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Satellite data can map and identify large-scale geological structures related to hydrocarbon and mineral deposits that ground-based surveys may find more difficult to see: satellite radar interferometry can precisely identify surface faults or slight ground motion connected with hydrocarbon reservoirs. Multi-spectral optical sensors can directly identify different minerals, either valuable in their own right or chemically altered by contact with oil and gas deposits.
Originally posted by Blaine91555
Originally posted by Chevalerous
That's also a funny thing!
(Snip & Shortened!)
Everyone who is knowledgeable on this subject is foaming at the mouth to get into those mountains and have been for many decades. Apparently the MSN was left out of the loop. Shows how little homework they do themselves before putting pen to paper.
EU-USA - Transatlantic Economic Council
The Transatlantic Economic Council is a political body to oversee and accelerate government-to-government cooperation with the aim of advancing economic integration between the European Union and the United States of America.
At the EU-US Summit on 30 April 2007, Commission President Barroso, German Chancellor Merkel and US President Bush signed the " Framework for Advancing Transatlantic Economic Integration between the United States of America and the European Union.
Key elements of this framework were the adoption of a work programme of cooperation, and the establishment of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) to oversee, guide and accelerate the implementation of this work programme.
Transatlantic Economic Council
"We seek to strengthen transatlantic economic integration, with the goal of improving competitiveness and the lives of our people."
The Transatlantic Economic Council held its fourth meeting since its establishment in April 2007 under the Framework for Advancing Transatlantic Economic Integration between the U.S. and the European Union.
EUROPE AND THE US: CONFRONTING GLOBAL CHALLENGES
The EU and the US in a changing world - Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC)
What I want to do today, however, is to look at the TEC in the wider economic context. I want to argue that the TEC can and should be the forum where the EU and the US set out our joint approaches to a world in which the economic and political order is changing very fast.
The EU and the US account for almost a billion of the world's people, and the bulk of its wealth. While I do not believe that we can any longer dictate the global agenda, we nevertheless still have the collective weight and influence – and responsibility – to shape that agenda – and the answers that humankind is seeking to the shared problems we face. The question I want to answer today is, how? And to what purpose?
Close ties between Europe and the United States are still the main foundation of world politics and the global economy. We have a deep store of shared values, experiences, and interests. The EU is beginning to transform itself from an internal market into an outward looking political actor – as President Sarkozy reflected in his speech to Congress this week. The EU and the US cannot dictate every contour of the global age, but that does not mean we will be dictated to either.
Close cooperation between the EU and the US should not be perceived or presented as an attempt to organise economic change exclusively on their own terms or to block the rise of others, but as a way to underwrite a strong multilateral order based on cooperation and economic openness.
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THE NEW WORLD DISORDER
Bush OKs 'integration' with European Union - Congress never asked
about new obligation
President Bush signed an agreement creating a "permanent body" that commits the U.S. to "deeper transatlantic economic integration," without ratification by the Senate as a treaty or passage by Congress as a law.
The "Transatlantic Economic Integration" between the U.S. and the European Union was signed April 30 at the White House by Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel – the current president of the European Council – and European Commission President Jos? Manuel Barroso.
The document acknowledges "the transatlantic economy remains at the forefront of globalization," arguing that the U.S. and the European Union "seek to strengthen transatlantic economic integration."
The agreement established a new Transatlantic Economic Council to be chaired on the U.S. side by a cabinet-level officer in the White House and on the EU side by a member of the European Commission.
The Transatlantic Economic Council was tasked with creating regulatory convergence between the U.S. and the EU on some 40 different public policy areas, including intellectual property rights, developing security standards for international trade, getting U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) recognized in Europe, developing innovation and technology in health industries, implementing RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technologies, developing a science-based plan on bio-based products and establishing a "regular dialogue" to address obstacles to investment.
At a joint press conference, Bush thanked the other two leaders for signing the "trans-Atlantic economic integration plan," commenting that, "It is a recognition that the closer that the United States and the EU become, the better off our people will be."
Barroso said the Transatlantic Economic Council is meant to be "a permanent body, with senior people on both sides of the Atlantic."
As WND has reported, Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez repeatedly has pushed for North American integration, much as the April 30 agreement proposes closer U.S.-EU integration.
Mexico's ambassador to the U.N., Enrique Berruga, has called for a North American Union to be created in the next eight years.
But the Bush administration's push for North American integration is facing increasing opposition within Congress.
WND reported Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va., has introduced House Concurrent Resolution 40, which opposes the administration's Security and Prosperity Partnership, blocks a NAFTA Superhighway System and expresses opposition to the U.S. entry into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada.
Resetting the Transatlantic Economic Council
The Trans-Atlantic Economic Council (TEC) is at a crossroads. It has great potential as a forum for discussing strategic issues between the United States and Europe but is often bogged down in single-issue gridlock. In light of the role for the G20 in financial regulation, economic development, energy and climate issues, strong U.S.-EU cooperation within the TEC is increasingly essential. Progress at the October 2009 gathering will provide an important indication of how transatlantic economic integration will move forward.
This publication, a joint effort of the Atlantic Council and the Bertelsmann Foundation, is intended as a contribution to advancing the integration of the transatlantic economy. Atlantic Council experts unveiled the report on the Hill for the House EU Caucus.
Agenda-setting for the TEC - Focus on Energy and the Green Sector.
•Develop a strategic “path away from oil”
•Determine the economic consequences of shifting to a low‐carbon economy
•Consult on green‐technology transfer
•Enhance R&D cooperation
•Coordinate environmental standards
•Ensure the interoperability of cap‐and‐trade programs
•Guarantee that any transatlantic energy cooperation works together with the TEC
•Break down existing and emerging barriers to bilateral investment.
Originally posted by warpcrafter
You're right. Now the US will never leave Afghanistan. The war will escalate and corruption will skyrocket. Like an inbred from the holler winning a massive lotto jackpot, this is the worst thing that could have happened to them.
Originally posted by hdutton
Maybe some one wanted to wait until the prices got right.
Originally posted by ragman
It's pointless to argue with you all. But-- I think all of you are missing the point. Finding resources in Afghanistan is good thing for the war effort. These people need to be able to sustain themselves without growing poppy seeds or functioning off of dirty money from our enemies funding terrorism-- The US has every reason, for the sake of our national security to try to find any plausible resource in that dirt farm.
Its not a conspiracy if they are open about it. Its no secret the US wants to establish a stable economy over there, and natural resources are a big part of that. But keep talking about secrets, plundering, empire building, etc etc....
Originally posted by JauntyFlannigan
Expect more surprise announcements of this nature while the compromised Wikileaks State Department cables are still in the open.