Village CDA Members Must Resign if They Vote To Blight Homeowners in Foxconn Zone

MT. PLEASANT, WI April 12, 2018 – ​Local community group, “A Better Mt. Pleasant,” is calling on members of the Mount Pleasant Community Development Authority (CDA) to resign from their appointed positions if they vote to designate areas within the Foxconn development zone as blighted. The vote is expected to happen on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Village Hall.

Residents have already received notice of eminent domain proceedings and Village officials announced on March 20, 2018 at a CDA public hearing that they intend to invoke “blighting” condemnation against property owners in the land acquisition process for Foxconn.

“Most of these homeowners haven’t even entered into negotiations with the Village before they decided to play the ‘blight’ card,” said Kelly Gallaher, a representative for the group. “The CDA has been given detailed information on why these properties do not meet the legal definition of ‘blighted.’ They have ignored the law and their own neighbors, and appear poised to do it anyway.”

Wisconsin State Statute 32.03(6) says that condemnation through blighting can only be used if the property is not occupied by the owner of the property, his or her spouse, or an individual related to the owner by blood, marriage, or adoption within the 4th degree of kinship OR the crime rate in, on, or adjacent to the property is at least 3 times the crime rate in the remainder of the municipality in which the property is located.

None of the homes in the Foxconn zone under threat of condemnation meet these legal criteria.

Gallaher says, “There is little doubt that actions to blight these properties will lead to a lawsuit which will not just cause problems for the FoxConn development, but could set a very dangerous precedent. If Mount Pleasant is allowed to blight perfectly good family homes and give them to a privately owned corporation, they can do it to anyone, anywhere.”

The Mount Pleasant Village Code of Ethics ordinances state that any public official who knowingly acts in excess of their legal authority and official capacity has committed misconduct in office.

Any member of the Mount Pleasant Community Development Authority who casts a vote to impose condemnation through blight against property owners in the Foxconn zone does so knowing they are violating state law and is therefore called upon to immediately resign from service on the Village CDA.

A petition calling for the resignations can be found online through ​Change.org​.

“It took only seven votes to appoint these men to the CDA. We are prepared to offer hundreds to demand they step down,” said Gallaher.

The Mount Pleasant Village Community Development Authority is comprised of the following members: Rob Richardson – Chair, Matt Cramer, Frank Risler, Jack Thorsen, Jerry Franke, David DeGroot – Village President, Gary Feest – Trustee, Sam Schultz – Staff

Link to A Better Mount Pleasant: https://www.facebook.com/abettermtpleasant/

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A Government Funded Non-Profit Organization Declares That a Government Funded Project Will Provide *18 – FOLD* Returns to Continue Funding Government!

From The JT:

Commerce association: Foxconn incentives will pay off 18-fold

MILWAUKEE — Every dollar of state incentives for the Foxconn Technology Group project will return $18 in economic impact in Wisconsin within 15 years, according to the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

MMAC on Friday released its analysis of the projected impact to Wisconsin’s gross domestic product from the $2.85 billion incentive package to entice Foxconn to build an approximately $9 billion manufacturing campus in this state — specifically in Mount Pleasant.

“GDP is the best measure of the value added to the economy,” stated MMAC, which has more than 2,000-member companies supporting more than 300,000 jobs. The analysis is based on the state’s tax credit agreement executed with Foxconn on Nov. 10.

The Foxconn development is projected by MMAC to add $51.5 billion to Wisconsin’s GDP over the 15 years in which the state would pay out $2.85 billion under a fully executed incentive package — assuming Foxconn creates 13,000 jobs.

The above assumption, which is not even part of the contract – which HOPES for perhaps 3,000 jobs at best, is only viable IF: Foxconn creates 13,000 jobs, paying at least $53,000 each.

Repeated for emphasis: IF: Foxconn creates 13,000 jobs, paying at least $53,000 each.

Of course, it will never happen – just like so many other Politically motivated schemes in SE WI – CON – SIN. Such as Machinery Row!

So just who is the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce? Why it’s just another taxpayer funded government grant dependent Non-Profit!

