Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ALEC Travels to the Tar Sands - AGAIN

BTW:  Someone should tell the "ALEC" blog that  - "ALEC" is still showing up on their blog.  Come on guys - get with the program I thought you folks  #Dumped"ALEC".

Back to business
Not one write-up about ALECers traveling to the Alberta tar sands.
Not two write-ups about ALECers traveling to the Alberta tar sands.

But three write-ups from ALEC members about traveling to the Alberta tar sands..

Wonder if it was three trips with ten or twelve ALEC members going each time?
Wonder if it was one trip - three separate write-ups by ALEC members.

Now they call the trip to the Alberta tar sands “an academy”
Wonder what college is givign them credit for the trips - the college of climate denial?
Wonder who paid for it?

The Honorable AJ Griffin traveled with the ALEC International Relations Task Force on this trip.  There is no evidence that he is an ALEC member - is he a member?  Is he too ashamed to publicly admit he belongs to the extremist right-wing organization, the American Legislative Exchange Council.

A two line snip – if you want to read the whole thing – go find it – I’m not going to link to it.
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Oil Sands Academy Participants          

Insights on Alberta from an Oil Sands Academy Participant
By The Honorable AJ Griffin, OK (SD-20)

Companies led by Devon Energy in partnership with the government of Alberta    

I am now better informed regarding the importance of the oils sands to our future as a nation and am encouraged by the partnerships I saw demonstrated in the energy industry.
Somebody paid for it!
Did YOUR tax dollars pay for it?
Did YOU pay for ALEC members to go to the Alberta tar sands?

It a proven fact that tar sand companies pay to get a special private audience with ALEC state legislators.  When they can't get enough sway at an ALEC meeting - they evidently have them go to the tar sands in Alberta.

TransCanada PipeLines Limited   $1,000.00

South Dakota – 2007 Scholarship Fund
TransCanada PipeLines Ltd.          $500.00

ALEC boasts that it has
    2,000+  state legislators that support and push ALEC policy
    96  members of the US Congress that support and push ALEC policy

Thousand of ALEC-ers at the state and federal level - legislators and public servants in various state and federal offices and agencies - serving the will of their ALEC Master - the ALEC corporate profit sector members.

the number of other state federal officials
who support ALEC policy
which could be a major issue for America.

From the Common Cause documents
July 2010
American Legislative Exchange Council
Natural Resources Task Force
Beth Jensen
Private Sector Member (M1)
Manager, Government Relations
13710 FNB Parkway
Omaha, NE 68154
Phone: 402.492.3400 FAX: 402.492.7491

Then in

November 2011

    Resolution in Support of the Keystone 1 XL Pipeline BE IT RESOLVED BY THE [INSERT LEGISLATIVE BODY] OF THE STATE OF [INSERT STATE]:

    WHEREAS, The United States relies – and will continue to rely for many years – on gasoline, diesel and jet fuel despite the recent focus on renewable and alternative sources of energy. In order to fuel our economy, the United States will need more oil and natural gas while also requiring additional alternative energy sources such as ethanol and other renewable energy sources; and

    WHEREAS, The United States currently depends on foreign imports for more than half of our petroleum usage. As the largest consumer of petroleum in the world, our dependence on overseas oil has created difficult geopolitical relationships with damaging consequences for our national security; and

    WHEREAS, oil shale deposits in the Bakken Reserves in Montana and North Dakota and South Dakota are an increasingly important crude oil resource, with an estimated 11 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil, and there is not enough pipeline capacity for crude oil supplies from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas to American refineries; and

    WHEREAS, Canadian oil reserves contain an estimated 173 billion barrels of recoverable oil. Canada is the single largest supplier of oil to the United States at 2.62 million barrels per day and has the capacity to significantly increase that rate; and 7

    WHEREAS, the Keystone XL pipeline will, when completed, carry 700,000 barrels of North American oil to American refineries in the Gulf Coast region and construction of the project will create 120,000 jobs nationwide, create $20 billion in economic growth and generate millions of dollars worth of government receipts; and

    WHEREAS, A recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy found that increasing delivery to American refineries from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Alberta, as well as Texas and Oklahoma to American refineries has the potential to substantially reduce our country's dependency on sources outside of North America; and

    WHEREAS, Canada sends more than 99% of its oil exports to the United States, the bulk of which goes to Midwestern refineries. Oil companies are investing huge sums to expand and upgrade refineries in the Midwest and elsewhere to make gasoline and other refined products from Canadian oil derived from oil sands. The expansion and upgrade projects will create many new construction jobs over the next five years and, in [INSERT STATE], substantially add to our state's gross state product; and

    WHEREAS, The same money used to buy North American oil will likely later be spent directly on U.S. goods and services in contrast with the money sent to hostile oil-producing governments that is later used to further anti-democratic agendas. Supporting the continued shift towards reliable and secure sources of North American oil is of vital interest to the United States and the state of [INSERT STATE].

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the members of the [INSERT LEGISLATIVE BODY] of the state of [INSERT STATE], support continued and increased development and delivery of oil derived from North American oil reserves to American refineries, urge Congress to support that continued and increased development and delivery, and urge Congress to ask the U.S. Secretary of State to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project that has been awaiting a presidential permit since 2008 to reduce dependence on unstable governments, improve our national security, and strengthen ties with an important ally; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the [INSERT STATE LEGISLATIVE BODY] transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, to the President Pro Tempore and Secretary of the United States Senate, to the members of the [INSERT STATE] Congressional delegation, and to the news media of [INSERT STATE].

The ALEC International Relations Task Force pushing tar sands on behalf of corporate members of the ALEC - but not for America.

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