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21. This is How Radical Environmental Groups Fleece the Taxpayer and use the Money to Advance their Agenda

It's called "Sue and Settle."  Environmental groups work in close coordination with government officials.  They sue the government agency to change environmental policy.  The agency being sued uses "mediation" in a process to avoid a public court hearing.  The lawsuit is settled for thousands of dollars, including attorney's fees, and the environmental policy is changed.  All of this is done behind closed doors. No public disclosure.  No legislative involvement.  

 
Take a look at the chart below titled ESA (Endangered Species Act) Litigation Expenditures by Organization to see how many millions in taxpayer dollars these radical environmentalists have been paid!
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Tags: Economy, Environmentalists, Forests, Wolves
22. Wolf Hearings

Wolf Hearings

December 03, 2013

Special panel presentation and documentary viewing
Sponsored by: David Spady Film Veritas Research
and Americans for Prosperity
McNary Community Center/Library, Hwy 260 (aka Pine St.), McNary, AZ  12:00-­2:30 pm
Come hear specialists, scientists, leaders, land stewards and other expert testimony concerning the impacts of the reintroduction of the Mexican Gray Wolf.  Also, enjoy a free viewing of the documentary,
“Wolves In Government Clothing”.
Film maker and AFP-California State Director David Spady
Endangered Species Act Consultant Doyel Shamley
Rancher Wink Crigler
University of Alaska Geneticist Dr. Matt Cronin
 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Public Information Meeting
Hon-­Dah Conference Center
777 Highway 260, Pinetop, AZ
3:30-­5:00 pm

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Public Hearing
Hon-­Dah Conference Center
777 Highway 260, Pinetop, AZ
6:00-­8:30 pm

 
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Tags: Environmentalists, Forests, Leftists, Wolves
23. EPA's Secret Deals with Environmentalists: Sue and Settle

The EPA is under investigation for a practice called Sue and Settle. Environmentalists in government and private organizations have found ways to create new regulations by fashioning lawsuits tailored to have courts institute policy changes. Both parties involved in the lawsuits secretly decide in advance what the outcome will be and how much taxpayer money will be transferred to the environmental group in the settlement. In other words, they are exploiting the courts to change laws, and in the process, helping to fund radical environmental groups without legislative or taxpayer consent. Millions of taxpayer dollars have been given to these groups.

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Tags: Economy, Energy, Environmentalists, EPA, Wolves, Bureaucracy, Oligarchy
24. Report on the 11/14/2013 EPA Hearing: Navajo Generating Station

by Patrick O'Malley
Precinct Committeeman (LD12)

At the EPA Hearing on November 14, the EPA asked those who wished to speak to come up and take a seat at the front table two at a time for efficiency. So I’m making my comments and the guy sitting next to me is with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Is he supposed to be the balance to my conservative comments? No, we are both there trying to convince the EPA to leave Navajo Generating Station (NGS) alone. Or at least leave something in operation after they make their final ruling, because we both clearly see the damage changes at NGS will have on Arizona’s economy. It’s not just a federal authority out of control or state’s rights issue. This agency is messing with our everyday lives.

There were about 200 people at the hearing and about 100 of them made statements. It broke pretty cleanly into the Sierra Club wanting quick, drastic changes that will close NGS, and everybody else. Everybody else included legislators, union workers, Central Arizona Project, farmers, Indian Tribes, and average citizens. Rep. Warren Petersen and Joy Staveley from Canyoneers wanted the EPA completely out of our business and to back off completely from NGS. They have the right principles for the long term fight with the EPA, but I’m afraid it’s too late for principles to triumph on NGS.

The Technical Working Group (TWG) Negotiates a Surrender

In June of this year the Technical Working Group (TWG) got together and proposed a negotiated surrender as opposed to having the EPA force them into an unconditional surrender. TWG consists of Salt River Project and the Department of the Interior as major owners of NGS; Central Arizona Project (CAP) as the biggest customer of NGS; Gila River Indian Community as a major customer of CAP; the Navajo Nation because NGS is on their land, and they supply the coal to make it go; and two environmental groups, Environmental Defense Fund and Western Resource Advocates. The Sierra Club was originally part of TWG, but walked out when the plan wasn’t severe enough to satisfy them.

So why didn’t the State of Arizona get a seat at the TWG table? Technically because the EPA is dealing directly with the Navajo Nation and it’s not an Arizona issue, but it’s safe to assume the other members of TWG were afraid a State of Arizona representative couldn’t be trusted to surrender fast enough.

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Tags: Economy, Energy, Environmentalists, EPA, Bureaucracy, Oligarchy
25. Gilbert Town Council Votes AGAINST Gilbert Families, Homeowners, Free Market - ICC Codes Pass

The November 7, 2013 Town Council Meeting provided Gilbert Watch with the saddest and most telling evidence to date that proves that 4 out of 7 Town Council members have lost their ability to represent their constituents, unless those constituents are the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Alliance, SRP, Town Officials, and neighboring jurisdictions.   These Council members include Mayor John Lewis, Vice Mayor Ben Cooper, and Council members Jenn Daniels and Jordan Ray.  