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce mouthpiece Timothy Sheehy is just another taxpayer funded government shill who will lie to promote the failed Walker Administration. His compensation package depends upon it.

From the most recent publicly available Form 990 on the Internet – it seems that Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce mouthpiece Timothy Sheehy compensated himself with over $500,000 in wages and nearly $20,000 from others.

The entire 2016 MMAC form 990 is available here: MMAC 990

It needs to be said again –

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce mouthpiece Timothy Sheehy is just another taxpayer funded government shill who will lie to promote the failed Walker Administration. His compensation package depends upon it.

While the entire thesis that Foxconn will deliever and 18-fold of return upon investment depends upon:

IF: Foxconn creates 13,000 jobs, paying at least $53,000 each.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pauses as he speaks at a news conference Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Madison, Wis., where he announced that he is suspending his Republican presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Who  knows? Sometimes even lightening strikes twice – right? Governor Walker?

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Environmental Problems Increase in SE Wisconsin While the Racine Water Utility Acts Without Proper Authority

From Journal Times:

Coal dust confirmed near Oak Creek power plants

OAK CREEK — Independent testing has confirmed the presence of coal dust found Monday in a neighborhood north of the We Energies power plants in Oak Creek, the Clean Power Coalition of Southeast Wisconsin announced.

In a news release issued late Thursday afternoon, the coalition said independent testing confirmed coal dust from samples taken Monday by the Environmental Accountability Group and tested by Aspen Consulting. The black coal dust was found covering homes, cars and a playground in neighborhoods north of the Oak Creek and Elm Road power plants.

Coal dust contains toxic metals including lead, mercury and arsenic, the release states. The health effects of inhalable particulate matter include aggravation of asthma, respiratory symptoms, an increase in hospital emissions and increased mortality from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and from lung cancer. “There is no safe level of coal dust exposure.”

“This isn’t the first time this has happened,” stated Greg Millard, a concerned local resident. “This is the first time they got caught. Coal dust blowing from the piles at these plants has been a problem for decades, and We Energies knows it. We want something done about it.”

Coal dust causes problems south of the plant, stated Bill Pringle, president of Environmental Accountability Group.

“I used to live in Caledonia just south of the plant,” Pringle stated. “Myself, my wife and my children became very ill, and after only eight years we had to move. We Energies did testing twice and said there wasn’t a problem, but when we hired someone to do independent testing, we found coal and fly ash in our house. I started EAG because it was clear that We Energies can’t be trusted with protecting our health.”

Meanwhile – City of Racine’s Water Utility has acted without proper authority or approval!

From Journal Times:

Residents pack iMET Center for Foxconn hearing on water

“A question was asked about why a water pipeline is in the process of being built despite the DNR not granting Racine’s application.

“I don’t have an answer to that question,” Pfeiffer said. “They are not allowed to serve water unless they have a diversion application or would be in violation of state statutes. They’re not allowed to serve water even if those facilities are being built.”

It appears that out of control and loudmouth Village President David DeGroot is not only having his way, but is being allowed by former environmental champion City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason, Special Needs Governor Scott Walker and State Rep “Boss” Robin Vos to force an environmental and financial disaster down the throats of Residents of SE Wisconsin!

Protecting the Great Lakes!

The Great Lakes hold nearly 20% of the world’s fresh surface water. And, more astonishingly, the Great Lakes hold more than 90% of North America’s fresh surface water.

But, this water is not unlimited. It can be depleted if we don’t take care to keep Great Lakes water in the lakes.

Great Lakes Compact: A regional commitment

The Great Lakes Compact was approved by all eight Great Lakes states, the U.S. Congress, and was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008.

The Compact bans the diversion of Great Lakes water outside the basin, with limited exceptions.

Only two situations allow a community located outside of the Great Lakes to apply for a diversion.

  1. A community that is located partially in the Great Lakes basin may apply for a diversion.
  2. A community that is located within a county that is partially in the basin, may apply for a diversion.

Any community applying for a diversion must demonstrate that it has exhausted all available options for getting water. In other words, a diversion must be a last resort.

