Inspector General Finds EPA Justified in Intervening to Protect Drinking Water from Fracking | EcoWatch

This is a re-blog. It ‘s good to know that the EPA Inspector General finds the EPA justified in intervening to protect drinking water FROM CATCHING FIRE.

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Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General found EPA Region 6 was justified in legally intervening to protect Parker County, TX residents’ drinking water from drilling impacts. At Sen. Inhofe’s (R-OK) request, the Inspector General investigated to determine if Region 6’s intervention against Range Resources was due to political influence by the Obama administration.

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King Leopold II

King Leopold II was the king of Belgium from 1865 to 1909.  He is relatively unknown in the U.S., probably because the U.S. and Belgium never went to war against each other.   But he is still some kind of criminal – and if not a war criminal,  he is certainly guilty of enslavement.  From 1885 to 1908, the people of the Congo were enslaved and forced to work at rubber plantations.   Slaves were brutally punished if they did not make their quota.  People died of murder, disease, exhaustion, and starvation.   One form of punishment was to remove a slave’s right hand.  It has been estimated that roughly 10 million people died during king Leopold’s colonizing reign of terror.  After 1908, power over the Congo was taken from king Leopold II and granted to another area of the Belgian government due to international outrage.  Unfortunately, slavery – in more subtle forms – still continued for decades.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/17/1263307/-Rest-In-Hell-Dear-Leopold?detail=email

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3516965.stm

http://www.yale.edu/gsp/colonial/belgian_congo/

http://world.time.com/2013/09/18/skeletons-in-king-leopolds-closet-colonial-era-belgian-museum-grapples-with-bloody-past/

http://digitaljournal.com/blog/11297

Michigan Passes Rape Insurance Bill?

I’ve never heard of this. And why would they wait until now to pass it? They could’ve done this years ago.

The law will ban insurance plans in the state from covering abortion. The law will force women and employers to purchase a separate “abortion rider” if they would like the procedure covered. This includes cases of rape and incest. It is supposed to take effect in March.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/11/michigan-rape-insurance_n_4428432.html

U.S. Solar Installations at a High

According to EcoWatch, the U.S. experienced its second-best quarter on record for installations of solar photovoltaic equipment. 930 Megawatts (MW) were installed from July to September. The highest rate of installation was the 4th quarter of 2012.

Solar is the second-largest source of new electricity capacity in the U.S. this year.

http://ecowatch.com/2013/12/10/solar-installations-soar-to-second-best-quarter-ever/

“Reaganites Called Him A Terrorist And A Phony”: All The Terrible Things Republicans Used To Say About Nelson Mandela

This is a re-blog. Reagan tolerated apartheid and vetoed the Anti-Apartheid Act in 1985, but mostly to support the anticommunist government that was in power.

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Before Congressional Republicans in the U.S. lionized Nelson Mandela, they despised him. And they opposed not just the great freedom fighter himself but the entire anti-apartheid movement. Even worse, they took actions that damaged the cause of equality in South Africa. Not for nothing did Bishop Desmond Tutu call Ronald Reagan’s policy towards the country “immoral, evil and totally un-Christian.” Conservative Americans’ pro-apartheid actions are not just shameful history—they are similar, in some ways, to their actions to rid the world of political Islam.

The Kennedy administration had opposed the Afrikaner government, instituting an arms embargo on the country. Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon, conversely, muted criticism of the regime and opened channels of communications, in order to defeat the Soviets in the Third World. As part of his human rights-focused foreign policy, Jimmy Carter reversed course, imposed restrictions and sanctions on the apartheid government, which Mandela and his party…

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