BioGas in Eugene: More Taxpayer Waste from Portland’s Waste

larryhuss BioGas in Eugene: More Taxpayer Waste from Portland’s Waste

Right From the Start

By Larry Huss,

Monday’s Eugene Register Guard carried an article about the new biogas power plant just north of Eugene. Apparently it is mired in a controversy between its former CEO and its primary shareholder. But the real story is not the “cat fight” between the parties. That fight is just about money and it isn’t even “their” money they are fighting about.

The real story here is about abuse of taxpayers funds, about another version of an unsustainable “green dream” and about customers being forced into uneconomic choices. For those of you uninitiated in the newest rage in “sustainable” energy, a biogas project basically gathers methane gas generated by rotting food and burns that methane to generate electricity – it’s just a step up from the wags who complained about cows emitting methane and urged that they be enclosed and the gas trapped and used as an “alternative” fuel. But more about the quality of that process later. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Waste, Green Energy, Liberalism, State Government | 6 Comments

‘Gas-guzzling’ PERS drains effectiveness of our tax dollars

Dan Lucas July 2012 BW ‘Gas guzzling’ PERS drains effectiveness of our tax dollars

by Dan Lucas

Imagine every government fleet in Oregon had vehicles that only got 4 miles per gallon (MPG), and that on average private sector fleets had vehicles that got 22 MPG. Assuming an average of 12,000 miles driven per year and around $3 per gallon of gas, that would mean that each government vehicle costs $7,400 more per year to operate. And all of those tax dollars would be just be being poured down gas tanks — not going towards hiring more teachers or police officers.

For every 8 government vehicles that got replaced with vehicles with the private sector fuel efficiency in this example, we would be able to hire one additional teacher or police officer — assuming an average payroll cost of $60,000. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 21 Comments

Lars Larson: Kitzhaber hides Cylvia’s misdeeds in Friday ‘document dump’

 Lars Larson: Kitzhaber hides Cylvia’s misdeeds in Friday ‘document dump’

by Lars Larson

You might think that Friday afternoon document dumps only work for the President and his cronies in DC. But look how well the strategy works for Governor John Kitzhaber and his fiancé, Cylvia Hayes.

Questions arose before the election about Hayes running her private business literally out of the Governor’s office and peddling influence because she has, let’s say, the EAR of John Kitzhaber. The governor stalled the release of public records requested by Willamette Week until LAST week…emails between Hayes and a 60-thousand dollar a year state employee who has been doing her bidding for years. Continue reading

Posted by at 12:30 | Posted in Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Oregon Government | 6 Comments

Why Do City Leaders Keep Portland in the “Transportation Dark Ages?”

By Steve BucksteinCascadeNewLogo e1342826659899 Why Do City Leaders Keep Portland in the Transportation Dark Ages?

In November, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Tigard joined Vancouver, Washington in welcoming ridesharing juggernaut Uber to operate legally in their cities. A week ago, Uber began operating in Portland without permission, in effect daring the authorities to stop it. While the City immediately issued a cease-and-desist order against Uber, more than 11,700 people have signed an online petition asking Mayor Hales to let the company operate in Portland.

Until now, most major cities have granted virtual monopolies to a few taxicab companies on the assumption that government must protect both the livelihoods of drivers and the safety and convenience of passengers within their jurisdictions. But in a truly free economy, we should celebrate the technological innovation that allows people with cars to make money by giving rides to people who want them. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government reform, Government Regulation, Leadership, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Dems further tighten stranglehold on Oregon

Which party has controlled OR govt Dec 2014 thb Dems further tighten stranglehold on Oregon

by Dan Lucas

Last month’s election further consolidated what the Oregonian’s Steve Duin has called the Democrats’ “near-monopoly on political power” in Oregon. Democrats have returned to super-majority status in the Oregon Senate – an advantage they’ve enjoyed for 3 of the past 5 election cycles. Starting in January they will hold 18 seats to Republicans’ 12 seats.

In the Oregon House, Democrats have moved to within one seat of super-majority status. Dems will hold 35 seats to Republicans’ 25 seats. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:51 | Posted in 2014 Election, Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Attorney General, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | 17 Comments

Concerns with Oregon marijuana-related investments

Sen Doug Whitsett Concerns with Oregon marijuana related investments

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

Despite the recent passage of Measure 91 in Oregon’s November general election, state laws allowing the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana are in direct conflict with the Controlled Substances Act that was enacted by Congress in 1970.

When passing that law, Congress determined that marijuana must be listed as a Schedule I drug. It reasoned that the drug has a high potential for abuse, and that acceptable safety standards for its use have not been established.

Our federal elected representatives concluded that the use of marijuana was unsafe, with or without medical supervision. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:29 | Posted in Congress, Federal Government, Marijuana, State Government | 6 Comments

America has become a feckless ally

Dan Lucas July 2012 BW America has become a feckless ally

by Dan Lucas

In 1945 the United States and its allies defeated imperialist Japan and NAZI Germany. At great cost and after great sacrifice the Allies stopped these two aggressor nations who had been committing horrific atrocities across the globe — atrocities like the Rape of Nanking and the Holocaust.

Then, based on some hard learned lessons after WW I, the United States committed to rebuild these former totalitarian nations as democracies. We made solid, long-term commitments to these countries and to their neighbors. We demonstrated our commitment with the Marshall Plan, with the Berlin Airlift and with a strong U.S. military presence as a counter balance to Communist Soviet and Chinese expansionist ambitions throughout the Cold War and its proxy “hot wars.” Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Foreign Relations, Iraq, Military, Terrorism | 5 Comments

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