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Global warming alarmists know how to play the Climate Hustle

Perhaps you watched the Earth Day news coverage of the “historic” ceremonial signing of the Paris Climate Agreement during which representatives from 175 countries walked up to the stage in the General Assembly hall at the United Nations headquarters in…

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Earth Day 2016: Celebrating 46 years of green energy poverty

Friday, April 22, will mark the 47th Earth Day. You may think it is all about planting trees and cleaning up neighborhoods. But this year’s anniversary will be closer to its radical roots than, perhaps, any other since its founding…

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Hillary Clinton: Green energy corruption and dirty cook stoves

On September 21, 2010, the Secretary of State announced the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) at the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (GCI)—with the Clinton Foundation being one of the “Strategic Partnerships and Alliances.” By November 2014,…

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Mark Udall’s strategy exposed

Guy Benson’s post on Sen. Mark Udall’s recent difficulties highlights why Udall is fighting an uphill fight. Benson highlighted this video especially: Here’s the transcript of the exchange between Sen. Udall and Rep. Gardner: REP. GARDNER: I would just like to ask Sen. Udall this question. What is the price you’d put on carbon? SEN. […]

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Torrey Westrom vs. outmatched DFL activist

This video should worry Democrats: The Democrats think they’ve caught Sen. Torrey Westrom in a ‘Mitt Romney moment’. In reality, they’ve shown 7th District voters that their activists aren’t the brightest people around. Here’s what I’m talking about: Man: [During] the Eisenhower Administration, we built our infrastructure, our roads, our bridges, our schools, our fire […]

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Climate change – less of a scientific agenda and more of a political agenda

Those who don’t believe in climate change are “a threat to the future,” says the Washington Post in a June 14 article on President Obama’s commencement address for the University of California-Irvine. Regarding the speech, the Associated Press reported: “President Obama said denying climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese.” He declared: “Scientists have long established that the world needs to fight climate change.” The emphasis on a single government policy strays far from the flowery rhetoric found at the traditional graduation ceremony—especially in light of the timing. While the president was speaking, all of the progress made by America’s investment of blood and treasure in Iraq was under immediate threat. And, as I pointed out last week, what is taking place right now in Iraq has the potential of an imminent impact to our economic security. Instead of addressing the threat now, why is he talking about “a threat to the future” that might happen in the next 100 years? The answer, I believe, is found later in his comments. In his speech, Obama accused “some in Congress” of knowing that climate change is real, but refusing to admit it because they’ll “be run out […]

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America: the “no pee” section of the global warming swimming pool

America is poised to become the “no pee” section of the global swimming pool and the useless actions will cost us a bundle—raising energy costs, adding new taxes, and crippling the economy. Even some environmentalists agree. Yet, for President Obama, it’s all about legacy. On Monday, June 2, 2014, the EPA will release its new rules for CO2 emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electricity generating plants—which the New York Times (NYT) states: “could eventually shut down hundreds of coal-fueled power plants across the country.” (Regulations for new plants: the New Source Performance Standard rule, requiring carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) that buries emissions in the ground to meet the emissions limits, were released September 20, 2013. The 2013 regulations virtually ensure that no new coal-fueled power plants will be built. Bloomberg Businessweek reports: “Considering the one carbon-capture plant being built in the U.S. is massively over budget and widely considered not ready for commercial use, it seems likely that the new rules will significantly erode coal’s share of power generation down the road.” Politifact says CCS is: “new and expensive.”) These new rules, reportedly 3000 pages long (300 pages longer than the healthcare bill), are so important, it is believed […]

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Ortman’s latest Obamacare spin

Last night, John Gilmore made a feeble attempt to defend Sen. Ortman’s indefensible position of not favoring full repeal of Obamacare. Here’s the text of Gilmore’s tweet: Julianne Ortman very strong on full repeal of Obamacare. Gary Gross hardest hit. If Mr. Gilmore wants to destroy his credility, that’s his right. It isn’t his right, […]

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Questioning Palin’s ill-advised endorsement

It’s often a big deal when Sarah Palin endorses a candidate. Much pomp and circumstance accompanies Ms. Palin’s endorsements. It’s perfectly within Ms. Palin’s First Amendment rights to endorse the candidates she chooses. I’d just respect Ms. Palin’s endorsements if she’d do her homework, which she didn’t do with her latest endorsement: A 12-year state […]

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Ortman supported Cap & Trade

In 2007, Julianne Ortman voted for the Next Generation Energy Act, aka the NGEA. The vote was 59-5. Here’s one of the requirements of the NGEA: The plan must determine the feasibility, assess the costs and benefits, and recommend how the state could adopt a regulatory system that imposes a cap on the aggregate air […]

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Making sense of climate change debate

Thanks to George Will’s response to Chris Wallace’s question about climate change, we have clarity on the issue: Here’s a partial transcript of Brother Will’s response: GEORGE WILL, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: …I’m one of those who are called deniers. And the implication is that I deny climate change. It’s impossible to state with clearer precision the […]

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The West Virginia bellweather?