Any diversion application must be approved by all eight Great Lakes states. The two Canadian provinces bordering the lakes are allowed to provide input as well. Any state may veto the diversion application.

Will Wisconsin allow Lake Michigan to become the next (former) Aral Sea?

The Aral Sea in the Soviet Union, formerly the world’s fourth largest lake in area, is disappearing. Between 1960 and 1987, its level dropped nearly 13 meters, and its area decreased by 40 percent. Recession has resulted from reduced inflow caused primarily by withdrawals of water for irrigation. Severe environmental problems have resulted. The sea could dry to a residual brine lake. Local water use is being improved and schemes to save parts of the sea have been proposed. Nevertheless, preservation of the Aral may require implementation of the controversial project to divert water from western Siberia into the Aral Sea basin.

Desiccation of the Aral Sea: A Water Management Disaster in the Soviet Union

During planning for a major expansion of irrigation in the Aral Sea basin, conducted in the 1950s and 1960s, it was predicted that this would reduce inflow to the sea and substantially reduce its size. At the time, a number of experts saw this as a worthwhile tradeoff: a cubic meter of river water used for irrigation would bring far more value than the same cubic meter delivered to the Aral Sea (6, 22-25). They based this calculation on a simple comparison of economic gains from irrigated agriculture against tangible economic benefits from the sea. Indeed, the ultimate shrinkage of the Aral to a residual brine lake as all its inflow was devoted to agriculture and other economic needs was viewed as both desirable and inevitable.

These experts largely dismissed the possibility of significant adverse environmental consequences accompanying recession. For example, some scientists claimed the sea had little or no impact on the climate of adjacent territory and, therefore, its shrinkage would not perceptibly alter meteorological conditions beyond the immediate shore zone (6). They also foresaw little threat of large quantities of salt blowing from the dried bottom and damaging agriculture in adjacent areas (22). This theory rested, in the first place, on the assumption that during the initial phases of the Aral’s drying only calcium carbonate and calcium sulfate would be deposited on the former bottom. Although friable and subject to deflation, these salts have low plant toxicity. Second, it was assumed that the more harmful compounds, chiefly sodium sulfate and sodium chloride, which would be deposited as the sea continued to shrink and salinize, would not be blown off because of the formation of a durable crust of sodium chloride. Some optimists even suggested the dried bottom would be suitable for farming (22).

Although a small number of scientists warned of serious negative effects from the sea’s desiccation, they were not heeded (14, 24). Time has proved the more cautious scientists not only correct but conservative in their predictions.

The former American Motors Manufacturing Complex located in Kenosha, WI.

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Concerned Mount Pleasant Residents VOTE!

Garski: Mount Pleasant village election

As a former Mount Pleasant village trustee and past village president, I gladly served the people of Mount Pleasant for many years. I have seen Village Boards who are able to work together and others who simply cannot cooperate in a professional manner. The best trustees are those who understand they serve the people in our community first, not their friends, business associates and political allies.

This is why, as a former Village Trustee and President, I am endorsing Don Schulz, Gary Feest, Tom Giese and John Martini in the April 3rd election for village trustees.

Don Schulz is a previous town supervisor and trustee. We need him back. No one attends more meetings and keeps track of village business better than Don.

Gary Feest is one of the most conscientious and fair-minded trustees to ever serve the village. Gary deserves to be re-elected.

Tom Giese is an exciting newcomer. Tom holds advanced degrees in chemistry and business. His experiences abroad as a businessman in Asia gives him a perspective the board needs right now.

Dr. John Martini is a tireless advocate as a medical physician and chaplain. He has spent a lifetime solving problems and listening to people. He will bring civility and compassion to a board that has been in disarray.

Please join me in voting for these qualified and professional candidates on April 3rd.

Jerry Garski

Mount Pleasant

Why the Reindustrialization of SE Wisconsin Will Fail

CASE Foundry; Mount Pleasant WI

Reindustrialization is the economic, social, and political process of organizing national resources for the purpose of re-establishing industries. The process proceeds as a result of a need to reinvigorate national economies.

