Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to All …
Solyndra is representative of an epic failure on the part of the DOE to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse of valuable tax dollars. Solyndra has also become the synonym of how corrupt politicians are “spreading the wealth” (as they like to say) in a way that keeps non-self sustaining entities in business and waste serious tax dollars, all while paying-off crony political supporters and bundlers.
So, out of the shadows comes the revelation that the Obama Administration has approved for the U.S. Navy to purchase millions of gallons of biofuel from Solazyme (sounds a lot like Solyndra, don’t ya think?), that will cost the Defense Department $16.00 (best case scenario) up to $26.00 per gallon, as opposed to the $4.00 per gallon that is now spent on jet fuel made from straight gas.
So, if you are a “Friend of Obama” (FOO), if you need tax dollars to support and finance an un-productive commodity and are cagey enough to capture “free” grant money, or government contracts to do it all with, maybe you can become a synonym of Solyndra too!
The Washington Times
Monday, December 19, 2011
U.S. Navy via Associated Press Lawmakers acceded to the president’s request that funding for the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor plane be ended in the defense appropriations legislation that he privately signed into law on Monday.
The $1 trillion budget bill before Congress includes a provision that would resurrect the Keystone XL pipeline, but don’t expect its passage to open a flood of black gold and wash away Uncle Sam’s infatuation with all things green. Even as the scientific validation of global-warming theory crumbles, adherents in Washington have dragooned the U.S. military into leading the charge toward renewable energy.
The Navy made headlines last week with the revelation that it has been ordered to purchase 450,000 gallons of biofuel to power its jet fighters. Conventional jet fuel costs about $4 a gallon, but the biofuel made from fermented algae will set back the service about $16 a gallon. The pricey green gas, says the Navy, will be used next summer to power planes participating in exercises near Hawaii under the politically correct title of “the Great Green Fleet Carrier Strike Force.” The purchase is part of a larger deal in which the Navy is partnering with the Agriculture and Energy departments to buy $510 million worth of biofuels over three years.
Why is the United States government publishing documents like this? If you know the answer, share it, because the obvious answer is that this is the long term goal. Where will that leave you and I?
With all of the ebb and flow of the potential Republican Candidates, the unbelievable media acquiescence to bludgeon with innuendos and journalism ethics that have not been seen in my lifetime, it leaves me to wonder out load…What the heck is going on?
Well today I read a posting from a blog that is clearing my head, because life has and always does come full circle. Life repeats itself. So enjoy this posting and I trust it will help to clear your head as it has helped to clear mine.
This is not an endorsement of any candidate…just a history lesson that keeps repeating itself. It is a lesson that “We the People” know who we want, deep down inside we know, and we must not allow the media, the party elites, or the unseen forces that pull our strings to elect the “acceptable” candidate. “We the People” must vote for the principled Candidate who will restore honor, integrity and the moral principles of a free and liberal United States Constitution as the foundation of a great Country!
By Ruth King on December 19th, 2011
MR. CODEVILLA HAS GRACIOUSLY GIVEN ME PERMISSION TO POST AND CIRCULATE A PERSONAL LETTER HE RECENTLY WROTE ….RSK
Is there a Republican Establishment that differs from and is antagonistic to people who vote Republican?
Whether such a thing existed before, say, 1950, is problematic. But since about that time it has manifested itself undeniably. Consider:
Beginning circa 1940, Robert Taft of Ohio rebuilt the Republican Party’s credit with the American people. He spoke of smaller government at home and the pursuit of the national interest abroad- including opposition equally to Communists and Nazis. Wars were for winning. But the Party’s machinery and money were in New York. J. D. Rockefeller, Wendell Wilkie, John Foster Dulles, and Thomas Dewey, supported heavily by old money, were Progressives in the mold of Herbert Hoover and Woodrow Wilson. They believed that they could bring the world together onto the path of progress and improve America by tweaking FDR’s New Deal. Wilkie and Dewey lost. By 1952 the party was almost unanimously for Taft. But the Republican Progressives bought and stole delegates to the ’52 convention, especially in the South where delegates had no voters who could hold them accountable. When that did not work, they used the Credentials committee to exclude the elected Texas delegation and replaced it with one formed by them. Dwight Eisenhower was a great man. But he was foisted on the party – not picked by it.
