Climate Change: The Paris Agreement’s false promises

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Paris Agreement on Climate Change (Agreement) is being hailed by its proponents as a huge step forward in reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and saving the environment. However, further review of what the Agreement … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:57 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Green Energy | 15 Comments

Review of Oregon’s Department of Energy

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight was created by Senate President Courtney (D-Salem) and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) partially in response to a request by a group of Republican lawmakers who had … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Waste, Green Energy, State Government | 3 Comments

Get Ready for High-Cost Electricity

By John A. Charles, Jr. During Oregon’s month-long legislative session earlier this year, the big environmental “win” was Senate Bill 1547, a bill that was hatched in secret by two large utilities and a group of environmental activists. The bill promises to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, State Government | Tagged , | 53 Comments

A better way to conserve energy: Natural gas

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The proper role of government is frequently debated in the Legislative Assembly. Most lawmakers agree that one of the fundamental functions of government is to provide the basic infrastructure that enables all citizens to have access … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Rural Oregon | 7 Comments

Gov. Kate Brown approves $190 a year electricity hike

Oregon Senate Republicans So-called ‘Coal to Clean’ plan won’t even reduce carbon emissions in Oregon Salem, Ore. – Senate Republicans issued the following statement on Wednesday following the signing of SB 1547, an expensive new renewable energy mandate, by Governor … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:45 | Posted in Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session | 1 Comment

Is it really curtains for Jordan Cove?

by Wim de Vriend An awful lot of people, those for Coos Bay’s Jordan Cove LNG project and those against it, were surprised by the March 11 decision of the FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), denying approval of the terminal … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:22 | Posted in Economy, Energy | Leave a comment

The urban-rural divide in Oregon

by Senator Ted Ferrioli I can’t remember a more contentious or difficult legislative session. The issues of the urban-rural divide loomed large over the session, and many large and complicated bills that will have a negative impact on Eastern Oregon … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session | 3 Comments

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