Tues. Jun. 28, 2022 – headed home later

Hot and humid, but less of both than Houston proper.  It got plenty hot yesterday but I did a bunch of work anyway.

Weeded the garden.  Not seeing any veg plants.  Could be a total failure.   Well, I’ll learn something in any case.

Cut the grass, did extra string trimming for the big holiday weekend, and poisoned the ant mounds I felt comfortable using the poison on.

Cut the grass in the adjacent community lot and boatramp too.   I was on the mower, had enough gas, and was feeling pretty good.   It coincidentally let me explore an unimproved version of my lot.   I’m pretty sure it was deeded to the HOA because of the little creeks running through it.   There would be some challenges building on it.   Nothing you couldn’t overcome for lakefront land, but not as simple as throwing up a house.  Anyway, we missed the community cleanup event so I felt like it would be a good deed in advance of the busiest weekend of the year.

You might guess I was feeling pretty good.   I’m headed home today because I think I’ve finished with this cold.  Cough may stick around for a while, but I felt pretty much normal all day.

I’ll get a couple more things done, after sleeping as long as I can, and then I’ll head home to reload and head back, in a couple of days.

My buddy is giving me more contractor names, so maybe we can get moving.  Or maybe it will be more of the same, but at least it MIGHT move.

FWIW, this is apparently a great time to be a contractor.   More work than you can do, and people are resigned to paying high prices.   If you can get the stuff to do the job, Robert is your father’s brother…

If you think you might need work done, you better stack up the stuff you will need.   Because it might not be there later.

So stack it up.   And start collecting names of contractors and tradesmen.  You will need them eventually, and it can’t hurt to be known to them.  Meatspace.

Oh, turns out there was some petty crime drama at home while I was up here.   More on that later.

Stack it up!

nick

50 Comments and discussion on "Tues. Jun. 28, 2022 – headed home later"

  1. Ray Thompson says:

    It appears as if someone on this board is celebrating a significant event. You know who you are.

    Happy anniversary of another awesome 541+ million-mile journey around the nuclear-powered golden orb.

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  2. drwilliams says:

    Threw Harry Nillson’s “The Point” on the music machine this morning. Can’t help but think that he should bend those talents to “The Life of Brandon”.

  3. MrAtoz says:

    Typical AP. Lots of story details are missing in order to advance the agenda. I’m guessing that the firearm wasn’t legally purchased/registered. AP. Lots of story details are missing in order to advance the agenda. I’m guessing that the firearm wasn’t legally purchased/registered. AP. Lots of story details are missing in order to advance the agenda. I’m guessing that the firearm wasn’t legally purchased/registered.

    This was simply a Dumbocrat approved post-birth abortion. Man and boy will have statue raised in their honor in front of the Lincoln Memorial. After that racist Lincoln is removed.

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  4. brad says:

    Monica Lewinsky? Her entire life has been defined by a stained dress and a cigar, as evidenced by that one-liner. Most recently, she  apparently worked on a television series having to do with her little scandal. What a sad life.

    She should have changed her name and started over.

  5. Greg Norton says:

    Monica Lewinsky? Her entire life has been defined by a stained dress and a cigar, as evidenced by that one-liner. Most recently, she  apparently worked on a television series having to do with her little scandal. What a sad life.

    She should have changed her name and started over.
     

    Rich daddy. Monica was never going to have to really work a day in her life from Day One.

  6. Chad says:

    Monica Lewinsky? Her entire life has been defined by a stained dress and a cigar, as evidenced by that one-liner. Most recently, she  apparently worked on a television series having to do with her little scandal. What a sad life.

    She should have changed her name and started over.

    Well, if you’re going to have the humiliation of the whole thing, then you might was well leverage it into easy money.

    I can’t believe we’re coming up on 25 years since that all went down (did I pun? twice? lol).  I was active duty military at the time and I can recall our squadron commander reading a memo from some general reminding us all that Clinton was still our Commander-in-Chief and making jokes about him wasn’t acceptable military behavior. We all nodded, walked away, then went back to our duties and resumed the jokes.

