Green group admits attacks on fracking are lies

Posted on October 28, 2010 by Donald Ferguson

The Washington Examiner’s Mark Hemingway writes today about an unlikely defender of natural gas drilling and debunker of the falsified “mockumentary” on drilling, “Gasland.”  None other than the Environmental Defense Fund admits the practice of “fracking” is perfectly safe and clean.

Read Mr. Hemingway’s full article at http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/environmental-defense-fund-admits-propaganda-effort-against-natural-gas-exploration-is-bunk-105903083.html.

E&E TV: “Do you believe that [hydraulic fracturing] can be used safely?” (5:23)

EDF’s Scott Anderson: “Yes I do. I think in the vast majority of cases, if wells are constructed right and operated right, that hydraulic fracturing will not cause a problem.” (5:19)

E&E TV: “How difficult is it for states to regulate this practice? And should it be done on a state-by-state bases, a region-by-region bases or nationally?” (2:11)

EDF’s Scott Anderson: “The states actually have a lot of knowledge and experience in regulating well construction and operation. We think that states have every reason to be able to tackle this issue and do it well. We also think that if states fail in that and the federal government has to takeover, the states will have no one but themselves to blame.” (2:00)

E&E TV: “Without this practice of hydraulic fracturing, what would our natural gas supplies look like?” (1:38)

EDF’s Scott Anderson: “Our natural gas supplies would plummet precipitously without hydraulic fracturing. About 90 percent of gas wells in the United States are hydraulically fractured, and the shale gas that everyone talks about as being a large part of the future of natural gas production is absolutely dependent on fracturing in each case.” (1:33)

E&E TV: “So you would say that this is a necessary part of our energy future?” (1:09)

EDF’s Scott Anderson: “Yes. At the Environmental Defense Fund we don’t pick fuels, we are realist, we recognize that fossil fuels will be around for a while, a long while most likely. We recognize that natural gas has some environmental advantages compared to other fossil fuels, so we do believe that natural gas will be around, and has a significant role to play….” (1:05)

WSJ: In Virginia House Race, Cap and Trade Matters

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Donald Ferguson

From today’s Wall Street Journal.  It’s also an interesting look into how the larger corporations actively work with Big Green, because they know they can absorb the damage the radical green agenda does to our economy while smaller competitors are wiped out, leaving the market place to them.

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Boucher (D., Va.) took a risky bet when he voted last year for a cap-and-trade bill to reduce greenhouse gases. Now, the decision is coming back to haunt him.

Hoping to unseat Mr. Boucher in Virginia’s 9th District, Republican candidate Morgan Griffith is hammering away at the congressman’s vote on the cap-and-trade bill.

Mr. Griffith characterizes Mr. Boucher’s vote as a betrayal of the coal industry and the mining companies that provide much-needed jobs in the district. Unemployment in 9th District counties has reached 9.1%, which is higher than the state average of 7%, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

While Mr. Boucher appears likely to win re-election, it won’t be easy. He will probably win by the narrowest margin since 1984…

…The dynamics of the 9th District congressional race illustrate the risk lawmakers face in casting politically sensitive votes on energy and environmental issues. These votes have become particularly dicey as the federal government moves to curb global warming and shift away from coal and other traditional fuel sources…

…”The cap-and-trade bill has been enormously unpopular in places like the 9th district because it appears—like it or not—to be anti-coal,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

The 9th district occupies the southwest part of Virginia, a rolling landscape known as “hills and hollers” territory. Workers labor in coal mines or work for companies that support mining operations.

The mining jobs are among the most lucrative in the district, with an average weekly wage of $1,250. These jobs are evaporating, however: Mining employment is projected to drop by 6.3% between 2008 and 2018, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

Political strategists first realized district voters were tracking cap-and-trade policies last year. That’s when voters in Buchanan, Russell and Tazewell counties booted out a Democrat incumbent in the General Assembly in favor of a young Republican newcomer, Will Morefield, who criticized the cap-and-trade proposals

…While visiting a mine owned by Consol Energy Inc. in June, Mr. Griffith climbed up the side of a bulldozer to introduce himself to the driver. But before he could finish, the driver interrupted him and said, “All I care about is whether you’re going to vote for coal or against coal.”

“I think the vote on cap and trade shocked them,” Mr. Griffith said. “They couldn’t believe [Boucher] would vote against coal.”

