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Jenny is a friend of mine and an awesome commissioner, so I will admit today's Daily Salvo tickled me pink. Daily Salvo can be found on the web at www.dailysalvo.com

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good one. Josh Shapiro's record of spending and borrowing (essentially, deferred taxation) is public and he proudly defends it. In fact, Josh Shapiro and all Montgomery County Democrats criticized Gov. Corbett's budget because it did not spend enough and did not tax enough, particularly, Marcellus Shale exploration which creates jobs and lowers energy costs.

If elected, there is no doubt that Josh Shapiro's Democratic Majority will do to the County what Democratic Majority has done to Lower Merion since 2003 when Rs lost control of the Board. More spending, more borrowing and more taxes.

If Democrats take the majority, it is also likely that Montgomery County will become more unionized which means more spending, borrowing and taxes for the benefit a few Unions.

There is a Clear Choice 8 November.

 

Josh Shapiro's record www.libertyindex.com

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Marcellus Shale exploration which creates jobs and lowers energy costs.

How much have energy costs come down, and how much of that is due to shale exploration?

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From personal experience in two businesses, I can say electric costs are declining, mostly, because of deregulation and competition.

I don't know if you are familiar of the economic concept of supply and demand but generally the greater supply, the lower the cost.

As to more, I am afraid you will have to do your own research. The WSJ has some excellent discussions of cost of natural gas. Prices fluctuate, of course, but generally they are declining  and compared to oil, natural gas is a better buy.

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"Marcellus Shale exploration which creates jobs and lowers energy costs."

 

But at what cost to our children and grandchildren? Have environmental costs been factored into the equation?

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Marcellus Shale never killed anything —

Job creating Marcellus Shale never killed a bat or a bird or anyone or anything else. In fact, there is not a single proven case in Pennsylvania of anyone even getting sick from Marcellus Shale exploration. The double standard for windmills and for Marcellus Shale seems to be playing out, predictably, in government funded WHYY. Residents of Pennsylvania might benefit from more jobs and lower energy costs.

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The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has a detailed story on the ecological impact of bat killing wind turbines.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11198/1160977-28.stm

                                                                   

  Wind Turbines Kill Bug Eating Bats upset the ecological balance and cost Pennsylvania farmers $277.9 million in estimated avoided costs. Some proponents, blinded by self-righteous ideology, failed to foresee the unintended consequences of bat killing windmills. The environmental impact and the economic cost was not anticipated.

The Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture by Fort Collins Research Center, a federal government scientific research center for US Geological Service http://www.fort.usgs.gov/products/publications/pub_abstract.asp?PubID=23069

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Not sure what your point is, but if it's that wind energy should be prepared to compensate for environmental damage, no argument from me. That sounds correct, that all industries should pay for their environmental footprint as part of their cost of doing business.

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By the way, I heard a story on what you call "government funded WHYY" about the connection between wind turbines and bat declines.  Since you've implied that WHYY is on some kind of campaign against shale drilling, I'd be interested if you also think that WHYY is on a campaign against wind energy.

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Compare the coverage of government funded WHYY which promotes green energy and global warming with the report of center liberal Post Gazette and you will see the difference in detail. Note WHYY does not reference the government report which appears to adhere to standards of scientific research. Reading WHYY one would think this is minor problem that can be easily remedied. Post Gazette and government report present a much bleaker picture and probably more accurate.

 

Note the nonreporting at the declining Inquirer which is doing less and less reporting and recycles articles from aroung the state.

One learns a lot more from www.grassrootspa.com  and from Sy Snyder's Keegan Gibson.

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http://www.newyorker.com/images/2011/07/11/cartoons/110711_cartoon_059_a15883_p465.gif

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Subsahara Africa is the most pristine place on earth. No industrial pollution of any kind. Other than the breath of living things, little CO2 is produced, An environmental heaven, is it not?

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Unfortunately, co2 doesn't just cause problems for the areas that release a lot of it. It gets up into the atmosphere and increases the co2 concentration of the whole planet. (Which is round, by the way.)

If climate projection models prove correct Africa will take quite a hit during climate change, with increased drought and desertification, and major challenges for forests and crop yields.

 

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