Saturday, May 23, 2020

Fwd: Jefferson Journal: Enviros Say Only Good Pipeline is a Dead Pipeline


   a  good  decision  after  the read  . . .   tomf

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Subject: Jefferson Journal: Enviros Say Only Good Pipeline is a Dead Pipeline

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Enviros: Only Good Pipeline is a Dead Pipeline
                                                     By Stephen D. Haner
 
To the modern environmental movement, natural gas is the Devil's own breath. It must be opposed in every form on every front.
 
This explains the existential battle being fought over what would otherwise be considered fairly minor capital enhancements to an existing gas pipeline connecting Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. Virginia Natural Gas is seeking to increase the capacity of that line with a 6-mile extension to connect to the Transco pipeline near Quantico.
 
Those six miles are the only new section of pipeline in the Header Improvement Project. Elsewhere, the existing pipeline will see three miles of parallel pipe added to increase capacity in Fauquier County and 14 miles more north and east of Richmond. Three compressor stations are also proposed, one each at the northern and southern ends and one in the middle of the route near Ladysmith. The whole project is priced in at about $345 million.

       

 
The objections display hypocrisy. Opponents of the proposed multi-billion dollar Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipelines have often pointed to the actual or potential capacity of the state's existing lines. Those are sufficient for Virginia's needs, they say. The minor proposed improvements strengthen that argument, and logically should be embraced by those opposed to the mega-projects to the south.
 
Yet VNG's proposal is drawing the same level of heated opposition as the major projects, with their hundreds of miles of new construction. Even a six mile extension of an old pipeline is a path to perdition.
 
One reason, of course, is that some of the new capacity is proposed to serve a new natural gas electricity plant planned for Charles City County, just east of Richmond. The merchant generator, not owned by Dominion Energy Virginia, will sell power into the regional electricity market. That, of course, would put it in competition with Dominion's hugely expensive electricity from off-shore wind and far-less reliable electricity from solar panels.  
 
The dispute sparked a May 11 letter to the State Corporation Commission, which is considering the pipeline expansion application, from a dozen virtue-signaling Democratic state legislators, complaining of "inherent risk to human health, the environment, and ratepayers." They cite fears that with the project in place, seas will rise, droughts will increase, heavy rains will surge (no contradiction noted) and fisheries will disappear.  
 
Their silliest complaint? Because of COVID-19, there is now too much economic uncertainty, they write. This would be the economic uncertainty caused by the panicked economic lockdown, an economic calamity which they want continued.
 
The usual suspects are in the case as participants, citing similar concerns: The Southern Environmental Law Center, Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Governor Ralph Northam's Department of Environmental Quality has also weighed in with a series of demands it wants the SCC to impose on Virginia Natural Gas. There appear to be more than 1,000 public comments already on the record, in support and opposition.
 
Far too many electricity generation assets are held by monopoly utilities. Environmental activists want the maximum opportunity for private individuals or entities to make their own renewable energy, for their own use or for sale. Agreed. Yet, the idea that private enterprise would move forward with an independent fossil fuel plant on the same basis, undeterred by the new carbon taxes the General Assembly has approved, appalls them. This is more hypocrisy.
 
The real problem here is the key role natural gas will and must play in Virginia's energy future, whether the environmental purists can accept it or not. The same people exploded earlier this month when Dominion Energy Virginia filed an integrated resource plan which stated the obvious: Wind and solar generation will not power our economy by themselves, ever. Dominion also needs to keep its nuclear and natural gas fleets running into the foreseeable future or must import such power from some other state.
 
Rational Virginians need to cheer that admission from the utility unless they relish periods of cold and dark in their future. The environmental movement, according to Michael Moore's latest film "Plant of the Humans," is funded these days by the investors behind the wind and solar industries. They must fight the gas alternative to the bitter end. The only way to make wind and solar truly viable choices is to denigrate and shut down the cheaper and better alternatives.
 
Stephen D. Haner is Senior Fellow for State and Local Tax Policy at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. He may be reached at steve@thomasjeffersoninst.org. A version of this commentary originally ran in the May 21, 2020 issue of The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. 
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Fwd: Governor blackface releases hundreds of convicted murders, rapist and other felons into our communities this March


Subject: Fwd: Governor blackface releases hundreds of convicted murders, rapist and other felons into our communities this March

Our  Senator in the General Assembly Ghazala Hashmi , voted to release up to 4000 convicted felons from jail!!!! Among these are murderers ,rapists, burglars, thieves and sex offenders. If you have a Democrat senator or house member in the General Assembly they no doubt voted with governor Northam .