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Foxconn will simply fail because most of the cheap and easy to extract oil has already been exploited. It isn’t that there is no oil to power industrial civilization – it’s that the costs and EROEI (energy returned on Energy Invested) keeps increasing while returns fall. The World has been on the undulating plateau of Peak Oil since around 2008. Oil is NOT all the same in regards to quality, energy concentration, or what products can be made from it. The US exports LIGHT shale oil because US refineries aren’t set up to distill Light Oil – The US does not produce enough oil domestically to meet it’s demands – it IMPORTS heavy oil.

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At what price does the demand for POL (gas, diesel, lubricants, etc) products fall? When the product can’t be sold for cost – the manufacturer eventually fails – or must be subsidized.

 

CGEP: Global Oil Market Forecasting: Main Approaches & Key Drivers with Steven Kopits

 

No affordable oil in large quantities = No gas/diesel/lubricants;  therefore  No cars/trucks or electricity.

From The Hills Group

Only by triggering the imagination can we begin to appreciate the statement: “we live in a civilization powered by oil“. If petroleum were to disappear from our lives we would no longer recognize the world in which we live; nor would we have the slightest  notion of how to exist in it. For the continuance of modern society, petroleum is an essential commodity.

To satisfy our ever expanding need for petroleum and its products, a vast interwoven worldwide work force labors arduously to extract, process, and distribute it. They work around the clock to ensure our supply. Battling against the hand maiden of resource extraction, depletion, their labors grow ever more difficult as time progresses. Each year the world’s petroleum industry lifts, forces, and pumps four and one-half billion tons of water, and crude oil from almost a mile below the surface. Each year the the water portion grows larger, and the oil less. The depletion of petroleum is continuing – and it is on a relentless march toward its completion!

Depletion is the inevitable consequence of resource extraction. As petroleum depletes it reaches a point where its ability to power the economy begins to decline; as the economy declines our ability to produce petroleum, and its products declines. The objective of this study is to determine when that point will be reached, and how the decline event will evolve.

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The future isn’t the Jetsons, it is the Stone Age; see also Venezuela.

Venezuela crisis: What is behind the turmoil?

Tension in Venezuela is on the rise again as the opposition and the government accuse each other of trying to stage a coup.

There has been a wave of anti-government protests and dozens of people have been killed in protest-related violence since April

Here, we look more in depth at the problems facing Venezuela and its president, Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela is split into Chavistas, the name given to the followers of the socialist policies of the late President Hugo Chavez, and those who cannot wait to see an end to the 18 years in power of his United Socialist Party (PSUV).

After the socialist leader died in 2013, Nicolas Maduro, also of the PSUV, was elected president on a promise to continue Mr Chavez’s policies.

Chavistas praise the two men for using Venezuela’s oil riches to markedly reduce inequality and for lifting many Venezuelans out of poverty.

But the opposition says that since the PSUV came to power in 1999, the socialist party has eroded Venezuela’s democratic institutions and mismanaged its economy.

Chavistas in turn accuse the opposition of being elitist and of exploiting poor Venezuelans to increase their own riches.

They also allege that opposition leaders are in the pay of the United States, a country with which Venezuela has had fraught relations in recent years.


Like yeast in a bottle, humans on a finite Planet discovered a substance which allowed them to grow exponentially and stripmine the Earth, only to fill it with waste and pollution. When the State of WI experienced De-industrialization the Politicians and Government Employees fought to retain the status quo and BAU (Business as Usual). Now they need WORKERS to PRODUCE – so their Tax-Farming practices can be maintained and increase. The deficits from borrowing to fill the gap between revenues and expenses only increases. Their schemes to fill the gap between Revenues and Expenses only grows in disproportion to the real economy to actually fill those budgeted expenses.

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It is interesting to note that City of Racine houses some of it’s Homeless at HALO – located in the Southside Industrial Park in a former Industrial building.

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The Olduvai Theory:
Sliding Towards a Post-Industrial Stone Age
Richard C. Duncan, Ph.D.
Institute on Energy and Man,
June 27, 1996

My Odyssey with the Olduvai theory began thirty-two years ago during a lecture series titled, Of Men and Galaxies, given at the University of Washington by cosmologist Sir Fred Hoyle.

