Saturday, September 12, 2009

Resident offers several questions for Markey |
On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Representative Betsy Markey scheduled a modified town hall meeting. Due to unexplained reasons, she was unable to attend and sent two staff members to deal with the full room of constituents. Their intent was to hand out surveys, have the constituents complete them and leave. Things did not go as planned.
If Mrs. Markey had been there, I would have asked her the following questions:
You voted for the cap and trade (tax) legislation and were quoted as saying it was budget neutral. How is it budget neutral to the small businesses and individuals who will pay spiraling energy costs if this bill becomes law?
[Maine: Deer herd suffers after two straight harsh winters]
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued hunters fewer any-deer permits Friday than the year before because of a second straight harsh winter.
"This year's harvest is going to be a scary thing," said Lee Kantar, the department's lead deer biologist. "This is going to be a low harvest year -- very low compared to what we've seen over the last decade."

Kantar projects this year's overall harvest to be less than 19,000 deer -- which would put the season on par with record lows seen in the 1970s following harsh winters.
Australia: Green fury at plans to sell brown coal to India
THE State Government is considering exporting millions of tonnes of high-polluting brown coal to developing nations under a plan championed by Energy Minister Peter Batchelor in a recent cabinet meeting.

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