They approved one of the largest increases in regulations on private property and on the building industry, in Gilbert history. What is truly disappointing is that they did this in spite of having received months of evidence from private citizens for why the Council should  not approve these regulations.  It is also remarkable that the Council is preparing to approve the next round of codes, as dictated by the ICC (International Code Council) for 2015.

Three Council members opposed passage of the Codes:  Victor Petersen, Jared Taylor, and Eddie Cook.  Council member Victor Petersen favored an option which would have allowed passage of only those codes that would have reduced regulation.

Each of these three Council members deserve a Thank You from Gilbert citizens!  Victor.Petersen@gilbertaz.gov, Jared.Taylor@gilbertaz.gov, and Eddie.Cook@gilbertaz.gov.  

The ICC

Over the last ten years, the ICC (International Code Council) has morphed into an organization that has forced builders all over America to comply with building codes that no longer address honest, urgent safety issues.  Rather, these ICC codes force everyone to become captive consumers of products that the ICC mandates through its "codes."  The obscene proliferation of these codes also forces builders and everyone in the building and construction industry to comply with an ever increasing time-consuming bureaucracy.  More bureaucrats and more training are needed to ensure they consistently interpret the codes.

Just like the ICC, 4 members of the Gilbert Town Council have morphed into facilitators of Big Government tyranny.  When you watch them reason and justify their rationales, they "sound nice."  But what exactly are they doing?  They are pushing centralized government.  They do not trust the citizenry.

Their actions prove that they do not care about the damage they are doing to families and homeowners who are forced to pay thousands of dollars more than necessary for their homes.  They do not care about the grief these codes have caused self-employed citizens who work in the construction industry who must adhere to these mandates.  They do not understand Free Market principles.  They reject the notion that these people are experts in their fields.  They do not care that many of them have closed their businesses.  They reject clear evidence that the Free Market reacts quickly to changing conditions, and that it's the government-imposed codes that are slow to change.  

Gilbert Watch has reported on the ICC codes for months.  Gilbert citizens and self-employed business people have been emailing and speaking out to the Council for months.  They have been meeting with Town Staff, and supplying tons of research.

At the Nov. 7 meeting, there were 6 citizens who spoke in opposition; 24 citizens had sent letters; there were 19 citizens in the audience who were in opposition but did not speak; and 16 people who were in opposition who submitted their names to a list.   That's 65 citizens documented in the Minutes of the meeting.  And it doesn't count more citizens who showed up to the meeting.  

The Council gave more credence to the representative from the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, the representative from the Small Business Alliance, and the representative from SRP (Salt River Project).  In fact, I doubt seriously if the members of these organizations have much first-hand experience dealing with these onerous codes.  

There was one citizen who spoke in favor of all the codes, including the Green and Energy Codes.  A quick search revealed that he's a Democrat and a member of Sierra Club.

Here is the Motion that Passed:
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Tags: Environmentalists, Energy, Free Market, ICC, Town Council
26. Gilbert Builders and Citizens Speak Out Against New 2012 ICC Building Codes
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27. True Purpose of Wolf Reintroduction: Get Ranchers off Public Land, Permanently and Forever.

Take a look at this article, and then if you and your family ever expect to enjoy the Tonto National Forest again, send your objections to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service about this city-environmentalist driven plan.  1) The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services plans to reintroduce wolves to Gila, Coconino, Navajo, and Graham counties.  Comment HERE.  2) The USFWS also intends to retain the "endangered" status of Mexican gray wolves.  This means you could be fined $500 if you shoot one, even while its ripping the hindquarters and intestines out of your dog, or chewing off your cat's head...right before your children's eyes.  Comment HERE.  

Deadline for comments is 12/17/2013.  Two public meetings have been set for 12/3/2013 in Pinetop.  Click HERE for information.

Here are some excerpts from a Nov. 7, 2013 Tucson Weekly article:.       

Dean Warren has a story to tell about how Mexican Gray wolves stole one of the best parts of his life.He was on horseback on a mountain trail south of Rose Peak, in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, when four wolves attacked him and his six blue tick hounds, setting off a ferocious struggle.

“Picture 10 animals in a dogfight under your horse, and you know what I’m talking about,” says Warren, then a rancher and range deputy for the Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office.

“I’m being attacked by wolves!” he hollered into his police radio. “I need help!”

He yelled and fired shots into the air, but the wolves kept coming. The desperate brawl lasted two hours. Warren’s fighting retreat brought him to Sawmill Cabin, where he closed himself inside a barn, the animals pacing and howling outside.

Something–probably the arrival of rescuers–caused them to quit, and Warren, 62 years old at the time and a crack outdoorsman, headed home, considering himself lucky. If his horse hadn’t been accustomed to dogs, he says he could’ve been thrown to the ground and injured or killed.

But the funny part, the tragic part, the unbelievable part, is the idea of a cowboy, alone, in a death struggle with vicious animals–and what’s running through his mind, apart from not turning into wolf kibble?

