The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
District 78 Representative Dave Pagel spoke at a Lunch with the League meeting on liquor, wine and beer distribution in Michigan in a talk titled "A Jug of Wine, a Bottle of Scotch--and the State of Michigan". Watch the video. The picture at the right of Mr. Pagel was taken at Coach's Bar & Grill, the location of the meeting, by John Matuszak of the Herald Palladium.
As a bonus before lunch Pagel also took questions on the roads and the upcoming vote in May on increasing the sales tax from 6% to 7%. Here is the video of that Q & A session.
Pictured with Mr. Pagel is Elizabeth Ennis, left, MC of the event, and Susan Gilbert, right.
The second bill is one that would have limited the ability of the state to set aside forest land for biodiversity protection. The League was very vocal on this one, lobbied the governor and sent out an Action Alert to its members. Read the article that explains more.
A few things to keep in mind at this point.
1. Is this the agenda item the GOP should take up first? Or even the most important item on the energy agenda?
2. The Keystone is a pipeline being built by Canadians to ship Canadian oil across our country to refineries and ports on the Gulf Coast with no guarantee it will be consumed in the U.S.
3. The number of jobs that will be created by building the pipeline keeps shrinking, from 100,000 down to a few thousand, and these jobs will be temporary.
4. Do the Canadians still want to build the pipeline? Tar sands oil is expensive to extract and of low quality, getting $20-$30 less per barrel than sweet crude. If oil continues at its present $50/barrel plus or minus, oil sands production will no longer be economically viable and fields will shut down.
5.The oil drillers in Alberta are competing with our own domestic energy production companies.
This Keystone vote is political. It has everything to do with skewering the President and little to do with energy policy.
Hostess and LWVBCC Board membr Judy Scully with David Pollack, above left, and with Joan Araham and Renee Gardner.
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