Help ATP Trash The Bulb Ban

Posted on February 23, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Dear conservative patriot,

Will you help me switch off a few dim bulbs?

Senator Jim DeMint has introduced a bill repealing Gang Green’s national ban on incandescent light bulbs…

…And Gang Green is fighting to kill it!

DeMint’s bill repeals federal light bulb standards Gang Green included in the 2007 energy law that effectively bans traditional incandescent light bulbs starting in 2012.

It does what Congress should have done from the beginning — let you choose instead of using federal law to bludgeon you into giving money to their Gang Green contributors.

That’s why Gang Green is burning up phone lines and twisting arms to kill the bill.

They don’t care that CFL bulbs are filled with toxic mercury.

They don’t care that CFL leave your home dimly lit.

They don’t care the supposed “energy saving” bulbs in reality burn out quickly unless you leave them on 24 hours a day — neither of which saves energy.

All they care about is Congress is forcing you against your will to buy their failed product.

Most people don’t even know about this bill.

Can you help us change that?

Just go here or to https://secure.AmericanTradition.org and chip in $10 to help American Tradition Partnership TRASH THE BULB BAN.

Your gift helps us turn on the printing press, phone banks and e-mail servers so we can sound the alarm and alert hundreds of thousands of conservative patriots like you.

Gang Green fought hard to ban incadescent bulbs because it fulfills all their goals — it puts D.C. bureaucrats in charge of personal purchases, lines the pockets of Gang Green speculators and uses federal force to enshrine radical environmentalism as a national religion.

They’ll stop at nothing to kill DeMint’s repeal and preserve their grip on your life.

Well, you and I can flip the switch on their dim bulb agenda.

Please take just a second to go here or to https://secure.AmericanTradition.org and chip in $10 to TRASH THE BULB BAN.

Sincerely,

Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

P.S.  Senator Jim DeMint has filed a bill to repeal Gang Green’s national ban on incandescent light bulbs.  Unless you and I stop the ban, starting next year dim, toxic, fast-burnout CFL bulbs will be the only thing you can find on store shelves.

Gang Green has vowed to stop at nothing to kill DeMint’s bill.  The light bulb ban not only gives them even more federal control over your life, it pumps billions of your dollars into their campaign funders’ pockets and teaches children the federal government has the right to control your pocketbook.

Help American Tradition Partnership and Senator Jim DeMint TRASH THE BULB BAN.  Go here or to https://secure.AmericanTradition.org and chip in $10.

Obama’s ‘green energy’ showcase collapses, blows $390.5 mil. in tax dollars

Posted on February 22, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Solyndra, Inc., the so-called ‘green energy’ company hand-picked by Barack Obama to showcase his $30 billion Green Jobs Initiative, has announced it is has utterly blown the $535 million taxpayer-funded loan Obama showered it with.

The loan was supposed to be part of a plan Obama claimed would create 1,000 new jobs at its California plant.  Instead, the company it postponing plant, ditching its plans to hire 1,000 workers, closing one of its older factories and laying off 135 temporary or contract workers and 40 full-time employees, the Daily Caller reports.

And how much money did taxpayers fork over to pay Solyndra to not build anything and lay off workers?

$390.5 million, so far.

Solyndra is just the latest in an increasingly long line of so-called “green” companies hailed by Gang Green-controlled politicians as the fruits of a centrally-planned economy that went down the tubes, taking hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars with it.

Since its founding it 2005, Solyndra never created a profit, like most “green companies.”  Even worse, at exactly the same time Obama handed the company a half-billion dollar taxpayer-backed loan, the company’s auditor reported “the company has suffered recurring losses, negative cash flows since inception and has a net stockholders’ deficit that, among other factors, [that] raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a growing concern.”

The continuing and widespread failure of so-called “green energy” has its politically-connected speculators scrambling to have taxpayers bail them out.  As part of the green energy bailout plan, Obama announced in his State of the Union address last month he would seek to force Americans to buy 80 percent of their energy from failing green speculators.

Is there still any doubt so-called “green” energy is a scam?

ATP applauds passage of Endangered Species nullification

Posted on February 21, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

ATP applauds passage of Endangered Species nullification
Top ATP priority passes easily in Montana House, will be pursued in other states

WASHINGTON – The nation’s leading advocate of rational environmental policy applauded Saturday’s 61-39 vote in the Montana state house to endorse nullification of the federal Endangered Species Act.