Recently Washington State voters approved the initiative requiring that “home care givers” must attend a state sponsored class that requires membership with the SEIU and you will be fully comp'd the expense of this class. If the home care person does not take this course they will be in-eligible for any compensation from the State or Medicare for their costs of keeping a loved one at home, rather than “dumping” them in to a nursing home.
Was this initiative really about increasing the quality of home health care, or was it really about growing the SEIU through an initiative which mandates a growing private sector into being Union paying members?
The post below is from SEIU Healthcare 775NW. It’s a snapshot from their SEIU website. Look over the snapshot of the job responsibilities and go to the link to read the full posting. Afterwards, you decide whether this was about improved healthcare or growing Union membership.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Develop and lead a highly skilled team of organizers to develop rank and file worker leaders and mobilize members for strategic field campaigns.
• Lead and maintain systems for staff training and accountability, in coordination with the Lead Organizer for the Leaders in Action Nursing Home team and other teams.
• Co-ordinate with other leads and team managers to effectively execute coordinated field campaigns.
• Participate in strategic planning with the union’s leadership team.
• Leading members and organizers to develop curriculum and lead leadership development trainings
• Train and lead members in non-violent civil disobedience, such as occupying state buildings and banks, and peaceful resistance.
• Implement leadership program with the goal of engaging 10% of members in active leadership and majority participation
• Execute field plans mobilizing members around political campaigns, annual Leadership Convention, lobby days, regional meetings.
• Execute field plans for special campaigns including contract campaigns, ballot initiatives, COPE contributions, general membership growth and the broader campaign to fight for a fair economy.
• Plan and execute strategic direct action field plans including banner drops, bank takeovers, and capitol occupations with membership, other local unions, and coalition partners
• Assignments to electoral, legislative and growth (new organizing) campaigns as required
• Other duties as assigned
Last month, the renowned Tom DeWeese of “The American Policy Center” was the featured speaker for the Northwest Business Clubs monthly luncheon. Mr. DeWeese entertained the crowd with his vast knowledge about Agenda 21 for Sustainable Development, ICLEI, NGO’s and their threat to the United States Constitution. See the link to my previous recap of the event.
The speech was video taped and has been made available to the general public to help educate and inform all who will take the time to listen and learn the truth. This is part one of a five part video. Please click here to go to the other video links.
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The U.S. Constitution has been under assault since POTUS named Eric Holder to the head the office of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
When the DOJ released the New Black Panthers, who were accused, proven and in the process to be charged with the federal crime of “voter intimidation”; Eric Holders DOJ dropped all charges, and the Obama Administration did nothing.
When career DOJ lawyers went public with Eric Holders policy of no prosecution for black on white crime, the Obama Administration did nothing.
When the Federal Law of Marriage being recognized only as that between a man and a woman, Eric Holder’s DOJ publicly announced that they would not pursue cases against this federal law, and the Obama Administration did nothing.
When the state of Arizona enacted State laws to deal with illegal immigrants within the borders of their State, due to the failure of the Federal DOJ to uphold it’s mandate to protect the borders of the United States from foreign trespass and illegal entry; Eric Holder’s DOJ filed a lawsuit to stop Arizona from protecting itself from the devastation of unchecked illegal immigrant’s and the devastation of its effect on Arizona’s social and economic well being. Again, the Obama Administration has done nothing to help Arizona and they continue to turn a blind eye to the actions of the DOJ and their negligence to uphold and defend the United States Constitution.
Now, we have the case of “Fast and Furious”, the DOJ’s secret plan to allow illegal gun sales to cross the border into Mexico and into the hands of violent criminal cartels within Mexico. The story continues to point to a massive cover-up within the DOJ, which looks to lie squarely in the laps of Eric Holder and the Obama Administration.
The article I’ve attached ,is the best I’ve read that describes not only the illegal, impeachable actions of a federal Department of Justice, that is out of control. This article exposes how the DOJ actually rewards the personnel within the DOJ who have admitted to first hand knowledge of “Fast and Furious”, after first denying their knowledge of “Fast and Furious”.
