Earth Day Countdown – Gang Green’s MOST Destructive Power Grab

Posted on April 22, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Every day between now and “Earth Day,” American Tradition Partnership will be counting down Gang Green’s seven deadliest, most destructive policies.

GANG GREEN’S SEVEN DEADLIEST, MOST DESTRUCTIVE POWER GRABS: #1 – The unelected, unaccountable and radical EPA

The Endangered Species Act.  Vicious federal attacks on a safe and long-used drilling method.  National carbon dioxide caps.  The Expensive Energy Mandate.

None of it would be possible without Gang Green’s bureaucratic “enforcers” – the Environmental Protection Agency.

Launched in 1970 by Richard Nixon, the EPA has mutated from a consolidation of several then-existing smaller agencies into an unaccountable, unchecked and power-hungry Leviathan.  Not content with simply monitoring air pollution, today’s EPA has declared an all-out war on the American economy.

And now Barack Obama plans to use this bureaucratic army to launch a full scale invasion of virtually every American employer and home through his calls for Cap and Tax, national carbon dioxide limits the Expensive Energy Mandate, all of which would be enforced with the lead pipe that is unaccountable EPA regulation.

The EPA has rightfully been criticized for:

* Abandoning reliance on scientific data to make decisions in favor of the opinions of political activists.

* Doctoring and outright falsifying documents on so-called “global warming” in order to steer the political agenda in favor of Gang Green.

* Proposing federally-dictated controls on”very fine airborne particulates” with no scientific evidence to back such a decision.

* Proposing to regulate the natural dust that kicks up behind a truck or tractor as a toxic pollutant.

* Proposing to regulate spilled milk  as toxic waste.

And that’s just a tiny handful of the radical and abusive power grabs in recent history.  Barack Obama proposes to unleash the EPA’s bureaucratic power and simply declare as federal regulations any law Congress deems to radical to pass.

That’s why ATP is seeking a recorded vote on Sen. Rand Paul’s REINS Act (S.299.)  The REINS Act stops the abusive and unconstitutional and growing practice of letting unelected, unaccountable political activists in bureaucratic positions simply write and enforce their own laws as “federal regulations.”

Under the REINS Act, our elected, accountable Congress is restored as the nation’s only lawmaking federal body by requiring all proposed major regulations be first approved by both chambers of Congress in a stand-alone, affirmative vote, and then be signed into law by the President.

In essence, if it’s going to be enforced as law it must be passed as law.

The mere threat of a recorded vote on the REINS Act will stop many EPA power grabs.  Lawmakers nervous about angering their constituents will be calling EPA powermongers, ordering them to back off on the Expensive Energy Mandate, national carbon dioxide limits and Cap and Tax, lest voters be given any reason to be angry at the bureaucracy.

Disappointingly but unsurprisingly, Gang Green is openly opposing any effort to make sure citizens are represented in the lawmaking process.  Gang Green is waging a nasty multi-million dollar campaign to stop ATP from securing a vote on the REINS Act.

You can stop Gang Green, stop the EPA and restore transparent, accountable and clean lawmaking.  Go here or to https://Secure.AmericanTradition.org to join or chip in $10 to help ATP secure a recorded vote on the REINS Act.

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Liberal newspaper goes bonkers over ATP’s gray wolf delisting win

Posted on April 21, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

The gray wolf not only spreads diseases like echinococcosis that can infect humans, inflicts a heavy predation toll on struggling ranchers and has all but wiped out ecologically vulnerable game herds like moose and elk, they have been “introduced” to areas of the United States that are not part of their natural range, disrupting and damaging environment.

That’s why ranchers, farmers and real conservationists around the country are applauding ATP’s victory in our fight to have the invasive, foreign gray wolf removed from the Endangered Species List.  Congress voted last week to kick the wolf off the List, the first time a species has been removed through a vote of Congress.

But one Boulder, Colo. newspaper with a history of making up stories to attack ATP didn’t take it so well.  In the print equivalent of a temper tantrum in a grocery store aisle, the paper rants:

“Help fight Gang Green!” these forward-thinking individuals proclaim on their websites, calling themselves “a no-compromise grassroots organization dedicated to fighting the radical environmentalist agenda.”

