Boston LNG Pipeline Protest: Little Noise Generated

May 4, 2016

From our What the Frack? desk

As the hardreading staff has previously noted, a tree-hugging consortium called Consumers for Sensible Energy has been insensibly spending tens of thousands of dollars on ads in the Boston Globe to little or no effect.

Here’s the group’s ad opposing a new pipeline and Liquified Natural Gas facility for Eastern Massachusetts.

 

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Yesterday, they took their message to the State House steps in Boston, also to little or no effect. The  protest got some coverage in the Salem News and the Berkshire Eagle,   but a long MassLive story about the Senate’s climate committee hearing yesterday made no mention of the protest. The Boston Globe and Boston Herald had nothing about any of it.

Even worse was the deafening silence on social media: The protest generated exactly one tweet at #StopThePipelineTax, the hashtag the group has spent all that ad money publicizing.

 

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Plug “Consumers for Sensible Energy” into the Twitter search box and you get exactly zero tweets about the protest.

Memo to Consumers for (All Those Dollars and No) Sensible Energy: Next time, just set your money on fire.


So Far #StopThePipelineTax Is Totally Out of Gas

May 3, 2016

As the hardreading staff noted yesterday, a cabal of tree-huggers called Consumers for Sensible Energy has been running this ad in the Boston Globe.

 

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The objective is to derail Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast project, “which would expand and add new pipeline from West Boylston to Weymouth and down to Acushnet. It calls for the construction of a massive liquefied natural gas facility and new compressor station on the South Coast and South Shore.”

But #StopThePipelineTax has so far been a bust, drawing “No Results” a day after the group’s first ad ran, and only this a day (and another ad) later.

 

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So, to recap: One-half of the responses to this six-figure ad campaign have come from . . . us.

Consumers for (All Those Dollars and No) Sensible Energy has scheduled a State House rally at 11:30 today.

We’ll let you know how it goes.


Is #StopThePipelineTax Already Out of Gas?

May 2, 2016

From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk

An outfit called Consumers for Sensible Energy ran this ad in the Boston Sunday Globe yesterday (but not the Boston Herald).

 

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The body copy:

 

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CFSE appears to be a consortium of every local non-profit that’s ever hugged a tree. From their Allies page:

 

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Here’s the issue, according to the group’s website:

Last Week, Kinder Morgan announced that it has suspended its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project to import fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New England and to connect to export terminals in Canada for shipment overseas.

That was great news, but it is only half the story. There is a second pipeline company proposing to import more fracked gas. And, once again consumers would pay for the $3 billion cost, with a monthly pipeline tax on their bills.

Spectra Energy has proposed its Access Northeast project, which would expand and add new pipeline from West Boylston to Weymouth and down to Acushnet. It calls for the construction of a massive liquefied natural gas facility and new compressor station on the South Coast and South Shore.

 

Among the Bad News Bearers about the other half of the story was this Globe piece last week.

Weymouth mayor continues talks with Spectra Energy despite local objection

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Mayor Robert Hedlund says he’s talking to Spectra Energy about a mitigation package involving millions of dollars for the town if the company builds a natural-gas compressor station near the Fore River Bridge — despite his opposition to the project and calls from local residents to stop the talks.

“It would be irresponsible not to talk with them,” Hedlund said in a phone interview Tuesday. “We’re backed into a corner.”

The offer calls for a $12 million payment in the fall of 2016, followed by another $1 million annually for the next 14 years, and potentially more in property tax adjustments, according to Hedlund’s office.

Hedlund said attorneys for the town advised him that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not appear to be swayed by Weymouth’s concerns that the compressor station posed a safety threat — and would probably approve Spectra’s plans soon. The federal agency has ultimate authority over the project.

 

Understandably, Consumers for Sensible Energy wants to mobilize the opposition quickly, so its website billboarded this.

 

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Ever diligent, the hardtweeting staff checked #StopThePipelineTax on Twitter and here’s what we found at 12 o’clock this morning.

 

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Just to be clear: 18 hours after their five-figure Boston Globe ad hit the front doors of 220,000 Greater Bostonians, Consumers for (Dollars But No) Sensible Energy had generated up to zero responses on social media.

All due respect, but what the frack?


Boston Globe ‘Biden’ Its Time on Touchy-Feelygate?

