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Powerless in a Perfect Storm
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Powerless in a Perfect Storm

BY Glenn Spencer

Last month, President Bush released his long-awaited energy strategy. Without even waiting for its publication, environmental special interests went on the attack, skewering the plan for allegedly emphasizing new production of reliable energy over the use of renewables, conservation, and efficiency. These attacks have taken effect, as Mr. Bush's poll numbers on energy issues have dropped considerably. A large majority of Americans tell pollsters they disapprove of Mr. Bush's handling of energy issues and would prefer to see congressional Democrats lead the way.

06/17/2001
Capitol Comment 295 - Renewable Energy: The Great Hope or the Great Hype?
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Capitol Comment

Capitol Comment 295 - Renewable Energy: The Great Hope or the Great Hype?

With the release of its national energy policy, the Bush administration kicked off its drive for a new approach to meeting America’s energy needs. The report was instantly derided — before it was even released, in fact — by environmental fundraising groups, members of the media, and leaders of the opposition on Capitol Hill.

06/07/2001
ENERGY POLICY II: CONSERVATIVE COALITION BLASTS OPPOSITION TO BUSH PLAN
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ENERGY POLICY II: CONSERVATIVE COALITION BLASTS OPPOSITION TO BUSH PLAN

BY Suzanne Struglinski

Several conservative groups launched the "21st Century Energy Project" Wednesday with aims to run ads to attack liberal criticisms of the Bush administration's proposed national energy policy. The group released a print and radio ad at a press conference to "counter balance the scathing, misleading assault" on the Bush plan from environmental organizations.

05/31/2001
Conservative Coalition Forms To Provide Offensive Firepower To Bush Energy Strategy
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Conservative Coalition Forms To Provide Offensive Firepower To Bush Energy Strategy

A group of conservative organizations will announce early this afternoon that they are forming a coalition - the 21st Century Energy Project (21CEP) -- to engage liberal opponents of President Bush's energy strategy. The coalition will be led by Ed Gillespie of Quinn Gillespie, who told the Bulletin that the aim of the coalition is to "provide some counterbalance to the liberal assault" on the President's energy strategy. Among coalition members are the 60 Plus Association, American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Frontiers of Freedom, National Center for Policy Analysis, National Center for Public Policy Research, The Seniors Coalition, and the United Seniors Association. The formation of the coalition outside the White House comes after some inside the White House acknowledge the in-house rollout of the Bush energy strategy was mismanaged. In prepared remarks, Gillespie is expected to say this afternoon, "Often flying under the false banner of environmental protection or conservation, groups like the Sierra Club and the National Resources Defense Council -- not to mention Greenpeace -- have become little more than outside resources for the Democratic National Committee. They were poised to echo the attacks of the DNC and congressional Democrats they supported in the last campaign weeks before the Bush Administration even unveiled its energy initiative. Ultimately, 40 of the plan's 105 recommendations ended up focusing on increasing conservation, but they did not let that fact change their plan." Gillespie continues, "They reflexively oppose any plan that would increase traditional forms of energy production as a means by which to restore the imbalance between our nation's demand for energy and its supply. They do so in the most cynical political fashion, branding every abundant and affordable source of energy as a threat to clean air or clean water in order to frighten policy makers by frightening suburban women swing voters. Rarely do these groups acknowledge -- nor are they asked -- how they would meet the demand necessary for Americans to maintain higher standards of living over the next 20 years in the absence of greater domestic production. The answer is that they would not. They would instead reduce demand by government fiat." The coalition has assembled a $1 million ad budget and fired its first shot today with an ad in the Fresno Bee, coinciding with President Bush's trip to that area of California today. Drawing a connection between the current Democratic stance on energy today and President Jimmy Carter's plan during the 1970s, the ad says, "Two decades ago, over-dependence on foreign oil created a shortage and drove prices up. The solution was rationing. It was a bad idea. Today, we are again becoming too dependent on foreign oil when demand for oil and electricity consumption is increasing. This is simple Economics 101: when demand increases faster than supply, prices go up. Liberal groups and some politicians believe rationing, price caps, higher taxes and excessive regulations will solve the problem. We disagree. Their policies will only decrease supply and further increase prices. That hurts lower and middle class families the most. In fact, if some on the left have their way, 'soccer moms' will be forced to sell their mini-vans - they'll become a luxury only the elite can afford." While 21CEP has no direct connection to the White House, they intend to adopt a grassroots strategy similar to what President Bush engaged in to sell his tax plan. Acknowledging the Democratic Senate will provide a roadblock to enacting elements of the Bush plan, Gillespie noted the President's tax cut tour - in which he visited GOP-leaning states with Democratic senators -- was an element of a strategy that ultimately delivered 12 Democratic votes for his tax plan.