    Rich daddy. Monica was never going to have to really work a day in her life from Day One.

    True. The fact that she was connected enough to land a role as a Whitehouse intern pretty much indicated she was never going to be a cubicle-dwelling wage slave.

  7. CowboyStu says:

    And Cankles lied when she said:  “It never happened.”  However, what dumbocrat ever accused her of lying?  But now dumbocrats are accusing Kavanaugh and the other male SCOTUS judge appointed by tRump of lying to the Senate committee.

    OK NaN, tell all how stupid I am.

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  8. lynn says:

    Mom told me recently that I was not part of their five year plan.  I was born 11 months after my parents got married, just a month after my father walked the stage at TAMU to get his bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering.  When I was six weeks old in 1960, the three of us drove from Freeport, Texas to Princeton, New Jersey where Dad had a total scholarship to get his PhD in Chemical Engineering.  I am so glad that not once did my mother consider aborting me.  I had the great fortune of growing up with some of the best parents in the world.

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  9. Nick Flandrey says:

    WELLLLLLll..  I’m up.  Fed.  Moving a bit slow as there is still a coffee deficit.

    Cooler today, at 88F in the shade.   Don’t want to go home.  Want to stay here.  Wahhhhh….

    Yeah “but they lied during their confirmation hearings” is the talking point.   I thought we weren’t supposed to have idiological ‘tests’.      Bad law is bad law, no matter how long it stands.    It does expose more of their hypocricy so maybe a normie or two will notice.

    Given the p#ssy hat marchers…   maybe not.

    Time to start packing up and securing things here.

    Mmmm coffee.

    n

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  10. drwilliams says:

    “Stare decisis? Well of course! I would have voted to keep Dred Scott. And Plessy vsFerguson. “

  11. lynn says:

    “Taiwan’s GlobalWafers to Build $5 Billion Chip Plant in Texas”

         https://finance.yahoo.com/news/taiwan-globalwafers-build-5-billion-011742957.html

    “(Bloomberg) — GlobalWafers Co. plans to build a $5 billion semiconductor silicon-wafer facility that will be the biggest of its kind on American soil, as the country contends with the fallout from a global shortage of chips.”

    “Construction of the factory that will produce 300-millimeter silicon wafers in Sherman, Texas, is expected to start later this year. Production from the first fab is anticipated as early as 2025, the Hsinchu, Taiwan-based company said in a statement.”

    “GlobalWafers said its new facility could support as many as 1,500 jobs with production volumes ultimately reaching 1.2 million wafers monthly after multiple stages of equipment installation.”

    Sherman ain’t Austin.   It is a nice hilly little town of 43,000 that is very well educated and can draw more people from the Dallas and Plano areas if need be.

    BTW, if you think that New York State and California are not watching this then I assure you that they are.

  12. lynn says:

    “A minor impact on gun laws but a potentially momentous shift in constitutional method”

         https://www.scotusblog.com/2022/06/a-minor-impact-on-gun-laws-but-a-potentially-momentous-shift-in-constitutional-method/

    New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen can be analyzed at the level of policy or at the level of constitutional method. At the level of policy, it is quite modest. At the level of constitutional method, it is potentially major, though a lot will depend on how the “text and history” approach employed by Justice Clarence Thomas is defined and applied in the future.”

    “At the level of method, however, the majority in Bruen adopted a “text and history” approach to constitutional rights that may prove to be momentous, not only for the Second Amendment but for other rights as well. In adopting this approach, the majority purported to reject the much-criticized “tiers of scrutiny” approach that has been a widespread feature of constitutional law since the 1950s. Having heard about the text and history approach before, I was very curious to see how it would work in practice. I am still not sure I completely understand it.”

    “After establishing that there is a constitutional right to carry a firearm outside the home — which was conceded by both parties — Thomas then looked to the history of regulating the right to arms to see if there was any requirement similar to New York’s for carrying outside the home. Apart from some statutes he characterized as “outliers,” Thomas concluded that this type of regulation was not found in the relevant history and therefore it infringed on the right.”

