A WTP victory, but another fight looms

Posted on July 29, 2010 by Quallurce

Dear friend,

Thank you!

Because of the flood of phone calls from WTP supporters and our allies, Barack Obama failed in his effort to quash political speech by his opponents. 

The misnamed “DISCLOSE Act,” which uses mountains of paperwork and brute intimidation to bog down and bully groups that speak out on political issues, but exempts Obama’s biggest supporters, won the support of 57 senators.

While 57 senators supported Obama’s efforts to use the government to pursue his political opponents, thankfully Senate rules require 60 votes to overcome any effort to filibuster a bill.

So the “DISCLOSE Act” has been stopped, but not killed.  Using a political trick, Harry Reid voted with Republicans which allows him to bring back the bill at any time.  That “any time” is usually in the dead of night when both reporters and his opponents aren’t in the Senate chamber.

So stay alert.  We may need you to jam the Senate switchboard again.

And the DISCLOSE Act isn’t our only federal legislative project.

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) has introduced an amendment to a Senate jobs bill establishing what is known as a “point of order” to the impending Senate energy bill.

As we’ve already told you, your NoCapAndTax.com petitions and phone calls stopped Harry Reid from putting Cap and Tax into the Senate energy bill that will be voted on in the next couple of weeks.

But that hasn’t stopped them from passing it.  The radical greens’ plan is to pass something, anything, relating to energy.  It doesn’t have to have Cap and Tax in it right now.

Since it’s different from the Waxman-Markey Cap and Tax bill the House passed, both bills would go to a closed-door “conference committee” which produced a compromise bill.

FoxNews.com reports Henry Waxman has stated that’s when he’ll stick Cap and Tax into the Senate bill and force senators to vote on a “conference report” that enacts “the full-blown cap-and-trade program.”  In other words, radical greens can pass Cap and Tax without having a direct vote on it.

Well, the Johanns amendment, if we can pass it, would declare any conference report with Cap and Tax in it to be “out of order.”  That means Obama and Reid would need 67 senators (two-thirds) to suspend the rules of the Senate and vote for Cap and Tax.

Can you call your senators right now at 202-224-3121 and tell them to vote FOR the Johanns Cap and Tax amendment?

It could be voted on any day now, so please call immediately.

And can I count on you to chip in and help fund our fight to stop Cap and Tax by clicking here or going to https://secure.westerntradition.org and give your best gift of $10 or $25, or whatever you can afford?

Thanks to you, we’ve stopped the radical greens at every step so far.  But that fight is long, hard and expensive.  They only need us to fail once in order for them to destroy our economy and tax and regulate away our freedoms.

So please call now, and if you can click here or go to https://secure.westerntradition.org and give your best gift of $10 or $25.

Sincerely,

Donny Ferguson
Executive Director
Western Tradition Partnership

P.S.  Thank you!  The DISCLOSE Act, intended to silence criticism of Barack Obama by WTP and our allies, couldn’t get the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.  “Only” 57 Democrats voted to outlaw free speech they disagree with.

But Harry Reid used a political trick that allows him to bring it back up at any time he wishes.  So stay alert as we may need you to call again.

Speaking of calling your senators, I need you to call them now at 202-224-3121.  Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) has an amendment to a jobs bill that would help thwart Obama’s plans to use a “lame duck” session of Congress to quietly slip Cap and Tax into the energy bill that would come back to the Senate.  If passed, Johanns’ amendment would require 67 votes to pass an energy bill with Cap and Tax in it.

So call now.  And if you can, click here or go to https://secure.westerntradition.org and give your best gift of $10 or $25 and help WTP keep up the fight.

IMMEDIATE Action Alert: Senate to vote in hours on DISCLOSE Act

Posted on July 27, 2010 by Quallurce

Dear friend,

Last week I told you about the DISCLOSE Act, a scheme by Barack Obama to silence his political opponents before the November election.

Well, Harry Reid has scheduled a vote on it THIS AFTERNOON.

In just hours.

Can I count on you to call your two U.S. senators at 202-224-3121 IMMEDIATELY and tell them to vote no?

Please hurry.

As I told you, the purpose of the DISCLOSE Act is to use the force of law to bully, silence and intimidate Barack Obama’s political opponents.