It has often been said that, if the human species fails to make a go of it here on Earth, some other species will take over the running. In the sense of developing high intelligence this is not correct. We have, or soon will have, exhausted the necessary physical prerequisites so far as this planet is concerned. With coal gone, oil gone, high-grade metallic ores gone, no species however competent can make the long climb from primitive conditions to high-level technology. This is a one-shot affair. If we fail, this planetary system fails so far as intelligence is concerned. The same will be true of other planetary systems. On each of them there will be one chance, and one chance only. (Hoyle, 1964; emphasis added)

Industrial Civilization doesn’t evolve. Rather, it rapidly consumes “the necessary physical prerequisites” for its own existence. It’s short-term, unsustainable. “This is a one shot affair…. there will be one chance, and one chance only.”

Energy-use per person is used as a measurable index of industrialization. In 1989, I proposed the Olduvai theory of Industrial Civilization, as illustrated in Figure 1.

  • Industrial Civilization can be described by a single pulse waveform of duration X, as measured by average energy-use per person per year.
  • The life-expectancy of Industrial Civilization is less than one-hundred (100) years: i.e., X < 100 years.

In 1989 I postulated that per capita energy-use had peaked and was already on the decline. But back then I lacked sufficient data to test the theory.

By 1996, however, I had successfully tested the Olduvai theory against numerous sets of data. Four of these tests are graphed in Figure 2. The following facts emerge.

  1. On the average, world per capita energy-use reached a maximum value (i.e., a peak) in 1977.
  2. The 1977-1995 rate of decline has averaged 0.90% per year.
  3. Per capita energy-use will continue to decline as long as the world population growth rate exceeds the energy growth rate.
  4. If the decline continues (and extinction is avoided), human societies will bottom out at the subsistence level of energy-use.

The Olduvai theory explains the Figure 2 data, but the exponential-growth theory (of mainstream economics) and the steady-state theory both fail.

The Olduvai theory cannot be overthrown (i.e., scientifically rejected) by outrage or indignation. However, it can be overthrown by either, (1) demonstrating that the four sets of data in Figure 2 are in error, or (2) by gathering additional data over the next few decades and demonstrating that the Olduvai theory cannot explain that data. In any case, the data will be the final arbiter.

Read the entire paper: http://dieoff.org/page125.htm

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Why Globalization will FAIL:

Nine Reasons Why Globalization Can’t Be Permanent

Since the late 1990s, globalization has seemed to be the great hope for the future. Now this great hope seems to be dimming. Globalization sets up conflict in the area of jobs. Countries around the world compete for development and jobs. If there is not enough cheap-to-produce energy to go around, huge wage disparity is likely to result.

We know from physics and history that economies need to grow, or they collapse. The wage disparity that high-wage countries have been experiencing in recent years is evidence that the world economy is already reaching energy limits. There are no longer enough jobs that pay well to go around. Any drop in energy supply is likely to worsen the job situation.

Most observers miss this problem, because they expect high oil prices to signal energy limits. This time, the signal is low wages for a significant group of workers, rather than high oil prices. This situation is possible in a networked economy, but it is not what most people look for.

Unhappy citizens can be expected to react to the wage disparity problem by electing leaders who favor limits to globalization. This can only play out in terms of reduced globalization.

History and physics suggest that economies without adequate energy supply can be expected to collapse. We have several recent examples of partial collapses, including the Great Depression of the 1930s and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Such collapses, or even more extensive collapses, might occur again if we cannot find energy alternatives that can be quickly scaled up to replace oil and coal in the very near term. These replacements need to be cheap-to-produce, non-polluting, and available in huge quantities.

The story that the economy doesn’t really need a growing supply of very cheap-to-produce energy is simply a myth. Let’s look at some of the pieces of this story.

Read more at: https://ourfiniteworld.com/2018/01/31/nine-reasons-why-globalization-cant-be-permanent/

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The Universe is infinite and eternal and swarms with life. The Ancients knew this – and we have forgotten it.  There will still be life on Earth after Industrial Civilization collapses.

