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

Portland Set to Approve Public Shaming of Building Owners

By John A. Charles, Jr. For members of the Portland City Council, the end always justifies the means. Their current obsession is energy use in commercial buildings. On April 15 the Council likely will approve a regulation to require the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Individual Responsiblity, Portland, Portland Politics, Privacy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Celebrating “Human Achievement Hour” This Saturday

By Steve Buckstein This Saturday you’ll have the opportunity to vote with your light switches. Either turn your lights off from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time to “show your commitment to climate change action now” or turn your … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Green Energy, North Korea, Progressivism | Tagged , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Low Carbon Fuel Standard bill bad for Oregon

by Rep. Mike Nearman Well, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard bill, SB 324, passed the House by one vote and is on the way to Governor Kate Brown for her signature. I was proud to have voted no on this. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House | 4 Comments

Oregon House GOP views on SB 324 (Low Carbon Fuel Std)

Oregon House Republicans “Supporters of SB 324 should be prepared for some hard conversations with constituents” House Republicans’ Call To Halt Program And Prioritize Transportation Package Garners Support From Across The State The Albany Democrat-Herald: “The initiative means well, but … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:25 | Posted in Energy, Environment, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House | 1 Comment

John Fund: Kitzhaber and the Greedy Greens

by John Fund | National Review Oregon governor John Kitzhaber may have announced that he will resign, but a sweeping FBI investigation of him and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, is only getting started. While the story involves personal failings, the … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Energy, Global Warming, Gov. Kitzhaber, Uncategorized | 316 Comments

When Is a Tax Not a Tax?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kitzhaber wants you to drive less, and he knows that the best way to discourage driving is to make it more expensive. The simplest way to do this would be to raise the state … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Ethics, Global Warming, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Government, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

Ethics concerns should halt Low Carbon Fuel talks

Oregon House Republican Office & Oregon Senate Republican Office Legislature Should Not Move Forward With Policy to Raise Costs for Oregon Families During Ethics Investigation Salem, OR – Legislative Republican leaders yesterday called for House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in Energy, Ethics, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | 604 Comments

Lars Larson: Cylvia Hayes profiting from ‘low carbon fuel’ pillow talk

by Lars Larson We all heard a lot about Cylvia Hayes, the girlfriend of Governor John Kitzhaber, who scored more than 80 thousand dollars in consulting contracts, by using her position as a so-called energy advisor to the governor. In … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:55 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Energy, Gov. Kitzhaber, Green Energy | 323 Comments

Oregon: Get ready for the bad news energy bills

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregonians are about to be reminded that elections do matter. At least 45 bills relating to energy have already been introduced for the 78th Legislative Assembly. Most, if enacted, will be bad news for Oregon’s economy. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Government Regulation, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session | 474 Comments

Obama on oil: I DID build that!

by NW Spotlight After years of zigging and zagging on energy policy, President Obama has final found a strategy he can embrace: take credit for what other people are doing. That’s the key takeaway from the State of the Union … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:59 | Posted in Economy, Energy, President Obama | 4 Comments

Tide Goes Out on Ocean Energy

By Kathryn Hickok A new report released by Cascade Policy Institute concludes that the public-private partnership Oregon Wave Energy Trust has failed to achieve a return on public investment. The Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) is a nonprofit, public-private partnership … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Government Waste, Green Energy, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, State Government | Tagged , , | 302 Comments

Upcoming Legislative Session: Expect carbon tax & attack on kicker

by Sen. Doug Whitsett On the eve of the 2014 election, I had high expectations. I had hoped that the widely predicted national Republican wave would wash over Oregon and result in the kinds of leadership changes so desperately needed … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Taxes | 17 Comments

Merkley’s war on fossil fuel hurts real middle class

by Wil Keepers An open letter to U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley Senator Merkley, In your recent reelection to the US Senate, you fashioned yourself as firmly rooted in the middle class, as a man who “Has middle class views and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, U.S. Senate | 2,824 Comments

Veterans expect pro-energy leaders

by Aaron Moran Next year we’ll celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. There have been several major wars in the intervening decades – Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq – and countless smaller conflicts, but, thankfully, … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:37 | Posted in Energy, Jobs, Veterans | 571 Comments

Tell Oregon DEQ you oppose the hidden gas tax!

Oregonians for Sound Fuel Policy The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is adopting rules to implement the costly new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). This “hidden gas tax” will hurt working families and small businesses, and we need your … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Taxes | 278 Comments

Solar Industry’s Snarky Advertisement

For the past couple of weeks there has been an ad playing on the radio by one of the companies that sell, lease or install solar panels. That ad asks the question as to whether solar power is now so … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Federal Government, Government Waste, Green Energy, Liberalism, State Government | 12 Comments

Fairness should be guide to energy tax reform

by NW Spotlight As the United States came out of its recent recession, 40 percent of the new jobs created between 2007 and 2012 were energy jobs. This one industry sustains our economy more than any other. This makes Wednesday’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:52 | Posted in Energy, Taxes, U.S. Senate | 49 Comments

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