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Senate Passes Aviation Bill


The senate passed the recent avaition bill on Monday. The bill still needs to be reconciled with the house bill that includes some language that was not included in the senate bill. One major sticking point is goiing to be the funding of the new changes required in the bill. The move to a satellite based tracking system will mean the upgrading or addition of equipment to current airplanes. The hope is that this change will make flight plans more efficient and save time. There is also a fuel tax increase for private air craft and a limit as to how long a plane can sit on the tarmac before heading back to the gate.

The upgrades seem to be beneficial. My only question is will everybody be able to make the changes and who is going to pay for what. I don't believe the upgraded equipment will be cheap.


ConocoPhillips Lead Sponsor


ConocoPhillips, one of the world's largest multinational energy firms, has signed on as a lead sponsor of the Energy Summit, and founding member of a proposed energy work group. The energy work group is intended to provide Ports-to-Plains leaders, members and supporters a means of collaborating with the energy industry on common policy priorities, access sector-specific information to validate and enhance the impact of Alliance advocacy, and enlist industry leaders into the Alliance's national lobbying effort.


Ports-To-Plains Energy Summit


Please be sure to mark your calendars for the first P-T-P energy summit being held on April 8th and 9th. This will be an excellent way to meet with others who are interested in growing the regions capacity for energy development.


High speed internet coming to rural communities


Many communities will be receiving upgrades to their internet capabilities. Money from the stimulus bill is being handed out to local companies in Texas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Colorado to upgrade their service and extend their broadband reach.


Red Menace


This is an excellent article discussing what is happening in East Africa and spreading through the Middle East. This wheat disease is very mobile and could be within our borders shortly. It appears nothing can be done to stop it's spread and the effects on our food supply could be devastating.

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