After reading this article, please keep in mind that the House and the Senate have just approved, and POTUS is expected to sign into law, the ability of the Federal government to arrest and detain indefinitely, citizen’s of the United States, for being “suspected” of terrorism. The supposed intent of this law is to make the United States safer. Do you feel safer? Knowing what we do about Eric Holder and his form of justice, do you feel safer?
The Washington Times, Thursday, December 15, 2011
Illustration: Rangel by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times
A year ago this week, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered. He died protecting his country from brutal Mexican gangsters. Two AK-47 assault rifles were found at his death site. We now know the horrifying truth: Agent Terry was killed by weapons that were part of an illegal Obama administration operation to smuggle arms to the dangerous drug cartels. He was a victim of his own government. This is not only a major scandal; it is a high crime that potentially reaches all the way to the White House, implicating senior officials. It is President Obama’s Watergate.
Operation Fast and Furious was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and overseen by the Justice Department. It started under the leadership of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Fast and Furious enabled straw gun purchases from licensed dealers in Arizona, in which more than 2,000 weapons were smuggled to Mexican drug kingpins. ATF claims it was seeking to track the weapons as part of a larger crackdown on the growing violence in the Southwest. Instead, ATF effectively has armed murderous gangs. About 300 Mexicans have been killed by Fast and Furious weapons. More than 1,400 guns remain lost. Agent Terry likely will not be the last U.S. casualty.
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Rome burns, the unrest of the people is palpable and what do the elites of the United Nations dither about? Global Climate Authority and maniacal dreams of Co2 reductions guaranteed to bring upon economic collapse, thus subliminally nudging the world ever closer to “Global Governance”.
Climate Gate 2.0 has just surfaced, and all good scientific evidence points out that the earth is on track for a cooling trend. If you’re a believer (as I am) in the cause and effect of solar activity from the “sun”, you understand that solar flares and sun spots are the number one reason for global temperature fluctuations. So, if Co2 levels are already dramatically reduced and further Co2 reduction will have no more effect on global climate than before, what is the real reason to force such an egregious action upon the world? M-O-N-E-Y! Yours and mine!
“International Climate Court of Justice” would force western nations to pay “climate debt”
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, December 9, 2011
Bureaucrats at the UN Climate Summit in Durban have outlined plans for the most draconian, harebrained and madcap climate change treaty ever produced, under which the west would be mandated to respect “the rights of Mother Earth” by paying a “climate debt” which would act as a slush fund for bankrolling an all-powerful world government.
Even as the tattered shreds of whatever credibility global warming alarmists had left evaporate in the aftermath ofClimategate 2.0, the monstrous bureaucracy behind ManBearPig continues to lurch forward.
Lord Christopher Monckton’s extensive report breaks down the key aspects of the current draft text.
“Here – and, as always, you heard it here first, for the mainstream media have conspired to keep secret the Madness of King Rajendra and his entire coterie of governmental and bureaucratic lunatics worldwide – is what the dribbling, twitching thrones and dominions, principalities and powers of the world will be asked to agree to,” he writes, adding that actual climate science has not been a topic of debate at the summit.
- The treaty calls for the west to achieve a 50% CO2 emissions reduction within the next eight years, a feat that would completely bankrupt the global economy and spark a new great depression, as well as a “more than 100%” reduction by 2050, which presumably could only be accomplished by killing billions of humans to prevent them from exhaling carbon dioxide.
“So, no motor cars, no coal-fired or gas-fired power stations, no aircraft, no trains. Back to the Stone Age, but without even the right to light a carbon-emitting fire in your caves,” writes Monckton. Click here to to read the full story.Windows Live Tags: Rome,unrest,elites,Nations,Global,Climate,reductions,Governance,Gate,earth,trend,temperature,fluctuations,reduction,action,Calls,Fascist,World,Government,Durban,Summit,International,Court,Justice,western,debt,Paul,Joseph,Watson,Infowars,December,Bureaucrats,Mother,slush,alarmists,aftermath,Climategate,bureaucracy,ManBearPig,Lord,Christopher,Monckton,aspects,text,Here,media,Rajendra,thrones,dominions,principalities,science,topic,emissions,feat,depression,humans,cars,coal,aircraft,Back,upon,west,carbon
I recently signed up for GBTV, because I miss the in-depth interviews that Glenn Beck did on his Fox News program. Yesterday, Glenn Beck did an interview with S.E. Cupp and the head of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Wayne LaPierre. This was a dynamite interview and I trust you’ll enjoy it and better yet, share it with your contacts who value the 2nd Amendment as much as I do.
