The StratCom group studied environmental protesters on behalf of the driller Apache Energy. Apache was seeking to drill near Balmorhea State Park in Texas and was concerned that protesters were planning camps similar to those set up to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to two people with direct knowledge of the work.One FTI document prepared for Apache, dated Jan. 25, 2017, included a link to a list of groceries and camp supplies compiled by organizers, which the document said provided a hint of the proposed camp’s size. To arrive at that conclusion, scientists say, the report tallied data from the Environmental Protection Agency that the agency itself states does not represent overall emissions: The numbers, which are reported by the energy industry about a limited number of compressor stations and other facilities, do not include emissions from the area’s thousands of wells. The data are “too low by at least a factor of two, and quite likely more,” said Robert W. Howarth, a professor at Cornell University who has researched methane emissions.FTI stood by the report, calling its findings “on track with broader trends in Texas’ oil fields.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Texans for Natural Gas is just one campaign run with the help of FTI employees. Others include: Citizens to Protect PA Jobs, New Mexicans for Economic Prosperity, the Liberty Energy Project and the Arctic Energy Center, according to interviews, internal documents and an examination of the digital trail of domain-name registrations and other details left by the creation of the websites.Another such organization, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, said of FTI in a statement: “We are proud to have them as a contract partner, especially when it comes to direct and transparent media support.”‘Susan,’ the fake Facebook userWithin FTI, a group called StratCom, short for Strategic Communications, focuses on industry messaging campaigns. In the United States, the group is led by Brian Kennedy, former press secretary for the office of the House minority leader and a former spokesman for Transocean, the drilling contractor involved in the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.- Advertisement –
Indonesia will issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) that will boost state spending by up to Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.6 billion) as the budget deficit is anticipated to widen to 5.07 percent of GDP in the nation’s fight against COVID-19.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said Tuesday the Perppu would serve as a foundation for the government and banking and financial authorities to carry out “extraordinary measures to ensure the people’s health, safeguard the national economy and financial system stability”.Of the extra spending, the government will allocate Rp 75 trillion for healthcare spending, Rp 110 trillion for social protection and Rp 70.1 trillion for tax incentives and credit for enterprises. The biggest chunk, Rp 150 trillion, will be set aside for economic recovery programs including credit restructuring and financing for small and medium businesses. Jokowi will need approval from the House of Representatives to pass the Perppu. Indonesia’s 2020 state budget originally planned for Rp 2.54 quadrillion in state expenditure with a budget deficit of 1.76 percent of GDP, equal to Rp 307.2 trillion.“The House is ready to support mitigation measures needed by the government through the state budget and [we will support] a government regulation in lieu of law [Perppu] to improve fiscal resilience,” said House Speaker Puan Maharani during the House’s plenary meeting in Jakarta on Monday.Center of Reform on Economics (Core) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah described the decision to increase spending and the state budget deficit limit as a “brave step that should be appreciated”.“We need a wider deficit to increase healthcare services and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, channel safety net assistance to those who are affected, as well as for stimulus for the business sector to speed up economic recovery,” Piter told The Jakarta Post.“The amount is enough although it is small relative to the stimulus and safety net measures of other countries. But this is a much-needed brave breakthrough amid the COVID-19 outbreak.”The World Bank has estimated that more than 11 million people could fall into poverty in East Asian-Pacific countries. The financial shock of the pandemic will have a serious impact on poverty, defined as a situation where an individual earns less than $5.5 a day, the bank said.In Indonesia, only one in five people is economically secure, according to the World Bank report Aspiring Indonesia. Around 24.8 million Indonesians live on under US$1 a day — 9.22 percent of the population — and more than 60 million are vulnerable to falling into poverty.“Lockdowns will inflict significant economic pain on those least able to take care of themselves,” World Bank East Asia Pacific chief economist Aaditya Mattoo told the media in telebriefing on Tuesday. “The [government’s] priority has to be to find a way to soften the pain both for households and informal workers.”Mattoo said the pandemic required drastic action, such as strong social distancing and travel restrictions, adding that the government had to provide compensation for informal-sector workers, such as by devising new sick pay arrangements.“It serves a double benefit: They soften the pain while they also encourage workers to stay at home,” he added.The government, he went on to say, must try and think of ways to provide credit liquidity transfers to firms and exempt them from tax payments.“If the firms go bankrupt, this can be durably destructive,” Mattoo said. “These are the complementary economic measures, that in the short run, when people can neither work nor consume as freely as they would have, are absolutely essential to minimize the economic pain and prevent short-term economic shocks.”Topics : “I have just signed a Perppu on state finance policy and financial system stability,” Jokowi said in a telebriefing. “We will issue the Perppu to anticipate the possibility of a state budget deficit that is estimated to reach 5.07 percent.”The relaxation of the state budget deficit limit from the current legal limit of 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) will apply for three years until 2022. “Afterwards, we will return to imposing fiscal discipline of below 3 percent of GDP starting 2023,” he added.Indonesia’s fiscal discipline has been lauded, as the country has never exceeded its self-imposed state budget deficit limit of 3 percent of GDP introduced after the 1998 Asian financial crisis. The move to widen the state budget deficit, the first time in history, comes as Indonesia declared a public health emergency that involves imposing large-scale social restrictions as stipulated in the Health Quarantine Law.COVID-19 cases in Indonesia reached 1,528 on Tuesday with 136 deaths, just a month after the nation declared it had zero cases.
Surviving are his two sons, Kenny (companion Chantel Aders) Reed of Osgood, and Danny Reed of Richland; 34 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers, Buck (Pat) Miller of Greensburg, Ray Miller of Connersville, and Robert Miller of Florida; one sister Geraldine (Delbert) Allen of Laurel, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sons, William, Michael, Gary and infant son, Reed. Friends may visit with Clemon’s family on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 11a.m. until 1p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville, with services beginning at 1p.m. Burial will follow in Metamora Cemetery with military graveside honors provided by the American Legion Bernard Hurst Post #77. Memorial donations can be directed to Margaret Mary Hospice. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Clemon Reed. Clemon Reed, age 91, of Laurel, was born on November 1, 1928 in Hamilton, Ohio a son to William and Ruth Blanton Reed. He served his country with the United State Army. Clemon later married Helen Edington and she preceded him in death in 1965. He worked maintenance at H&H Robinson and was a member of the Brookville American Legion and the Metamora Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. His family remembers him as a very active man who also became certified as a T.V. repair man and was artistic – drawing and doing calligraphy. On Thursday, December 12, 2019 Clemon passed away at his residence surrounded by loving family.