Lawmakers Propose Mandatory Fee for Plastic Bags in New York City

An art piece representing plastic bag usage.
An art piece representing plastic bag usage, displayed at today’s press conference.

City Councilmembers and advocates announced a plan today to slap a 10 cent charge on all plastic and paper carry-out bags at grocery and retail stores across New York City.

Customers would be required to bring their own bags or pay the fee, which stores would get to pocket, according to the proposed legislation, unveiled this afternoon at City Hall.

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Are the Frackers Force-Feeding Us Poisonous Water or Are We Drinking the Kool-Aid?

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State Senator Tony Avella holds a public forum on fracking

The debate over whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, in the State of New York continues to heat up.

State Senator Tony Avella held a public forum this week aiming to dissuade the public from supporting the controversial natural gas drilling procedure. Mr. Avella’s event followed a statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo that he is considering permitting it in five counties near the Pennsylvania border: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga.

For the uninitiated, hydraulic fracturing involves injecting a cocktail of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to crack open rock formations, which contain gas. It has been going on since 1947, but many environmentalists are in a seemingly sudden, even apocalyptic panic mode over the issue, especially in New York. They raise concerns fracking could cause air pollution and contaminate critical groundwater supplies by releasing methane gas and toxic chemicals. One attendee at Mr. Avella’s event even claimed that, if fracking isn’t stopped, we are facing a situation similar to that in the film The Day After Tomorrow.

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Romney Campaign: ‘Obama Is Giving Taxpayer Money To Big Donors And Then Watching Them Lose It’ [Video]

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A shot from the Romney campaign’s video on the loan guarantee program. (Photo: YouTube)

Mitt Romney’s newest web video accuses President Barack Obama and the Department of Energy of using a stimulus program to spur green jobs to pay off their friends by giving money to failing business ventures run by Democratic donors. The commercial highlights three energy companies that received loan guarantees through a DOE program and later lost money or went bankrupt; Solyndra, ECOTality, SunPower and First Solar. The ad alleges these companies received the cash because of their ties to the Obama ddministration and the Democratic Party.

“You’ve heard of Solyndra. They took $535 million in taxpayer loan guarantees and went bankrupt. But that’s not even half the story,” the video’s narrator says as an ominous piano sountrack plays. “More than 16 billion dollars have gone to companies like Solyndra that are linked to big Obama and Democrat donors. … Obama is giving taxpayer money to big donors and then watching them lose it.” Continue reading “Romney Campaign: ‘Obama Is Giving Taxpayer Money To Big Donors And Then Watching Them Lose It’ [Video]”

Roundup: Rep. Rangel’s Tech Troubles; Will Tax Free Cigarettes Get Snuffed Out?

Did Congressman Rangel get hacked on Twitter?

Get your Indian reservation cigarettes while you still can! Governor Cuomo won’t confirm or deny rumors he’s going to start seizing shipments of the tax-free stogies.

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