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GMO Nightmare

 
The subject of GMO's is something which I have received a few emails concerning my position on lately and one request to write a blog on the issue to share it better.  I have been in many discussions on this matter in person with people and on the Internet yet have missed expanding on it here.
GMO's is a very important subject in my humble opinion although not so with many in the political world. We have here the issue of personal freedoms and the right to know about and control what we take into our bodies, possible health issues and governmental control over our lives.

Just One Step of Many for Electrical Production and the Environment

In our need for more electrical production and to show concern for the environment at the same time, the two sides of this equation need to come together and use just a touch of common sense. Across the nation a large number of our coal fire plants are aging. Many of these power plants are neither efficient nor as non-polluting as they could or should be. Many on the build it cheap side only have profits in mind while many environmentalist are so to the extreme that they hurt the environment more than help it. The idiotic length of time and hearings it takes to get a plant approved, no less built is totally insane. Hurting our ability to produce what we need, keeping electrical cost extremely high, and causes much more damage to our environment. What we have to do is shorten the time period it takes to get a new plant approved, built and on line. These newer plants would be more efficient as for production, and cleaner burning than our older plants (many of which need to be shut down and taken out of the picture entirely). Shortening this process down and insisting that the cleanest technology be brought forth when the plans are originally made, would help us in getting our energy needs taken care of, lower cost on the consumer and get the older more pollution producing plants shut down thus creating a step towards a protected environment. This is an area where we are hurting at the public and environmental levels by the extremist at both ends who in reality only care about keeping problems going for the sake of giving them something to complain about with no intent of doing anything productive for society nor their so called cause.

More Transportation Energy

 
Common sense has got to be brought back into the picture when dealing with balancing between progress and environment. The fact is no matter what we do we can not survive without extracting resources or building new means of producing energy. Nor can we keep up with our needs and keep cost down without doing so. We need to build a new refinery in Montana to assist in our transportation needs. This would give us more good paying jobs, boost our economy and lower fuel prices for us within our state.

Economic Growth

 
The plans for the economy is a subject which needs to be handled as a cross spectrum situation. There are many things that effect our economy which need to all be addressed. I promote our economy on this premise. To start with we have to drive home the point that government can not create jobs. It can only create an atmosphere which allows for individuals to do so. The true base to build Montanas economy does not come from outside corp. influence. Our economy will only grow when we create Montana based businesses by Montanans. Cutting business taxes for Montanans who are currently in business or want to start one is a must. Getting rid of the maze of specialty licenses, requirements and over regulation is also a must. My plan includes these steps. I also promote the growth of co-ops. These organizations assist people in purchasing items for personal/business use at a lower cost, and gives a means for small producers to combine products for better market introduction. I also push hard for a more value added aspect to our production and marketing methods. It makes no sense at all to export raw products then import finished goods from these products back into the state. Let's create the finished products here at home, this will lower our cost as consumers within the state and give us a better return on what we ship out of state thus boosting the states economy. I am also pushing the hemp market (which is legal in MT). With putting just 1% of our agricultural lands under hemp we would boost the state economy well over $100 million dollars a year off just raw material and oil alone. Finished goods from this product would grow the economy many times over. It would also enrich our soil for other crops on a rotating basis, help purify the air better and clean up surface water which seaps into our water table. It is pest resistant and can be grown chemical free, thus being even better for our environment and creating a better profit margin than traditional crops with less cost to the farmer and less impact on the environment. I also promote better harvesting of our natural resources. This is one area Montana is in a prime spot to capitalize on. Better management of our wooded areas would boost our timber businesses, clean up large areas of bad lands, and cut our expenses on battling wild fires. This act alone would also help with air and water quality, and less medical bills to Montanans as a result of smoke issues related to wild fires. Insurance cost would come down as property would not be as threatened. All these things would free up money resources for Montana citizens which they would by human nature spend elsewhere on goods and services which would actually increase our economy vs draining it of funds or costing the state hough sums of money to combat. One area the state could help in a direct manner to boost the economy which does happen to be the responsibility of the state is with our infrastructure. Better flow of goods and services from a sound and sufficient infrastructure, (roads, power, water, communication), increases our ability to do business and have lower cost means of getting goods from production spots to market. There are areas within our current agricultural industry that we need to expand in which would also pick up our economy. The layout I have given here would grow the Montana economy and create good paying jobs across the state, virtually eliminating unemployment issues for our citizens.

Bison Management

 There there are times when our present Governor has nit-picked where and what on he would stand up to the federal government. Some of his stands were about lame at best. Bison management being one of them. I understand the concern of ranchers not wanting to see a spread of disease to cattle herds, and the concern of some over property damage. Fact is to avoid possible property damage would constitute elimination of a species which is not acceptable. This is a situation which could be handled in a reasonable manner for all concerned without the game playing and pitting segments of the population against each other for personal or political gain.

O MY Bama, We actually agree on something.

 
Just another few comment about the proposed pipeline fairy tail. I don't agree with Obama on many things, yet on this issue I would be inclined too at least in part. He, as I, do have great concerns about the Ogallala aquifer which the line is set to run threw. We also have in common the understanding that the Republicans will try and pound anyone against the project as being anti jobs with their claims of 1000's of jobs being created. Their claims to this is not totally true. With most projects like this, there is actually very few new jobs created.

Beauty in Flames

 
Our Beautiful State? Those anywhere near fires could ask, What is so beautiful? Smoke so think you can hardly see and spreading over 100s of miles. The burning eyes and noses. The difficulty breathing. Extra doctors and emergency room visits for many due to the smoke. Loss of property. Loss of vast revenues for the state from not managing our timberland better. Loss of employment for not doing so. Loss of funds to fight the fires. Loss of habitat for wildlife. The charred country side. Air pollution in mass amounts.

A Little Thought

I'm all for helping our environment, most people have no idea just how much nature and our environment really means to me. Yet I am also a realist. This little post has nothing to do with the oil industry, that is another subject altogether. We use our vehicles, our electronics, mega amounts of plastic and we have to eat. All the ones who want to shut down any and all means of producing the material we need to supply these things need to learn how to survive as we did in the middle ages. They would not be so adament about things then.