Immigration Programs Expire & Reduced Refining Study

Immigration Programs Expire & Reduced Refining Study

Immigration Programs Expire & Reduced Refining Study plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

The American Petroleum Institute - opposed to House-passed climate change legislation - says in a new study that the measure would dramatically reduce the nation’s refining production over the next 20 years, predicting a 17-percent drop in refining production by 2030. Senior Economist Sarah Banaszak says the study used Energy Department cost estimates of tradable carbon emission permits in the House bill against refinery emissions and permit needs.

BANASZAK: It does estimate in total these compliance costs for refiners which are huge and it’s hard to imagine how the introduction of huge new costs into the supply of products would not ultimately have an impact on product prices.

Several immigrant visa programs, as well as a worker eligibility verification tool, are set to expire at the end of the current fiscal year – September 30th. Efforts to renew them are well under way. Two programs focus on wealthy immigrants. A Senate amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill would make permanent an immigrant visa category that offers green cards, or permanent resident status, to wealthy investors who do business in the United States and hire American workers.

Now with today’s Food Forethought, here’s Lacy Gray.

We occasionally treat ourselves to dinner out and a movie. The rock paper scissors game usually decides whether it’s an action movie or a chick flick. This past weekend paper beat rock and we headed to the theatre to see “Julie & Julia” a fun and entertaining story about Julia Child's culinary life in France and Julie Powell's year of cooking and blogging her way through Child's cookbook. I used to watch Child’s cooking show in my teens and blame my love of food on her and my Grandmother! Like my Grandmother and my husband’s grandparents, Julia Child lived to a ripe old age and she never skimped on ingredients or taste. They all enjoyed butter, cream, sugar, and dare I say it, meat! Their generation somehow managed to survive quite well with a diet that included all the major food groups without turning into great gelatinous blobs. Food police weren’t needed on every corner then and they aren’t needed now, any more than “fat” or “sin” taxes. What we do need now is a little more of what helped them stay healthy while still allowing them to enjoy all of life’s culinary pleasures, exercise and hard work.

Thanks Lacy. That’s today’s Northwest Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Northwest Ag Information Network.

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