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Sat May 28, 2016, 12:16 PM

Corporate Chicanery

Open Letter to Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA

by Mina Hamilton / May 27th, 2016

Right now something is happening in DC that urgently needs your attention. And it’s not about Trump.

A slick maneuver is under-way. A totally non-germane rider has been attached to the 1000-page-plus National Defense Authorization Act of 2016. It just passed the House and now moves to the Senate. Here’s why we are asking for your help.

What’s in this rider?

Amidst appropriations for aircraft carriers, Aegis missile systems, Apache and Black Hawk helicopters, adrift in the authorization for billions for special operations to combat terrorism in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and tucked in between military aid to Ukraine, Georgia, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and other hot-button areas, there it is: Section 1090. LNG PERMITTING CERTAINTY AND TRANSPARENCY

Now what does LNG (the acronym refers to Liquified Natural Gas the form in which natural gas is loaded onto ships for export) “permitting” have to do with the military budget?

Nada. Zip. So this is a ruse – a ruse to avoid the public outcry that a stand-alone bill would engender.

According to the proposed rider, a Liquified Natural Gas export license must receive its permit within 30 days after the conclusion of the National Environmental Policy Act review or within 30 days of the “date of enactment of this act.” Holy Moly, 30 days for an incredibly complex facility that will assure a huge build-out of fracked-gas pipelines, plus generate tons of climate-destroying methane each and every year – and for decades to come?

Fulll article: http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/05/corporate-chicanery/#more-62772

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