With judicial rulings that favor wind power over hydro-electric power, how does the collective (you and me) benefit? Hydro-electric power is very clean and very renewable, but the wisdom of the “Feds” is apparently bent to support “green” energy technology that is under developed, inefficient and far more expensive than hydro-electric energy. Too bad for us, great for the “greenies”.
In today’s world, where we hear hues and cries for the exploding costs of life's necessities, common sense would side with doing that which is best for the collective, by keeping costs for energy down to the lowest possible dollar. Energy is the basis for “everything”, thus it affects the costs and availability of everything that the collective needs and uses.
Is it any wonder that Bill Gates has chosen China to develop new technology for nuclear power? The United States is the least friendly place on earth to develop inexpensive, stable, reliable energy sources. The current Federal energy policy and those appointed to the Energy Department, need a house cleaning to rid the cobwebs from the minds of the entrenched lunatics that currently reside there.
Thomas Boyd/The OregonianWind turbines in eastern Oregon in 2008. Federal funds will boost renewable energy development in the state.
Federal energy regulators told the Bonneville Power Administration Wednesday that it can no longer discriminate against wind farm owners by cutting off their transmission during periods of excess electricity generation in the region.
The decision is a rare defeat for the federal power marketing agency, which sells electricity generated at 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the region to 140 public utilities. BPA also controls three quarters of the high voltage transmission system in the Northwest.
During last spring's massive runoff, BPA adopted a policy of curtailing generation by wind farms in the region when there was too much power going into the grid, and substituting its own hydropower for free to satisfy those winds farms' contracts with customers. Click here to read the full story.
The best change to the Health Insurance Industry has been the high deductible, Health Savings Accounts. Not only do Health Savings Accounts (H.S.A.) curb the abuse and overuse of medical services, encourage market place shopping for service and products, the premiums are affordable and the money deposited in your H.S.A. is yours! These funds stay in your account and are used for co-pays, deductibles, health incendiaries, prescriptions, you name it. Plus!, whatever’s left in the plan is still yours.
The traditional health insurance plan’s are like owning a boat, you dump a “heck-of-a-lot-of-moola” into them, for very little return, unless you need serious medical care.
The thought that H.S.A.’s will be lost to the consumer is tragic and will likely keep many families awake at night, trying to figure out how they are going to afford to pay for health insurance that they don’t use, and still have to pay out of pocket for their co-pays and deductibles, with no benefit to themselves. You might as well not be insured and save the monthly insurance premium, then wait until something tragic happens to get on insurance. The Obama Administration says that this is not their intention, but the structure of Obamacare encourages the exact behavior they say they want to prevent.
By DAVID HOGBERG , INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 12/07/2011 06:53 PM ET
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A new Obama administration rule could drive out of the market the low-cost, high deductible plans that are supposed to be available under ObamaCare. That would likely mean a sharp jump in taxpayer subsidies.
The problem stems in large part from contradictions in the hastily written health care overhaul.
Starting in 2012, ObamaCare requires insurers in the individual or small group (small business) market to spend at least 80% of premiums on medical costs, leaving 20% for salaries, advertising, fraud prevention, profit, etc. For large groups, this medical loss ratio (MLR) must be 85%.
