NPA News

The New Progressive Alliance is a 100-percent volunteer, educational organization comprised of ACTIVE ACTIVISTS dedicated to improving the lives of working men and women and their families by positively influencing public policy. We work to awaken Americans to the reality that only through supporting candidates who support our concerns will those concerns be met. Toward that end, we vet and endorse candidates for office who publicly endorse the Unified Platform; participate in official public comment opportunities to regulatory agencies; and sponsor and partake in a host of events designed to raise public consciousness of the extent to which corporations maintain near-total control of the political and policy-making process in this country.

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I.  News: (Publishing in social media means at a minimum publishing in Facebook at both New Progressive Alliance and Leftist Third Party and Independent Candidates.)

  • In May 2017 we published about  a message of hope in a previous commencement address by Howard Zinn.
  • In May 2017 the New Progressive Alliance is proud to welcome ACT NOW as an ally. The ACT NOW coalition supports a price on carbon in Washington state. Taxing polluters could promote renewable energy, help keep our air and water clean, provide tax relief, and fund healthy forests and vital state services. Details are in Public Comment 121.
  • In May 2017 we issued an open call for NGOs to help the United Nations.

  • In April 2017 we published about the last Nuremberg Prosecutor alive.
  • In April 2017 we published an article warning us that we should not let distractions keep us from seeing the truth that more war is the policy of both Democrats and Republicans.
  • In April 2017 we published an article linking African famines to climate change.
  • In April 2017 we published in social media “Syria - the latest example of continuous war”  by Jeff Roby. 
  • As of April 2017 the New Progressive Alliance no longer posts on Ello because they are not appropriate for political commentary and unlikely to change. We will be continuously on the lookout for a Facebook replacement.
  • In March 2017 we published in social media The Dance of Death  by Chris Hedges. Chris Hedges is perceptive, but offers no solutions.

  • The New Progressive Alliance in March 2017 published through social media  a way forward that was used by Swedes and Norwegians in How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’
  • To give up civil rights and abandon our constitution appears to cause no concern among either democrats or republicans. In March 2017 we published in social media The Forever Prisoners of Guantanamo. See also Civil Rights.
  • The New Progressive Alliance in March 2017 published through social media two articles with disturbing implications. See We No Longer Have Three Branches of Government. The author says, “I served in Congress for 16 years and taught civics for 13 more. Our government no longer looks like the one I told my students about—or the one the Constitution describes.” See also Greenwald: Empowering the "Deep State" to Undermine Trump is Prescription for Destroying Democracy.

  • In February 2017 we published in our blog and on social media “Indignation is not courage. Outrage is not Brains.” by Jeff Roby. Jeff and Rose Roby are two activists from Florida who also publish St. Petersburg Independents. Here Jeff Roby looks to the future.
  • In January 2017 we published in social media an article by long time NPA supporter Sondra Miller The Women’s March on Washington.
  • In January 2017 we published in social media about Chinese billionaire Jack Ma saying the US wasted trillions on warfare instead of investing in infrastructure. The NPA also supplied documentation that Jack Ma was correct.
  • In January 2017 we published The Sickness of Healthcare in the U.S. by Rose Roby.
  • Our democratic republic is threatened by a press which ignores certain stories. In January 2017 we referenced the article The Top Ten Under-Reported News Stories of 2016. See also The Powerless Press.

     

II. United Nations:

III. Public Comments:

    The NPA continues to make Public Comments to federal agencies and legislative bodies in the United States and Canada on specific issues to support the Unified Platform  To see all Public Comments  in full we have made since 2012 or see them summarized with our other activities in Annual Reports look here.

  • In May 2017 the New Progressive Alliance is proud to welcome ACT NOW as an ally. The ACT NOW coalition supports a price on carbon in Washington state. Taxing polluters could promote renewable energy, help keep our air and water clean, provide tax relief, and fund healthy forests and vital state services. Details are in Public Comment 121.
  • In May 2017 we issued an open call for NGOs to help the United Nations in Public Comment 120.

  • In March  2017 we expressed concerns about the survival of the Post Office in Public Comment 119.

  • In March 2017 we expressed concern about the Supreme Court nominee in Public Comment 118.

