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Support the Coal Jobs Protection Act
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Support the Coal Jobs Protection Act

Dear FreedomWorks Member,On behalf of our more than 4 million members nationwide, I urge you to contact your Senators and Representatives in Congress and tell them to support the Coal Jobs Protection Act: S. 861 in the Senate and H.R. 1829 in the House of Representatives.

05/09/2013
Conservatives Are Not Anti-Environment, We're Anti-Junk Science
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Conservatives Are Not Anti-Environment, We're Anti-Junk Science

In writing my recent continuing series on the proposed coal shipping terminals in the Pacific Northwest, my mind inevitably wandered to the age-old accusation that Conservatives are opposed to science and uninterested in protecting the environment. I find that personally amusing, given my Bachelor's degree in Zoology and a lifelong commitment to conservation and the outdoors, that happen to jibe perfectly with my lifelong commitment to free markets and individual liberty. But the evidence is overwhelming - Conservatives are decidedly in favor of science, human progress and conservation.

05/01/2013
Hysteria and Misinformation - Coal Train Fight Continued
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Hysteria and Misinformation - Coal Train Fight Continued

As I posted earlier, coal producers are trying to secure approval to ship Powder River Basin (PRB) coal overseas to Asian markets, while environmental extremists are attempting to make this the Spotted Owl fight of modern times. The environmental movement has established this as their beachhead, and are pulling out all the stops.

04/29/2013
Wind Subsidies: Spinning Out of Control
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Wind Subsidies: Spinning Out of Control

Since the early 1990s, the federal government has buttressed the wind energy industry through a series of programs and subsidies. The flagship program has been the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). This program provided a subsidy of 2.2 cents for every kilowatt-hour produced by wind utilities.

04/11/2013
SoloPower, Portland's Very Own Solyndra Style Success Story
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SoloPower, Portland's Very Own Solyndra Style Success Story

Portland, Oregon likes to fancy itself as ahead of the curve, and more educated than your average city. We're routinely listed as among the most wired cities in the nation, and typically have a more educated workforce than most. Our biggest mission, it seems, is to become the greenest city imaginable. But our government leaves a lot to be desired, with liberal pipe dreams dominating over such considerations as reality and common sense.

02/28/2013
The Environmentalist Religion
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The Environmentalist Religion

I’m an avowed skeptic on anthropogenic climate change. Sure, humans might be responsible for some negligible shift in global temperatures. But these feeble contributions pale in comparison to those caused by the sun (e.g., changes in solar radiation) and earth (e.g., volcanic activity, weather patterns). I also believe that the climate is supposed to vary over time; this is to be expected, not feared. 

02/13/2013
Snow, Not Apocalypse
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Snow, Not Apocalypse

We’ve been here before. A storm bears down on the media centers of the east coast. Reporters don silly parkas, galosh into the tempest and offer apocalyptic sermons about climate change. “Repent! The End is Nigh!”Because who would expect the northeast to get snow in February — it’s unheard of!When I mock this predictable alarmism, Twitter lefties are quick to attack my blasphemy. “Y u hate sceince?! stoopid rethuglican!!1!” says an engaging fellow with an egg avatar and no followers. Yes, your piercing logic has swayed my scientific understanding, @m1tts4tard.

02/10/2013
The FreedomCast: Episode 6 - Dr. Tom Borelli and Obama's Second Term Energy Policy
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The FreedomCast: Episode 6 - Dr. Tom Borelli and Obama's Second Term Energy Policy

Episode 6 - Senior FreedomWorks fellow, Dr. Tom Borelli and Obama's Second Term Energy Policy On today’s edition of The FreedomCast, Senior FreedomWorks fellow Dr. Tom Borelli joins me to discuss Obama’s energy policy in his second term, the Keystone Pipeline, and why elections have consequences and you’re going to see those consequences in your energy bill.

01/24/2013
Sandy: Log-Rolling from Alaska to New Jersey
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Sandy: Log-Rolling from Alaska to New Jersey

The House of Representatives passed the second installment of the Hurricane Sandy bailout Tuesday night, as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) brought up a bill he knew would pass without support from his own party. That allowed conservatives to vote against a bill that conservative groups were adding to their legislative scorecards.The path of the bill has been marked by one consistent strawman argument: opposition has been cast as opposition to relief, rather than opposition to the corrupt spending accompanying it.

01/16/2013
Mass Transit Is Not Green Transportation
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Mass Transit Is Not Green Transportation

Here in Portland, Oregon, we've been something of a test lab for mass transit. Our city council, long ago (starting under then Mayor Neil Goldschmidt), threw itself wide open to federal planning experts who wished to use Portland as the template for solutions to the energy crisis of the 70s. That crisis, of course, morphed into the global warming crisis, but the goals were the same - to convince ordinary Americans that their future, and the future of all mankind, came via a trip by bus or train, not in their own car.

12/31/2012

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