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Putting Iowa First: Braley Fights for Renewable Fuel Standard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:35
Braley working across party lines to stand up for Iowa’s economy and protect more than 70,000 Iowa jobs
Des Moines, IA – Iowans know they can trust Bruce Braley to represent their interests as their next U.S. Senator because no matter how much special interest money is spent, or whether he’s examining a Republican idea or a Democrat idea, he always puts Iowa first. Nowhere is this more evident than in Braley’s strong record of working across party lines to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the more than 70,000 jobs the biofuels industry helps support in Iowa.

That’s why he has been a leader in fighting back against the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since it proposed rolling back the RFS last November, giving an unfair advantage to big oil while undermining Iowa’s energy industry.

Braley is joined in his efforts by bipartisan legislators who understand that the RFS not only promotes job growth in Iowa and across the nation, but also bolsters innovation that helps the United States reduce its dependence on foreign oil and achieve greater energy independence. As Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) wrote in today’s Des Moines Register, “Pure and simple, the RFS is good for America's energy, environmental and economic stability.”

Watch Braley speak on the importance of the RFS and his work to protect Iowa jobs here:


 
Braley: Iowa Consumers Deserve a Choice in Our Energy Future PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:52

Congressman introduces bill requiring country of origin labeling at gas stations

Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and with gas hovering near $3.50/gallon, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today introduced legislation that would allow Iowa consumers to have a choice at the pump.

“America has a decision to make about its energy future. We can gut the RFS and move toward further reliance on Saudi Arabia, Venezula, and Nigeria for our energy needs—or we can continue our path toward energy independence by making investments in ethanol and other domestic energy sources,” Braley said. “Iowans should know whether their fuel is coming from Saudi Arabia or from ethanol produced right down the road.”

 

Braley’s Country of Origin Labeling for Fuels Act would require gas stations to post the country of origin of the fuel right on the pump, putting purchasing power in the hands of consumers, who can then decide for themselves if they want to spend their money on domestic fuel or fuel that’s been imported from abroad.

The US consumes more than 15 million barrels of oil each day and nearly half of that total comes from abroad. Top oil importers include Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Venezuela, Mexico, and Nigeria.

Since the creation of the RFS in 2005, nearly 10 billion gallons of foreign oil per year have been replaced by renewable ethanol—much of it coming from Iowa.

A link to Braley’s legislation can be found online HERE.

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Students and Volunteers still needed for QCESC Engineering Kids Camp PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pat Barnes   
Friday, 11 July 2014 09:17
There is Still Time to Register and Volunteer for the 6th Annual QCESC Engineering Kids Camp July 21-25

Registration for students and volunteers will continue to be accepted as long as there is space available.  Feel free to forward this information to others that might be interested in attending.  Last year 375 students attended the camp.

The 6th annual QCESC Engineering Kids Camp will be held on July 21 - July 25,  2014 at the Putnam Museum in Davenport.  The camp is a collaboration between the non-profit  Quad City Engineering and Science Council, the Putnam Museum and the Iowa State University College of Engineering who design and lead the camp.  Each one day camp will include three, fun educational hand-on activities including LEGO robotics with challenges for various student experience levels with the students learning side by side with local engineering & STEM Professionals.  The camp includes the 3D big screen movie Mysteries of the Unseen World along with a camp t-shirt and lunch.  This year the camp will leverage the Putnam's new STEM Learning Center including the brand new, FabLab.

Schedule for Individual One Day Camps:

  • Monday, July 21 - students going into grades 4-6th
  • Tuesday, July 22 - students going into grades 4-6th
  • Wednesday, July 23 - students going into grades 2-3rd (Sold Out - Wait List)
  • Thursday, July 24 - students going into 4-8th grade (girls only)
  • Friday, July 25 - students going into grades 7-8

Link for further information including registering students and volunteering.

Volunteers will have an opportunity to share their skills, talents, and passion and positively impact the life of local students.  Beyond personnel satisfaction, the experience can provide volunteers personal and professional development, as well as leadership-building opportunities.

