Once again, the links you provide don't back up most of the claims in your previous post. You are just cherry-picking what you want to defend. For instance, you still haven't explained where your net jobs numbers by age group came from.
You won't get an argument from me about the dangers, drawbacks, and flaws in fissile fuel use, and if California proposed a new nuclear project I would be actively against it. Same goes for an expansion of natural gas drilling or new offshore oil wells. The reality, as I proved with my sources, is that there is no comparison between Texas and California when it comes to offshore oil and onshore fracking, and at least California is moving in the direction of mandated renewables. California set a non-binding goal of and later mandated 20% renewables in public utilities by 2017 and then accelerated this goal to 20% by 2010 and 33% by 2020.
But there are no such propositions in Texas and your politicians are actively ensuring that big oil and gas continue to monopolize the energy markets. It's quid pro quo faux-democracy there and it is irreparably damaging our country. Also, as big as Texas is, I still doubt there's anywhere in the state where you could be 500 miles away from a fossil fuel site.”
“I appreciate you providing some links--you should have included them in the first place. Since you don't provide quotes from your sources, all I can do is look at the articles and try to find where in them they back up your assertions. Truth is, most of the time they don't. For instance, I see all the problem areas described relating to California's ozone pollution, but I don't see where the ALA says California has the worst air quality. Did I miss it, or are you just making that up? If you would provide quotes from your sources you would have more of a leg to stand on. Likewise with water quality, you provide no state by state comparisons, just information on cities. Again with toxic pollution, no state by state comparisons. If you can't show me something that contradicts the information I cited from AOL Daily Finance (not exactly left-leaning) on this topic, I will have to assume you can't prove it wrong. You make good points about San Onofre and nuclear power in California. I am against nuclear energy development and am glad San Onofre is being shut down. That should have happened a long time ago, as that facility was never up to code. The only good thing about nuclear energy is that it has a very low carbon footprint, and I think that carbon pollution is one of the gravest threats our world faces. That's why Texas is public enemy number one in my book.”
Overall, California was ranked FOURTH in oil production in 2013, producing less than a quarter of what Texas produced, so again your information is wrong.
You said: "Calif has the worst air, water and ozone problem in the nation, not TX."
According to CNN, California ranks 37th in water quality and 27th in air quality, while Texas ranks 15th in water quality and 51st in air quality. So you could have had a good point here, but you chose to lie and provide no facts to backup your assertions. BTW, according to Forbes, California is ranked 14th and Texas is ranked 34th in America's Greenest States, and according to Daily Finance, Texas ranks worst in toxic waste and carbon footprint.
“So you have given up on providing any evidence to backup your claims? I have no idea where your employment data comes from, or what timeline you are using. Based on the numbers you gave, there is a net decrease in employment across all age groups of 3 million workers. However, there has been a net gain of 1.2 million jobs under Obama through 2013 (more in the intervening months), and that is even accounting for the 700,000-800,000 jobs lost each month as a result of the Bush recession and prior to the stimulus taking effect. So your numbers are either cherry-picked or bunk.
Likewise, there are nine active offshore oil sites in California state and municipal waters, and another 23 in federal waters, for a total of 32 sites, as compared to the thousands of wells and hundreds to thousands of platforms in the Gulf and off the coast of Texas (accurate numbers on this front are hard to find). I said there are no oil rigs off the coast where I live, which is in San Diego.
San Onofre has the worst safety record of all nuclear power plants in the United States, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Numerous safety hazards have been confirmed over the years, including, most recently, failure to comply with fire-safety regulations. Fires pose one of the greatest risks for causing a core meltdown, which would release tons of radiation and threaten the lives and environment of the communities surrounding the reactors. San Onofre has been in violation of these fire regulations for more than 30 years.
Calif is the number one consumer of fissile fuels in the nation and the number 4 producer.
