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Newsfront - January 18, 2008

Bill Baker blasts McNerney on Iraq stance

Exchange Club hears congressman's views on war and energy independence

by Jordan M. Doronila

Criticism rained on U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney last week at Faz restaurant for his support of setting a timetable to withdraw troops from Iraq.

"I can't forgive you for setting a timetable," said Bill Baker, a former Republican congressman who lives in Danville. "It's unrealistic."

"We are seeing progress," he added. "I hope you reconsider your position. We should not have a debate about that."

Listeners surrounding Baker gave him a round of applause and cheers. Then McNerney (D., 11th District) responded.

"Thanks for your comments, Bill," McNerney said. "The war is hurting our country. We need to hold the Iraqis accountable. They need to take steps in (keeping) their responsibilities."

He did not receive the same accolades for his answer as did Baker at the San Ramon Valley Exchange Club's monthly luncheon.

Dozens of people attended the event to heard McNerney's keynote speech about energy.

He talked about using alternative sources of fuel and about global warming. He noted that the U.S. imports most of its oil from the Middle East, which causes the market to be volatile.

"We consume so much oil," he said. "It's in our national interest not to depend on oil and look for alternative sources of energy."

McNerney - an energy specialist and engineer - said wind, solar and geothermal are other sources of energy that must be seriously explored. He said our country spends $100 million a day to get oil from overseas, and there will be no more oil after approximately 100 years.

"The production and consumption of oil is at its peak," McNerney said. "We have never seen it at this point as it is right now. Oil consumption has increased exponentially."

The burning of oil creates carbon dioxide, which damages the environment, he said.

"Global warming is caused by human actions," he said, "20-25 million carbon tons are produced a day."

"The ice packs are melting," he added.

Developing other sources of fuel will help create jobs and will strengthen relationships with other countries, he also noted.

"This needs cooperation on a worldwide basis," he said. "We can create interdependence."

Although he advocated for alternative energy sources, he said he is still contemplating nuclear energy. Nuclear power has potential but he wants to know more about nuclear energy. He is concerned about its economic viability and storage of nuclear waste.

McNerney recalled asking a scientist about nuclear energy economics, and he was told he didn't do his homework. After receiving this curt answer, he said he felt like putting on blinders and not listening. He said the scientist's way of conveying information isn't the best method to reach other people.

Baker said he is in full support of nuclear energy.

"We do need nuclear," he said. "It's cheap. It's safe and clean. There are no carbon emissions."

At the end of his talk, McNerney urged that educating children in elementary and high schools on energy sources would create a healthier future.

"We need to inspire them," he said. "They are looking for a message.

"We need to tell them: 'Take advantage of what's being offered to you so you can innovate and move forward,'" he said.


Posted by William Shryer, a resident of Danville
on Jan 22, 2008 at 2:06 pm

On Bill Baker,

Bill's Baker's blasting Jerry McNerney is typical for the neocons that are about to have their reign come to an end. Congressman McNerney wants out troops out of Iraq with a timetable. This is good, but not good enough. We have no business there and should leave now. To expand Bill Baker's thinking maybe he should look at Ron Paul 2008, or just continue sinking our country in debt until it is bankrupt.

Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Thank you, William,

Clearly said and correctly clarified.



Posted by Douglass K. Daniel, AP, a resident of another community
on Jan 23, 2008 at 7:24 am

WASHINGTON - A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks. The study concluded that the statements "were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."

The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity, which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism.

Posted from API Yahoo News

Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 24, 2008 at 9:27 am

From Alamo Ron,

Nothing so improves your battle plans as knowing when the enemy is going to quit.

Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community
on Jan 24, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Dear Ron and neighbors,

Within Iraq, the enemies among the tribes of Iraq will never stop their civil war and no manner of world police with change that effort with any concept of Democracy. Iraq has only one enemy and it is itself.

Our invasion was based on LIES, our efforts only succeed when we buy the support of one or more tribal leaders, and our success in any endeavor within Iraq is impossible. We are wasting the time, talent and lives of your dedicated service personnel and erasing our status as a global partner in economy, community and humanity.

The humor of your oxymoron, Ron, is greatly appreciated because it expresses the obvious ignorance that allowed a liar to take us to WAR.

One HAL of a Pal

Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 25, 2008 at 9:30 am

From Alamo Ron,

Nothing so improves your battle plans as knowing that the enemy is not united against you on the home front.

Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community
on Jan 25, 2008 at 10:47 am

Rich humor, Ron, for our neighbors because it asks each to define the enemy you reference.

Certainly for a majority in the United States, our current President and administration has made us an unwilling enemy of much of the world economically, culturally and violently. More important is your humor points to ourselves being our own worst enemy in defining any future role in global economy, community and humanity. Your humor most appreciated is the concept that we have any role in being an enemy in Iraq's civil war.

Thank you for the warm laughter create by your excellent oxymoron.

One HAL of a Pal

Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 26, 2008 at 9:59 am

From Alamo Ron,

Happy is the general whose enemy is mocked and derided by his own people.

Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community
on Jan 26, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Joyous humor, Ron, as we avoid the obvious and extend the oxymorons.

Within the tribes that are in civil conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan there are no generals or enemies. Much like street gangs, there is only turf and those "others" that are not considered to belong on such turf.

Such an oxymoron celebrates John Lennon's words, "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see."

Until our next smile,


One HAL of a Pal