    This SCOTUS decision did not affect us at all in Texas and the other “shall issue” states.  It only affected those states who refused to issue carry permits such as New York and Illinois.  You know, the states where criminals run freely with guns and the lawful citizens are preyed upon like common animals.

  13. Greg Norton says:

    BTW, if you think that New York State and California are not watching this then I assure you that they are.
     

    WA State too. SEH has a big wafer facility in Vantucky, a former Monsanto plant. The infrastructure and trained workers there were insufficient to compensate for the weirdness and overreaching of Olympia.

    Plus, Vantucky.

    300 mm is tough. That will be interesting to watch.

  14. MrAtoz says:

    This is what the Jan 6 hearing is all about:

    CBS News’ Robert Costa says what we watched at today’s January 6 testimony wasn’t a bombshell, but history

    Lies and more lies. Get tRump! Get him! I’m sure the Dumbos just sat there “wow he really tried to drive the Beast…” How stupid to they thing the sheeple are? Don’t answer that.

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  15. SteveF says:

    Chip fabs take a lot of water. How much does northeast Texas have?

  16. lpdbw says:

    re: Dred Scott and Plessy

    Technically, both decisions still stand.  Dred Scott was never reversed by the court, but made moot by the reconstruction amendments, and Plessy by nibbling at it from the side.

    And FWIW, no matter how ethically reprehensible looking back from our modern times, Dred Scott was plausibly good law under the Constitution, unlike Roe V. Wade.  Slavery was legal within the US, and the court was trying to split hairs on the different state’s laws.

  17. CowboyStu says:

     It only affected those states who refused to issue carry permits such as New York and Illinois. 

    Prior to me leaving Chicago 60 years ago, all Chicago cops had to wear their pistols whenever they were away from their residences.  I guess the bureaucraps thought that others away from homes were being more protected.  Yes, I saw cops inside bars drinking alcohol drinks with their guns on.

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  18. Pecancorner says:

    Chip fabs take a lot of water. How much does northeast Texas have?

    Sherman sits within a few miles of the Red River, and Lake Texoma. 

    https://www.mapquest.com/us/texas/sherman-tx-282037552

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Chip fabs take a lot of water. How much does northeast Texas have?

    The planned facility will produce blank wafers. IIRC, the process is more electric power intensive than water intensive.

  20. lynn says:

    “FDA panel recommends changing Covid shots to fight omicron this fall”

         https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/28/fda-panel-recommends-changing-covid-shots-to-fight-omicron-this-fall-.html

    “The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of independent vaccine experts on Tuesday voted 19 to 2 to recommend new Covid-19 shots that target the omicron variant this fall, when public health officials are expecting another wave of infections.”

    What if they gave out a new vaccine and no one showed up for it ?

    Hat tip to:

        https://www.drudgereport.com/

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  21. lynn says:

    “Abortions up to six weeks of pregnancy can temporarily resume in Texas, judge rules”

        https://www.texastribune.org/2022/06/28/texas-abortion-resume/

    “A ban in effect before Roe v. Wade cannot be used, as threatened last week by Attorney General Ken Paxton, according to a judge’s ruling Tuesday. However, the stopgap measure will, at most, extend abortion access in the state for two months.”

    “Abortions up to about six weeks in pregnancy can resume at some clinics in Texas for now after a Harris County District Court judge granted a temporary restraining order that blocks an abortion ban that was in place before Roe v. Wade.”

    Why am I not surprised ?

  22. lynn says:

    “AOC and Warren’s master plan: Abortions at Yellowstone”

        https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/aoc-and-warren-s-master-plan-abortions-at-yellowstone/ar-AAYYqBL

    “Yes, you read that right. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are lobbying for the Biden administration to set up “emergency abortion clinics” on federal lands.”

    Amazing.

  23. Ray Thompson says:

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are lobbying

    I wonder if they would feel the same if their parents had chosen abortion. In this case, maybe it would have been a good choice, for everyone.