BTW, the TX unemployment rate is 5.2% not the 6.2% I previously stated. CA unemployment rate is 7.8%. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Calif has the worst air pollution in the nation according to the American Lung Association.
Calif has the top 3 worst polluted beach waters in the nation according to the NRDC. Avalon Bay, Doheny and Poche have the worst water quality in the nation. TX is not on this list.
The closest fossil fuel producing area is over 500 miles from where I reside. TX is a big state with many varying climates and demographics.”
“I think they should keep the mascot/theme and change the name to something more respectful, and if they did I think the vast majority of people would be cool with it. Then we could start focusing on the Atlanta Braves, because that chop and chant they do is embarrassing, disrespectful, and pathetic in my opinion.”
biscuitdave on May 30, 2014 at 00:06:25
“They do the same at Florida State. Seems to be all over the place.”
May 29, 2014 at 20:12:00
HuffPost Live 321
“And so you blame Snowden for Kerry's headache? Does the NSA and broader national security apparatus deserve any of the blame? Is it Snowden's fault that the NSA spied on Angela Merkel, one of our closest allies, or dozens of other foreign leaders?”
May 29, 2014 at 20:07:06
HuffPost Live 321
“Sounds like Kerry has already convicted Snowden of espionage. And isn't that the problem? Snowden knows he could not get a fair trial here--the intelligence industrial complex has way too much power for that--and so he must stay in Russia. By the way, Kerry knows that Snowden didn't choose to be in Russia, he was forced to stay there because had he tried to fly to Latin America, he would likely have been turned over to U.S. custody. I feel bad for him--I would much rather be in Ecuador or Venezuela than stuck in god-awful Russia.”
“You bragged about Texas' "low" unemployment rate and I pointed out that it mirrors the national unemployment rate. Now you're trying to come up with excuses for why those numbers are nearly identical but mean two totally different things.
Those people that dropped out of the labor force are not necessarily "workers". They may be baby-boomers (like my mom) who just decided to retire, or they may be people who no longer need to keep a job just for the security of employer-provided healthcare because they are getting it through the Obamacare exchanges.
No offense, but a bunch of golf courses and man-made lakes in a drought-stricken state does not sound like anything near paradise to me. I live four blocks from the beach, and there are no oil rigs off my coast. I am very thankful for that. You may be lucky enough to not have a fracking well in your neighborhood, but I've seen Gasland, and there were people in Texas with big custom houses similar to yours who were forced to move because their water could be lit on fire and the outside air was giving their children chronic nose bleeds and skin sores. If you look at that scary Texas Tribune map I linked to, you will understand what an environmental wasteland your state has become at the expense of those Texas jobs you're touting.”
Cyrus Trance on May 29, 2014 at 20:30:16
“I guess you missed the part where 806,000 workers dropped out of the work force making unemployment appear lower than it actually is. That is not an excuse, it's a fact.
It's not baby boomers dropping out of the workforce it's the 25 to 54 age group has seen a decline in employment of 6 million workers. The 55+ age group, in contrast, has seen an increase in employment of 4.8 million workers. Employment in the 16 to 24 group is down by 1.8 million.
You may be lucky enough to not have a fracking well in your neighborhood,"
I live in a thriving metroplex and I have never even seen a fracking well.
You do know that about 40 states allow fracking and that includes Calif and
Calif has the worst air, water and ozone problem in the nation, not TX.
Calif is the second leading oil producer in the US.
Like I said, my neighborhood is well manicured and is surrounded by lakes, golf courses and country clubs. I would compare it with it with La Jolla absent the beach.
You simply are not well traveled or knowledgeable about your own country.
BTW, most of the west is in a drought with Calif leading the way.
You do know there are many beach cities in Calif with oil rigs, nuclear power and other plants. Just look at Long beach, San Pedro, Huntington beach, San Onofre and others.”