One of the highlights of my week is waiting for the information contained in Salena Zito’s weekly article. This week’s article doesn’t disappoint because she paints a picture of America outside the DC Beltway: Nothing better crystallizes the deep disconnect between Washington and Main Street America than the peculiar narrative surrounding Nick Rahall’s re-election bid […]

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Sierra Club, Will Steger want to shut down Becker power plant

World famous explorer Will Steger has joined forces with the Sierra Club and local environmental extremists in their attempt to shut down the Becker power plant, aka Sherco 1-2: Regulators want to hear what ­citizens think about Xcel Energy’s giant coal-fired power plant in Becker, Minn. As long as they keep it to three minutes. […] . . . → Read More: Sierra Club, Will Steger want to shut down Becker power plant . . . → Read More: Sierra Club, Will Steger want to shut down Becker power plant

Who’s hurting ‘the brand’?

According to Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz’s tactics have ruined the GOP brand: Sen. Lindsey Graham said Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’ battle to defund Obamacare, resulting in a government shutdown, hurt the GOP brand. Asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation “about the role Cruz played in the shutdown, Graham called it a tactical mistake. “I […] . . . → Read More: Who’s hurting ‘the brand’? . . . → Read More: Who’s hurting ‘the brand’?

Environmentalists want you powerless

The power plant closures are coming; the power plant closures are coming; the power plant closures are coming; and while no one is riding through town to announce the news, the results to America could be nearly as dire as the coming of the Redcoats. Despite millions already spent on modifications, fully functional coal-fueled power plants are being shut down—not because they are not needed but due to ideology. In fact, the Energy Information Administration predicts that electricity demand will continue to grow 0.9 percent per year until 2040 as we plug-in to electricity that is becoming increasingly expensive. One such example is the San Juan Generating Station in New Mexico’s Four Corners area that provides about 60 percent of PNM’s (New Mexico’s primary electricity provider) total electric generation in the state. The coal-fueled plant has four generating units—two of which are being shut down due to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. The Albuquerque Journal reports that there will be “rate hikes to allow PNM to recover costs associated with the changes at San Juan.”  The San Juan Generating Station is scheduled for closure in 2017, but the process of replacing the 340 megawatts that will be lost has already started. PNM wants […] . . . → Read More: Environmentalists want you powerless . . . → Read More: Environmentalists want you powerless

Please don’t frack

Regular readers of my weekly column may be shocked at my suggestion: “please don’t frack.” But, bear with me. The terms “frack,” “fracking,” or “frack job” have become a part of the vernacular. “Frack” is short for “fracturing.” It generally refers to the process used in drilling for oil and gas known as hydraulic fracturing—a process where pressure is applied to crack rock. Fracking is responsible for America’s new-found abundance of oil and natural gas—hence, the opposition from environmentalists. As the Sierra Club’s Beyond Natural Gas website states, this abundance “displaces the market for clean energy.” Displacing the market for renewables is bad news for the Obama administration—which has allocated nearly 100 billion taxpayer dollars for so-called green energy projects. Obama’s EPA—under the direction of Lisa Jackson—has repeatedly, unsuccessfully, attempted to tie fracking to water contamination. If fracking can be found to be unsafe, and therefore banned, America’s domestic oil and gas will be kept in the ground, jobs will be lost, energy costs will soar—and renewables can come in as the solution with newfound cost parity. But, it is not just about oil and gas. Coal was the first target of the Obama administration’s attack on energy. Using the […] . . . → Read More: Please don’t frack . . . → Read More: Please don’t frack

Please don’t frack

Regular readers of my weekly column may be shocked at my suggestion: “please don’t frack.” But, bear with me. The terms “frack,” “fracking,” or “frack job” have become a part of the vernacular. “Frack” is short for “fracturing.” It generally refers to the process used in drilling for oil and gas known as hydraulic fracturing—a process where pressure is applied to crack rock. Fracking is responsible for America’s new-found abundance of oil and natural gas—hence, the opposition from environmentalists. As the Sierra Club’s Beyond Natural Gas website states, this abundance “displaces the market for clean energy.” Displacing the market for renewables is bad news for the Obama administration—which has allocated nearly 100 billion taxpayer dollars for so-called green energy projects. Obama’s EPA—under the direction of Lisa Jackson—has repeatedly, unsuccessfully, attempted to tie fracking to water contamination. If fracking can be found to be unsafe, and therefore banned, America’s domestic oil and gas will be kept in the ground, jobs will be lost, energy costs will soar—and renewables can come in as the solution with newfound cost parity. But, it is not just about oil and gas. Coal was the first target of the Obama administration’s attack on energy. Using the […] . . . → Read More: Please don’t frack . . . → Read More: Please don’t frack