WTP pounds Colorado Springs airwaves with TV ad exposing Morse record

Posted on October 14, 2010 by Quallurce

DENVER – Colorado’s largest grassroots advocate of lower taxes and affordable energy is flooding the airwaves of Colorado Springs with a new television ad holding State Senate Majority Leader John Morse responsible for tax hikes and spending increases that have helped leave 27,000 unemployed in that city alone.

“27,000 Colorado Springs families are unemployed, their jobs killed by a volley of twelve big tax hikes and a $400 million barrage of government spending, and Senate Majority Leader John Morse is holding the smoking gun,” said Joseph Neville, Western Tradition Partnership Political Director.

“When Senate Majority Leader Morse is holed up in Denver, he blithely ignores the needs of Colorado Springs families.  We hope that now he has to return and see 27,000 families without jobs because of his big-spending, big-taxing agenda, residents can change his mind,” said Neville.

WTP’s initial ad buy is $50,000.  The ad is also available for viewing at WTP’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/WTPMedia.  The ad urges residents to contact Morse and ask him to change his views.

The direct link to the ad is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g98l9OeiwM0

WTP 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.
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Wall Street Journal covers ATP’s defense of your free speech rights

Posted on October 12, 2010 by Donald Ferguson

Jess Brazin of The Wall Street Journal covers American Tradition Partnership’s First Amendment lawsuit against corrupt Montana officials.  Schweitzer cronies Attorny General Steve Bullock and Montana Commissioner of Political Practices are openly defying the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” ruling and threatening to prosecute small employers who engage in constitutionally-protected speech using general funds.

A Lone Stance on Ad Spending
Montana Is Seeking to Uphold Campaign-Funding Curbs Jeopardized by a Supreme Court Ruling
By Jess Bravin

After the Supreme Court freed corporations and unions to pay for advertisements supporting or attacking candidates for federal office, many states concluded that their own restrictions on such electioneering were doomed as well.

Not Montana…Attorney General Steve Bullock is arguing that Montana’s Corrupt Practices Act of 1912 remains constitutional—even though the Supreme Court scotched similar provisions of the 2002 federal Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, known after its sponsors as McCain-Feingold.  A state judge in Helena is expected to rule this week whether to block the law, setting the stage for appeals that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

…”Free speech is free speech,” says Donald Ferguson, executive director of Western Tradition Partnership, a pro-business lobbying group leading the suit to void Montana’s Corrupt Practices Act.

He compares Montana regulations to state poll taxes, which the Supreme Court found unconstitutional in 1966. Montana’s position, Mr. Ferguson says, is like saying poll taxes are no burden because “you just have to pay a tax and then you can vote.”…

Read Brazin’s entire Wall Street Journal story at http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748704127904575543920682786784-lMyQjAxMTAwMDEwMjExNDIyWj.html

Top physicist: ‘Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud’

Posted on October 10, 2010 by Quallurce

In a move prominent meteorologist Anthony Watts describes as “an important moment in science history. I would describe it as a letter on the scale of Martin Luther, nailing his 95 theses to the Wittenburg church door,”  UC Santa Barbara professor emeritus and noted physicist Harold Lewis has resigned from the American Physical Society, blasting it for enaging in systematic academic and scientific fraud to grab grant money in exchange for defending the debunked political theory of man-made global warming.

Few American newspapers, who also make lots of money falsely reporting on global warming fraud, are running the story, so you can read it in London’s Daily Telegraph.

Lewis’ full letter of resignation follows, with noteworthy portions emphasized:

From: Hal Lewis, University of California, Santa Barbara

To: Curtis G. Callan, Jr., Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society

6 October 2010

Dear Curt:

When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago). Indeed, the choice of physics as a profession was then a guarantor of a life of poverty and abstinence—it was World War II that changed all that. The prospect of worldly gain drove few physicists. As recently as thirty-five years ago, when I chaired the first APS study of a contentious social/scientific issue, The Reactor Safety Study, though there were zealots aplenty on the outside there was no hint of inordinate pressure on us as physicists. We were therefore able to produce what I believe was and is an honest appraisal of the situation at that time. We were further enabled by the presence of an oversight committee consisting of Pief Panofsky, Vicki Weisskopf, and Hans Bethe, all towering physicists beyond reproach. I was proud of what we did in a charged atmosphere. In the end the oversight committee, in its report to the APS President, noted the complete independence in which we did the job, and predicted that the report would be attacked from both sides. What greater tribute could there be?