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UW-Milwaukee Economist Questions Foxconn Deal While GE Moves Jobs Out of Wisconsin

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Here is the video discussion:

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Meanwhile, as Foxconn proposes to introduce non-union low wage paying jobs with excecssive overtime demands to SE Wisconsin workers, General Electric moves high paying union jobs to a foreign country and out of  WI Governor Scott Walker’s stronghold of Waukesha, WI!!

Manufacturing workers at a General Electric plant in Waukesha, Wisconsin say they feel like pawns in a political game between GE and Congress as they watch their jobs cross the border to Canada.

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While Harley-Davisdon  closes down their Kansas City plant:

Who bears responsibility for Harley-Davidson closing its Kansas City plant

January 31, 2018 04:39 PM

 

“Those jobs were lost at Harley-Davidson because of declining sales,” he said. “We’re taking responsibility for what we’re doing here.”

Well, whatever the governor is “doing here” clearly wasn’t enough to keep Harley-Davidson in Kansas City.

That fact provides an important lesson for Missouri and Kansas.

Just a few months ago, local boosters were working tirelessly to prepare a bid for Amazon’s new headquarters. Last year, the Sam Brownback administration laid out the fiscal red carpet for Tyson Foods.

The Kansas City area has long offered abatements, credits and other incentives for new companies. Now, Greitens is offering to cut the corporate tax rate by one-third to attract businesses.

Somehow, though, keeping existing companies often attracts less attention. The Kansas City Harley-Davidson plant, with 800 workers, slipped through everyone’s fingers.

It’s a serious blow. The lost jobs are painful enough for the workers, but they will have a ripple effect with other businesses in the area. Kansas City will lose several hundred thousand dollars in earnings tax revenue.

It’s possible there was nothing anyone could have done to keep the plant open. Harley asked for and got substantial incentives over the years, and perhaps no additional tax breaks or credits would have made a difference.

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And in news from China:

Sweatshops in China

Despite the rapid growth of the Chinese economy in the last decade, more than 482 million people in China – 36% of the population – live on less than $2 a day.

In total 85% of China’s poor live in rural areas and extreme poverty forces many of them to leave the countryside in search of employment in urban areas. Often referred to as the factory of the world, China’s industry-oriented economy relies on these migrant workers who make up the majority of the workforce.

There are approximately 150 million internal migrant workers in China who, because of their status, do not receive any state benefits or protection. They have to endure poor working conditions such as excessive and forced overtime, denial of social security rights and failure to provide employment contracts, as well as severe health risks.

Before opening up its economy in 1978, China had stringent controls on the movement of people between rural and urban areas, preventing migration to cities. These controls were part of the permit (hukou) system, in which welfare entitlements such as pensions, housing, health and education were tied to a person’s place of birth.

As China moved towards a market economy, cheap rural labour helped fuel the country’s growth and constraints on migration were reduced, however the restrictions on household registration of the hukou have remained in place, so migrant workers become outcasts without access to any state benefits or protection, despite Chinese laws enshrining “equal rights” for all.

Trying to escape from extreme poverty, rural migrant workers find themselves trapped in appalling working conditions.  Most of these workers are women earning extremely low wages – the average monthly salary including overtime is CNY 1,690 (£150).Migrant workers endure long working days, work seven days a week, many without an employment contract and face constant discrimination. Living conditions are poor with up to six people sharing small cramped dormitories. Women migrant workers, who are primarily employed in factories, rarely get maternity leave, and with no childcare facilities and working weeks of more than 70 hours many are forced to send their children to live with family in the countryside.

There is no freedom of association to form trade unions and non-governmental labour organisations are closely monitored by the Government who carry out regular crackdowns. Multinational corporations and national factory owners take advantage of the anti-union climate, the workers’ lack of awareness of their own rights and the Chinese government’s unwillingness to address the abuse of migrant workers’ rights.

