Turn one vote and actual approval of TPP will fail,
the pro-LNG-export pro-fracking pro-pipeline Trans-Pacific Partnership
got Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the U.S. Senate yesterday
“by the narrowest margin in the legislative mechanism’s history, 60-37.
The procedural measure required 60 votes to pass.”
So it’s time to call Florida Senator Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio (who apparently didn’t even read it), Georgia Senator David Perdue who claimed he wanted transparency and Johnny Isakson who should represent the people of Georgia, and all the other
Senators who voted for that corporate power grab.
The most likely votes to turn are the Democrats who voted for.
Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch, 23 June 2015,
Blog Posts: Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP),
Continue reading Call your Senators against TPP today
The 13 corporate trade backers included: Senators… Bill Nelson (D-Florida)….
Many energy infrastructure bills to be considered tomorrow,
some apparently bad: S. 411 — Natural Gas Gathering Act
“To authorize the approval of natural gas pipelines and establish deadlines
and expedite permits for certain natural gas gathering lines on Federal
land and Indian land.”
That one proposed by the same Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso who complained
about conflicts of interest for former FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff until he
resigned; the same Senator who didn’t like that new FERC Chair Norman Bay
mentioned sun first among New Mexico’s abundant energy resources.
Sourcewatch says “John Barrasso has voted in favor of big oil companies on 100% of important oil related bills, according to Oil Change International.”
Some bills to be considered tomorrow are apparently good:
S. 1237 – To amend the Natural Gas Act to limit the authority of Continue reading U.S. Senate hearing on LNG export, pipelines, solar, smart grid tomorrow 2015-05-14
Pipeline-pushing members of Congress explicitly
promote the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) as a way to authorize more fracked methane export,
which would promote more pipelines.
Sabal Trail may say its gas isn’t for export, but those three
already-authorized LNG export operations right where it goes in Florida
Fortunately, TPP just lost a U.S. Senate vote for fast track,
so now at least it can’t be pushed through without proper debate.
If it’s so good for us, let’s see TPP declassified and the full text
released to the public now.
Carter Dougherty and Heidi Przybyla, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 2013,
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Senate Democrats revolt against Obama trade bill, Continue reading TPP fast track loses Senate vote
LNG export to Canada or Mexico with almost no permitting
and no environmental review of anything but the part that
crosses the border. That’s H.R. 3301, just passed by the
U.S. House of Representatves, but not yet taken up by
the Senate, and already the presdent’s administration “strongly opposes” it;
so strongly his advisors recommend vetoing it.
Apparently H.R. 6 for blanket export to all WTO countries isn’t
likely to pass, so fracked methane pushers are trying a similar
approach for fewer countries.
Get it across the nearest borders, and then export to other countries?
Previously listening Sanford Bishop (GA-02 Albany) voted for both bills
in the full House.
H.R. 3301 – North American Energy Infrastructure Act
113th Congress (2013-2014)
North American Energy Infrastructure Act—(Sec. 3) Prohibits
any person from constructing, connecting, operating, or maintaining
a cross-border segment of an oil or natural gas pipeline or electric
transmission facility at the national boundary of the United States
for the import or export of oil, natural gas, or electricity to or
from Canada or Mexico without obtaining a certificate of crossing
under this Act.
Requires the Secretary of State, Continue reading Another speed-permit LNG export bill: H.R. 3301
The fossil fuel industries that fund FERC also control enough Senate seats
to make approving a non-fracking FERC chair very difficult.
Did they just do so?
wrote for the Albequerque Journal 18 June 2014,
Senate committee approves NM’s Norman Bay to lead FERC,
Norman Bay, a former U.S. Attorney in New Mexico and University of
New Mexico School of Law professor, won support from a key Senate
panel today in his bid to become head the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, but not without some significant objections from
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 13-9 to
approve President Obama’s nomination of Bay to the powerful
That article has various verbiage about how well Bay knows energy.
But why did it take so long to find a replacement after
former FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff resigned last November?
after allegations Continue reading Norman Bay new FERC Chair?
A Sumter County, Florida resident copied her U.S. Senators
when she asked FERC to answer the questions Spectra won’t.
Senator Bill Nelson directed FERC to answer.
Here’s the letter
from Senator Bill Nelson to FERC:
NOV. 1.2013 1:37PM 4078727165 N0.4797 P. 2/4
United States Senate
WASHINGTON. DC 50510-0905
November 1, 2013
Mr. Chris Murray
Director, Division of Governmental Aﬂairs Continue reading Senator Bill Nelson directs FERC to respond