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Reporter's Note: I continue my road trip through New Mexico, and my letters to the White House, writing this one from the lovely city of Santa Fe.
Dear Mr. President,
My understanding is that there was some sort of voting going on across the country yesterday, but to be honest I’ve been so busy talking to people who are not running for office that I didn’t have much time to keep an eye on those who are.
I’ll read up on the results today, but being the political psychic I am (or play on TV) I’ll bet it went something like this: A few folks won/lost who were expected to; a few folks won/lost who were not expected to; the prognosticators left and right lined up like cattle to bump their gums about what it means; and in all likelihood, it actually means next to nothing. Of course an entire cottage industry in DC sleeps, eats, and breathes the details of such stuff, so I guess I better just keep my mouth shut and let them prattle on for a while, but between you and me I’m not expecting the earth to move, no matter the final results.
Meanwhile, here in New Mexico I continue to have a wonderful time. We spent the day chasing down a story about efforts to lure more solar energy companies to the Land of Enchantment. Governor Bill Richardson, one of your old Democratic opponents and pals, has the state offering a variety of incentives to help draw these green energy companies (I think one is a free iPod! But…uh…I’m just guessing..) and it seems to be working. They are laying claim to 2,500 new jobs here this year from solar and solar-related companies. Not too shabby.
Editor's Note: Much of your feedback last night was on the oil spill, our doll study and the elections. Read on to see what your fellow AC360° fans had to say.
Regarding the oil disaster, are there any efforts to pump oil from the plume onto tankers? It seems that would at least help some, but I've not seen it mentioned.
The fact that they (BP) are too busy to determine how many barrels a day are leaking into the Gulf...this shouldn't surprise you. They know they are facing litigation and they are going to control that spill/barrels per day message because it will impact the litigation to follow. So 60 days at 5,000 barrels a day = 300,000 barrels. Sixty days at 70,000 barrels a day = 4.2 million barrels. Quite a difference. You don't think these guys know their math?
The interviewer asked "Which is the bad child?" "Which is the good child." Many Christian children are taught "my heart was black with sin until the Savior came in." Goodness is often characterized as white, pure, without sin (therefore the opposite of blackness). So parents will also need to look at their conversations about religion as well as those about race.
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