But another section of the law establishes the actuarial value of plans that can be sold on exchanges, which will cater to individuals and small groups. A bronze plan is allowed to have an actuarial value of 60%, meaning the insurer pays 60% of health care costs and the policyholder 40%. A silver plan can have a 70% value. Lower-actuarial plans tend to have lower MLR requirements. Click here to read the full story.Windows Live Tags: Premium,Health,Care,Plans,Insurance,Industry,Savings,Accounts,Obama,Administration,Obamacare,,HSAs,Cost,subsidies,contradictions,insurers,salaries,fraud,prevention,ratio,individuals,insurer,Lower,requirements,deductibles,actuarial
Ever wonder, as we de-industrialize the United States and “learn” to live with less, what will the world will be like as the global elites dream-up ever more ridiculous ways to squeeze money from the masses?
As United Nations seeks to fund Agenda 21 for Sustainable Development with a tax on international transactions and travel, they also seek to reduce the transitory nature of humans. That’s the same philosophy used with alcohol and tobacco use. The government places a tax on alcohol and tobacco, promotes that they’ll use the money to pay for health and gambling addictions, all the while working to reduce the consumption of alcohol and gambling activity.
The goals may be magnanimous in theory, but the long term picture is doomed to failure. How do you promote one activity and pay out a percentage of the revenue to reduce the activity that you promote? Crazy doesn’t come close to explaining this psychotic behavior.
President Obama's team of negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference may agree to a tax on foreign currency transactions, designed to pay for a "Green Climate Fund," that would fall disproportionately on American travellers and businesses, according to a group attending the conference that is skeptical of the UN position on global warming.
Negotiators at the conference are considering "a new tax on every foreign currency transaction in the world," according to the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT). "Every time you travel abroad, you'll have to pay a climate tax," explains CFACT, the group that released the "Climategate" emails. "More importantly, every time we import goods, every time we export our fine products (think jobs) we will do so with a climate tax skimming off the top."
European countries would evade much of the tax burden, however, because "transactions within the Eurozone won't have to pay this new tax."
CFACT suggests that Obama is open to implementing this tax and similar policies in the absence of a full climate treaty, which would require congressional approval. "We have learned that while many have discounted this conference, knowing that a full climate treaty is difficult to achieve especially with a U.S. Senate that will not vote to ratify," CFACT says. "Obama and his fellow climate travelers are working around the Senate and planning to stick America with the bill."Windows Live Tags: Obama,Administration,Approve,Global,Nations,Climate,President,team,negotiators,Change,Conference,currency,transactions,Fund,American,transaction,Committee,Constructive,CFACT,Climategate,goods,products,jobs,European,policies,absence,approval,Senate,America
“All politics is local”, is a well tread slogan, by former Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill.
What that means is that the real power in politics is at the local level. This is born out in the fact that the ability to affect the economy of a community has always been at the behest of the locally elected politicians. Local politicians whine and moan that they have to do things the local property owners object to, because the State or Federal government forces them to. The reality is that they do these things in order to get funding from the State or Federal government(s), not because they have to. If our local communities were to live within their economic means, their tax base, then the State or Federal government could do very little to force them to over regulate the individual rights and liberties of private citizens.
Enjoy this well written article that warns us of the dangers of Agenda 21 for Sustainable Development (A21), but explains that it is not A21 that we must fear. What we must protect ourselves from is the growing number of NGO’s who dangle the carrot stick of money, to fund the ever growing desires of local politicians to bring home the bacon, even if it means hog tying their citizens to an international agenda, through local regulations.
Abstract: Agenda 21, a voluntary plan adopted at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, unabashedly calls on governments to intervene and regulate nearly every potential impact that human activity could have on the environment. However, Agenda 21 is non-binding; it depends on governments for implementation. If opponents focus excessively on Agenda 21, it is much more likely that homegrown smart-growth policies that undermine the quality of life, personal choice, and property rights in American communities will be implemented by local, state, and federal authorities at the behest of environmental groups and other vested interests. Preventing American implementation of Agenda 21 should therefore be viewed as only one part of a broader effort to convince U.S. government officials to repeal destructive smart-growth programs and prevent the enactment of new ones.
Radical environmentalists, local business groups, and the ever-present Not in My Backyard crowd have been trying for decades to reshape American communities to conform to their preferred “smart growth” policies. These advocates work to impose land use regulations that would force Americans into denser living arrangements, curtail freedom of choice in housing, discriminate against lower-income Americans, and compel people to pay more for their houses and give up their cars in favor of subways, trolleys, buses, and bicycles.
