MyRA – The Next American Hustle

Did you watch President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last week?  Nah, me neither.  We went to see American Hustle instead.  Actually there is kind of a poetic symmetry between it and Mr. Obama’s speech.  Yes, the next … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Federal Government, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, President Obama, Taxes | 2 Comments

President Obama wrong to demonize oil and gas companies

by NW Spotlight The U.S. oil and gas sector is one of the bright spots of the economy.  So, naturally, it came under assault by President Obama during his State of the Union speech last night.  We can’t have people … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, President Obama | 14 Comments

The Check Engine Light Is On

By William Newell Imagine you’re in a car traveling down I-5 at 60 mph. The car has been modified with solar panels to supplement the car’s gas engine. Suddenly, as you’re driving down the highway, the sun disappears behind the … Continue reading

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Portland’s Renewable Energy Pipe Dream

By William Newell Since 2001 the City of Portland has aimed to obtain all of its electricity from renewable sources. More than 10 years later, the City has failed to meet its own goals, even after renewing the pledge in … Continue reading

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The Portland Streetcar: Time to Reset the Vision

By John A. Charles, Jr. If some Portlanders are confused about why we have a 19th century trolley operating in a 21st century city, they are not alone. City leaders are confused as well. According to the Streetcar Concept Plan … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Local Taxes, Metro, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Budget, State Government, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , , | 213 Comments

Should hydropower be considered renewable?

by Shawn Lindsay Do you think hydropower is a renewable energy source? Are you amazed that Oregon legislators decided in 2007 that hydro was not a qualified renewable energy source under Oregon’s renewable portfolio standards, which force our state’s utilities … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:03 | Posted in Energy, Environment | 185 Comments

Lars Larson: President Obama’s war on coal

by Lars Larson President Obama declared war on coal back when he was a candidate for president. Now he’s fired a devastating shot at the industry. Back when he was a candidate for office, this is what President Obama said … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, President Obama | 1,034 Comments

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