New Fracking Bill being introduced will eliminate hazardous chemicals loophole.

                   As any normal person knows Fracking is very contreversial. Fracking is well known for polluting natural water and land areas. There are at least 23 known carcinogens used in the Fracking process and 5% of all wells fail immediately. The failure is caused by a leak in the concrete. The Natural Gas Drilling Industry refuses to recognize any of this. They are also not required to list the chemicals used because of an exemption in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa) and U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Ca.) introduced a bill to end the chemical exemption. The Closing Loopholes and Ending Arbitrary and Needless Evasion Regulations Act (CLEANER) takes aim at eliminating the hazardous waste exemption. The Bill currently has 43 co-sponsors, all Democrats. The Bill faces an uphill battle because of the Republican majority in the House.

The RCRA was amended to exempt waste from the production and development of oil, natural gas and geothermal waste. This has allowed the Fracking Industry to run amuck. They have destroyed whole habitats, as well as families drinking water in everyone of the 34 states they are currently drilling in. Republicans have defended the Natural Gas Drilling Industry high and low. They have gone so far as trying to remove the Federal EPA from their state. They have knowingly lied to the press, releasing contaminated water tests to homeowners and telling the press that there was no pollution.

The industry has spent millions of dollars on lobbying. Governor Tom Corbett (R-Pa) has recieved about $1.5 million dollars from the Natural Gas Drilling Industry. When a lawmaker recieves that much money from an industry, how can they be expected to make the correct decisions for the people. I thought it was illegal to recieve money from a business that you would make legislation for. Conflict of Interest. But for now the Fracking Industry has a free pass to pollute our water and destroy our environment. It is good knowing someone is trying to hold them accountable.

What does a nuclear armed Iran mean to Americans?

               Really to everyday Americans it doesnt mean much. We all should realize that Middle East.has been at the middle of many of our problems over the last decade. The effect here is mostly political and possibly a future military action. Otherwise it is generall going to be felt in that region.

              You would have to live under a rock to not know about the relationship btween Iran and Israel. Iran would love to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Israel is our only true ally in the region, so we generally support their decisions. At times the relationship between Washington and Israel has been contentious. President Obama has been accused by Republicans of not being a true friend to Israel. But the general idea here is that if Iran were to attack Israel there would be major problems.

                 We of course have put sanctions on Iran, which has gotten us no results. Now Iran has a very strong backer in China, this is why we havent moved militarily on them. That in a sense would be biting off more than we wanted to chew. Plus I dont think we want to enter another war in this region. We have been stuck there in 2 wars for over 10 years. The American people dont want anymore.

             The Republicans need to protect their interests in this region, mostly oil. In protecting their interests they are willing to put more soldiers on the front line. We need to continue you to pressure Iran economically and support our good friend Israel. While at the same time restain them from going into Iran, that would throw the whole region into chaos. I hope our leaders make the right decision.

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