One week ago today, I was privileged to coordinate a legislative field hearing in Page, Arizona – five hours North from the Arizona State Capitol if you drive. Four Arizona State Senators and one State Representative made the trip to be available to subject-matter specialists, elected officials, and citizens in the matter of the pending closure of one of the largest power plants west of the Mississippi. When you wade through the swamp of “concerned” rhetoric, political posturing, and spin what remains is evidence that the Marxist Agenda-21 game plan is still very much at work in America. The direct assault of the Obama Administration and their stooges who mask as environmental protectors are still very much alive; entrenched three and four layers down within federal departments and agencies, joined by federal court judges acting as policy makers but banging gavels of power to enforce their personal ideological policies, and the systematic dismantling of commerce, energy, and free-market capitalism continues.
Attached is a press release from Arizona State Representative Mark Finchem, one of the legislators who made the long journey that day, and then spent time after the hearing to personally meet and confer with elected officials, county administrators, First-Nation leaders from both the Hopi and Navajo Reservations, and business owners – all of whom will be directly hurt by the closure of this power plant; as I might add, will be very many Arizonans as far southwestern Tucson. So from the northern border of Arizona to the southern border, if the assault by environmentalists is successful and this plant closes, Arizona families, businesses, cities and counties all will be adversely harmed economically. And are you ready…the environment will not be saved or even improved! That’s right! This very large coal fired plant has proven to be less polluting than the highways of southern California from whence much of the haze that periodically covers the Grand Canyon comes. The coal that fires this plant that then produces the energy and water supplies which provide for much of Arizona is so pure, so clean, and burns so efficiently hot…this coal has to be “treated” before it can be tossed into the furnaces. The emissions coming out of this plant have been proven to be miniscule, but the environmental and Marxist ideological rhetoric prevails.
Representative Finchem’s remarks along with other Arizona State Legislators are not offered as mere political verbiage. The Arizona State Legislators who listened intently, took copious notes, and asked direct and candid questions to some of the presenters one week ago today, are, themselves, like the power plant being threatened, fired-up. Lives are literally at stake, businesses and families can be divided and ruined, entire communities will be devastated and very possibly forever altered if this economic and power-producing engine is shuttered. The immediate and direct economic “hit” to Arizona will be $517 million with additional millions over another ten years. The Hopi Tribe will immediately lose 80% of their general operating budget. The Navajo Nation will lose at least $50 million yearly and experience approximately 3,500 additional unemployment. Six other First-Nation Tribes throughout Arizona will experience significant increases in water expenses just to maintain current levels of operation. Three northern Arizona Counties already are attempting to reduce budgets and services in anticipation of significant economic revenue loss. Arizona citizens who have little idea as to what is taking place will experience higher utility and water rates. But environmental soldiers will congratulate themselves as they move onto other targets already chosen in Oklahoma, Montana, and South Dakota.
The assaults by Marxist inspired followers in the name of “Save Our Environment” is NOT about saving the environment. In part, it is about removing people from the land and relocating them to chosen holding areas. This well underway assault is a direct threat to our National Security. In Arizona we have a few State Legislators who “get it!” I spent much of the past eight weeks investigating, meeting, coordinating resources in preparation for this legislative field trip. And the field hearing last week was a sign that five legislators (there are additional members, also) are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with those who will be hurt. Representative Finchem’s attached remarks is a further signal, a further Sounding the Shofar of Warning that the fight over the future of our country has been joined by those who shall not allow radical ideologies to prevail over the beliefs and principles our Forefathers established to establish this exceptional nation. Do not make the error of thinking this event is strictly restricted to Arizona, it is not! American culture, economics, commerce, heritage and principles are all targeted.
LYLE J. RAPACKI, Ph.D. is an Intelligence and Threat Assessment Specialist who has advised selected members of the Arizona State Legislature since May of 2010, on matters addressing southern Border Security and threats to State sovereignty. His consultations have grown to include other elected and law enforcement officials across the country. He is the author of the Kindle booklet: “Our Forefathers Truly Appealed to Heaven” $5 Amazon Kindle; and he is privileged to write for various national Christian platforms and journals.
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LYLE J. RAPACKI, Ph.D. is a Protective Intelligence and Threat Assessment Specialist and private-sector Intelligence Analyst. He has provided Intelligence Briefings to selected members of the Arizona State Legislature on Border Security and related threats to State sovereignty since June, 2010. He provides intelligence analysis to elected officials and law enforcement across the Nation. He further distributes articles and commentaries warning the church to the threats coming like a pack of wolves looking for that which they can devour. Lyle is the author of the Amazon Kindle booklet: “Our Forefathers truly Appealed to Heaven” $5 Kindle.