Shimkus discusses EPA overreach with constituents

Posted on March 23, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) discussed with his constituents this week one of the more ludicrous proposals from the EPA – regulating like a toxic pollutant the dust that kicks up behind a truck or tractor.  Eric Fodor of the Harrisburg (IL) Daily Register reports:

Several who came to the meeting, held at the Dixon Springs Agriculture Center, were concerned about a pair of possible regulatory proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency. One would regulate the emission of particulate matter during farming activities. That amounts to regulating dust, Shimkus told the group. Without an exemption for farming or rural areas, a dust regulation would require farmers either to pave or water down dirt roads around fields. Harvesting that produces dust likely would require spraying water behind equipment.

An audience member pointed out the proposal could require townships to pave gravel roads, which would be a huge financial burden on cash-strapped townships.

The EPA’s “regulate dirt” agenda is more proof of the need for a recorded vote on the REINS Act, ATP’s top legislative priority this session.

The REINS Act stops the practice of enacting unpopular, job-killing legislation that radical green politicians want, but don’t want to be blamed for, by giving unelected bureaucrats with political agendas the power to simply make up and enforce their own laws.  Under the REINS Act, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kent.) no major federal regulation can be enacted unless it gets an affirmative majority vote in both chambers of Congress and is signed by the president.

You can call your U.S. representative and both senators at 202-224-3121 to urge them to co-sponsor and seek a recorded vote on the REINS Act (S.299/H.R. 10.)

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Senators propose National Expensive Energy Mandate

Posted on March 21, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tim Johnson (D-SD) introduced legislation this week that would force Americans to purchase 25 percent of their electricity from more expensive wind and solar experiments, a percentage all but certain to be ratcheted up even higher once passed.

This is just one of several Expensive Energy Mandate bills, a strategy Gang Green hopes will strain strain the resources of hardworking Americans who oppose increased government control of their lives.

The bill also doles out new welfare handouts to failed biofuels experiments, tax subsidies for so-called “green” energy, rules to force down use of electricity and natural gas and rules to force more Americans into experiment “green” cars.

“Every American needs to ask, can I afford a $300 hike in my utility bills and a nearly $1,000 cut in pay, even if I am one of the nearly one million Americans to lose their jobs to this bill?  Senators Klobuchar and Johnson have apparently decided inflation and unemployment aren’t high enough,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson.

“This latest incarnation of the National Expensive Energy Mandate is like flipping off the switch on our economy,” said Ferguson. “It forcibly redistributes income from productive people to long-failed “green” experiments, forcibly-redistributed income these green speculators will then funnel into the campaign accounts of green-controlled politicians.”

“Even worse, it uses government to cram people into ‘green’ cars they don’t want to buy and failed “green” energy that doesn’t meet our needs.”

You can call your two senators at 202-224-3121 to tell them to vote NO on the Klobuchar/Johnson energy bill, the National Expensive Energy Mandate.

The American Tradition Institute recently completed research showing Americans will pay $59 billion more for energy under a 20 percent mandate, and $120.6 billion under a 30 percent mandate

A 20 percent National Expensive Energy Mandate eliminates 472,000 jobs, and 967,000 jobs would be lost under a 30 percent Mandate.

ATI’s research also shows Mandates of 20 percent and 30 percent reduce wages by $481 and $983 per worker, respectively.

Higher energy costs also mean families would see annual real disposable income plummet by $46.3 billion under a 20 percent mandate, and $94.7 billion under a 30 percent mandate.

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‘More Obama energy moves that will cripple the economy’

Posted on March 19, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Diana Furchgott-Roth, former Labor Department chief economist, writing in Friday’s Washington Examiner:

Not satisfied with its efforts to regulate carbon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is beginning a two-month comment period on proposed new rules that would tighten emissions restrictions on power plants that burn coal and oil.

If adopted, these new rules will raise power production costs, perhaps forcing the closure of the oldest plants, and making new ones more expensive…

…These rules are projected by EPA to cost $11 billion per year in 2016 to American households, who will eventually pay the higher costs of producing electricity.