The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Krayton Kerms (R-Laurel,) declares the ESA null in Montana and makes enforcement of the ESA an act of official misconduct.  ATP members in Montana have lobbied their legislators to pass the bill.  Nullification and repeal of the Endangered Species Act is a top priority for American Tradition Partnership and similar legislation will be sought in other state legislatures.

“The federal government has no legitimate authority to enforce a regulatory Leviathan that controls private property, like the ESA does.  We look forward to pursuing nullification measures in other states as well,” said ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson.

Ending the Endangered Species Act has been a top priority for the organization and has been part of the group’s legislative agenda since it began in 2008.

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, ATP 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.

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NH House committee pulls state from Expensive Energy cartel

Posted on February 18, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

New Hampshire’s House Science Technology and Energy Committee overwhelmingly endorsed a bill terminating the state’s participation in regional Recovery Greenhouse Gas Initiative at the end of the year.

American Tradition Partnership has been leading the fight nationwide to stop such Cap and Tax energy tax programs.

The program levies taxes on the state’s energy and funnels the cash into so-called “energy efficiency programs.”  American Tradition Institute recently released a study showing how Expensive Energy Mandates kill jobs and send bills skyrocketing.

“Government programs that tax energy and force consumers to buy expensive energy destroy jobs and send prices skyrocketing. Regional Cap and Tax cartels and state-based Expensive Energy Mandates fuel joblessness and inflation,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson.  “I encourage New Hampshire legislators to do the right thing and end the state’s participation in the RGGI energy tax cartel, and for Gov. Lynch to drop his support of energy taxes.”

The bill would still need to pass the full state house, the House Finance Comittee and the state senate.  It would then need to be signed into law by Democrat Gov. John Lynch, who publicly opposes the Cap and Tax repeal.

Solar power bosses: We can’t continue to drive up prices without welfare dollars

Posted on February 17, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Colorado’s solar energy speculators are screaming over a plan by the state’s largest utility to scale back their massive solar energy welfare program.

“Xcel said the reductions are justified because the cost of solar panels has been declining and customers no longer need higher incentives to offset installation costs,” The Denver Post reports this morning.

“This is absolutely devastating to the solar industry,” Neal Lurie, executive director of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, tells the Post. “No industry can survive this kind of shock.”

The welfare program helps Xcel meet Colorado’s Expensive Energy Mandate, which requires an increasing amount of consumers’ electricity to come from higher-prices, less reliable experimental sources like wind and solar.  The American Tradition Institute has released a study showing how Expensive Energy Mandates send utility bills, consumer prices and unemployment skyrocketing.

Colorado’s Expensive Energy Mandate and other anti-jobs laws have helped send thousands of jobs to other states, like Wyoming and Texas, and will send utility bills and food prices higher.

“Wind and solar rely on government laws forcing consumers to buy their product, and billions of dollars in welfare bailout because no one wants their ridiculously expensive, unreliable product,” said American Tradition Partnership.  “Americans are sick of all the bailouts and corporate welfare, but politicians like Barack Obama and John Hickenlooper keep the money flowing because much of that tax money finds its way into their bank accounts by way of contributions from wind and solar speculators.  Cut off welfare to wind and solar speculators and repeal all Expensive Energy Mandates.”

ATP’s letter to Senators on S. 299, The REINS Act

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

Dear Senator,

On behalf of American Tradition Partnership’s fast-growing national membership, I urge you to co-sponsor and press for a recorded vote on S.299, the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act.

Known as the REINS Act and sponsored by Sen. Ran Paul, the bill requires all major federal regulations to be voted upon by both chambers of Congress and signed into law by the President before they can be implemented or enforced.

The Constitution authorizes Congress as the only federal body that may write and enact laws.  It is unacceptable that unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats can write, enact and enforce regulations that steal property, impose fees and restrict personal activity without the approval of elected lawmakers.

The REINS Act restores constitutional governance by ending the practice of using “federal regulations” to impose radical policies that were defeated in Congress, could not pass in Congress or no elected official wants to be held accountable for.

I urge you to restore constitutional governance and limit the unchecked power of unaccountable bureaucrats by co-sponsoring S.299 and committing yourself to securing a recorded vote of the full Senate on the bill.

In liberty,

Donald E. Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

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