In addition the level of occupational disease and injuries is alarmingly high. In 2009 alone, approximately one million workers were injured at work and about 20,000 suffered from diseases due to their occupation. One of the biggest risks to the health of textile workers is sandblasting, a technique used to treat denim so that the fabric has a worn look. Sandblasting exposes workers to silica dust particles which severely damage their respiratory passages causing silicosis, a serious disease which, if left untreated, eventually leads to death. Although sandblasting was banned in the EC in 1966, it continues to be practised in China despite the serious health hazards it poses. Corporations are able to avoid accountability for occupational diseases like silicosis by exploiting legal loopholes. Moreover, the official state trade union has failed to take action on behalf of workers who fall ill and corporations are rarely compelled to pay sickness compensation.

War on Want is currently working with Worker Empowerment (WE) and Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) to empower migrant workers and improve working conditions in the Guangdong province. Established in 2003, WE is a labour organisation that seeks to empower Chinese migrant workers to defend their rights by raising workers awareness of their entitlements, and equipping them with the skills and knowledge to challenge abuses committed by employers. SACOM is a campaigning organization with six years’ experience in the implementation of hard-hitting international campaigns and entering into dialogue with brands.

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Make Your Voice Heard! As the WI DNR and PSC Solicit Public Input Into Their Decision Making Process

Concerned Residents of Racine County will have an opportunity to add their voices and valuable input into the decision making process of both the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in regards to:

(PSC) Allowing the American Transmission Company (ATC) – Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project;  and

 

 

(DNR) Allowing the City of Racine to remove an additional 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan to serve the proposed  Foxconn LCD TV manufacturing plant.

 

First – from the Journal Sentinel:

Foxconn would get $140 million electricity project, use more power than any plant in state

American Transmission Co. will seek state approval for a $140 million project to run electrical power to the huge manufacturing complex Foxconn Technology Group plans to build in Racine County.

The massive plant is expected to draw an enormous amount of power — six times more than the next-largest factory in Wisconsin, according to ATC, which declined to identify that factory.

 The project would affect the rates of residential electric customers in Wisconsin.

Before adding power lines and building the new substation, ATC will need approval from the State Public Service Commission. The utility says it will file an application with the PSC in February and ask for a decision by August.

If the commission approves the project then, construction would begin late next year on the substation and in early 2019 on the transmission lines, according to ATC. Power would start flowing by late 2019 or early 2020.

ATC is co-owned by Wisconsin utilities including We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Alliant Energy, Madison Gas & Electric and Superior Water, Light and Power.

To get power to Foxconn, ATC would add a second 345 kilovolt transmission circuit along 12 miles of existing lines from Pleasant Prairie north to Mount Pleasant.

That would take power to a point 1.2 miles east of the new substation. To connect the existing system to the substation, ATC would build new transmission lines, strung on 16 steel poles, 120 feet to 160 feet tall, set along an east-west corridor south of Braun Road.

 The utility would need easements through the new corridor, either by negotiating with landowners or, if necessary, acquiring the right-of-way by exercising eminent domain authority.

ATC also would build an underground line beneath Highway H to connect to a Foxconn-owned power station on the factory site.

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Residents can voice their concerns by filing a comment with the Public Service Commission – screenshot below:

The link to the Public Service Commission Comments section is: http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2010/dockets/comment.aspx

Concerned Residents then need to select a Case – specifically: American Transmission Company (ATC) – Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project; then click on the FILE A COMMENT prompt, which opens the window to file a comment.

From the prompt:

137-CE-188 –Application of American Transmission Company LLC to Construct and Place in Operation a New 345/138 kV Substation in the Village of Mount Pleasant, 345 kV Transmission Lines to Interconnect it With ATC’s Existing 345 kV Transmission Network, and to Construct or Reconstruct Other Lines and Facilities in the Area, to be Located in Primarily Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin

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Comments range from being supportive of MTP using Eminent Domain to confiscate private property for State purposes, granting questionably superior rights over  residents to privately owned Mega- Corporations  and being in favor of raising  rates for electricity to those who disfavor such questionably, and hastily rushed  legislatively mandated and potentially unconstitutional State actions.