05/30/2001
A Supply-Side Energy Plan
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A Supply-Side Energy Plan

Copley News Service, 05/23/2001 Success in politics, as in governing, requires getting the big things right, and President George W. Bush succeeds in getting the big things right in his sweeping new energy plan. He understands that our energy challenge lies on the supply side, and he and Vice President Dick Cheney therefore move decisively on many fronts to free up energy production currently hamstrung by regulation, taxation and government interference at just about every level.

05/23/2001
Iowans Rally For Common-Sense Energy Policies and Support the Bush Plan
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Press Release

Iowans Rally For Common-Sense Energy Policies and Support the Bush Plan

On May 17, 2001, grassroots members of Iowa Citizens for a Sound Economy (Iowa CSE) gathered outside of an energy conversion facility in Nevada, Iowa, that President Bush was touring, to demonstrate their support for the president’s energy plan. "Our activists in Iowa turned out to say that reliable and affordable energy is important to not only average people in Iowa, but all Americans," said Jason Gross, Iowa CSE Director.

05/21/2001
FINDING THE ENERGY TO SAVE THE ECONOMY
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FINDING THE ENERGY TO SAVE THE ECONOMY

BY DAVID LIGHTMAN

In many ways, the key to avoiding a full-blown energy crisis is to keep the public confident about the economy and willing to spend. But that won't necessarily ease the immediate concerns of increasingly rattled consumers watching the increasing prices at the gas pump and worrying whether they'll be able to turn on their air conditioners this summer.

05/16/2001
Reliable Energy Now, and for the Future Talking Points and Sample Questions
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Reliable Energy Now, and for the Future Talking Points and Sample Questions

The Unites States is in the midst of an energy crisis. New exploration and the production of energy resources has almost completely stopped, our refining capacity is stretched to the limit, and our dependence of foreign energy sources is at a historical high. Any effort to make electricity and fuel more expensive, or to cap or regulate CO2 will only exacerbate an already critical situation and cause tremendous economic damage. RELIABLE ENERGY NOW, AND FOR THE FUTURE

05/14/2001
Proposed tax on Texas coal would generate $ 100 million
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Proposed tax on Texas coal would generate $ 100 million

BY Robert Mayer

By taxing the coal industry in the same manner as oil and gas, Texas could receive a $ 100 million infusion in revenue, according to a study released Tuesday. "Our state is getting a raw deal, we're missing out on a huge chunk of income and giving an unfair advantage to coal over oil and gas," said Karen Hadden, clean air coordinator of the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition, a Texas-based sustainable energy advocacy group.

04/25/2001
First Toilets, Now Washing Machines
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First Toilets, Now Washing Machines

BY Thomas Bray

Several years ago, hosting a town meeting back in his Oakland County congressional district, Rep. Joe Knollenberg was prepared to talk about everything from the federal budget to foreign policy. Instead, he found himself being peppered with complaints from irate homeowners protesting a 1992 law requiring the substitution of so-called low-flow toilets for the old 3.5-gallon tanks.

03/21/2001

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