Lawyers.

“I definitely felt threatened, but I knew that if I shot those wolves, I could pay a huge fine and maybe get years in jail,” says Warren. “Hiring a lawyer would break me. I don’t have that kind of money in my hip pocket.”

Warren’s fight happened three years ago, and the news traveled quickly along the straw-hat grapevine. The facts put a chill in everybody’s day, especially the part about one wolf jumping up to put its paws on the horse’s flanks, snapping and growling.

“That scared all of us,” says Dan Groebner, supervisor of Arizona Game and Fish’s wolf field team. “Wolves aren’t supposed to behave that way.”

Dramatic as they were, the details never traveled far beyond ranch country, and probably wouldn’t have been heard if they did. For city environmentalists, the thought of the lobo howling in the wild again–the deep emotion of that concept, the romantic resonance of it–has the power to deafen, even though most probably couldn’t distinguish a wolf call from Sting.

Dean Warren was eventually driven off his land.  

"The stress they caused is enormous," says Warren.  "I'd be out working fences or laying pipe, and I always had that old yellow eye looking down on me.  It became impossible to live ther.  If it wasn't for the major holdings people have, it'd just be picknickers and retirees left out there." 

Like most ranchers, he believes that was the true purpose of wolf reintroduction–getting ranchers off public land, permanently and forever. 

Adios cowboy.  "That's it partner.  That's the whole deal right there."

 
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Tags: Environmentalists, Forests, Leftists, Wolves
28. Pelosi and the Democrats want to Destroy the Navajo Nation

Thanks to Andy McKinney for the following post.  

Dear Friends,

Nancy Pelosi is attacking the Navajo nation with a fury not seen for over a century.  She and her Democrat Party allies have set their sights on the economic and social destruction of the Navajo nation.

Fifty percent of the economically active people on the Navajo reservation are unemployed.  The nation participates in three interconnected operations providing $100,000,000 for the Navajo people. These are the Kayenta coal mine, the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) and the railroad that connects the two.  Losing the NGS means the loss of this entire economy, not just for the Navajo people, but also for the people who benefit and depend on it for their own livelihoods.

Pelosi wants to close the generating station on utterly bogus environmental grounds.  

 She and her Democrat Party Pals want to crush the economic life out of the Navajos.  For her, Navajos shouldn’t be allowed to have high paying railroad, mining, or power generating jobs. For her, food stamps and poverty are all the Navajo people can aspire to.

Fortunately, the Navajo coal miners are represented by the United Mine Workers of America UMWA).  Perhaps the Democrat Party will not throw their allies in big labor under the bus in favor of their allies in the environmental wacko movement.  Ninety-eight percent of the UMWA members at Kayenta are Navajo.

Save the Navajo.  Stop the Democrat Party.

 
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Tags: Economy, Energy, EPA, Obama, Environmentalists, Bureaucracy, Oligarchy
29. The War on Coal: Take Action!

by Patrick O'Malley
Precinct Committeeman LD12

On October 21 we talked about the EPA’s War on Coal and the power plants they are targeting in Arizona. The Sierra Club is bragging that they’ve closed down 150 coal power plants since 2010, and they want to make the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Page, AZ number 151. That’s the plant that supplies 90% of the electricity used to operate the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal.

Those of us outside of the Page area won’t be part of the economic disaster that will take place in the Navajo Nation if NGS is shut down. They are the ones who will lose good paying jobs at the power plant and the coal mine. But everyone in Arizona will be affected, because, long term, somebody will have to pay to replace a perfectly good power plant with decades of life left in it. And that will be all of us paying more for electricity and water.

There are two EPA issues coming up right away that affect coal fired power plants in Arizona. The first is carbon capture with a deadline for the public to comment by November 8.  You can comment by email.

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Tags: Economy, EPA, Obama, Environmentalists, Bureaucracy, Oligarchy
30. Rep. Paul Gosar Rallies Thousands to Fight for Energy Jobs

The issue of jobs in Arizona is critical, as Patrick O'Malley has explained in two articles:  The War on Coal, and The War on Coal: Take Action.  Mr. O'Malley also illustrates the devastating effect that the EPA's actions will have on raising the cost of water and electricity to all Arizonans.  Under the Obama Administration, the EPA has taken charge over our lives.  We no longer have a well behaved Rottweiler under control in our household.  The Rottweiler has taken control.    

As you can see from this press release issued by Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, he's helping us fight off the EPA's belligerance.  But he cannot do it alone!  Patrick O'Malley has provided two sample emails that you can send to the EPA, copying him, so he can physically and publicly hand them to the EPA at the hearing on November 14.  The carbon letter must be emailed by Nov. 8.  The NOx letter must be emailed by Nov. 14.  Please copy Patrick O'Malley on both of these emailed letters.  His email address is pat.o@azcitrus.com

Here is Rep. Gosar's Press Release:

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Tags: Economy, EPA, Obama, Environmentalists, Bureaucracy, Oligarchy

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