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The real issue is jobs and economic survival. IF the full value of what is suspected were quantified (Copper is nearly $4/pound X 8 billion = $32 billion; Gold is $1733/ounce X 8 million = $13.8 billion), the retail mineral value would be $45 billion and I only counted the copper and gold, and left off the molybdenum and silver. If 30% of the gross revenue flowed to government in the form of taxes, and that’s a conservative percentage, the amount of all tax revenue would exceed $13.5 billion. That should impress any politician in a state with a current $1.5 billion deficit. But let’s downgrade mineral expectation to recover only 10% of what’s possible. That’s still $1.35 billion. Now equate that to jobs. If $100,000 is the full cost of each teacher job per year, then IF this is developed into a mine, and there’s no assurance it would, 13,500 teacher years could be funded just from this project. So before you condemn this project because it might require digging up the Earth is a small area, which later would be restored, consider the children. Do you support schools? Do you support good livable jobs in Washington State? Do you support America being resource independent?

If you hate this project because it would develop resources, then why stop there? You should oppose all fishing & hunting, all farming & logging, all port facility construction, all roads, and all devices that require electricity. America is getting very close to following bankrupt Greece, which is now being dictated to it by the EU. Greece is being told that no matter what political party takes over, they must adhere to the financial rules of outsiders to survive.

Want to check the numbers? Go to http://www.ascotresources.ca/s/MtMarg... and do your own research.

December 5, 2012 at 9:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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One aspect of ObamaCare will reduce overall healthcare costs.

For supporters of the Democratic politicians, almost all who defend ObamaCare, do you agree with permanent sterilization of minor girls? Did you know the HHS ruling, which took effect Aug 1, says in part, “must provide coverage, without cost-sharing, for sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives to “all women with reproductive capacity.” In practical terms that means girls as young as 12. Is your minor daughter sufficiently mature to understand the consequences of opting for permanent sterilization?

How the law is effected in each state is unclear but “under Oregon law, girls from 15-years of age and up are given complete control over whether to be sterilized or not. The parents or guardians of a minor girl--between 15 and 18--can neither grant nor deny consent for a sterilization.”

Is freedom of choice the reason progressives so desperately want to allow minors to be sterilized or are there more insidious reasons. A few come to mind. First, many progressives want to undermine the family. What better way that to drive a wedge between parents and children. Doing so gives government more influence. Second, some people want more sexual freedom but without pregnancy consequences. Thus, no longer would preventative measures be needed, even if it helps reduce sexually transmitted diseases. And of course the sex trade benefits. Third, environmentalists want to reduce carbon emissions and have postulated that every child not born saves 9,440 metric tons of carbon emissions over the person’s lifetime and of those descendents who now wouldn’t be born. And last, the UN has a goal to reduce humanity to two or three billion – this is one means to accomplish that. Once ‘voluntary’ sterilization becomes standard practice, where will it stop? Ask China, which forcibly sterilizes women.

Ask your favorite pro-ObamaCare candidates whether they support your minor daughter receiving free sterilization without your consent. Read the article here for more information and how several Democrat politicians refuse to discuss the issue. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama....

August 14, 2012 at 12:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Washington View: Northwest dams ‘flood busters,’ prevent devastation

Those who want the dams removed don't care about humanity. Their goal is subordinate mankind to nature's whim. They would be content to see flooding brush us aside. That is, as long as they're not threatened, then the whiners complain about Government not being their for them.

May 31, 2011 at 10:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

In Our View: More Bricks, Mortar

Everytime I see a capital budget project, I never see analysis whether the estimate is accurate. Legislators, and the press, presume the price tag is accurate. They also assume the benefits are real, when experience shows me that benefits often are fictitious.

Consider road projects. On numerous occasions I see one truck with a collapsible barrier protecting another truck with collapsible barrier protecting a sweeper truck painted a dark non reflective color. Sign wavers stand next to trucks with engines running so they can listen to the radio or have the flashing lights on. In one case near Tacoma on the I-5 I counted no less than 12 workers huddled together and no one working.

Perhaps we can reduce the manpower and equipment requirements on projects, utilize more electronic warning signs instead of bodies.

Let's make the money we do have, go further.