Some voters may turn on Mr. Boucher because of his cap-and-trade vote. But coal and power companies and their employees, such as Dominion Resources Inc., Edison International and American Electric Power Co., continue to back the incumbent.

Mr. Boucher is the number-one recipient of campaign contributions from utility-company employees and political-action committees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He is also the fifth-largest recipient in the House of Representatives of contributions from coal-company employees and political-action committees.

The Boucher race illustrates a disconnect between voters and the coal and power industries regarding the inevitability of greenhouse-gas limits.

Many industry lobbyists believe the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or Congress will impose some type of greenhouse-gas reductions. Assuming this, some lobbyists want lawmakers such as Mr. Boucher to help to shape the outcome…

Read the entire article at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303467004575574153199543446.html?mod=rss_Politics_And_Policy

ATP statement on Montana free speech victory

Posted on October 18, 2010 by Donald Ferguson

American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Monday following District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ‘s ruling that  Montana’s ban on independent expenditures by corporations violates rights guaranteed by the First Amendment:

“The First Amendment was intended to protect citizens from the government, not to shield politicians from criticism.  The court has restored fairness and balance to elections by allowing employers to speak freely about the radical environmentalist candidates and issues that threaten your right to earn a living.”

The Wall Street Journal covered the decision in this article, citing Montana’s lone stance in defying the Supreme Court decision.

See ATP’s Free Speech page here.

ANOTHER ATP VICTORY: Montana corporate speech ban struck down

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

Judge Sherlock Grants Summary Judgment against Montana AG

BOZEMAN, MT — Plaintiffs’ attorney Margot Barg (representing American Tradition Partnership, Champion Painting and the Montana Shooting Sports Association,) with the Wittich Law Firm in Bozeman, stated she was pleased with Judge Sherlock’s ruling. “The Judge rejected the paternalistic argument of the Attorney General, and applied the US Supreme Court’s recent holding in Citizens United to strike down those portions of Montana’s law that chill political speech. It’s a win not only for the groups speaking, but all Montanans who benefit from a robust political dialogue so they can make fully informed decisions.”

The American Spectator covers ATP ad on “insane” Hickenlooper tax plan

Posted on October 15, 2010 by Donald Ferguson

Read Paul Chesser’s American Spectator post at http://spectator.org/blog/2010/10/15/global-warming-meets-campaign.

ATP ad exposes ‘insane’ Hick plan for ‘tens and tens and tens of billions of dollars every year’ in job-killing weather taxes

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

‘John Hickenlooper is so radical he thinks he can control global weather through tax hikes.’

DENVER – Colorado’s largest grassroots advocate of lower taxes and affordable energy began statewide promotion Friday of a hard-hitting Internet ad exposing a videotaped call by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper for governments to spend “tens and tens of billions of dollars each year” on global warming taxes.

In an address to the Colorado Environmental Coalition’s “Rebel with a Cause” May 2009 gala, the Democratic nominee for governor told the crowd, “I’m saying that clearly the climate is changing, clearly mankind’s activities are causing it. And that we’d be ins…insane not to be spending tens and tens and tens of billions of dollars every year buying insurance to begin to prevent and stop that change that’s happening.”

“John Hickenlooper is so radical he thinks he can control global weather through tax hikes,” said Donald Ferguson, American Tradition Partnership Executive Director.  “He can’t control global weather by killing your job through, in his own words, ’tens and tens and tends of billions of dollars every year’ in tax hikes.  But he can stop his sliding poll numbers by renouncing this insane job-killing plan.”

“The only man-made disaster in Colorado is John Hickenlooper’s insane plan to tax jobs into extinction,” said Ferguson.

The Internet ad, being promoted statewide, features Hickenlooper’s videotaped call for higher taxes, then asks residents to contact the gubernatorial candidate and urge him to renounce his plan, which would lead to massive job losses.

The direct link to the ad is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBasyMuH-zY. WTP’s YouTube channel, featuring all of ATP’s ads, is at www.YouTube.com/WTPMedia.

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, WTP is a fast-growing non-profit organization dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting private property and responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.  WTP is incorporated in Colorado, and Coloradans account for much of the group’s large and fast-growing membership.

For more information on ATP, go to http://americantradition.org.  For more information on this issue, or to schedule an interview, contact Political Director Donald Ferguson, Donald.F@americantradition.org or 703-200-3669.

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