norenforsenate commented on the blog post Majority Think Romney Should Release More Tax Returns
The Fracking Truth
I am Dr. Scott Noren, an Oral Surgeon in Ithaca, NY. I take the attempts to do fracking type gas drilling seriously. I get my drinking water from Cayuga Lake and aim to keep it clean and safe. An aggregate of $23 million in lobbying was spent on Pennsylvania state officials and candidates by the gas industry. We can see what that bought. If you take large amounts of gas, oil, nuclear PAC money, and especially a $5000 check from Chesapeake, you would be Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. You would also take a check for $500 from Thomas West,J.D. an Albany attorney that had an alleged ex-parte-like communication with the DEC recently about getting inside information about how to make the wheels less squeaky for Chesapeake. You would be a politician who has called for only ‘safe fracking’ and according to one source, said fracking is coming here. You would also never go on the record calling for a federal ban on fracking. Even Republicans say we should frack ‘safely’. As Josh Fox testified to the State Democratic Senator Avella, there is no safe fracking.
I am for a federal ban on fracking, no matter what happens at the state levels, in any state. It is a national disaster in the making on many levels. I have been for a national ban since 2009. If elected, I will additionally call for mandatory, strict EPA waterway aquatic buffer zones for any activity that has the potential to contaminate our lakes, rivers and streams. The EPA, if you were not aware, publishes 10 ‘model ordinances to protect local resources’. Look at the Aquatic Buffers subsection of that web page. Again, this is advisory from the EPA and has no teeth. Please Google Aquatic Buffers- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
I get daily updates especially from PA anti-fracking activists. Recently, I learned of a bid by India for $12 billion worth of fracked natural gas. The whole argument that fracked gas will make us less energy dependent and, as Senator Gillibrand was quoted, it could be an economic boon to NY, is not just speculative but fallacious.
The line is drawn in the sand. One side wants to make alleged money and create jobs with a process that will result in public health problems. That’s nothing new really; Senator Gillibrand advocated building more nuclear power plants in Western NY to create jobs. There are many initiatives that could make money, but harm the public. Unlike politicians who ‘support this and that’, I’ve actually written proposed legislation for major student loan reform, a proposed jobs bill in my web site and more. Senator Gillibrand’s ‘Upstate Works Act’ in her .Gov web site never made it to committee, and the original co-sponsor, Senator Al Franken, withdrew his co-sponsorship back in 2011. Senator Schumer co-sponsored the bill in February of this year. He is the only co-sponsor and the bill is dead; which means that her claims about what it’s doing for jobs and small businesses is very misleading. When you back party-backed politicians, you sometimes make the wrong choice. It’s difficult to change course. She’s a fantastic fundraiser, and that’s a fact. I’m not challenging Wendy Long, a drill-baby-drill Republican, I’m challenging someone who was the #1 recipient of Commercial Bank lobby money in the whole U.S. Senate in 2010 and #5 now. If you can’t realize that she is nice, but a ‘fake progressive’ who used to be a Blue Dog Democrat who represented Philip Morris and the tobacco industry, then you have bought this hook, line and sinker and you will have fracking come to either NY or whatever other state they can get their claws into. The question remains whether you as a registered NY voter will have the conviction to go to my web site, download a petition and instructions, and get me on the ballot in November. The deadline is August 21st and coming up fast. If not, I wish you the best anyway. Can’t say my heart’s in the wrong place. I’m not the enemy for opposing people who have the potential to fail to aggressively protect the health, safety and quality of life of those that depend on their decisions in Congress. If you believe that an unaffiliated Progressive like myself can turn Congress away from large donors with an agenda and PAC money from corporate ‘people’ like Senator Gillibrand does so well, then I think you’ll be proud to carry my petitions.
Scott Noren, DDS
U.S. Senate candidate, 2012 (I)
norenforsenate commented on the blog post Schumer Blows the Whistle on FY2012 Budget Hostage-Taking
Do you think it’s ethical to take gobs of money from Commercial Banks and even a donation from the CEO of S&P who screwed this country twice? The Democratic incumbent Governor-appointed Senator I am running against did just that! If you’re a Bernie Sanders fan,you’ll like me. Senator Gillibrand on the other hand, voted for the two wars, voted for the Bush tax cuts, and voted AGAINST raising the debt ceiling. Her excuses were pathetic.
Scott Noren DDS
norenforsenate commented on the blog post Standard & Poor’s Downgrade Raises One Legitimate Issue
I will stick to facts:
My US Senator, whom I am trying to challenge in 2012 to a Primary is or did the following:
1) #1 recipient of Commercial Bank Lobby money in the entire U.S. Senate
2) Voted for the Bush Tax cuts which decreased revenues and increase the National Debt.
3) Voted against the debt ceiling because it didn’t include revenues (insane given her vote on the Bush Tax cuts).
4) McCgraw Hill owns Standard and Poor’s (S&P)…she received large donations from half the executive Board already and much more from all over Wall Street.
Do you want to support a Progressive Democrat? Then if you want a NON-party pick, a liberal but fiscally conservative (cutting the military budget makes me fiscally conservative!) then help me out.
Get Huff Post and FiredogLake to cover me…
Throw this FireDog a bone please!
Scott Noren DDS
US Senate candidate, 2012
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norenforsenate commented on the diary post Water Cooler – Ron Paul Going All In, Won’t Run For Representative In 2012 by Bill Egnor.
The big picture first. As they reported in Murdoch’s WSJ that I do read: Death of the Duopoly Increasing numbers of Americans are calling themselves unaffilliated when asked what Party they belong to. The actual candidates we get are usually Party picks and the public is so turned off by this, they have shunned both [...]
norenforsenate commented on the blog post If You Want More Bipartisanship, Promote More Political Parties
I would run for US Senate in NY on the Independent party ticket if I could…that Party’s administration is a joke here though.
Scott Noren DDS
OK..maybe using the F word is a way of being more flamboyant. I’ll just comment in the mundane, non-demonstrative way. By the way, I had a patient once who said when he worked at a hotel that a certain First Lady rode the elevator and wasn’t happy with things in the hotel and every other word was F this and F that. I won’t elaborate but suffice to say I think she was one of the laziest people ever to get immersed in politics. I won’t say exactly who it is because I might get a hit on me or I might get sued for slander.
What I will comment on is what I told Alan Colmes tonight. Yes, i’m glad Hochul won the 26th District House race. But, it doesn’t take anything more than a Party-pick and bash the Paul Ryan Plan obviously to win with the Party support. It’s another thing to actually have Progressive things on your platform like a Bill that you will WRITE for minimum wage of $10/hour or amend the Bush Tax cuts for only $500,000 or below..etc etc.
We don’t exactly get Republican vs Sanjay Guptas from the Democratic Party…I’m not saying I’m Sanjay, but I certainly will be 50 times more aggressively progressive if the real progressives ever decided to back me..I’m not cookie-cutter on the platform so the Party won’t back me..believe me. That’s my comments and if you disagree, shove it. Kidding.
Scott Noren DDS
US Senate candidate..the non-Wall Street alternative
Hope Hochul grows a pair once she gets in
Hey..if Ed Schultz can call someone a slut (I think it was a little too aggressive) then my comments are pretty tame in comparison
Dear Fellow Democrat: The laws passed by even a Democratically controlled Congress have fallen way short due to undue corporate influence. Examples include giving $250 for a Medicare doughnut hole recipient that is hundreds or even thousands of dollars short of helping seniors pay for their medication. My incumbent opponet even voted against the safe [...]
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