Yesterday The Middle East Changed Forever, And You Didn’t Know It

March 31, 2013

Israel now is pumping natural gas from one of the enormous offshore fields which will transform Israel into an energy-independent nation and a global energy powerhouse:

Natural gas from the offshore Tamar field was pumped to Israeli shores for the first time Saturday, four years after its discovery, in preparation for its first use in the Israeli energy market — a move that could transform the Israeli economy.

The Tamar deposit, discovered in 2009 some 90 kilometers west of Haifa, holds an estimated 8.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

On Saturday, hailed an “important day for the Israeli economy” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, natural gas from the field was being pumped to a newly erected facility on the coast of Ashdod, connected to the gas field via pipelines laid out on the ocean floor, 150 kilometers long and 16 inches wide.

Commenting on the historic development, Netanyahu drew a link between the event and the holiday of Passover.

“On the festival of freedom, we are taking an important step toward energy independence. We have advanced the natural gas sector in Israel over the last decade, which will be good for the Israeli economy and for all Israelis,” Netanyahu said.

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Just think what America could be without Obama. We have more fossil fuels than all of the Mideast oil there is. And for decades we have been told by liberal progressives otherwise. Now  slant drilling technology has made it so. …


The Economist Has a Climate Change of Heart, Well Maybe

March 31, 2013

The Economist has been pretty reliable about beating the climate-alarmist drum for years on end now, often peddling the urgent need for an overarching global climate treaty to combat the threat. In a piece this week, however, the British publication took a much more moderate approach and hashed out some of the different studies suggesting that the planet actually might not be quite as sensitive to changes in carbon dioxide levels as the global-warming scaremongers have long been insisting.

For most people the CO2 driven theory of climate change would be falsified. For others who dream of all the new taxes they can levy on others, not so much so.

OVER the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat while greenhouse-gas emissions have continued to soar. The world added roughly 100 billion tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere between 2000 and 2010. That is about a quarter of all the CO2 put there by humanity since 1750. And yet, as James Hansen, the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, observes, “the five-year mean global temperature has been flat for a decade.”

Temperatures fluctuate over short periods, but this lack of new warming is a surprise. Ed Hawkins, of the University of Reading, in Britain, points out that surface temperatures since 2005 are already at the low end of the range of projections derived from 20 climate models (see chart 1). If they remain flat, they will fall outside the models’ range within a few years. …

If, however, temperatures are likely to rise by only 2°C in response to a doubling of carbon emissions (and if the likelihood of a 6°C increase is trivial), the calculation might change. Perhaps the world should seek to adjust to (rather than stop) the greenhouse-gas splurge. There is no point buying earthquake insurance if you do not live in an earthquake zone. In this case more adaptation rather than more mitigation might be the right policy at the margin. …

None of this is to say that climate change is a fantasy — the planet is not and never has been a stable place — Climate on Earth has always been changing. Ain’t nothing man can do about that fact, no matter how much taxes and wealth redistribution is in liberal’s heart’s


Democrat’s Easter Fundraisng

March 31, 2013

Life never waits on the weary … And Democrats who want to get in shots at Republicans.

Easter Sunday is not a day of rest for the Democrats’ moneychangers. At least three top party officials dispatched fundraising emails Sunday in their bid to reach loyal Democrats in between church and Easter dinner.

It’s just the latest sign that politics and fundraising have become as regular as shopping at Sears or Walmart, which also open on Easter.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Sunday morning sent out an updated fundraising note from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that didn’t even mention Easter.

“We could really do this! If we can hit 200,000 donations before tonight’s FEC deadline, it would send a blistering message to Speaker Boehner and the Republicans. Donate $3 before MIDNIGHT and your gift will be triple-matched,” said the email.


MARCO RUBIO: REPORTS OF A MAJOR IMMIGRATION DEAL ARE ‘PREMATURE’

March 31, 2013

Even with one of the largest hurdles to an immigration overhaul overcome, lawmakers on Sunday cautioned much work remains and that no final deal has been reached.

The AFL-CIO and the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce reached a deal late Friday that would allow tens of thousands of low-skill workers into the country to fill jobs in construction, restaurants and hotels. Yet despite the unusual agreement between the two powerful lobbying groups, lawmakers from both parties tried to curb expectations that the negotiations were finished and an immigration bill was heading for a vote.

“Reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed on a legislative proposal are premature,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who is among the lawmakers working on legislation.

Rubio, a Cuban-American who is weighing a presidential bid in 2016, is a leading figure inside his party. Lawmakers will be closely watching any deal for his approval and his skepticism about the process did little to encourage optimism.

“Eight senators from seven states have worked on this bill to serve as a starting point for discussion about fixing our broken immigration system,” Rubio said.

“But arriving at a final product will require it to be properly submitted for the American people’s consideration, through the other 92 senators from 43 states that weren’t part of this initial drafting process.”

 


Easter 2013

March 31, 2013

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MICHIGAN WELCOMES RIGHT-TO-WORK, LAST-MINUTE DEMONSTRATIONS FLOP

March 30, 2013

Michigan’s controversial right-to-work legislation went into effect Thursday night amid last minute contract maneuvers by teachers unions and a number of protests around the state that appeared to have a very weak turnout. The law stops the practice of forcing workers to pay union dues.

Right-to-work was passed in December by the state’s Republican legislature and signed into law by Republican Governor Rick Synder. Unions and Democrat politicians have waged a public battle against right-to-work legislation, which they fear will significantly hamper union political power.

As reported previously on Breitbart News, many teachers unions across Michigan have tried to keep money flowing into union coffers as long as possible by negotiating long term, last minute contracts that extend requirements to pay unions dues or fines for non-membership. In the days just prior to the new law going into effect, a number of unions across the state chose this tactic.

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North Korea Declares ‘State of War’ with South

March 30, 2013

North Korea muscle flexing antics, moving into downward spiral. Remember the original Korean War was a UN peacekeeping operation.

North Korea has entered a “state of war” against its Southern neighbor, stating that from now on any issues between the two countries will be resolved in a “wartime manner.”

“From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly,” a special statement by the country’s top military command reads, according to the KCNA state news agency.

“The situation in the Korean Peninsula, which is neither peace nor war, has come to an end,” the statement says.

However, technically, the two Koreas are still in state of war since a peace treaty after the 1950-53 conflict had never been signed.

Washington “should be clear that in era of Marshal Kim Jong-un, the greatest-ever commander, all things are different from the past,” went a statement on North Korean radio early Saturday.

Meanwhile the White House is taking the fresh North Korean threats seriously, but not without a bit of skepticism.

“We’ve seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from North Korea,” said Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council. “We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies.”

But, we would also note that North Korea has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats and today’s announcement follows that familiar pattern,” Hayden added.

Yes but that was before they demonstrated they had the BOMB!


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