(Cross-posted at Daily Kos)
Chicken poop isn't the only kind of excrement that seems to fascinate Terry McAuliffe in his race for the Democratic nomination for governor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His campaign has been busy spreading some grade A cow patties, issuing a press release Tuesday based on a false blog post that claims his opposition is stalking his wife. A camera was set up at a Stafford, VA Democratic Committee meeting to record a surrogate for candidate Brian Moran in the person of Steve Jarding. After Jarding finished, Terry's wife got up to speak for Terry and the camera was left running. This somehow prompted Ben Tribett of Not Larry Sabato, (who apparently was not at the event), to claim Brian's campaign is now stalking Terry's wife. And of course the complete lack of any sources or substance didn't stop Terry's campaign from issuing a press release to stoke this fire of fresh meadow muffins.
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Now I know why Terry is so obsessed with chicken manure. It's because he's so full of it. Terry talks about chicken manure almost everywhere he goes:
"..we could convert that chicken waste into energy. That much chicken litter would translate into about 40 megawatts of power - enough to light up about 40,000 homes in Virginia." Terry Begins Kickoff Tour
"[Terry] to talk about turning Virginia's 500,000 tons of chicken waste into a biodiesel industry that would light up 40,000 homes and create thousands of jobs." Brash and Loaded With Cash, McAuliffe Skips Past The Experience Issue
The problem is he has no idea what he is talking about. Hmm? He keeps jumping around between chicken litter (manure) and converting it into bio-diesel. The problem is you can't really convert chicken manure into bio-diesel. You can burn it to make electricity but compared to coal (per kilowatt hour) it is only worth about $7 dollars per ton but as organic fertilizer, chicken manure is worth about $130 dollars per ton and is used to displace petroleum based fertilizer.
You can convert waste chicken fat into bio-diesel but again compared to coal, it is only worth about $60 per ton for electricity but as road fuel (at $1.75 per gallon) it's worth around $500 per ton. So if you are a chicken farmer/rancher, are you more likely to sell your chicken manure for $7 or $130 per ton and are you more likely to sell the waste fat for $60 or nearly $500 per ton?
This explains why most of Terry's former companies no longer exist. In the past, when someone created a bunch of companies and made a lot of money off of them but those companies no longer exist, people didn't used to call them good businessmen. There was a different term they used. But I guess things are different now?
Terry is bringing big corporate money in from all over and while he distracts us with chicken poop, his opponent Brian Moran is leading with real energy and environmental policies to mandate 25% renewable energy, decouple the profits of power companies to introduce real efficiency, and is the only candidate fully opposed to offshore drilling and a new coal power plant near the Chesapeake Bay.
According to a recent ACEEE study, Virginia can meet 19% of its electricity needs through efficiency, eliminating the need for any new coal plants. And this is just using efficiency programs already being used in other states.
Let's continue to use the chicken manure as organic fertilizer to displace petroleum fertilizer and let's convert the chicken fat into bio-diesel to use as road fuel. This will do the most good for our environment, our farmers, national security and our economy.
And to help make this happen, please help support a genuine progressive and competent candidate Brian Moran for Governor of Virginia
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