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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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

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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

The Extinction of Public Transit

By Emma Newman Uber and Lyft have recently gained over 50 percent of the taxi market in Portland. This is especially notable as Portland was initially hostile to ridesharing companies, to the point of filing a lawsuit against Uber late … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Environment, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Restore the Trust in State Trust Lands

By Anna Mae Kersey When Oregon joined the Union, the U.S. Congress granted it control of State Trust Lands, public lands managed by the state to support public education in perpetuity through the Common School Fund. Currently, 96 percent of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Shady outside interests control Oregon environmental groups

by Drew Johnson Two of the loudest voices in Oregon state politics receive the majority of their funding from outside the state and get their marching orders from shady special interests, according to IRS documents and other public records. The … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Environment, OR 78th Legislative Session | 22 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

Greenspeak strategy: How the West will be lost?

by T.W. Scott For more than 50 years, there has been a growing campaign against the beneficial use of natural resources. The campaigners have several names: preservationists, conservationists, radical environmentalists, and greens. I will use “greens,” since it is rather … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:05 | Posted in Environment, Natural Resources, Timber | 60 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

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

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

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

Greg Walden: Keeping IRS, EPA, UN, Obama excesses in check

by Greg Walden Plan to keep spending in check, rein in federal red tape Speaking at community meetings in Lakeview and Klamath Falls, I gave an update on the bill passed by Congress to fund most of the government through … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Environment, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, President Obama | 387 Comments

BioGas in Eugene: More Taxpayer Waste from Portland’s Waste

By Larry Huss, Monday’s Eugene Register Guard carried an article about the new biogas power plant just north of Eugene. Apparently it is mired in a controversy between its former CEO and its primary shareholder. But the real story is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Waste, Green Energy, Liberalism, State Government | 479 Comments

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