Call  Governor Black face's office and senator Hashmi , and ask what conceivable ,possible reason they would have to infest our communities with these dangerous people.
Gov office: 786-0000
Hashmi: 698-7510

 Demand an explanation as to why any sane individual would want to have convicted murderers and rapist released into our communities!!!!!!!!!

  These Soros funded excrement do not do the will of the people , but the will of the radical leftist that pay for their campaigns. There is no other reason for this action than to create chaos in our communities and more dependence on government.

We will lose our liberties,  if we do not stand up hard against these Marxist inspired, power hungry globalist puppets.






Fwd: Governor blackface releases hundreds of convicted murders, rapist and other felons into our communities this March


Our  Senator in the General Assembly Ghazala Hashmi , voted to release up to 4000 convicted felons from jail!!!! Among these are murderers ,rapists, burglars, thieves and sex offenders. If you have a Democrat senator or house member in the General Assembly they no doubt voted with governor Northam .

Call  Governor Black face's office and senator Hashmi , and ask what conceivable ,possible reason they would have to infest our communities with these dangerous people.
Gov office: 786-0000
Hashmi: 698-7510

 Demand an explanation as to why any sane individual would want to have convicted murderers and rapist released into our communities!!!!!!!!!

  These Soros funded excrement do not do the will of the people , but the will of the radical leftist that pay for their campaigns. There is no other reason for this action than to create chaos in our communities and more dependence on government.

We will lose our liberties,  if we do not stand up hard against these Marxist inspired, power hungry globalist puppets.






Thursday, April 30, 2020

VA-ALERT: VCDL Update 4/30/20

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1. Outdoor shooting ranges at National Forests are currently closed
2. "All About VCDL Membership" - discussion and Q&A on Monday, May 4
3. Hi-Point firearms has doubled down on their generosity to VCDL!
4. Virginia Gun Collectors Association gives donation to VCDL to help with the fight!
5. VCDL Fulfillment Center needs a photographer to update photos of VCDL gear
6. VCDL picnic in SW Virginia has been CANCELLED
7. CHP application processing in Radford
8. More gun cases set for Friday's U.S. Supreme Court conference
9. Miscellaneous articles buried during all the activities from November through March

1. Outdoor shooting ranges at National Forests are currently closed

Currently the public outdoor shooting ranges that are in Virginia National Forests are closed.

The National Forests in Virginia, believe it or not, are run by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, which answers to Governor Northam.

Need I say more?

If you wish to contact DGIF and ask them to reopen those ranges, click here for their contact information.


 
2. "All About VCDL Membership" - discussion and Q&A on Monday, May 4

Did you join VCDL but you don't have a membership card yet? How do you renew? How long is a membership good for? How can you give a gift membership?

These questions and more will be answered on Monday, May 4th, 2020 at 8pm on the VCDL Facebook page. (and then posted on the VCDL YouTube channel. Your hosts will be Patricia Webb (VCDL's Treasurer and Secretary) and Ed Levine (VCDL's Social Media Director and Executive Member). 

Hope to see you then! 


 
3. Hi-Point firearms has doubled down on their generosity to VCDL!

Hi-Point firearms has just told VCDL that we will be getting more than twice as much money from the raffle done earlier this year, thanks to the generosity of their president!

That money will be put to good use with the legal battles being fought now and those that are coming soon.

 
4. Virginia Gun Collectors Association gives donation to VCDL to help with the fight!

Bernie Breighner, the president of the Virginia Gun Collectors Association, sent VCDL a check for $3,000 with this note:

"The Virginia Gun Collectors Association is please to present the VCDL with a donation of $3,000.00.  VCDL has taken the leading role in helping protect our firearm rights throughout the State of Virginia.  Our Board of Directors voted unanimously to grant the funds to VCDL for use against the anti gun tide that has swept the Governors office and the General Assembly.  The funds can be used at the discretion of the VCDL.

"We want to thank VCDL for their continuous efforts to protect the Second Amendment rights of all Virginians."


 
5. VCDL Fulfillment Center needs a photographer to update photos of VCDL gear

The VCDL Fulfillment Center, located in North Stafford, is looking for a photographer to help update the pictures for VCDL's online store.  If you are interested, and have a few hours to spare, please send an email to Bruce Jackson (bruce@vcdl.org) and include your contact number.

