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The Naming of Leftist Catastrophes
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The Naming of Leftist Catastrophes

This week, a global warming climate change alarmist group decided it would be great fun to petition the World Meteorological Organization to start naming violent storms after prominent deniers of their theory, despite a complete lack of evidence that violent storms are any more numerous today than in other years: "[W]e propose a new naming system, one that names extreme storms caused by climate change, after the po

08/28/2013
Senators Klobuchar and Grassley Succumb to Corporate Cronyism on Renewable Fuels
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Senators Klobuchar and Grassley Succumb to Corporate Cronyism on Renewable Fuels

Last week, Senators Klobuchar and Grassley called on the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible anti-competitive practices by oil companies that harm consumers.  In Washington-speak, what the Senators are really asking for is truly at

08/28/2013
It's Not Gridlock That is Blocking a Carbon Tax, It's Science and Economics
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It's Not Gridlock That is Blocking a Carbon Tax, It's Science and Economics

This is an open letter to William D. Ruckelshaus, Lee M. Thomas, William K. Reilly and Christine Todd Whitman. You, the former directors of the EPA who were appointed by Republican presidents, recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Times titled, A Republican Case for Climate Action.

08/23/2013
Seattle Mayor Covers Up Study Supporting Coal Export Terminals
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Seattle Mayor Covers Up Study Supporting Coal Export Terminals

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn was shown this week to have attempted to conceal the results of a study he commissioned that examined the economic impact of expanding coal trains and exports from Washington's ports. This move is especially damning in light of his December press conference touting the study. McGinn, a vocal critic of an expansion of coal train traffic in the Pacific Northwest, has been accused of burying the report because it did not support his position and his anti-energy agenda.

08/22/2013
Washington State Makes Nonsensical Ruling On Coal Export Impact Study
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Washington State Makes Nonsensical Ruling On Coal Export Impact Study

On July 31, a joint press release was issued by Whatcom (WA) County, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announcing the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed coal export terminal and rail spur at Cherry Point. The proposed study opens the door for state and federal bureaucrats to decide that global warming impacts, local atmospheric conditions in foreign countries and other non-local impacts can be considered in the approval process.

08/01/2013
Portland As Mass Transit Mecca: A Failure To Launch
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Portland As Mass Transit Mecca: A Failure To Launch

Oregon's largest city, Portland, has long been a model of transit planning and alternate forms of transportation.

07/30/2013
Polls Shift in Favor of Coal Jobs, Enviros Respond with Suggestions of Violence
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Polls Shift in Favor of Coal Jobs, Enviros Respond with Suggestions of Violence

This weekend, environmentalists in Portland and Vancouver (WA) staged several protests against fossil fuel use in an attempt to raise awareness of the evil of petroleum products. As I've reported, one of their big issues is to try to turn the transportation of coal via rail into the Spotted Owl of this century. They're pulling out all their old tricks to try to appeal to the Portlandia spirit and gain the sympathies of voters in the region.

07/30/2013
Taking the Pulse of Congress on the RFS
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Taking the Pulse of Congress on the RFS

While most of the headlines emanating from Washington, D.C., may be focused on new high profile scandals or political fights, it is critical not to lose track of important, yet decidedly less flashy, old business being tended to on Capitol Hill. Case in point is the current debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

07/24/2013
Sue and Settle: How the EPA Removes Power from States and Hands It to Environmental Groups
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Sue and Settle: How the EPA Removes Power from States and Hands It to Environmental Groups

In a report released Tuesday, the American Legislative Exchange Coucil (ALEC) sounded the alarm on the unchecked power grab by the federal government via the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since the beginning of President Obama's first term in 2009.

06/27/2013
Obama Renews Climate Change Fight, His EPA Wages War On State Sovereignty
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Obama Renews Climate Change Fight, His EPA Wages War On State Sovereignty

In a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, President Obama laid out his case for immediate action on global warming climate change, announcing a broad new climate action plan.

06/27/2013

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