legislation, incorporating 10 bipartisan amendments into the bill that will help the United States transition to a more energy-efficient economy while driving economic growth and private sector job creation.

A study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) estimates that the reintroduced Shaheen-Portman bill will create more than 190,000 jobs, save consumers $16.2 billion a year, and cut CO2 emissions and other air pollutants by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road – all by 2030. Last week, the House of Representatives passed energy efficiency legislation with provisions that are also included in Shaheen’s bill.

Shea-Porter Cosponsors House Companion Legislation to Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

US CONGRESSBipartisan Bill Could Create 136,000 New Jobs, Save Taxpayers Money, and Protect the Environment

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has cosponsored H.R. 1616, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2012. The bipartisan legislation would promote the adoption of energy efficient technologies in residential and commercial buildings, potentially creating 136,000 new jobs and saving taxpayers money, while simultaneously improving energy efficiency and reducing pollution.

“Washington gridlock shouldn’t stand in the way of this common sense legislation,” Shea-Porter said. “It saves taxpayers money, promotes job growth, and begins to address the pressing issue of climate change. It’s a step in the right direction, and I applaud Senator Shaheen’s work on this legislation.”

The bill is supported by a broad coalition of more than 200 business, trade, and environmental groups. The legislation offers a deficit-neutral framework to promote the transition to a more energy efficient economy while driving economic growth.

H.R. 1616 was introduced by Congressmen Peter Welch (VT-At large) and David McKinley (WV-01) in the House. The Senate companion bill, S.1392, was introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH).

NH Labor News 7/27/12: Sen. Shaheen Pushes For Jobs, USPS News, Voter ID, Minimum Wage, and more

Take a minute to read and sign this petition from Senator Shaheen.

Petitions | Jeanne Shaheen – United States Senator for New Hampshire: “Energy efficiency is within our grasp. It uses proven technology that we can manufacture here at home to lower energy costs across all sectors of our economy.

Simply put, the Shaheen-Portman Act will mean jobs for Americans and a more efficient economy for our businesses. It will mean moving forward on a modern energy economy that produces fewer carbon emissions. We urge you to find a bipartisan agreement that will bring this bill to the Senate floor for debate and a vote. We can’t afford to wait.”


Go Tell Him You Want To See The American Jobs Act On The Floor of the US House.

Bass Rep to Hold Office Hours at Senior Center – Nashua, NH Patch: “NASHUA – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) announced today that a member of his staff will hold public office hours at the Nashua Senior Center on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

Jane Bosse, Constituent Services Director for Bass, will be available at the Senior Center, located at 70 Temple Street in Nashua, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 1.  Constituents with questions, comments, or those in need of assistance with a federal agency are welcome to attend.  For more information, please call Bass’ Concord office at (603) 226-0064.”


USPS Bankrupt: GOP Sets Postal Service On Fire and Demand They Put Themselves Out: “Fast forward to December 2006 H.R. 6407; The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act was passed in the Republican-controlled Senate two days after it was introduced in the Republican-controlled House. It was subsequently signed into law by Republican George W. Bush. One of the provisions in this hastily passed law requires the USPS to prefund ALL of it’s retirees health benefits 75 years into the future. That’s right. The USPS is supposed to set aside money for the future health benefits for people that haven’t even been born yet. The USPS has $11.5 billion due in two payments on August 1 and September 30. On August 1 the Postmaster General will announce that USPS cannot make its payment.”


Study: New Medicaid expansion could be a lifesaver: “States that expand their Medicaid programs under President Barack Obama’s health care law may end up saving thousands of lives, a medical journal report released Wednesday indicates.

Until now, the Medicaid debate has been about budgets and states’ rights. But a statistical study by Harvard researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine found a 6 percent drop in the adult death rate in Arizona, Maine and New York, three states that have recently expanded coverage for low-income residents along the general lines of the federal health care law.”


Meyerson: New voter ID laws could tilt election – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Numerous states under Republican control have passed voter identification laws, including New Hampshire. Pennsylvania, Texas, Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee and Georgia require specific kinds of ID; the laws in Michigan, Florida, South Dakota, Idaho and Louisiana are only slightly more flexible. Wisconsin’s law was struck down by a state court.”


Don’t be fooled by Voter ID law | Concord Monitor: “”We’re concerned that people will believe that they can’t vote if they don’t have a photo ID,” Liz Tentarelli, co-president of the New Hampshire League, said is a statement. “That is not the case, even with the new law. Every New Hampshire citizen, 18 or over, has the right to vote and will be able to vote” in the Sept. 11 primary and Nov. 6 general election.

Under the new law, ballot clerks will ask for a photo ID during the primary election, but it will not be required. In November, voters will again be asked to show a photo ID, but if they don’t have one, they will be asked to sign an affidavit. “The bottom line is that every New Hampshire citizen over 18 can vote this fall,” Tentarelli said.”


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Romney Addresses Non-Union Contractors and Bashes President Obama for Supporting Unions – Listen to His Rant about Unions and Tell Others

I saw this floating on facebook from Shawn Cleary of the IronWorkers Local 7.  I wanted to share this with all of you as well.

From the IronWorkers: Romney Addresses Non-Union Contractors and Bashes President Obama for Supporting Unions – Listen to His Rant about Unions and Tell Others: “Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed the 2012 National Meeting of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), held recently in Arizona.
During his address, Governor Romney had this to say, “One of the first things I will do, actually on day one, is I will end the government’s favoritism towards unions and contracting on federal projects. I will fight to repeal Davis-Bacon…and I will fight for right-to-work laws.”
 Please watch the video of Governor Romney’s comments and pass the word to other union members.”

He also uses this speech to push his idea of reducing government in favor of For Profit Companies.  He used the example of “union” Prisons in MA., and he recommended bringing in a for profit company to run the prisons.

 He also talks about removing restrictions on Fracking, Mining, and open the Keystone Pipeline.

He talks about blocking free trade because the “unions” did not want it.  He keeps saying that President Obama is paying back the unions.

There is more but personally my stomach cannot take any more.  We need to stand up to these politicians who are calling us names and telling the rest of the nation that we are causing this economic downturn.

GOV. Romney, Stop Blaming The Workers For The Problems Created By The Corporations And Wall Street!!!!

 

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