Source Scrap Heap of War: Billions in equipment being left behind in Afghanistan
The United States military leaving $6 billion worth of U.S. assets behind as it withdraws from Afghanistan.
That includes 850 MRAPS (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles which have been credited with saving countless lives from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the road, but now will either be given to an allied country (as long as they pay the shipping costs) or for scrap on the Afghan market.
170 million pounds of vehicles, equipment and “white gear” That’s all the non-military stuff that contractors have been using, like furniture, generators, chemical toilets, air conditioners, non-classified computers and more are being left behind. What they cannot, or will not, donate or sell to the Afghans or to allies is being destroyed so that it doesn’t fall into Taliban hands. Reports indicate that most of the $6 billion worth of materiel will indeed be sold for scrap or thrown in the junkyard.
Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said “excess equipment” like base operating support equipment, forklifts, generators and other supplies (given) to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and (still) has more than $53 billion in equipment and support including 160 aircraft, 100,000 vehicles, 500,000 weapons and 200,000 pieces of communications and night-vision equipment.
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Source Obama administration proposes wood stove regulations
Wood Stove User Alert Obama’s administration and the EPA propose ‘New’ regulations on construction and use of wood stoves in your living room.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule changes in January that would dramatically tighten emissions requirements on new wood-powered heaters. As an example, This dispute pits several mostly urban states, mainly in the northeast, against some rural states such as South Dakota, which says the rules would impose an unfair burden on people in remote areas. About one in four South Dakota homes has a fireplace or wood stove.
Senator John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem said “Leave it to the EPA to impose more regulations on an affordable and renewable fuel source after one of the coldest winters on record and a costly propane shortage.”
Many states are continuing to deal with a propane shortage, which has resulted in record high propane prices. “Many families turn to secondary sources of heat, such as wood stoves, when propane and heating fuel prices increase.” Residential propane prices surged this winter to $4 a gallon, nearly double the typical rate.
Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., said “The EPA should not make it harder for families to heat their homes with wood stoves and ban the production of America’s current wood burning stoves.”
Maine Gov. Paul LePage said “another concern is that the EPA’s proposal does not distinguish between catalytic and noncatalytic wood stoves, which produce different smoke emissions. He said the agency could eliminate noncatalytic stoves by holding both types to the same standard.”
The EPA omment period on the new regulations is drawing to a close and the EPA will then move to the next phase of its rule making process.
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source Fort Hood shooting renews calls for ending gun restrictions on base
Obama, Secretary of defense Chuck Hagel, the Pentagon, Army Secretary John McHugh III Corp Commander, Fort Hood have all failed in Leadership and providing a secure work place and homes for military personnel living on post.
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