The costs of the new regulations would put an implicitly higher price on electricity generation, particularly from coal. In contrast, EPA’s carbon regulations would put an explicit price on carbon [dioxide,] according to James Lucier of Washington’s Capital Alpha Partners, an investment research firm…

…EPA tries to sweeten the rule by saying “this rule will provide employment for thousands, by supporting 31,000 short-term construction jobs and 9,000 long-term utility jobs.”

However, 40,000 new jobs is less than 20 percent of the 222,000 private-sector jobs created just last month. Far more jobs would be lost due to the higher price of energy that results from the rule.

American Tradition Partnership’s grassroots members are organizing opposition to this Obama Power Plant Shutdown Rule.  The REINS Act, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kent.) and ATP’s top legislative priority, would also stop this job-slaughtering power grab cold.

North Dakota oil booms while ‘green’ job states crater

Posted on March 17, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

While states experimenting with failed ‘green’ economies wallow in budget deficits and high unemployment, North Dakota’s oil boom has spawned hundreds of thousands of jobs, a $1 billion state budget surplus and the nation’s lowest unemployment rate.

“The state’s per capita income rose over the decade from 38th in the nation to 17th, the biggest advance of any state,” USA today reports Thursday.

“We’ve had an absolutely stellar few years,” University of North Dakota economist David Flynn tells USA Today. “In all honesty, when you look ahead, we should continue to do well for quite a while.”

“North Dakota is enjoying an oil boom in the western part of the state, drawing workers from across the country. Williston, in oil country, grew 17.6% to 14,716. The oil windfall has created a $1 billion state budget surplus,” USA Today reports.

Meanwhile, attempts to impose “green” economies on states have met with resounding failure.  Colorado’s decision to double oil taxes, impose an Expensive Energy Mandate and shift to a ‘green’ economy, all sold as job creators, sent billions in investment and thousands of jobs to states like Wyoming and Texas, and sent unemployment upwards.

Also, a new study out of the United Kingdom, where the failed “green” jobs experiment has gone on for years, shows for every “green” job created at tremendous taxpayer expense, 3.7 jobs are destroyed.  That study comes on the heels of a study of Spain’s “green” economy, where every “green” job created at tremendous taxpayer expense destroyed 2.2 jobs.

URGENT. Call your senator RIGHT NOW. 202-224-3121

Posted on March 15, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Dear ATP supporter,

The Senate may vote TODAY on an amendment blocking the EPA’s radical attempt to regulate so-called “greenhouse gases,” which would send energy and gasoline prices skyrocketing.

Please call your two senators at 202-224-3121 RIGHT NOW.  Urge them to vote for the “greenhouse gas” amendment.

Our top goal this year is a recorded vote on the REINS Act, which would put an end to these EPA power grabs once an for all.  But until the REINS Act becomes law, we are forced to fight these expensive battles on a bill-by-bill and amendment-by-amendment basis.

So please take just a minute to call your two U.S. Senators right now at 202-224-3121.  urge them to support the “greenhouse gas” amendment.


Donald Ferguson

Executive Director

American Tradition Partnership

ATP drops phone bomb on RGGI sponsor Bob Odell

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

American Tradition Partnership drops phone bomb on Bob Odell
4,000 District 8 citizens called, urged to ask state senator to back RGGI repeal

The nation’s leading grassroots advocate of rational energy policies lit up the phone lines of New Hampshire State Sen. Bob Odell Monday, with citizens urging him to back a bill withdrawing the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RRGI.)

The group telephoned 4,000 households in Odell’s district and urged them to call the senator at his Concord office so they may ask him to back RGGI repeal.  Odell was one of the original sponsors of the RGGI energy tax.

“Bob Odell’s RGGI energy tax forces hardworking folks to buy radically expensive so-called ‘green’ energy from radical environmentalists’ pet corporations — sending utility bills skyrocketing and destroying jobs,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson.

“Then, radical environmentalists turn around and funnel some of their forced ‘profits’ directly into the campaigns of radical tax-and-spend politicians who will vote to send energy taxes even higher.  The RGGI does nothing to lower global temperatures.  The only habitats it protects are the seats of radical green politicians by redistributing your income into their campaign accounts,” said Ferguson.

“Bob Odell’s constituents urge him to repeal his RGGI energy tax.  4,000 households is just the beginning.  We can continue to speak with exponentially larger numbers of his constituents until he gets the message,” said Ferguson.

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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