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  24. lynn says:

    “Eye on the Tropics: Let’s get this party started”

        https://spacecityweather.com/eye-on-the-tropics-lets-get-this-party-started/

    “Potential Tropical Cyclone Number Two is located just east of Trinidad and Tobago. That’s a mouthful, but in simple language: It’s a system that meets tropical storm criteria (winds of 39 mph or higher) near land, but lacks a defined center just yet. It’s moving steadily westward, potentially on a collision course with <checks notes> Venezuela. Not a lot of history of storms in June and July this far south. In fact, if PTC 2 can develop into an actual tropical storm, it would be one of the farthest south this early on record.”

    Ain’t no party for these little monsters.  Somebody usually gets deluged.  But we could use a little deluge in Texas.

  25. lynn says:

    “Amazon to FCC: 30,000 Starlink Satellites Is a Little Much”

        https://www.pcmag.com/news/amazon-to-fcc-30000-starlink-satellites-is-a-little-much

    “Amazon tells the FCC that SpaceX should only be granted a license to operate a ‘small subset’ of the nearly 30,000 second-generation Starlink satellites it wants until issues can be resolved.”

    Moah !  Moah !  Black out the sun ! Give me my ultra high speed satellite !

  26. drwilliams says:

    Just spitballin’ here, but since the Dobbs decision included a survey of traditional laws, it would be difficult to argue that the historical record did not include a wide variety of publicly humiliating punishments, including stocks. Thus such practices could not be considered unusual, and their ubiquity would argue that they were not considered inordinately cruel. (Any punishment is, by definition somewhat cruel, otherwise what’s the point?)

    I’m thinking that the entire Jan 6 committee plus the leadership of the Democrat Party–if not the party entire–could be up for impeachment in a few months, and it was once common practice to hold the accused in stocks awaiting trial. If we erected stocks to hold that lot we’d probably have to include rain shelters and a few infrared heaters to keep the snow off, and we’d want the heaters run by the green energy they are so in love with, so toss in a few solar panels. 

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  27. Greg Norton says:

    Ain’t no party for these little monsters.  Somebody usually gets deluged.  But we could use a little deluge in Texas.

    You don’t want a five day track to come anywhere close to Texas right now. Speculators would send gas to insane price levels.

  28. drwilliams says:

    46 Illegal Aliens Perish In the Back of a Tractor-Trailer Crossing Border

    Alien Invaders Thwarted at Southern Border by Weather

    ADDED: Okay, confession time. I once entered France illegally. Stopped to take a photo of the hovercraft, guessed and went in the wrong door, and never got the stamp.

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  29. MrAtoz says:

    UPDATE:

    This is the same crap the Dumbos/Cankles tried with the “pee” tape. The media just runs with it. At least the DM is reporting:

    Secret Service lead and presidential driver are prepared to testify under oath that Trump did NOT grab steering wheel or lunge at agents to drive himself to Capitol on January 6

    Tell me this not yet another pathetic try to: Get tRump! Get him! Baaa. Baaa. Listen to the LameStreamMedia sheeple.

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  30. Rick H says:

    At least the DM is reporting

    I’ve seen at least one other mainstream media site reporting the Secret Service pushback against her testimony about the ‘wheel-grabbing’.

    But I also found another mainstream site that reported on her claim that there was some discussion from cabinet members about invoking the 25th amendment.

    I expect there will be more reporting on her claims. 

  31. lynn says:

    Moah !  Moah !  Black out the sun ! Give me my ultra high speed satellite !

    So if SpaceX puts up 30,000 satellites, won’t they block the sun from hitting the Earth and cut global warming XXXXXX global cooling XXXXXXX climate change XXXXXXXX climate disruption ???

    Two birds with one stone there !

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  32. lynn says:

    It appears as if someone on this board is celebrating a significant event. You know who you are.

    Happy anniversary of another awesome 541+ million-mile journey around the nuclear-powered golden orb.