 

 
SOME UNITED TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOLERS ARE LEARNING ABOUT ENGINEERING AS THEY PROGRAM ROBOTS THIS WEEK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary McNeil   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:32
(East Moline, IL)  All this week a handful of United Township High schoolers are spending time in the classroom with robotic arms trying to program them and get ready for the fall robotics season.  It’s part of a national engineering program that provides competition among the kids and their robots as a way to teach kids about engineering.  UT Teacher, Mike Ricke, says the Lights ON afterschool students will be competing against each other all week and then on Friday they will visit the new STEM exhibit at the Putnam Museum.

***The media is invited to see the robotics competition first hand this Thursday, July 10th at 10:00 am to 10:45 am.  The event is the school’s “cafeteria 2”room located next to the main café in the school.  Students and Ricke (pronounced ricky) will be available for interviews and pictures***

Rickey says the FTC program (First Technology Challenge) team will begin its second year of competition this September, but this summer camp is an attempt to get a head start on the season as well as interest other “campers” to join the UT team this fall.

WHO:  UT STUDENTS
WHERE:  UT Cafeteria 2 (1275 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline)
WHEN:  Thursday, July 10th at 10:00 am-10:45 am
WHY:  Learn about engineering through robots

 
Online Dating Scams PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 15:55
Avoid a Scam, or Worse, When Navigating the Dating Scene

Not only have online dating sites opened up a whole new dynamic for singles looking for company – attitudes about the viability of these sites have become more positive.

The Pew Research Center recently published the following survey results:

• Almost 60 percent of Americans say online dating sites are a good way to meet people, up from 44 percent in 2005.

• While one-third of those who use the sites never go on an actual date – that leaves 66 percent of users who do.

• One in five young adults have used a dating site, and they’re growing in popularity with older adults, too.

“I was one of those older adults who found online dating sites to be a convenient way to meet women for potential romance,” says Charles W. Massie, a baby boomer who wrote about his online dating experience in a new novel, “Stains on the Gavel” (www.starshowpublications.com).

“Middle-aged singles have a smaller pool to draw from because so many men and women are married with families by then. That makes finding love tough.”

Massie, an entrepreneurial businessman with his own business and a full schedule, says he was elated when things progressed quickly online with a hot prospect.

“I almost couldn’t believe how lucky I was,” he says. “Unfortunately, I did believe it, which led to this woman taking advantage of me in the worst way.”

The woman set him up in an elaborate ruse that resulted in him going to jail on false charges, while she took possession of everything he owned.

“Something that was too good to be true wound up becoming a nightmare,” says Massie, who suggests these red flags:

•  She likes everything about you. “To put it simply, I quit thinking with my brain,” he says.

No matter how smart, established or successful you may be in other aspects of life, just about everyone of any age loves being love-drunk; it’s not just for teens like Romeo and Juliet. But what are the chances that a smart and very attractive woman, about whom you know next to nothing, likes everything you like, do and are?

“The food I liked, the hobbies I liked, the music I liked and political affiliations were identical to hers,” he says. “That was a red flag.”

•  She asks you to move in almost immediately. Most smart young women are somewhat cautious while getting to know a potential new love interest.

“This woman, however, was all too eager for me to leave my home state to move into her home,” Massie says. “That should tell you one of at least two things: she’s either desperate for someone because she’s emotionally unstable, or she has no fear of you, which could mean she’s working an angle.”

•  She really is, physically, too good to be true. It’s possible that a hot date that’s “out of your league” will come to love you for who you are – in time! On the other hand, when you weigh all of the conditions that may include the fact that you don’t really know her, nor she you; that you are financially sound and she is not; that she suggests a living situation that’s moving far too fast; that you’ve only known each other for a matter of weeks, and never met in person – “yeah, at that point, you should be at least a little skeptical,” he says.

About Charles Massie

Charles Massie is an engineer, former member of the U.S. Navy and businessman, overseeing several companies including Massie Engineering Associates and InfoTech Consulting. He’s also a prolific writer and owner of Starshow Publications. “Stains on the Gavel,” www.starshowpublications.com, continues the story of his online dating and criminal justice nightmare, which began in his first novel, “Pinned: A Kentucky True Crime.”

 
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