“You're right, I have no idea that petroleum fuels the machinery that plants and harvests the mass-produced food that shows up magically in the grocery store, that it is used to ship the Mexican avocados and Fijian bottled water to those same shelves, that it is used to make the packaging these goods are stored in, that the rubber in my shoes and computer parts I'm using right now are all made from oil.
What I do have an idea about is that the solar panels on my house reduce my use of petroleum, that I drive a fuel-efficient car (would have electric if I could afford it) and use it as little as possible by biking and walking places, that my state of California has mandatory benchmarks in place for renewables, and that your conservative Texas politicians (and admittedly many Democrats nationally) are in the pockets of big oil and have sold out their constituents, this country, and our environment.”
“I understand that, and as a result the Democrats will have a very hard time winning most of the House seats in Texas for a long time. However, redistricting would not affect a Texas gubernatorial race unless it suppressed voter turnout (which is a possibility and something I would be interested in learning more about). Usually when people refer to a state as red or blue or purple, they are referring to how the state votes in presidential elections, and once again this should not be affected much by gerrymandering.”
“As bad as gerrymandering is, and it is probably worse in Texas than anywhere else, it still has no effect on state-wide or national elected offices.”
Irantergosum on May 28, 2014 at 20:22:56
“Gerrymandering does (and did) have a major effect on state and national elections in 2012.
People asked the question how was it that Democrats received almost 1 million more votes than Republicans in 2012? Yet Republicans won 55% of the House seats.
"This answer lies in the 2010 election, in which Republicans won control of a substantial majority of state governments. They then used that power to re-draw congressional district lines in such a way as to maximize the Republican outcome in the 2012 House election."”
“It's a great analogy actually. Detroit prospered for decades during the golden age of American manufacturing, but capitalism in bed with globalism meant it couldn't last. At least there were good jobs and a solid middle-class back then though. Get back to us in a few decades when all the oil and gas has dried up and climate change has become so dire that Washington oligarchs can no longer sit on their hands. That in combination with persistent, widespread drought will make the entire state of Texas look like one big Detroit.”
“I don't need to look at your link to know that there are some good-paying jobs at Texas oil refineries, fracking wells, and off-shore rigs. Your state is the undisputed king of resource exploitation and environmental degradation. It does take quite a few morally-bankrupt engineers to figure out how to drill deeper underground and further out to sea in the pursuit of nineteenth century energy sources. But what will your state do in 50 years when all the oil and gas is gone, severe drought becomes perennial, and the little bit of water that's left has been poisoned? Is that what you call a sustainable economic model?”
devildog09 on May 28, 2014 at 22:45:13
“You stop using it, and we'll stop drilling for it. I'll bet you have no idea how dependant you are on petroleum for almost everything you use- far beyond the gasoline in your car”
I'm sure there are plenty of suburban track homes going up, and yeah they probably are cheap if you like that sort of thing--cookie cutter houses surrounded by wasteland, and if you're lucky, you might get a free fracking well or waste water disposal site in your backyard as a bonus.
My home is anything but cookie cutter, it's closer to custom. It's not surrounded by fracking, it's surrounded by golf courses, private lakes and every modern convenience imaginable in a beautiful manicured setting.
“I haven't heard anyone say they object to the use of the Native American image by the team. What many people do have a problem with is the racist name. Is anyone calling on the Kansas City Chiefs or Atlanta Braves to change their team name? This is a pretty simple concept to understand, and I think you and other defenders of the racist name will look silly as time passes.”
Amadeus76 on May 28, 2014 at 07:52:07
“Seriously!? No, they aren't calling for it now but they have in the recent past... The Atlanta Braves, Clevland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks, KC Chiefs, and (prior to this latest manufactured outrage) Washington Redskins have all had to deal with this BS.
I don't doubt that some Native Americans find it legitimately offensive but they aren't the ones pushing the "outrage", and are probably a minute percentage. I know card carrying members of the Omaha and Winnebago peoples and none of them have an issue with either the mascots or names, with the exception of Cleveland's mascot which they saw as a ridiculous caricature...”