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Global Warming – Myth, Threat or Opportunity

By Walter Starck The most critical problem we now confront is not global warming or how to tax emissions, but providing enough affordable fuel to avoid severe recession before alternative energy can become reality. The Lucky Country faces a choice between disaster and a unique opportunity. Oil supply Over the past two years climate all […]

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An Update on the Science of Global Warming and its Implications

Opening Statement of Senator James Inhofe Senate Environment and Public Works Full Committee An Update on the Science of Global Warming and its Implications Madame Chairman, I am very disappointed to see that this Committee is once again beginning its deliberations on global warming in the wrong manner.  Rather than focusing on substantive issues that […]

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Renewable Portfolio Standards: Another Hidden Tax

by Paul Chesser Renewable portfolio standards that have passed in several states (and promoted by many other state climate commissions) are nothing more than another hidden energy tax (like cap-and-trade). That is no better illustrated than in a Raleigh News & Observer article today, which explains how Progress Energy is about to go to battle […]

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Pawlenty, Other Governors Propagandize for CCS in New Video

  “Ahead of the Curve” (two parts - total runtime: 14 minutes) Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is a global warming mitigation think-tank largely funded by the Rockefeller Brothers that has had a hand in creating a cookie-cutter climate change plan for many states. A new video produced by Sea Studios, titled “Ahead of the Curve” […]

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Michele Bachmann: 'Cap and trade'? More like 'tax and spend'

Senate bill would do great harm to the economy and little good to the environment.  By Michele Bachmann  From its name, cap-and-trade legislation sounds harmless enough. Unfortunately, cap-and-trade would be more aptly called “tax and trade” or “tax and spend” and it is far from harmless, posing a serious threat to our economy and our […]

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Republican-Led Filibuster Kills Climate Security Act – For Now

Democrats were eager to end debate on the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security bill, but couldn’t muster the necessary 60 votes for cloture. The Republican-led filibuster was successful in holding off the legislation, at least for this session.   Senator Coleman reportedly missed the procedural vote that would have ended debate and put the bill up for […]

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Massive "Cap-and-Trade" Tax Hike Could be Just Around the Corner

The Lieberman-Warner “Climate Security Act” (S. 2191) is scheduled for a vote next week in the US Senate.  The cap-and-trade scheme created by the bill would set an arbitrary ceiling on how much carbon can be produced by a given company and allows a company operating below that cap to sell credits to over-producing companies. The credits […]

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Chilly Forecast for Heating Bills

Utilities say users could pay 50 percent more this winter By Leslie Brooks Suzukamo Consumers worried about filling their gas tanks this summer probably don’t even want to think about their heating bills. But state energy officials and utilities are. And they worry that come winter, heating customers could be paying up to 50 percent […]

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More Biofuelishness

By Paul Chesser  With food and gas prices skyrocketing, several state climate commissions are ignoring the backlash against the suddenly antiquated policy of plant-enhanced petrol, as they hope to stop the alleged future global warming catastrophe. Why? Because before they even get started, panelists and their hired management team (in most cases), the Center for […]

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Global Warming Alarmists Using Polar Bear as a Pawn

Why it Should’t be Listed Under Endangered Species Act From Red State The Washington Post devoted its KidsPost page today to a sympathetic plea for the polar bear — the predatory creature that environmentalists want listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. With a decision looming on Thursday for the Bush administration, […]

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Natural Gas for Power May Mean Sharp Hikes in Utility Bils

The move away from coal-fired power generation in favor of wind and solar power is already impacting energy costs. Xcel Energy estimates Minnesota’s renewable energy mandates will lead to an average household electric bill increase of $300 to $400 per year. Adding to the cost problem is an increasing reliance on natural gas for electric […]

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California's Energy Efficiency Measures Not Implementable on a National Scale

As the United States tries to reduce emissions and become more energy independent, energy efficiency will likely play a major part in achieving these goals. But should the government be incentivizing consumers to lead more efficient lifestyles? During today’s OnPoint, Thomas Tanton, a fellow in environmental studies at the Pacific Research Institute discusses his new […]

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