Thursday, October 7, 2010

Say Anything » Collin Peterson Grateful that Grand Forks Herald and Fargo Forum Keep Public Uninformed

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Say Anything » Collin Peterson Grateful that Grand Forks Herald and Fargo Forum Keep Public Uninformed

Ed Morrisey of the Hotair blog had a post up today about Collin Peterson insulting his constituents again. His source was this column where Collin said that his constituents wouldn’t know what’s going on if it weren’t for the national press.
“If they didn’t hear all this negative stuff from the national press, if they would’ve been isolated from everything the last three to four years, they wouldn’t have even known anything was going on,” he said. “Nothing’s changed.”
Minnesota’s seventh district runs along the North Dakota border from a bit South of Fargo to the Canadian border. For historical reasons the media that serves his constituents is based for the most part in North Dakota. The two highest read newspapers are the Fargo Forum and their sister publication The Grand Forks Herald.
The Forum properties protect Collin Peterson, and Minnesota’s senators, just like they protect the North Dakota congressional delegation.
So Collin’s right. People in the 7th district that rely on the Forum’s news coverage are only going to hear what Collin Peterson wants them to hear. For some reason the Forum properties have decided to make themselves irrelevant to people that want to know what our people are doing in Washington.
So that’s why people have to rely on the national news. Fortunately it’s a whole lot easier to find out what’s going on. People like Collin Peterson can’t get away with screwing us over in Washington and telling us lies when he comes back home.
The compelling reason to remove Peterson from office is his support of Cap and Trade. The largest industry in Peterson’s district is the sugar beet industry. Not only do hundreds of farmers employ thousands of people growing the beets, the sugar beet processing factories in his district, East Grand Forks, Crookston and Moorhead employ thousands of workers as well. Those are union jobs.
Peterson’s cap and trade scheme would be devestating to the beet industry. I did a post on this earlier:
Among the specifics under the three scenarios: They generally bracket a $20 level that has been estimated as a possible level for carbon taxes. The results:
- $10-per-ton carbon tax: U.S. beet industry declines 17 percent; the U.S. cane industry declines by 3 percent; Mexican imports increase 43 percent; other countries’ imports increase 50 percent.
Meanwhile, world emissions of GHG from sugar production declines by 3.5 percent because of the U.S. changes. Impacts on all GHG worldwide (sugar and nonsugar) would be 0.2 percent.
- $20-per-ton carbon tax: U.S. beet industry falls by 38 percent; U.S. cane industry declines by 4 percent; Mexican imports increase 130 percent; and other countries’ imports increase by 115 percent.
Under this scenario, world emissions of GHG from sugar production decline by 8.4 percent and world GHG emissions decline by 0.47 percent.
- $30 per ton carbon tax: U.S. beet industry falls by 70 percent; Mexican imports increase by 180 percent; and other countries’ imports increase by 228 percent.
Meanwhile, world emissions of GHG from sugar production declines by 15.9 percent because of U.S. changes, while world GHG percentages decline by 0.9 percent.
Note that under Peterson’s cap and trade scheme, the beet industry gets hurt the most while imports make up the difference while there’s no appreciable benefit to the environment.
Too bad for Collin that there are ways for people to get the news nowdays. (Note, I did get the cap and trade figures from the GF Herald, but they failed to link it with Peterson’s support.)
By the way, if you look at the picture you’ll see that Peterson is drinking a DIET coke. More perfidy. Well maybe not, I don’t think there are many soft drinks that use real sugar anymore.

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