Years ago I met Rep. Lamar Smith at the Texas State Capitol.
He studiously avoided my attempts to talk to him about solar power.
And is House Committee report on energy markets does not mention
solar power even once, and wind only to sneer at it.
The report does spend quite a bit of space promoting fracking.
Oh, it’s supposed to be about those horrid Russians.
It builds its case otherwise around 4% of 9,097 social media posts
over two years, which is about one every other day.
I personally post more than that.
Not a very impressive report.
Here are LAKE videos of
the candidates running in the November general election at
“Meet the Candidates”
by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce September 27th 2016.
It seemed less attended than usual, but that may have been due to the larger venue
of Mathis Auditorium dwarfing the audience.
Each got a few minutes to say something, and nobody took questions.
There were tables with information before they spoke.
Mostly what the assembled rotaries and homebuilders seemed to be interested in was getting the Senator to defend Moody Air Force Base against closure,
which makes sense, since Moody is still by far the largest economic engine of the entire central south Georgia and north Florida region.
Maybe you can hear where he says anything about defending us from the invading Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline; I must have missed that part.
He ended by saying it wasn’t about rich vs. poor, and quoting from the Declaration of Independence about “we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” There’s no mutuality in the federal government giving eminent domain to a pipeline company from Houston, Texas to take our lands so they can profit by exporting fracked methane.
As you know, people (White and Black) are marching in support of the
black men who are being shot and killed by white police officers,
and the police who were killed in Dallas. SCLC decided that we would
joined our black brothers and sisters and whites of goodwill all
over the country by rallying at Serenity Church, 2016 North Lee
Street here in Valdosta, at 10:00 Tuesday Morning, and then
motorcade to the courthouse for a march and rally. We expect a large
crowd, and would like very much for you, your family and friends to
Calling on Austin Scott GA-08 and Sanford Bishop GA-02 and other members of Congerss
to also ask the Corps
for a Supplementary Environmental Impact Study (SEIS) about Sabal Trail discrepancies.
Same story appeared in the Suwannee Democrat yesterday.
Thomas Lynn, Valdosta Daily Times, 17 May 2016,
Yoho hikes Sabal Trail pipeline route,
LIVE OAK. Fin. — US. Rep. Ted Yoho hiked with around 30 opponents
to the Sabal Trail pipeline through Suwannee River State Park’s Big
Oak Trail in north Florida to look at sinkholes near the proposed
We all won twice against invading pipelines this week in the Georgia legislature.
A smashing 34-128
defeat of Spectra Energy’s invading Sabal “Sinkhole” Trail natural gas pipeline,
by WWALS, Flint Riverkeeper, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Georgia Sierra Club, Georgia Water Coalition, SpectraBusters, and many others,
wasn’t the only win for landowners, environmentalists, and the people
in the Georgia legislature this week.
Push Back the Pipeline‘s petroleum products moratorium passed the final legislative hurdle in the House and is on its way to Gov. Nathan Deal to sign.
You know, if Deal had stood up for the people against Sabal Trail, too,
its easements to drill under Georgia rivers including our Withlacoochee River
and Okapilco Creek, would have been defeated in the State Land Commission
of which he is chair before they ever got to the legislature.
But we all won, and won again!
Spectra, Kinder Morgan, and even ALEC lost this time.
A moratorium on eminent domain for petroleum pipelines until June 30, 2017
pending study of land use rights,
a change throughout of right to power of eminent domain,
and “natural resources, environment, and vital areas of the state” now mentioned first, in HB 1036,
passed yesterday, the last day for either half of the Georgia legislature
to adopt a bill before sending it to the other half.
A small change from the Georgia Senate could also affect natural gas pipelines.