This short video is the best illustration of the the dis-similarities of the Tea Partiers and the Occupiers.
Tea Party supporters believe that individual responsibility has been replaced with a big government nanny, who pretends to be able to provide a utopian existence for everyone. The Tea Party solution is to “cut” government spending, reduce taxes, reduce regulation and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in all human beings. When this spirit is allowed to grow and flourish it feeds the ability for anyone to reach as far as they desire to.
Occupy supporters believe that society has failed to provide a big enough safety net to fulfill the dreams of everyone, because the “greedy” do not give enough back to the society that made them rich. The Occupy solution is to “increase” government spending, increase taxes, and create more regulation. They believe the prevention of an individual from attaining too much prosperity, enforces things to remain “equal” for everyone, regardless of effort and risk. This belief is that equal outcomes will create social justice for all.
How do you spell, “Too big to fail”? You decide…History has shown that one of these approaches always works and the other always fails. The common problem for both movements is government. The solution is as different as night and day. Constant interference by the government through taxation, fees, and regulation, has created a loss of the individuals right to use their property for pursuit of prosperity for themselves and their family, In retrospect, government has grown so big, so fast, and now has so much debt, even the wealthy cannot repay all that debt.
The only similarity these two movements have is that they both realize that the political system has broken down and become something unrecognizable to the vision of the Our Founders.
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Ask any thinking person, what is the nucleus to economic health? If they really are a thinking person they know the answer is energy. That is why it is every thinking persons responsibility to fully understand what, where, how and when to stop the insanity of bankrupting not just the United States, but the world, with investments into “green energy” that’s not really “green” and costs multiple times more than the readily available forms of coal, gas, hydro and nuclear energies.
Enjoy this new article from Watts Up With That? on the untold story of “clean coal” and how the main stream scientists, media, and, oh yeah!, the Obama Administration, ignores that which is staring them in the face.
Oh Dear, It’s another Joe Romm head exploder. The improvement is verified by satellite data and the results are peer reviewed. Yet the EPA still insists on closing coal plants nationwide.
A team of scientists have used the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on NASA’s Aura satellite to confirm major reductions in the levels of a key air pollutant generated by coal power plants in the eastern United States. The pollutant, sulfur dioxide, contributes to the formation of acid rain and can cause serious health problems.
And even more evidence…
Well, in a somewhat bizarre twist, it looks like I must reconsider my opposition to CO2 reparations. The notion that the evil sources of CO2 “pollution” must pay those who are lowering the planet’s CO2 levels.
It seems that the Japanese have a nice tool on orbit and set out to figure out who was a “maker” and who was a “taker” in the CO2 production / consumption game. (h/t to kuhnkat in an o.t. comment. Seems they found out that CO2 was largely net absorbed in the industrialized ‘west’ and net created in the ’3rd world’. So pony up the cash, China, Brazil, and Africa. I want my environmental compensation!
This isn’t that much of a surprise to me. I’d figured out some time ago that trees and bamboo could consume far more CO2 than I “produce” via burning oil and gas. I’ve also pointed out that The West is largely letting trees grow, while mowing our lawns and having the clippings “sequestered” in land fills (along with an untold tonnage of phone books and junk mail…) while the 3rd world is busy burning and cutting down their forests. The simple fact is that “jungle rot” will beat out my “gallon a day” of Diesel any time. Basically, we in the west grow far more wheat, corn, soybeans, wood, lawns, shrubs, etc. than we burn oil. In the 3rd world, they burn their sequestering plants. (And it takes one heck of a lot more wood to cook a meal than it does coal via a highly efficient furnace / electric generator / microwave oven.) But it’s nice to see it documented in aggregate in the “facts in the air”Windows Live Tags: Clean,Coal,Myth,person,nucleus,health,energy,States,investments,energies,Enjoy,article,Watts,scientists,media,Obama,Administration,NASA,December,Anthony,Dear,Romm,improvement,satellite,data,Confirms,Sharp,Decline,Pollution,Power,Plants,team,Instrument,Aura,reductions,pollutant,formation,Click