 
6. VCDL picnic in SW Virginia has been CANCELLED

The VCDL SW Virginia picnic scheduled for May 30 is CANCELLED.

We hope to reschedule the picnic for later in the year.


 
7. CHP application processing in Radford

EM Dave Knight send me this about CHP processing in Radford:

The Radford Circuit Court Clerk's Office is open to the public only from 1000 to 1500 on Tuesdays & Thursdays but open for phone calls during their normal hours (0830-1630, M-F).

The Radford Circuit Court also has a locked drop-box to the left of their office door when they are not open to the public.  This is convenient for "in a hurry" CHP mail-in renewals (i.e faster delivery than USPS).  I believe that CHP renewals and other court documents, in an envelop addressed to the Circuit Court Clerk, may be placed in the Treasurer's drop box outside after hours.

 
8. More gun cases set for Friday's U.S. Supreme Court conference

http://amylhowe.com/2020/04/28/after-ruling-in-new-york-gun-rights-case-more-second-amendment-cases-set-for-friday-conference/
 
9. Miscellaneous articles buried during all the activities from November through March

An article I wrote for Capitol Connections magazine in November:

http://www.vccqm.org/qm_fall_2019/7/#zoom=z

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Case of self-defense:

Intruder allegedly puts gun in homeowner's face, demands money, orders him to room. Turns out victim's double-barrel is stored there — and 76-year-old fires it.

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The Babylon Bee (satire) explains "Assault Rifles."  Article was probably written by Delegate Mark Levine and Senator Dick Saslaw:

https://babylonbee.com/news/the-bee-explains-assault-rifles

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Gun owners laugh at thought of mandatory buy ups:

Gun owners laugh out loud at idea of mandatory buybacks in MSNBC focus group

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Very sad story about a vocal gun-control advocate who murdered her three children and then killed herself using a gun:

https://www.ammoland.com/2019/11/gun-control-advocate-shoots-kills-her-three-children-herself-texas/

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If you are wondering about the legality of expandable batons, attorney John Pierce has an article to read:

https://johnpierceesq.com/is-it-legal-to-carry-an-expandable-baton-in-virginia/

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Former head of Brady Campaign acknowledges gun owners are 'unfairly demonized'

https://gunsmagazine.com/discover/former-head-of-brady-campaign-acknowledges-gun-owners-are-unfairly-demonized/

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Video discussing Michael Bloomberg saying guns should be seized from young male minorities:

https://patriotpost.us/articles/67403-video-seize-guns-from-young-male-minorities-2019-12-17

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Attorney Stephen Halbrook discussing "'Assault Weapons' or Assault on the Second Amendment?"

https://youtu.be/gWip1RRMUmc

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Just for laughs - law-abiding criminals (caution: language):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYVqmBaqgPU&feature=youtu.be

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Johns Hopkins study shows California background checks had no effect on crime.  Gee, we could have told them that!

https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2019/12/27/ca-background-checks-had-no-effect-according-to-johns-hopkins-study/

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Article by Dr. John Lott.

"Permit holders have stopped dozens of would-be mass public shootings in malls, churches, schools, universities and town centers. Gun control advocates raise the alarm that a permit holder will accidentally shoot a bystander or a police officer responding to reports of a mass shooting will accidentally harm a permit holder. This has never happened in a mass public shooting."

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/john-lott-concealed-permit-gun-holders-save-lives-texas-church-attack-just-the-latest-example  

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Prager University:  "What Should We Do About Guns?"

https://www.prageru.com/video/what-should-we-do-about-guns/

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"THAT is why law-abiding citizens buy millions of these firearms." Amy Swearer To House Judiciary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9AfhdKLNDA&feature=youtu.be

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City Council member brought a gun to work.

https://www.freedomandguns.com/virginia-city-official-triggers-colleagues/

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12-year-old Oklahoma girl shoots home invader:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0f9lNpXwJc

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Anti-gun Delegate Dan Helmer doesn't realize the irony in one of his posts:

https://twitter.com/deldanhelmer/status/1220332688424558592?s=21

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We had many inquiries about recalling the Governor.  Liberty Doll explains the process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ccozfO5Zmw

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The Majority Of Virginia Homicides Come From Only Two Metro Areas


https://www.zerohedge.com/political/majority-virginia-homicides-come-only-two-metro-areas