    Elon Musk turned 51 today.  I had no idea he was a June 28er.

    I have been 62 times around the nuclear fusion reactor that God built and fueled for us.  I am glad we only got one (despite Arthur C. Clarke’s awesome 2010 book and movie).  It has been a wild and crazy trip so far.  I am spending the day debugging a 5,752 line Fortran subroutine that calculates bubble and dew points of a mixture for us.  The debugging is not going well because it is too freaking complicated with several hundred variables.  I have never been good at juggling.

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  33. nick flandrey says:

    well, I made it home.  

    Crime drama was neighbors being burglarized early Monday morning.   Caught the kid, 14yo a block away.   Good catch Constable’s Deputies.   K9, and night viz or thermal drone involved too.   Cops were in and out of my driveway and back yard, with a dog, and flashlights, and my wife never noticed.  Dog slept thru it too.

     Then in the early hours of THIS morning, the same kid breaks into my next door neighbor’s house, burgles them while they sleep, and THEIR dog slept thru it.   Deputies see him walking around, ID him as the perp from the night before, roust him, find credit cards and keys that don’t belong to him, and nab him again.

    Naturally I want to review my cam footage.   but my main pc, and the NVR linux box BOTH say “no network”.  WTF?  Both have been offline since Monday 3pm, even though our power just ‘blinked’ and everything is on UPSs.    

    Banged my head on that for a while, finally rebooted the att broadband modem connected to the fiber media converter.    And everything came back up.  WTF indeed.  

    So the best video that I was sure I would get, kid in the porch light, by the back door, from two angles… and my wife shut off the porch light.   I got literally nothing.   

    And even more of a poke in the eye, the kid walks thru all my cams at EXACTLY the time they write a new file.   So I need two files from every cam to show the whole event.   Most of my cams are wide view, and you def couldn’t ID the kid from my video.  You can see the whole 20 minutes he was hanging out.

    – new neighbors to north,  kid searches unlocked car.  neighbor to north east, burgles unlocked garage. neighbor to the west, burgles both unlocked vehicles and enters unlocked house while they slept to burgle them.

    FFS people LOCK YOUR SH!T.

    n

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  34. nick flandrey says:

    @lynn, congrats for making it around again, may you have many happy returns of the day!

    n

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  35. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    I am spending the day debugging a 5,752 line Fortran subroutine that calculates bubble and dew points of a mixture for us.  The debugging is not going well because it is too freaking complicated with several hundred variables.  I have never been good at juggling.

    Your FORTRAN-fu badge is several levels above mine and has all the clusters. 

    I am not worthy to hold your coat.

    Respect.

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  36. Greg Norton says:

    Then in the early hours of THIS morning, the same kid breaks into my next door neighbor’s house, burgles them while they sleep, and THEIR dog slept thru it.   Deputies see him walking around, ID him as the perp from the night before, roust him, find credit cards and keys that don’t belong to him, and nab him again.

    But he’s a good kid…

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  37. drwilliams says:

    FFS people LOCK YOUR SH!T.

    Sleep lightly. Install perimeter alarms. Know whether your dog is a pet or a working animal. 

    When the cam detects movement, does it write to a g.d. file or does it light the outside up?

    Two, count ‘em, TWO relatives in the last year have have teens sneakin’ out to poke or be poked. FFS. Explain to the horny little shiites that they could get killed at either end because they are effing clueless. 

  38. lynn says:

    Crime drama was neighbors being burglarized early Monday morning.   Caught the kid, 14yo a block away.   Good catch Constable’s Deputies.   K9, and night viz or thermal drone involved too.   Cops were in and out of my driveway and back yard, with a dog, and flashlights, and my wife never noticed.  Dog slept thru it too.

     Then in the early hours of THIS morning, the same kid breaks into my next door neighbor’s house, burgles them while they sleep, and THEIR dog slept thru it.   Deputies see him walking around, ID him as the perp from the night before, roust him, find credit cards and keys that don’t belong to him, and nab him again.

