Electric Utilities Should Call the Bluff of Green Radicals

By John A. Charles, Jr. Two committees of the Oregon Legislature will hear presentations this week on a legislative proposal to eliminate the use of coal in Oregon’s electricity grid by 2035. Coal is the source of power for 33.4% … Continue reading

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Energy crony capitalism: More power over your power

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The United States government guaranteed more than half a billion dollars in loans for the solar-panel manufacturer. Those loans were made during Obama’s $787 billion 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [“the Stimulus”] spending spree. Solyndra’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crony capitalism, Energy, Global Warming, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Waste, Green Energy, President Obama | 6 Comments

State agency rulemakers ignore their own rules

by Sen. Doug Whitsett In past newsletters, I have warned how the controversial Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) threatens to increase costs of energy for poor and working Oregonians, under the guise of protecting the environment. The LCFS was originally … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:36 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, State Government, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rate and tax payers excluded in drafting of Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement

Letter to the Editor In his novel 1984, George Orwell beautifully illustrates how the political left manipulates language to pacify a society into compliance. The KBRA (Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement) uses this same technique to control public opinion. We have … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy | 9 Comments

Environmentalists jeopardize schoolchildren safety for corporate profits

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Parents in most communities throughout Oregon are sending their children off to their first week of the 2015-16 school year. They ensure that their children arrive at the bus stop and expect them to return from … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session | 8 Comments

Transportation package: A major failure

This entire Legislative Session has been pretty much defined by politics winning out over policy Environmental groups rejected bipartisan plan that almost doubled the level of carbon reduction because they were more interested in the carbon trading program (that would … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:22 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Gov. Kate Brown, Leadership, OR 78th Legislative Session, Public Transportation, Transportation | 11 Comments

Is It Possible to Power an Export Facility Entirely by Renewable Energy?

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland Sustainability Commission recently recommended that the City Council approve a $500 million propane export facility proposed by Pembina Corporation. However, as part of its approval, the Commission is requiring that 100% of the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Portland, Portland Politics | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

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