  • Fourteen Democrats in the House wrote to President Trump calling on him to make FERC operational again by putting forward nominees for the open commissioner spots. These representatives don’t understand FERC. (See Public Comment 116.) They think making this rubber stamping agency operational again will be helpful. We know otherwise and in March 2017 wrote these 14 democrats in Public Comment 117

  • Obama’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has consistently championed fossil fuel projects. FERC has traditionally ignored and dismissed community and climate concerns when reviewing industry permits for fracked-gas pipelines and other infrastructure. Research indicates that the agency has rejected ONLY ONE such application, in 2016, in 30 years. FERC is in essence a rubber-stamp agency for the fracked-gas industry.

    It soon may get even worse.

    Right now, FERC is down to two commissioners and can no longer approve fossil fuel infrastructure. Donald Trump will be able to nominate three Republican commissioners and one other commissioner to the five-member panel over the next six months, one of whom will be a new chair. 

    All FERC-sponsored, open community meetings on proposed fracked-gas infrastructure projects could become one-person-at-a-time, behind-closed-door meetings, as has happened already under the current regime in Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Virginia. FERC could institute rigid, compressed timelines for action on permit applications. Landowners fighting eminent domain abuse could face greater pressure from pipeline companies anxious to take their land. FERC staff could be ordered to do even worse jobs on Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements that deal with threats to community health, safety and climate. The FERC public relations department could actively attempt to portray communities that oppose proposed pipelines in the most negative light. The FERC building security in DC could become more repressive against those who protest there.
     
    Trump’s nominations need to be approved by the full Senate. We call upon members of the Senate, especially those on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee which has to review those nominations, to speak out about the myriad problems with FERC and press Trump’s nominees about its rubber-stamp history for gas industry expansion. To achieve this, Beyond Extreme Energy is banding together with the New Progressive Alliance and other organizations around the country to fight Trump's upcoming appointments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). See Public Comment 116 made in February 2017. In March 2017  the New Progressive Alliance made the following comment in support of the almost 140 organizations concerned about FERC appointments. "China, most of Europe, Japan, and even impoverished Island, Central American, and African nations have made substantial progress in transitioning off fossil fuel towards renewable energy. Thanks to FERC, however, the United States is not among the leaders. It matters not whether a democrat or republican is in the White House or which party controls congress, FERC acts as an irrational anchor to the past."

  • Obama’s two appointees to the SEC - which included the SEC Chair - proved to be corrupt and resisted calls to transparency as much as any republican appointee. Both are now back in the same law firm whose business is securing sweetheart deals for the corporations they should have been regulating. The New Progressive Alliance complained for the Obama administration and we will continue to complain for the Trump administration. In our most recent Public Comment 115 in February 2017 we express our concerns about Walter “Jay” Clayton as SEC Chair who may be just as corrupt as Obama’s appointees.

  • Coal and fracking companies do not deserve a continuing series of good deals at the expense of the American taxpayers. The New Progressive Alliance has written the BLM in June 2012, May 2013, August 2013, June 2015, and August 2016 on this matter and in February 2017 with Public Comment 114 we are writing yet again, this time on the Spring Creek Coal Environmental Impact Statement.

    When we complained before on these and many other environmental problems Obama refused to address, some democrats asked if this was productive and repeated the mantra that republicans would be worse and we must not endanger electing democrats. This bury our head in the sand policy of abandoning the democratic base has now resulted in republican control of the presidency, both houses of congress, and most state legislatures. We are now writing the Trump executive branch on the same issues we wrote the Obama branch.

  • The New Progressive Alliance has consistently opposed the Washington state Kalama Natural Gas to Methanol Refinery for many reasons.

    In April 2016 In Public Comment 101 the New Progressive Alliance urged the Washington state Draft Environmental Impact Statement to be updated to address the Kalama Natural Gas to Methanol Refinery increased dangers and pollution from fracking and natural gas, would use a lot of power which would be reflected in higher electricity rates, water use and contamination, and is founded on a bad business plan. In January 2017 the New Progressive Alliance wrote the Washington state SW Clean Air Agency opposing Air Discharge permit 16-3204  for the Kalama Natural Gas to Methanol Refinery in  Public Comment 112. (see below) In January 2017 in Public Comment 113 the New Progressive Alliance urged Cowlitz County to deny local land use permits to Northwest Innovation Works’ Kalama methanol refinery in Public Comment 113.

  • In January 2017 in  Public Comment 112 the New Progressive Alliance wrote the Washington state SW Clean Air Agency opposing Air Discharge permit 16-3204  for the Kalama Natural Gas to Methanol Refinery . The reasons are increased pollution, it would use a lot of power which would be reflected in higher electricity rates, and it is founded on a bad business plan.

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