    14 years old ?  Are you kidding me ?  The Offspring documented this all too well in “The Kids Aren’t Allright” song.

         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iNbnineUCI

  39. Greg Norton says:

    A reminder — Monica Lewinsky inspired the best parody song of the 90s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UewpCmm8Vrc

    I was busy earlier.

    All of the Clear Channel radio stations had the track for their morning drive shows in 1998, and one of those is probably where the recording on YouTube originated, with the hosts giggling in the background.

  40. drwilliams says:

    on another note:

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/minneapolis-police-officer-killed-911-caller-released-prison

    Note that FFox News (Minnesota-style), is very careful not to state that the murderer spent two-thirds of 57 months, or a grand total of 38 months in jail for killing an innocent, unarmed woman who had called police and expected that they had arrived to help.

    Move over, Jesus, we are crying, too.

  41. drwilliams says:

    Bidenflation: The price of a July 4th cookout is up 17% this year

    https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2022/06/28/bidenflation-the-price-of-a-july-4th-cookout-is-up-17-this-year-n479394

    Gas has doubled. The regular price for a six-pack of soda is nearing $1 a bottle. Cereal? Fergedabboudit.

    So, riddle me this: Who are the 30-40% of the polled that still think VeggieBiden  is doin’ okay? Yellow Dog Democrats? Drug  addicts? Perverts? Alien invaders? The sum of all the above?

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  42. Greg Norton says:

    Note that FFox News (Minnesota-style), is very careful not to state that the murderer spent two-thirds of 57 months, or a grand total of 38 months in jail for killing an innocent, unarmed woman who had called police and expected that they had arrived to help.

    The local Faux News owned station is, at times, almost as left as the Tenga (USA Today) ABC affiliate.

  43. Greg Norton says:

    Gas has doubled. The regular price for a six-pack of soda is nearing $1 a bottle. Cereal? Fergedabboudit.

    A can of soda on campus today was $3.25 from the vending machine. At first I thought it would dispense a bottle at that price. Bzzzt.

    Pray that the tropical depressions in the Atlantic don’t even look in the Gulf’s general direction. Gas will quickly go unobtainium in Texas.

  44. drwilliams says:

    Pray that the tropical depressions in the Atlantic don’t even look in the Gulf’s general direction.

    Howabout if I pray it veers into Mexico, drowns 200,000 alien invaders, washes out every road leading north, and collapses all the tunnels used to smuggle chinese fentanyl??

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  45. nick flandrey says:

    Sleeping in my own bed tonight….  well the one I like the best anyway.

    Priceless.

    n

    Upgrading my cams and storage…  pricey 

  46. Alan says:

    So since he is just a wee lad of 14 I guess twice he got to go home with his loving, nurturing parents? 

    Or maybe they scout the jobs for him? 

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  47. lynn says:

    “‘Ten Policies to Unleash American Energy and Fuel Recovery’ (API gets nine of ten right)”

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/27/ten-policies-to-unleash-american-energy-and-fuel-recovery-api-gets-nine-of-ten-right/

    • “Lift Development Restrictions on Federal Lands and Waters
       
    • Designate Critical Energy Infrastructure Projects
       
    • Fix the NEPA Permitting Process
       
    • Accelerate LNG Exports and Approve Pending LNG Applications
       
    • Unlock Investment and Access to Capital
       
    • Dismantle Supply Chain Bottlenecks
       
    • Advance Lower Carbon Energy Tax Provisions
       
    • Protect Competition in the Use of Refining Technologies
       
    • End Permitting Obstruction on Natural Gas Projects
       
    • Advance the Energy Workforce of the Future”

    All federal problems generated by the Biden White House and Biden nominees in critical agencies. Trump had all these items humming along.

  48. lynn says:

    For the tenth item above, we have done this before.  My dad got a full three year ride ride to Princeton from NIST in 1960 in an effort to get more PhD Chemical Engineers in the USA.   Of course, Dad was also the Engineering College valedictorian for the TAMU class of 1960.

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