Budget Woes: Using the Wrong End of the Stick

  There are a variety of explanations to the term “wrong end of the stick.” Some say it originated with holding the small end of a walking stick rendering its purpose virtually useless. Others suggest that it refers to an … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Debt Ceiling, Federal Budget, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Accountability, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, State Budget | 1 Comment

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Green Energy, Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged | 27 Comments

The Economy:  Where Do We Go From Here?

The weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal dutifully reported that new employment figures showed an additional 227,000 jobs created during January – a healthy but not spectacular level of growth that stands in marked contrast with the final three … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bush/Obama Recession, Congress, Economy, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Leadership, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | Leave a comment

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Green Energy, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, State Government | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Political Correctness, Portland, Portland Politics, Transparency | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Energy, Environment, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Measure 97, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Transparency | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Green Energy | Leave a comment

BETC audit raises serious questions

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight was formed by the Senate President and Speaker of the House after Rep. Gail Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls), other Republican lawmakers and I called for an investigation into … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:14 | Posted in Government Waste, Green Energy, Oregon Government | Leave a comment

Sen. Alan Olsen calls for action on Department of Energy audit

by Sen. Alan Olsen Salem, Ore. – Last week, the Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight discussed a recent audit of the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program. The first independent audit of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:59 | Posted in Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Waste, Green Energy, Oregon Secretary of State, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Green Energy, Portland | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The latest from Oregon Legislative Days

by Sen. Doug Whitsett State legislators were in Salem this week to attend committee meetings during Legislative Days. Representative Gail Whitsett participated in her five assigned committees while I participated in my four assigned committees, as well as the Senate … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:44 | Posted in Green Energy, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Budget, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Carbon credits for light rail – another Salem switcheroo

by Jeff Gudman Bureaucrats in Salem have pulled the wool over taxpayers eyes again. The controversial Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is quietly transforming into a secret subsidy for existing light rail and other mass transit, rather than the intended … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Green Energy, State Treasurer | 2 Comments

BETCs, Biofuels and Boondoggles

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregonians have endured unending cries from proponents of big government for more than a decade, claiming the State must have more revenue to run its operations. Those constant pleas, combined with Democrat dominance of both the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:27 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Measure 97, State Budget, State Taxes | 10 Comments

The Road to Economic Ruin Runs Through Obama/Clinton

The numbers were out Friday on the United State’s economic growth and it wasn’t good.  For the third quarter in a row the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was at 1.2% or lower.  (For those of you forced to endure an … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bailout, Bush/Obama Recession, Crony capitalism, Employment, Federal Reserve System, Government Waste, Green Energy, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Welfare State | 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

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

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

Call for repeal of LCFS hidden gas tax ahead of 2017 Transportation Package

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, the Oregon Senate Republican Leadership Team sent a letter to Governor Kate brown urging her to protect struggling Oregonians by repealing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard before passing a transportation package in the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:25 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Taxes, Transportation | 12 Comments

Oregon’s next scandal: Bieber-gate

by NW Spotlight An obscure and bizarre provision in a bill that passed in the Oregon legislative “short session” last month provides specific tax breaks intended to lure pop singer Justin Bieber to Oregon. The bill was HB 4037, which directed … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Green Energy | 4 Comments

Closed door green energy deals are not the Oregon way

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) was created by the Legislative Assembly to ensure that “safe and reliable utility services are provided to customers at just and reasonable rates, while fostering the use of competitive markets … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Crony capitalism, Gov. Kate Brown, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session | 4 Comments

Stay Tuned...

Stay up to date with the latest political news and commentary from Oregon Catalyst through daily email updates:

Prefer another subscription option? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, become a fan on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Twitter Facebook

No Thanks (close this box)