Comment:
I do not understand why ANY ratepayers other than Foxconn are proposed to be charged for Foxconn’s transmission lines. This is reportedly an extremely profitable company. Part of that profitability must be massive subsidies to Foxconn paid by governments and citizens in the areas in which Foxconn locates. Please direct the ratepaying charges directly to Foxconn, the main customer for whom this transmission line is intended. If as quoted in the newspaper the cost to ratepayers is “pennies per month, pennies per year”, Foxconn can surely afford this.

I also have serious concerns about environmental impacts by Foxconn on my local environment. I would request that they abide by or exceed all current regulatory requirements and not be granted any exceptions to existing water or air quality laws.

The Comment section, which also collates the contents of many documents which are required to be filed, prior to approval, may be found at this link:

http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2015/ERF_search/content/searchResult.aspx?UTIL=137&CASE=CE&SEQ=188&START=none&END=none&TYPE=none&SERVICE=none&KEY=none&NON=N

From the Case Summary:

American Transmission Company (ATC) – Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project
Applicant(s): American Transmission Company LLC (137)
Project Description: ATC proposes to construct new electric transmission facilities to serve the proposed Foxconn development. Facilities to be constructed include: a new Mount Pleasant Substation to provide electrical service for the Foxconn campus; two sets of double-circuit transmission lines along a 1.2-mile corridor to connect the new substation to the existing 345 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission system; an added second 345 kV transmission circuit to an existing 12-mile transmission line between the existing Racine and Pleasant Prairie Substations; modifications at the existing Racine and Elm Road Substations, and at the existing Pleasant Prairie Switchyard; and, a new 138 kV underground transmission line to connect the proposed Mount Pleasant Substation to a new substation to be owned by Foxconn. The Commission’s review of the project is limited to the proposed electric transmission facilities.
Case Coordinator: James Lepinski

Stacy Schumacher

Now Accepting Public Comments

Link: http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2010/dockets/content/detail.aspx?dockt_id=137-CE-188

Let your voice be heard:

From JT:

The Foxconn deal keeps getting worse and worse. From 3 billion to 4 billion and now to at least 4.5 billion of taxpayer dollars. That’s not including taxpayer water, sewer, power infrastructures and highway expansion costs.

Recently the details of the power project that Foxconn and various politicians expect you to pay for were revealed. It’s a 14-mile long, mostly above ground, high-power line with various substations and their lines.

The City and County of Kenosha wisely said no to Foxconn. That means the 10 or 12 miles of new high-powered power lines that are proposed to run across Kenosha (south to north) don’t belong there.

The lines and substations belong in Mount Pleasant and Racine County. Period. They wanted Foxconn.

Additionally, and just as important, residents of southeast Wisconsin shouldn’t have to pay the power needs of a foreign corporation that’s overflowing in money, assets and anti-suicide nets. If not stopped, these costs will be on our power bills for years to come.

The Foxcomm deal is built on faulty legal ground, bad ethics, and greed. Special laws allowing destruction of local environment, thoughtless cruel winter evictions, homes seized, and the sickening perversion of the court system to benefit a single foreign company. Now add a subsidized expensive ugly high-power line to the list.

To make your voice heard and make a comment with the Public Service Commission, contact the PSC. Call 608-266-541. Write. Or comment on webpage under “American Transmission Company (ATC) — Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project” http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2010/dockets/comment.aspx.

Vince Mutchler

Kenosha

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Meanwhile the DNR is getting ready to approve an application for City of Racine to extract another 7,000,000 + gallons of water daily, from Lake Michigan:

From JT:

DNR sets hearing on Foxconn water diversion

MADISON — The public will get a chance to sound off in March about Racine officials’ request to pull 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan to serve a massive Foxconn Technology plant.

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that they’ve scheduled a public hearing on the request for March 7 in Sturtevant.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant.

The agency also will take public comments on the request through March 21.

Under the Great Lakes Compact, all water diverted from Lake Michigan must be returned minus what’s lost to evaporation or what’s used for Foxconn’s manufacturing process. The city’s application estimates about 2.7 million gallons per day will be consumed and wouldn’t return to the lake. All wastewater would return to the Racine wastewater treatment plan and then the lake. Foxconn has struggled with pollution problems in China.