It forces groups like WTP to fill out mountains of paperwork before they can comment on Obama’s radical agenda.

And it forces groups like WTP to hand to the government a list of our donors, complete with their home addresses.

But pro-Obama groups like The Sierra Club and the AARP do not have to comply.

It’s a sick, naked and shameless assault on the First Amendment and free elections.

That’s why Harry Reid wants a rushed vote today.

So please, call your two United States senators at 202-224-3121 right now.  Tell them to vote NO on the DISCLOSE Act.

Act right now,

Donny Ferguson
Executive Director
Western Tradition Partnership

Obama eyeing ‘lame duck’ scheme to pass Cap and Tax

Posted on July 26, 2010 by Quallurce

Dear friend,

The media are finally reporting what WTP has been telling everyone.

Barack Obama hasn’t given up on Cap and Tax.  In fact, Obama and the radical greens are working harder than ever to pass it.

The decision to have Harry Reid pull it from the energy bill is what is known as a “strategic retreat.” 

They’re going to try and pass Cap and Tax during Congress’ “lame duck” session AFTER the election – when senators and congressmen, including defeating ones finishing their term, can finally vote for it without fear of losing votes.

Just read what some of the smartest political minds in America are trying to warn us about.

Phil Kerpen, FoxNews.com:

“A headline on Thursday screamed: ‘Democrats pull plug on climate bill.’ Don’t believe it. It’s a diversionary tactic

“…The key first step of the plan is to get something, anything, related to energy passed through the Senate. That will get it into a conference committee – likely an informal, backroom, secret one – where it can be “merged” with the House-passed Waxman-Markey bill. 

“The lead author of that bill, Henry Waxman, is openly telling reporters that at that stage he will reinsert the full-blown cap-and-trade program.

“Both as a function of the legislative calendar and of electoral politics, neither the House nor Senate is likely to vote on the conference report before the election. It will instead, Senate cap-and-trade point man John Kerry has said, be considered in a lame duck session of Congress.”

John Fund, The Wall Street Journal:

“…there have been signs in recent weeks that party leaders are planning an ambitious, lame-duck session to muscle through bills in December they don’t want to defend before November. Retiring or defeated members of Congress would then be able to vote for sweeping legislation without any fear of voter retaliation…”

“…Mike Allen of Politico.com reports one reason President Obama failed to mention climate change legislation during his recent, Oval Office speech on the Gulf oil spill was that he wants to pass a modest energy bill this summer, then add carbon taxes or regulations in a conference committee with the House, most likely during a lame-duck session.”

Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist for The Washington Post:

Leading Democrats are already considering this [lame duck session] as a way to achieve even more liberal measures that many of their members dare not even talk about, let alone enact, on the eve of an election in which they face a widespread popular backlash to the already enacted elements of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda…

“…Among the major items being considered are card check, budget-balancing through major tax hikes, and climate-change legislation involving heavy carbon taxes and regulationAnd carbon taxes would be the newest version of the cap-and-trade legislation that has repeatedly failed to pass the current Congress — but enough dead men walking in a lame-duck session might switch and vote to put it over the top.”

It’s up to you and me to stop the lame duck attack plan.

I’ll be honest with you.  It is very hard to stop radical liberals in a lame duck session.

But it can be done – if you and I double down and exert even more pressure than it took to stop them from passing it now.

That means twice as many NoCapAndTax.com petition, twice as many phone calls, twice as many faxes, twice as many postcards and twice as many e-mails.

Can I count on you to step up and help kill this now-widely reported lame duck strategy to pass Cap and Tax?

We need to “re-arm” and get ready for this aggressive push by the radical greens to impose “the full-blown cap and trade program” after the election.

I need you to please click here or go to https://secure.westerntradition.org to chip in with your best gift of $250, $100, $50 or $35.

Any gift in any amount, no matter how big or small, will help WTP get the word out to activists about this sneaky liberal scheme.

You and I have been warning folks for weeks the radical greens wouldn’t hesitate to “give up” on Cap and Tax, pass an energy bill without it – and then stick Cap and Tax right back in there during a lame duck session.

It will be hard to stop them, but your support and contributions have forced them to stoop to this.

If we double our efforts, we can stop this lame duck scheme too.