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Everything you ever wanted to know about AR-15 rifles:

https://patriotrenegade.com/2019/09/all-about-the-ar-15-rifle/

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Masked Spotsylvania teen shot by resident following theft from neighbor's vehicle.  The teen made the mistake of brandishing at a CHP holder and his wife:

https://www.fredericksburg.com/news/masked-spotsylvania-teen-shot-by-resident-following-theft-from-neighbor/article_1378cbff-1047-5699-962b-abf78059a7b1.html

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Concealed Carry saves a man & his wife from an attempted 1st degree murder: 

https://www.tmz.com/2020/02/14/robert-lindsey-duncan-911-call-double-murder-ex-wife-dr-oz-show/

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12 Times Gun Owners Defended Themselves and Others

https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/02/21/12-times-gun-owners-defended-themselves-and-others/

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Here is a video showing an actual shootout during a store robbery in Norfolk, with commentary:

https://concealednation.org/2020/02/watch-armed-robber-takes-150gr-bullet-after-he-draws-gun-on-concealed-carrier/

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Democrats may well pay for their massive push for gun control at the polls in the future:

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/05/abc-news-democrat-gun-control-push-may-give-gop-a-november-win/

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Here is a self-defense shooting video with commentary.  This is from California:

https://selfreliancecentral.com/2020/01/28/video-vet-ends-armed-robber-after-taking-a-beating/

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COVID-19 is driving a massive purchase of guns, including by many brand new gun owners:

https://www.federaltimes.com/federal-oversight/doj-fbi/2020/04/02/gun-background-checks-smash-records-amid-coronavirus-fears/

and

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/fear-of-coronavirus-chaos-drives-gun-purchases-for-self-defense

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Do NOT fire warning shots!  This happened in Craigsville:

https://www.newsleader.com/story/news/2020/04/05/craigsville-teen-shot-hip-two-men-arrested/2952315001/

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Why Owning A Gun Is A Rational Insurance Policy Against Danger

https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/08/why-owning-a-gun-is-a-completely-rational-insurance-policy-against-danger/

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VCDL president quoted in CNN story on new gun-control laws in Virginia:

http://www.cnn.com/2020/04/10/politics/ralph-northam-signs-gun-bills/index.html

And quoted in Liberty Nation:

https://virginiainstitute.org/virginia-gun-control-northam-signs-sweeping-laws/
 
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VCDL member calls out Senator Surovell in an LTE on vilifying gun owners:

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2019/sep/21/opinion-letter-editor-surovells-farmers-market-rhe/

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Three teen males allegedly attack man on bus after midnight. But victim has license to carry gun — and brings the pain:

Three teen males allegedly attack man on bus after midnight. But victim has license to carry gun — and brings the pain.

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Bad idea to invade a home whose owner is armed:

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/juliorosas/2020/04/16/watch-security-camera-captures-moment-when-resident-takes-on-three-home-invaders-n2567045

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Trump: We Can't Allow Virginia Governor to Play with 2nd Amendment

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/19/donald-trump-allow-virginia-governor-play-second-amendment/

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The FBI Is Playing Games With Gun Background Checks:

https://dailycaller.com/2020/04/20/barr-the-fbi-is-playing-games-with-gun-background-checks/


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VCDL Board member Patricia Webb was on the Spicer & Co. show:

https://youtu.be/IhljiOcDbBs

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If Joe Biden wins the presidency this year, here is an article on his agenda for gun owners:

https://www.ammoland.com/2020/04/biden-website-reveals-alarming-gun-control-agenda/

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Heritage Foundation Introducing a Defensive Gun Use Database

https://www.ammoland.com/2020/04/nra-heritage-foundation-introducing-a-defensive-gun-use-database/

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Guns & Gadgets covers VCDL's fight to reopen indoor ranges

https://youtu.be/xAv1_QJIckA

and more coverage:

https://bearingarms.com/cam-e/2020/04/27/judge-halts-northam-order/

https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/judge-rules-virginia-gun-range-can-open-amid-virus-closures/article_777625f1-5f26-5bb7-a6dc-b92cf8501586.html

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I wonder how the gun controllers will villainize gun companies for this:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/gun-manufacturers-join-coronavirus-fight

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Your Freedoms Don't Have to Be Muzzled Just Because You're Wearing a Mask

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/55116.htm

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A good case is made to stop saying "law-abiding gun owner" and say "peaceful gun owner" instead.  I like her reasoning!

https://youtu.be/s7hGjqQwpIY

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