The Other Form of Climate Denial

There are few political epithets that are as marginalizing as being called a “denier,” because that word naturally evokes in our minds the crackpots that deny the Holocaust. It can be inappropriate in a scientific context to marginalize doubters, because true … Continue reading

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Surprise! Renewable Energy Mandates Are Actually Fossil Fuel Mandates

By John A. Charles, Jr. and Lydia White The Sierra Club and other environmental groups are objecting to PGE’s plan for new, natural gas-powered generation to help replace the electrical output that will be lost when PGE shuts down the … Continue reading

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In the Aftermath of the Inauguration

President Donald J. Trump noted in his inaugural address: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished—but the people did not share in … Continue reading

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Kate Brown’s Math Problem

By John A. Charles, Jr. For the past 18 months, the Oregon Land Board has been working to sell the Elliott State Forest. The decision to seek buyers was based on the fact that the Elliott is losing money, and … Continue reading

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Metro Should Dump the Garbage Tax

By Allison Coleman Last month, Portland-area voters approved Ballot Measure 26-178, which imposes a five-year property tax that will generate $80 million dollars for Metro to maintain parks owned by the agency. On the surface, this seems like a wonderful … Continue reading

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WES Is an Energy Hog

By Allison Coleman In 2009 the regional transit agency, TriMet, opened a commuter rail line running from Wilsonville to Beaverton. The line is known as the Westside Express Service, or WES. According to transit advocates, commuter rail would help reduce … Continue reading

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How Much Is the Elliott State Forest Worth to Oregon Schools? (Don’t Forget the Value of Compounding)

By John A. Charles, Jr. Advocates of public schools frequently complain about the need for more money, yet many of them are now objecting that the State Land Board is on the verge of selling off the Elliott State Forest, … Continue reading

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Portland’s 100% Renewable Energy Claim Is “Greenwashing”

By Allison Coleman In 2001, the Portland City Council declared that by 2010, all electricity used by city agencies would come from renewable energy. However, by 2010, only 9 percent of Portland’s power was renewable. Undeterred, in 2012 Portland leaders … Continue reading

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Power Is the Narcotic of Choice for Politicians

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon’s free-market research center, Cascade Policy Institute, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner party on October 20 at the Tualatin County Club. Since its founding in 1991, Cascade has emerged as a leading … Continue reading

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Something’s Rotten in Metro’s Missing Garbage Tax Money

By John A. Charles, Jr. and Allison Coleman Metro is asking for a new tax levy this November (Measure 26-178 on your ballot) despite the fact that it already has sufficient funds to operate all its parks. In 2002, the … Continue reading

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Metro’s $32 Million Broken Promise

— Why You Should Vote Down Metro’s Natural Area Levy By John A. Charles, Jr. and Allison Coleman In 2006, the Metro Council submitted to the voters a general obligation bond measure in the amount of $227.4 million to fund … Continue reading

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Oregon should learn from others’ bad green energy policies

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon’s Democrat leadership has demonstrated resolute determination to implement policies under the guise of protecting our environment that are tantamount to social engineering. Examples are numerous. During the 2015 legislative session, the controversial Low Carbon Fuel … Continue reading

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Will the PUC Make Oregon’s Solar Energy Incentives Equitable?

By Lydia White In accordance with House Bill 2941, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is making recommendations to the Oregon State Legislature to ensure Oregon’s solar energy incentives are equitable, efficient, and effective. One recommendation is to modify the compensation … Continue reading

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Trust Lands Should Be Auctioned to High Bidder to Benefit Schools

By John A. Charles, Jr. In his recent guest column in The Oregonian, Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands Jim Paul summarizes the history of the Elliott State Forest. He correctly notes that the Common School Trust lands within … Continue reading

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Frustration at Oregon DEQ

by Jeff Anderson The best laid plans. My lunch hour was to be spent taking my car through DEQ to pass the magic emission test and get new tags. I read the instructions provided by DEQ on how to prepare … Continue reading

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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

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

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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

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Unhealthy Oregon forests, continued rural poverty ensured under BLM’s latest plan

American Forest Resource Council Portland, Ore– Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its final proposed Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for 2.5 million acres of forestland in Western Oregon, including over 2 million acres of unique “O&C” lands. These … Continue reading

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Not One Dollar More

By John A. Charles, Jr. The State of Oregon will sell 84,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest by March 2017, in order to make money for public schools. However, the lands will not be auctioned to the highest bidder. … Continue reading

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