So please click here or go to https://secure.westerntradition.org to help out with your best gift of $250, $100, $50 or $35.

Sincerely,

Donny Ferguson
Executive Director
Western Tradition Partnership

P.S.  The mainstream media are finally reporting what you and I have been telling everyone.  We haven’t stopped Cap and Tax yet.

“A headline on Thursday screamed: ‘Democrats pull plug on climate bill.’ Don’t believe it. It’s a diversionary tactic,” writes Phil Kerpen on FoxNews.com. 

Obama “wants to pass a modest energy bill this summer, then add carbon taxes or regulations in a conference committee with the House, most likely during a lame-duck session,” John Fund of The Wall Street Journal reports.

It’s harder to stop them during a lame duck session, but we can do it if you and I double our efforts.  Please click here or go to https://secure.westerntradition.org to chip in with your best gift of $250, $100, $50 or $35.

Public opposition to Kagan’s radical green views fuels near-historic low approval ratings

Posted on July 20, 2010 by Quallurce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Contact: Donny Ferguson, donny.f@westerntradition.org or 703-200-3669

Public opposition to Kagan’s radical green views fuels near-historic low approval ratings
Polling data show Kagan’s support mirrors that of SCOTUS flop Harriet Miers

WASHINGTON — Public support for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is among the lowest ever recorded for a potential justice, a disturbing lack of faith fueled by national opposition to President Barack Obama’s radical green policies, the nation’s largest grassroots opponent of environmental extremism noted Tuesday.

“With economic recovery long overdue and delayed by Obama’s radical policies, Americans do not want an activist like Kagan on the Court whose job is to enforce the ‘green’ belief that American prosperity is a threat that needs to be eliminated,” said Donny Ferguson, Executive Director of Western Tradition Partnership.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Kagan’s nomination Tuesday by a 13-6 vote, with “cap and trade” advocate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joining the panel’s Democrats.

A Gallup poll released July 15 shows public support for Kagan’s nomination stands at just 44 percent.  Only Robert Bork (38 percent) and Harriet Miers (42 percent) recorded lower approval than Kagan.  Bork’s nomination was defeated and Miers’ was withdrawn.  Gallup cites historical ratings showing public support for a Supreme Court nominee virtually never increases, but opposition usually grows.

“It’s no coincidence Harriet Miers and Elena Kagan are identical twins when it comes to approval ratings.  One was an unqualified presidential crony whose only purpose on the Court would have been to enforce the president’s personal views.  The other was Harriet Miers,” said Ferguson.  “Elena Kagan is being sent to the Supreme Court with marching orders.  ‘Use your lifetime appointment to impose a job-killing Cap and Tax system, give the EPA unquestioned authority and kill any constitutional challenges to radical green authority.’”

“Americans know the radical green agenda calls for the downsizing of American prosperity and our standard of living and they’re angry Obama is actively working to make a bad economy even worse.  Americans aren’t supporting Obama’s pick because they know her job is to eliminate theirs,” said Ferguson.

As president of Harvard University, Kagan created the school’s “environmental law” program.  “She left a nationally visible mark on environmental law at Harvard,” Jim Rossi, a visiting environmental law professor at Harvard, told The New York Times upon her Solicitor General nomination last year. “For many years, Harvard was not known for a primary expertise in the environmental jurisprudence, and that changed under Dean Kagan’s watch.”

The Times reported “expanding regulatory enforcement of wetlands under the Clean Water Act and broadening the applicability of the Endangered Species Act to include the effects of climate change” may be at the top of her agenda.

“Under Kagan, we are likely to see the government take a less hostile approach to environmental enforcement,” a jubilant Matt Kenna of the Western Environmental Center told the Times. 

“If confirmed, Kagan would be the first successful nominee in recent years whose nomination was backed by less than a majority of Americans in the final poll before the Senate confirmation vote (or, in the case of Harriet Miers, before her nomination was withdrawn),” Gallup notes.

Supported by grassroots members, WTP is a fast-growing, grassroots-supported non-profit organization dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.  The citizens’ group educates the public and lobbies legislators on issues of environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.

For more information, go to http://www.westerntradition.org.  For more information on this issue, or to schedule an interview, contact Donny Ferguson at 703-200-3669 or at donny.f@westerntradition.org.