May 31, 2011 at 10:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Washington View: Natural gas, other fuel sources all have pros and cons

Don, you're wrong.

St. Helens Energy, the US subsidiary of Comet Ridge, http://www.cometridgeresources.com/pa... is drilling for conventional gas in Grays Harbor County. One such well is just a few miles from me in the Wynoochee River valley. Comet Ridge Resources via St. Helens has amassed a 470,000 acre (1,902 sq km) leasehold and lease option position over the Grays Harbor Basin in western Washington. In June, 2008 the Company negotiated a twelve month extension to the lease option it has over 420,000 acres (1,700 sq km) with a large timber company at a cost of $300,000 or less than US$0.72 per acre. This extra time will enable St. Helens to acquire and interpret 3D and 2D seismic surveys over a number of the mapped prospects and leads prior to exercising its option to lease.

The prospects at Grays Harbor are conventional sandstone reservoirs in structural anticlinal traps. There is relatively sparse 2D seismic coverage over the mapped prospects so the Company will be shooting new 3D and 2D data to optimise the initial drilling locations planned for 2009. These surveys commenced in August, 2008.

Chehalis, Washington State

St Helens Energy holds a 10% interest in the 130,000 acres over the Chehalis coal seam gas play in southern Washington. Comet Ridge farmed out early in 2008 and will be carried through the drilling of five wells. Drilling is expected to commence in the second half of 2008.Old wells from 20+ years ago show significant gas pressure.

Further, the US has been using fracking for years now, and I believe about 60,000 wells in the US have used it.

May 24, 2011 at 3:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Crowd pulls few punches at Herrera Beutler town hall

Rep. Norm Dicks won't even have townhall meetings in Grays Harbor. He's chicken to face his constituents.

May 17, 2011 at 11:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Crowd pulls few punches at Herrera Beutler town hall

Government borrows 42% of what it spends. Those who don't want changes in their own benefits, are selfish, and don't care about the future of their kids, grandchildren, or the country. Progressives prefer the pandering of politicians who want to buy their votes with unfulfilled promises.

Herrera Beutler is courageous to be willing to tackle the problems her predecessors (both parties) punted down the road.

America is broke, and entitlement programs, earmarks, and some defense policies are part of the reason. But most of all, it is the voters' fault for electing corrupt politicians.

May 17, 2011 at 11:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

In our view: (Electric) Car Talk

Electric cars are not ready for prime time. And they don't help the environment overall because of the electric source, and the massive pollution created when mining and refining the necessary rare earth elements used and 97% monopolized by China.

April 27, 2011 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

In our view: (Electric) Car Talk

Masaaki Kato, president of Honda R&D, said:
“Our stance is that the use of electric vehicles is limited. To get the performance of an Accord, in terms of driving range, from today’s battery-only drivetrain, we would need to carry 2 tons of batteries. That’s no good.”

Popular Mechanics article – October 2, 2008
“In an earlier interview with PM, (Toyota’s Bill) Reinert pointed out that in very cold temperatures, mountain regions in the winter, and hot zones, the American southwest in the summer, ‘You can lose an order of magnitude of energy availability in the battery. So if you have a 40-mile range normally, in Boulder, Colo., when it was 10 below zero, you might end up with a 4-mile range, with the heater going and all the other things.’”

USA Today article – January 18, 2008
“If you take into account emissions from the powerplant generating the electricity to recharge the battery, the picture gets murky. If that power comes from hydro-electric dams or nuclear or natural gas plants, Toyota says emissions are cut. But not for the USA overall, Toyota says, because half our power comes from coal-fired plants.
Averaged across the USA, ‘There’s very little (emissions) benefit’ compared with a current Prius hybrid, says Jaycie Chitwood, senior planner at Toyota’s advanced technologies unit in the USA.”

April 27, 2011 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

In Our View: Deck Truss, It Is

"effects of the Great Recession linger" Are you kidding? You think the recession mostly has passed? We've just entered a fiscal crisis of epoch proportions.

Our dollar is collapsing, our government lacks fiscal leadership (though the bridge choice shows some sanity), our creditors are knocking on the door, the dollar is about to lose its global standard, and we're about to lose our credit rating.

April 26, 2011 at 12:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )