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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, Rural Oregon, State Government, State Treasurer, Transparency | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted by at 06:09 | Posted in Environment, Oregon Government | 7 Comments

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

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

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

Posted by at 06:00 | Posted in Economy, Environment, Federal Government, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | Leave a comment

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment | Tagged , , , | 40 Comments

Storage projects can solve man-made droughts

by Sen. Doug Whitsett It would appear that both the 2015 drought and the controversial Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) have come to an end. Wet winter storms are once again dominating Oregon weather patterns. Many Oregon streams and rivers … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Government Regulation | 4 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

Climate alarmists seek to squash dissent

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Climate alarmists are losing the debate on man-caused global warming and climate change. The dire scenarios predicted by their computer modelling have failed to materialize. All of the glaring differences between their computer-modelled temperature predictions and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Global Warming | 303 Comments

Our public lands must not go up in smoke

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The scope of the mismanagement of our more than 300 million acres of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) federal lands was once again made evident by the smoke-filled August skies. Our … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Federal Government, Government Waste, Natural Resources, Timber | Leave a comment

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

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