Thursday, March 22, 2012

Green Agenda - #3752 - A Coming Government 'Green' War on PVC Pipe? - The Blaze (2) Obama Fundraising 28% Off 2008 Pace - Hot Air

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), an independent U.S. government agency that “provides workplaces by constructing, managing, and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate,” is considering new “green” building certification guidelines that require builders avoid using polyvinyl chloride (i.e. PVC).  But who would propose regulations that discourage the use of the third most widely produced (and consumed) plastic in the world? To answer that question, it’s important to understand a little more about the GSA, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system.  The GSA and it’s “green” agenda  The GSA was established by President Harry Truman on July 1, 1949, according to the agency’s website. The original purpose of the organization was to “dispose of war surplus goods, manage and store government records, handle emergency preparedness, and stockpile strategic supplies for wartime.”  Read more.........

Obama Fundraising 28% Off 2008 Pace - Hot Air - Yesterday I noted that the latest fundraising numbers for Barack Obama came to $45 million, but that combined his fundraising with that of the DNC. Politico breaks it down further to find that the actual total money raised for Obama by three different committees in February comes to $39.4 million — far off of the pace of his 2008 fundraising:  Barack Obama is spending heavily to bring in money and relying more on big donors than he did in 2008, but his fundraising pace has slipped from his first presidential campaign, reports filed with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday show.  Three Obama campaign committees, including two that have higher donor limits, brought in a combined $39.4 million last month.  Compare that to February 2008, when Obama had one campaign committee, which was limited to smaller donations, but still raised $55 million.  That is a 28% drop in fundraising, even as Obama has set new records for fundraising events. He had almost doubled the number of fundraisers Bush held in the 2004 campaign at this stage of his presidency, even before his six-event frenzy on Friday:  Read more........

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