Link to Gallup poll: http://www.gallup.com/poll/141329/Americans-Favor-Confirming-Kagan-High-Court.aspx?utm_source=tagrss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_term=USA

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Congress challenged to repeal Obama drill ban

Posted on July 13, 2010 by Quallurce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Contact: Donny Ferguson, 703-200-3669 or donny.f@westerntradition.org

Congress challenged to repeal Obama drill ban

WASHINGTON – The nation’s largest grassroots opponent of environmental extremism urged Congress Tuesday to take action to rescind the Obama administration’s latest ban on deep-sea energy exploration, reminding them the ban will thwart economic recovery.

“Obama’s energy jobs ban will directly cause the elimination of tens of thousands of jobs, as well as the elimination of hundreds of thousands of jobs that depend on those energy jobs in this interlocked economy.  Banning critical energy jobs in the Gulf is the start of a chain reaction as the loss of tens of thousands of energy jobs leads the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs tied to them, and so forth.  Energy prices will be inflated, making goods and services more expensive and forcing employers to cut back to stay afloat.  What jobs may have been created over the next few months will die as Obama’s reckless policies give job creators are given another reason not to invest in recovery,” said Donny Ferguson, Western Tradition Partnership’s National Director of Media and Public Relations. 

 “This is a deliberate attempt by Barack Obama to thwart economic recovery and eradicate badly-needed working class jobs in an industry he harbors a radical green hatred for.  This ban on energy jobs is not supported by responsible science and has nothing to do with protecting the Gulf.  The Deepwater Horizon accident was an odds-defying act on a rig attempting a new type of drilling.  The offshore rigs Obama banned have nothing in common with Deepwater Horizon.  They are no different than the thousands of rigs that have operated for decades without incident,” said Ferguson.

WTP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, WTP is a fast-growing, grassroots-supported non-profit organization dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.  The citizens’ group educates the public and lobbies legislators on issues of environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.

For more information, go to http://www.westerntradition.org.  For more information on this issue, or to schedule an interview, contact Donny Ferguson at 703-200-3669 or at donny.f@westerntradition.org.
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Climatologist: East Anglia ‘investigation’ is a whitewash

Posted on July 12, 2010 by Quallurce

Pat Michaels, past president of the American Association of State Climatologists, writes in today’s Wall Street Journal the supposedly “independent” investigation into climate research fraud at East Anglia University is a whitewash intended to cover up serious academic fraud and preserve the gusher of taxpayer funding currently flooding into “global climate research.”  Read the entire column here.

Last November there was a world-wide outcry when a trove of emails were released suggesting some of the world’s leading climate scientists engaged in professional misconduct, data manipulation and jiggering of both the scientific literature and climatic data to paint what scientist Keith Briffa called “a nice, tidy story” of climate history. The scandal became known as Climategate.

Now a supposedly independent review of the evidence says, in effect, “nothing to see here.” Last week “The Independent Climate Change E-mails Review,” commissioned and paid for by the University of East Anglia, exonerated the University of East Anglia…

…This purportedly independent review comes on the heels of two others—one by the University of East Anglia itself and the other by Penn State University, both completed in the spring, concerning its own employee, Prof. Michael Mann. Mr. Mann was one of the Climategate principals who proposed a plan, which was clearly laid out in emails whose veracity Mr. Mann has not challenged, to destroy a scientific journal that dared to publish three papers with which he and his East Anglia friends disagreed…

…Readers of both earlier reports need to know that both institutions receive tens of millions in federal global warming research funding (which can be confirmed by perusing the grant histories of Messrs. Jones or Mann, compiled from public sources, that are available online at freerepublic.com). Any admission of substantial scientific misbehavior would likely result in a significant loss of funding…

Read Dr. Michaels’ entire column here.  Dr. Michaels is also program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. Michaels was also a research professor of Environmental Sciences at University of Virginia for thirty years. Michaels is a contributing author and reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

His writing has been published in the major scientific journals, including Climate Research, Climatic Change, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Nature, and Science, as well as in popular serials such as the Washington Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Houston Chronicle, and Journal of Commerce. He was an author of the climate “paper of the year” awarded by the Association of American Geographers in 2004

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