Archive: 08/2010

Summer, 2010: The New Normal?

By Bruce E. Johansen

Earth by mid-2010 was experiencing its warmest decade, the warmest year, and the warmest April, May and June on the instrumental record. In 2010, Russia (at 111 degrees F.), Saudi Arabia and Iraq (both 126), Niger (118), Sudan (121), and Pakistan (at 129) set all-time temperature records.

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Keystone XL Comment Period Extended to September 15

With the recent oil spills (BP’s disaster in the Gulf and  Enbridge’s Kalamazoo pipeline rupture in Michigan), it is clear that current federal regulations are not strict enough to safeguard drinking and agricultural water from the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would cross 71 rivers and streams as well as the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides life-giving water to eight states and supports one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cotton, and cattle produced in the United States. Unless stopped, the Keystone XL pipeline will travel 1700 miles from Canada to refineries near Houston putting water supplies and the environment at risk.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has extended the Keystone XL comment period until September 15, 2010. Because the Keystone XL pipeline crosses the US-Canadian border,  a Presidential Permit is required from the U.S. Department of State. 

The Environmental Protection Agency recently gave the State Department’s draft analysis of the proposed pipeline’s environmental impacts a failing grade, in part because it failed to address the dangers the pipeline would pose to communities along its path. Fifty members of Congress  submitted a letter to Secretary of State Clinton to press her and the Obama administration not to rush to approve a new tar sands oil pipeline.

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Nobuko Tsubui at the Annual Lantern Float

Below is the statement that Japanese citizen Nobuko Tsukui delivered at the Lincoln NFP Chapter Annual Lantern Float August 7. Nobuko is a major scholar in the literature written by survivors of the atomic blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki — people who often died after a few years from radiation sickness. Her most recent book, The Atomic Bomb Literature of Japan: an Introduction and Translations, make clear why it is so important for NFP to work for nuclear arms reductions and for stringent congressional controls on StratCom. The English translations in the volume are painful and powerful, but they are also a tribute to humankind's search for meaning. The Atomic Bomb Literature of Japan is available from Nebraskans for Peace for $25.  

--Paul Olson
, NFP President 

Dear Friends, 

I’m honored to be here to greet you tonight.

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Contact Information for NE Representatives and Senators

With so many important issues needing our attention and dedication these days, we decided to try and make it easier for all of us to contact our Repesentatives on the important issues by compiling a comprehensive list of all of the people we may need to contact. Below is a list of the contact information for Nebraska's two U.S. Senators, three U.S. Representatives, and a way to find and contact your local State Senator. We hope you find this informative and useful! We recommend writing to the Senators at their local address, as it takes weeks for the mail to be forwarded.

You can visit the Project Vote Smart website to quickly identify your state wide and national elected officials.  Here is the contact information for Nebraska's Governor and Congressional Delegates:

Governor Pete Ricketts
P.O. Box 94848, Lincoln, NE 68509-4848
Lincoln: 402-471-2244

Sen. Deb Fischer
11819 Miracle Hills Drive, Suite 205, Omaha, NE 68154
440 North 8th Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508
383 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
202-224-6551 (Washington, D.C.)
402-391-3411 (Omaha)
402-441-4600 (Lincoln)

Sen. Ben Sasse
B40E Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
287 Federal Building, 100 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, NE 68508
4111 Fourth Avenue, Suite 26, Kearney, NE 68845
115 Railway Street, Suite C102, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
202-224-4224 (Washington, D.C.)
402-476-1400 (Lincoln)
308-233-3677 (Kearney)
308-632-6032 (Scottsbluff)

Representative Jeff Fortenberry - 01
1514 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515-2701
301 South 13th Street, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68508
125 S. 4th Street, Suite 101, Norfolk, NE 68701
P.O. Box377 629 Broad Street, Fremont, NE 68026
Lincoln: (402) 438-1598 
Norfolk: (402) 379-2064
Fremont: (402) 727-9130
Washington D.C. :(202) 225-5686

Representative Brad Ashford - 02
107 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
7126 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE 68106
Washington DC: (202) 225-4155
Omaha: (402) 916-5678

Representative Adrian Smith - 03
2241 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515-2703
416 Valley View Drive Suite 600, Scottsbluff, NE 69361 
1811 West Second Street Suite 105, Grand Island, NE 68803 
Washington DC: (202) 225-6435
Scottsbluff: (308) 633-6333
Grand island: (308) 384-3900

Also, if you are not sure who your State Senator is there is a great new function on the Nebraska Unicameral website that will tell you what district you are in!  Visit the Nebraska Legislature site where you will find a map of the state. In the lower right corner of the map you will find a "search the map" box where you can enter your street address and city. Hit the search button and then click on the arrow that appears on the map and your Senator and District number will pop up on the map.

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Nelson, Johanns key swing votes on New START Treaty

After months of delay, the U.S. Senate will vote on ratifying the “New START” Treaty on nuclear weapons in September—just before the fall general election. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Obama Administration are still searching for the 67 votes necessary for ratification, despite the bipartisan backing of virtually every Democratic and Republican foreign policy luminary... the support of all three heads of the nation’s nuclear laboratories... and the endorsement of every former and current StratCom commander.

The votes of both Democratic Senator Ben Nelson and Republican Senator Mike Johanns are crucial for final adoption.

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