How different it is now. The giants no longer walk the earth, and the money flood has become the raison d’être of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.

It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford’s book organizes the facts very well.) I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.

So what has the APS, as an organization, done in the face of this challenge? It has accepted the corruption as the norm, and gone along with it. For example:

1. About a year ago a few of us sent an e-mail on the subject to a fraction of the membership. APS ignored the issues, but the then President immediately launched a hostile investigation of where we got the e-mail addresses. In its better days, APS used to encourage discussion of important issues, and indeed the Constitution cites that as its principal purpose. No more. Everything that has been done in the last year has been designed to silence debate.

2. The appallingly tendentious APS statement on Climate Change was apparently written in a hurry by a few people over lunch, and is certainly not representative of the talents of APS members as I have long known them. So a few of us petitioned the Council to reconsider it. One of the outstanding marks of (in)distinction in the Statement was the poison word incontrovertible, which describes few items in physics, certainly not this one. In response APS appointed a secret committee that never met, never troubled to speak to any skeptics, yet endorsed the Statement in its entirety. (They did admit that the tone was a bit strong, but amazingly kept the poison word incontrovertible to describe the evidence, a position supported by no one.) In the end, the Council kept the original statement, word for word, but approved a far longer “explanatory” screed, admitting that there were uncertainties, but brushing them aside to give blanket approval to the original. The original Statement, which still stands as the APS position, also contains what I consider pompous and asinine advice to all world governments, as if the APS were master of the universe. It is not, and I am embarrassed that our leaders seem to think it is. This is not fun and games, these are serious matters involving vast fractions of our national substance, and the reputation of the Society as a scientific society is at stake.

3. In the interim the ClimateGate scandal broke into the news, and the machinations of the principal alarmists were revealed to the world. It was a fraud on a scale I have never seen, and I lack the words to describe its enormity. Effect on the APS position: none. None at all. This is not science; other forces are at work.

4. So a few of us tried to bring science into the act (that is, after all, the alleged and historic purpose of APS), and collected the necessary 200+ signatures to bring to the Council a proposal for a Topical Group on Climate Science, thinking that open discussion of the scientific issues, in the best tradition of physics, would be beneficial to all, and also a contribution to the nation. I might note that it was not easy to collect the signatures, since you denied us the use of the APS membership list. We conformed in every way with the requirements of the APS Constitution, and described in great detail what we had in mind—simply to bring the subject into the open.

5. To our amazement, Constitution be damned, you declined to accept our petition, but instead used your own control of the mailing list to run a poll on the members’ interest in a TG on Climate and the Environment. You did ask the members if they would sign a petition to form a TG on your yet-to-be-defined subject, but provided no petition, and got lots of affirmative responses. (If you had asked about sex you would have gotten more expressions of interest.) There was of course no such petition or proposal, and you have now dropped the Environment part, so the whole matter is moot. (Any lawyer will tell you that you cannot collect signatures on a vague petition, and then fill in whatever you like.) The entire purpose of this exercise was to avoid your constitutional responsibility to take our petition to the Council.

6. As of now you have formed still another secret and stacked committee to organize your own TG, simply ignoring our lawful petition.

APS management has gamed the problem from the beginning, to suppress serious conversation about the merits of the climate change claims. Do you wonder that I have lost confidence in the organization?

I do feel the need to add one note, and this is conjecture, since it is always risky to discuss other people’s motives. This scheming at APS HQ is so bizarre that there cannot be a simple explanation for it. Some have held that the physicists of today are not as smart as they used to be, but I don’t think that is an issue. I think it is the money, exactly what Eisenhower warned about a half-century ago. There are indeed trillions of dollars involved, to say nothing of the fame and glory (and frequent trips to exotic islands) that go with being a member of the club. Your own Physics Department (of which you are chairman) would lose millions a year if the global warming bubble burst. When Penn State absolved Mike Mann of wrongdoing, and the University of East Anglia did the same for Phil Jones, they cannot have been unaware of the financial penalty for doing otherwise. As the old saying goes, you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Since I am no philosopher, I’m not going to explore at just which point enlightened self-interest crosses the line into corruption, but a careful reading of the ClimateGate releases makes it clear that this is not an academic question.

I want no part of it, so please accept my resignation. APS no longer represents me, but I hope we are still friends.


Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, former Chairman; Former member Defense Science Board, chmn of Technology panel; Chairman DSB study on Nuclear Winter; Former member Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Former member, President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee; Chairman APS study on Nuclear Reactor Safety Chairman Risk Assessment Review Group; Co-founder and former Chairman of JASON; Former member USAF Scientific Advisory Board; Served in US Navy in WW II; books: Technological Risk (about, surprise, technological risk) and Why Flip a Coin (about decision making)

Citing Cap and Tax, Denver Post endorses Betsy Markey’s opponent

Posted on October 8, 2010 by Quallurce

How bad is Cap and Tax for America?

So bad even The Denver Post is citing it too extreme, pointing to radical green U.S. Rep. Betsey Markey’s (D-CO) vote for the national energy tax as one of the reasons they are endorsing her challenger Cory Gardner – a remarkable move for a traditionally liberal editorial page.

The Post writes this morning:

…(Markey) also voted for the so-called “cap-and-trade” legislation that passed the House.

That poorly written measure contained a host of provisions that would have increased costs for consumers, created a marketplace for permits ripe for abuse and threatened international trade — all without having much influence on global emissions of greenhouse gases….

…(Gardner) also recognizes that the better way to rebuild the economy is to bring regulatory certainty to the private sector. He doesn’t believe in boosting employment through additional stimulus spending or putting government in the role of picking winners and losers in the marketplace.

Green politicians admit they lied about air pollution to push Cal. law

Posted on by Quallurce

From The San Francisco Chronicle.  Nothing new to those who have chronicled the lies and fake data used to push Cap and Tax and carbon limits, as well as the completely falsified “global warming” reports from East Anglia University, academic fraudster Michael Mann and the since-withdrawn U.N. climate report.

California grossly miscalculated pollution levels in a scientific analysis used to toughen the state’s clean-air standards, and scientists have spent the past several months revising data and planning a significant weakening of the landmark regulation, The Chronicle has found.
The pollution estimate in question was too high – by 340 percent, according to the California Air Resources Board, the state agency charged with researching and adopting air quality standards. The estimate was a key part in the creation of a regulation adopted by the Air Resources Board in 2007, a rule that forces businesses to cut diesel emissions by replacing or making costly upgrades to heavy-duty, diesel-fueled off-road vehicles used in construction and other industries…
…Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, offered no explanation when The Chronicle questioned her about the diesel emissions miscalculation. She was recently asked why the air board estimate of a nitrous oxide source was off by at least a factor of two – air board scientists have since revised their numbers, and data show the estimate was off by 340 percent. Nichols’ response: “I can’t answer that for you.”

Nichols was emphatic, though, when asked whether she has concerns about other scientific calculations made by air board scientists.

…”No, no, no, no, no, no, no and no,” she said…

…”One of the hardest things about being on the board is separating fact from political fancy,” (air board member Ron) Roberts said.

Why would radical environmentalists lie to pass radical green legislation, yet again?  They’ve flat-out told us.

“What we’ve got to do in energy conservation is try to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, to have approached global warming as if it is real means energy conservation, so we will be doing the right thing anyway in terms of economic policy and environmental policy,” Timothy Wirth, former U.S. Senator (D-Colorado,) once implored an audience of radical environmentalists.

For the radical green lobby, lying and falsifying “scientific” data are standard operating procedures.  A requirement of the agenda, in fact.

39,000 jobs lost in Sept. as Obama promises new Cap and Tax push

Posted on October 6, 2010 by Quallurce

In the wake of comments by President Barack Obama he will continue to pursue a job-killing National Energy Tax “in chunks,” private sector employers shed 39,000 jobs in September.

Economists had predicted a 20,000-job gain, a 59,000 job loss swing.

Instead, according to ADP, the goods-producing sector lost 45,000 jobs in September, including 17,000 in manufacturing. The service sector added 6,000 jobs.

“The threat of Barack Obama’s National Energy Tax scheme is killing jobs in droves,” said Donald Ferguson, Western Tradition Partnership Executive Director.  “Job creators must plan years ahead to stay in business, and they know Obama wants to impose billions in ‘green’ taxes on them.  The ‘green’ agenda means job creators can’t make needed billions in investments.”

“As long as Congress and the White House are in the clutches of radical greens who openly call for the destruction of America’s economy, any chances of recovery are remote.”

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