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PDA Endorsed Democrat for Governor Joe Hoeffel will stop in Beaver County on Friday May 14th

Progressive Democratic candidate for Governor Joe Hoeffel will meet and greet Beaver County voters on Friday May 14th in a swing through western Pennsylvania before the May 18th primary election.

Meet and greet Joe Hoeffel at the following locations on Friday May 14th:

8:00-8:40 Challenges Senior Center, 2706 Mercer Rd., New Castle

9:10-9:30 Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe, Route 68, Vanport

9:45-10:05 George’s Family Restaurant, 2477 Brodhead Rd., Hopewell Township

10:20-11:20 Ambridge Nationality Days, 8th & Merchant Streets, Ambridge

 

61 US Senators Vote to Preserve Dominance of MegaBanks that wrecked the economy

Financial Oligarchy Prevails As 27 Senate Dems Join GOP To Defend ‘Too Big to Fail’ Banks

 
By John Nichols
May 7, 2010
Published by The Nation.

Roll Call Vote

Whatever the final form of federal financial services reform legislation, one thing is now certain: The biggest of the big banks will still be calling the shots.

That was confirmed Thursday evening, when the Senate by a 61-33 vote rejected a move to eliminate the danger posed to both the federal treasury and the U.S. economy by “too-big-to-fail” banks.

Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Ted Kaufman of Delaware had proposed an amendment to limit the size of the nation’s largest banks as a means of reining in the financial sector.

They lost. And so too did the prospect that the federal government might establish meaningful control of the banking sector.

What does the defeat mean? The “financial oligarchy,” as economist Simon Johnson described the big banks, will remain in place. And, to further quote Johnson, the federal government will remain “helpless, or unwilling, to act against them.”

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Deepwater Horizons blowout + Upper Big Branch mine explosion + Marcellus Shale destruction = Bush criminal bureaucrats still at work

Tom Delay

 

Call for Criminal Investigation of MSHA and MMS

 

by Randy Shannon 

The Justice Department is investigating the Bush bureaucrats in the Mine Safety and Health Administration – MSHA. They rewrote regulations so full of loopholes that Massey Coal could operate a mine that was a ticking time bomb that killed 29 workers. 

The Justice Department must investigate the Minerals Management Service- MMS, that rewrote the safety regulations for the Deepwater Horizon drilling operation. They exempted BP from filing a safety plan to deal with a blow out.  The Bush hacks and the oil companies agreed that it “wasn’t likely to happen” so there was no need to prepare for it. Eleven roughnecks died on that rig, blown to kingdom come, just like the miners. 

The despicable 109th Congress, led by Tom DeLay and Bill Frist, and full of criminals now serving time, passed the Halliburton exemption in 2005. This allows the gas drillers to run roughshod over Pennsylvania and other states in complete disregard of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and other laws to protect our lives and property from poisoning and destruction. In Pennsylvania, what the gas drillers are doing would be a crime if done by any other enterprise. But the Bush era Congress of criminals gave them a get out of jail free card. This law must be repealed. The gas drillers must be held accountable for the destruction of human lives, animals, forests, crops, land, infrastructure, water, and air. 

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PA DEP: Impose tougher regulations on Marcellus shale drilling “yesterday”

PA DEP Commissioner John Hanger
Red flags raised over gas wells

DEP secretary issues warning at Marcellus shale conference at Duquesne University

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania needs tougher regulations for Marcellus shale gas drilling, aggressive, independent enforcement, and a severance tax on the gas extracted, according to state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger.

And yesterday would not be soon enough to get all of that done and “done right” to protect the state’s water resources, said Mr. Hanger in a forceful keynote speech opening the Marcellus Shale Policy Conference at Duquesne University on Monday.

“Let me be clear: Self-regulation doesn’t work. That’s not contestable,” Mr. Hanger told the audience of about 250, including a significant number of gas industry representatives. “We’ve made mistakes before. We have to get this right or the costs will overwhelm the benefits.”

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