February 18, 2015

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

The Boston dailies continue to reside in parallel universes. Page One of today’s Boston Herald:

 

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Hillary Chabot’s column provides the details of the Washington Maul.

Hey Joe: Try being a little less hands-on going forward

Perhaps Joe Biden is already breaking out the charm offensive he’s honed for the 2016 presidential trail and he’s code named it: Joe Biden,  Stephanie CarterLady Killer.

The notoriously inappropriate vice president breached one woman’s personal boundaries yesterday as he swore in Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in the Roosevelt Room.

The gaffe-prone VP put his hands on Carter’s wife’s shoulders from behind for a long time, leaned over and whispered something into her ear, creating an Internet sensation that rippled far throughout the presidential primary battlefield.

 

Plug “Joe Biden” into the Googletron and you get a taste of said Internet sensation.

 

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And that’s not even counting all the tweets that hit the fan.

Crosstown, meanwhile, the Boston Globe has nothing in today’s print edition and just this AP piece up on the web.

New defense secretary vows to protect troops’ safety, dignity

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ash Carter, sworn in Tuesday as President Barack Obama’s fourth secretary of defense, pledged to offer his most candid strategic advice and carefully consider decisions about sending troops into harm’s way.

Vice President Joe Biden issued the oath of office from the White House, on a Bible held by Carter’s wife, while most of the federal government was closed because of snow. Biden said Carter faces ‘‘many tough missions,’’ ranging from battling Islamic State militants and strengthening the NATO alliance, to technological advancements and budget cuts.

‘‘This is the guy that fits the job,’’ Biden said, calling Carter a ‘‘profoundly capable manager.’’

 

Just not capable of protecting his wife’s dignity, eh?


Free the P.J. Wallace One! (II)

April 7, 2014

As the hardreading staff previously noted, P.J. Wallace’s Cartoon Caption Contest – which the Boston Globe has run on Sundays for, like, forever – mysteriously disappeared from the paper last week.

Not to mention this week.

Here’s where it should have appeared yesterday:

 

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We’d like to ask P.J. Wallace: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? But we can’t find him on Google, Facebook, or Twitter. (Some cartoons here, but that’s about it.)

Plug him into the Globe search engine and you get this:

 

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And this:

 

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And this:

 

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Hey, P.J. – give us a holler, yeah?

 


Ortiz Selfie Same Old Samsong

April 2, 2014

Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Feh. Nowadays, it’s the unsponsored life that isn’t worth a damn.

Exhibit Umpteen, from Page One of today’s Boston Globe:

 

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Story inside:

Ortiz selfie with Obama a home run for Samsung

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It started at the Oscars with Ellen DeGeneres’s epic picture of celebrities and now it appears David Ortiz himself may be in on the action.

Samsung confirmed that it had helped Ortiz take Tuesday’s selfie with President Obama. The mobile provider then promoted the picture on Twitter to the company’s 5.2 million followers.

Trade publication Sports Business Journal reported on Monday that Ortiz had inked a new endorsement deal with the cellphone provider.

 

So the president of the United States is just a prop for a cheap marketing stunt, eh? Crosstown, Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley missed the Samsung connection but bought the package.

The president touched on other, more emotional topics as well. He spoke of the victims of the marathon bombings and introduced MBTA police officer Richard Donohue, who was nearly killed during the pursuit of the alleged terrorists. He spoke of Boston firefighters

W2ST0037.JPGMichael Kennedy and Edward Walsh, who lost their lives battling last week’s Back Bay inferno. He introduced ailing former Boston mayor Tom Menino and his wife.

The president told us when it was time to be solemn.

David Ortiz told us when it was time to have a little fun.

 

And Samsung told us when it was time to buy.

 


Herald Radio Sports Team Strikes Out

January 28, 2014

Looks like Jen Royle and Jon Meterparel are gone from Boston Herald Radio.

Boston Herald shameless print promo from last week:

 

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Boston Herald shameless print promo from yesterday:

 

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The writing was on the wall-to-wall promotion earlier this month. Royle had the stage on January 17 with her column in the print edition.

 

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But Chris Villani took center stage two days later.

 

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And now Villani has the 3 pm-6 pm timeslot that no one listens to.

(Who the hell is Chris Villani? See here.)

Meanwhile, @Jen_Royle is roiling the Twitterverse.

 

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More to come, obviously.