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Emissions plan seen as lacking
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Emissions plan seen as lacking

BY JANET ELLIOTT

AUSTIN - Environmental groups were disappointed Friday by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's decision to endorse a program of voluntary reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. "We're disappointed they did not go further," said Tom "Smitty" Smith of Public Citizen, one of the environmental groups that petitioned the commissioners to inventory greenhouse gases and encourage reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. Smith said the agency should have set "meaningful targets or goals" for emission reductions.

01/19/2002
Environmentalists say emissions plan lacking
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Environmentalists say emissions plan lacking

The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's endorsement of a voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction plan on Friday has left some environmental groups disappointed. Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Texas' chapter of Public Citizen, said TNRCC should have demanded "meaningful targets or goals" for emission reductions. "We're disappointed they did not go further," Smith told the Houston Chronicle for its Saturday editions.

01/19/2002
North Carolina CSE: Fighting to Repeal River Buffer Legislation that Violates Private Property Rights
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North Carolina CSE: Fighting to Repeal River Buffer Legislation that Violates Private Property Rights

The preservation of our liberty depends in part on our ability to preserve our property rights. That is why the issue that most seriously jeopardizes our liberty is the river buffers issue. New legislation enacted in 2001 temporarily limits Catawba River Basin property owners' use of their land that falls into a "buffer zone" - a 50-foot strip of undeveloped land that surrounds rivers, lakes, or streams. Under the new regulation, property owners are prohibited, or severely limited as to how this buffer zone may be used. Farming, grazing, or adding on to a property owner's land within the buffer zone is either strictly regulated or altogether prohibited. In 2003, a vote will be taken to permanently enforce the temporary buffer zones within the Catawba River basin.

01/18/2002
North Carolina CSE Tax Questionnaire
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North Carolina CSE Tax Questionnaire

The following questions were submitted to all US Senate candidates in North Carolina: Question 1: Do you support making permanent the tax cuts passed in the Economic Growth & Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 that will expire in 2010? Yes No Question 2: Do you support President Bush's current Economic Stimulus Package? Yes No Question 3: Do you agree that raising taxes, including sales taxes, on hard-working North Carolina families during times of economic slowdown is bad fiscal policy?

01/18/2002
A Better Way to Balance the Budget
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A Better Way to Balance the Budget

This piece originally ran in the Oregonian on Jan 18.

01/18/2002
TAX INCREASES NOT NEEDED TO BALANCE BUDGET
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TAX INCREASES NOT NEEDED TO BALANCE BUDGET

BY J.L. WILSON

Summary: The Oregon Legislature needs to understand that citizens and businesses will suffer With Oregon's economy slumping to levels not seen in 20 years, any tax increases passed in the upcoming special session of the Legislature will serve only to slow Oregon's recovery, not fix its budget problems. Gov. John Kitzhaber outlined last week how deep cuts will be if no other revenue is identified. But tax increases aren't needed.

01/18/2002
District needs more competition for Comcast
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District needs more competition for Comcast

BY JASON THOMAS

The Jan. 16 Business story "Comcast increasing D.C.-area rates" is an indication of another reason why the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should quickly approve the pending merger of EchoStar and DirecTV. This merger will free up valuable spectrum space so that the new entity will be able to offer more channels at a cost that is comparable to, or better than, that of cable television.

01/17/2002
Senator Kennedy Flunks Economics……and Seems Determined to Make Sure Everyone Knows It.
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Senator Kennedy Flunks Economics……and Seems Determined to Make Sure Everyone Knows It.

Today, at the National Press Club, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) recommended that Congress repeal portions of the tax cut signed into law by President Bush last June. Remarkably, Senator Kennedy blamed the current economic stagnation on the tax cut and argued that the path to prosperity is paved by confiscating a bigger chunk of every worker's paycheck. Paul Beckner, President and CEO of Citizens for a Sound Economy issued the following response:

01/16/2002
Background on State Implementation of the Global Warming Treaty; Radical Environmental Groups Push to Enact $35 Billion Energy T
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Background on State Implementation of the Global Warming Treaty; Radical Environmental Groups Push to Enact $35 Billion Energy T

On January 18, 2002, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) is scheduled to consider a report containing staff recommendations for the actions associated with climate change. The action plan is in response to a petition by a coalition of environmental organizations seeking a reduction of CO2 and methane levels in Texas below 1990 levels. Given the fact voluntary programs by Texas industries are already producing results - and those efforts will remain ongoing, we oppose the imposition of mandatory reduction measures at this time. Additionally, several of the written statements used to justify the need for the mandatory plan are inaccurate and misleading. For example:

01/16/2002
HUGHES HAS A PLAN B
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HUGHES HAS A PLAN B

BY JUSTIN OPPELAAR

HIGHLIGHT: Prez sez DirecTV wil survive if merger fails BODY: NEW YORK --- Hughes Electronics prexy and chief exec Jack A. Shaw took pains Tuesday to reassure investors that the company isn't pinning all its hopes on a merger with satcasting rival EchoStar. "If the deal doesn't clear, we're convinced that Hughes will be a very strong company on its own, with many strategic options," he said in a conference call announcing the company's 2001 earnings. "Our businesses will thrive under any scenario."

01/16/2002

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