Their latest press release lauds the recent removal of the gray wolf from the endangered species list.

Donny Ferguson, who was WTP’s director of public relations in 2009 and is now listed as ATP’s executive director, acknowledges in the release that his group seeks “the eventual total repeal of the Endangered Species Act. … Thanks to meddling by East Coast environmentalists, wolves are now a fast-spreading predator that kills livestock, spreads disease and is wiping out sensitive natural game herds like elk and moose.”

Their websites also warn that “dozens of radical eco-organizations whose stated purpose is to dismantle the free enterprise system — and our Constitutionally protected rights — through so-called environmental protection have set their sights on robbing Americans of the right to exist, achieve and produce.”

Sorry to have you so rabid.  We’ll be sure to send you a nice new rug.

 

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DAY 2: Earth Day Countdown – Gang Green’s Seven Most Destructive Power Grabs

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

Every day between now and “Earth Day,” American Tradition Partnership will be counting down Gang Green’s seven deadliest, most destructive policies.

GANG GREEN’S SEVEN DEADLIEST, MOST DESTRUCTIVE POWER GRABS: #2 – Expensive Energy Mandates

Gang Green is deadly serious about aggressively pushing policies intended to make energy unaffordable.

And the Expensive Energy Mandate is one of their biggest weapons.

Sold to consumers as “doing your part for the environment” by forcing them to buy a specific percentage of their electricity from more expensive wind and solar experiments, the unpopular Mandates not only fail at reducing air pollution, they also send electric prices skyrocketing.

The only ones who benefit from the Expensive Energy Mandate are wind and solar speculators and Gang Green politicians. Money forcibly taken from the pockets of consumers bails out the speculators who invested in failing wind and solar experiments. Speculators then funnel much of their ill-gotten profit into the campaign accounts of Gang Green politicians.

The new Gang Green politicians then join up with Gang Green incumbents to raise the Expensive Energy Mandate on consumers, forcing you to hand more of your money to the politically-connected speculators in a vicious cycle of crony corporatism.

Those most punished by the Expensive Energy Mandate are working families on a budget.

Research by American Tradition Partnership’s sister organization, the American Tradition Institute think tank, finds the higher electricity prices under a 30 percent Expensive Energy Mandate would force employers to eliminate between 409,000 and 1.526 million jobs by 2021 to stay in business.  The workers who manage to keep their jobs would see their gross wages plummet between $416 and $1,552.

Under a 20 percent Expensive Energy Mandate, residents would face $175 in higher electric bills, commercial business would pay $1,204 more and industrial companies would pay $20,613 more for electricity in 2021. A 30 percent  Expensive Energy Mandate would more than double these figures.

Expensive Energy Mandates are already the law in many states, and Gang Green is assembling the votes in Congress to impose one nationally.  American Tradition Partnership is taking action to stop the damage caused by Gang Green’s Expensive Energy Mandates by repealing them in the states and stopping it in Washington.

Along with ATI and one of the millions of Colorado residents harmed by Expensive Energy Mandates, American Tradition Partnership has filed a federal lawsuit in Denver to overturn that state’s harmful, unconstitutional Expensive Energy Mandate.

American Tradition Partnership is also fighting Gang Green’s plans for a National Expensive Energy Mandate.

Within hours of Obama’s demand for more spending and control, it was reported Sen. Lindsey Graham liked the concept, and fellow Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and George Voinovich could soon be on board.

Combined with the Senate’s 53 Democrats, that’s 56 votes right there. Maine’s two Republican senators are long-time puppets of Big Green, giving Obama 58 votes.

And many Republicans in the House are cozy with Big Green. If only 24 out of 242 vote for Obama’s Expensive Energy Mandate, there’s nothing stopping Obama from putting D.C. bureaucrats in control of your utility bill.

That’s why American Tradition Partnership’s large and growing grassroots army are calling, writing, faxing and e-mail their U.S. senators and representatives in opposition to Obama’s National Expensive Energy Mandate.

And every day, more and more of ATP’s “Stop Obama’s Expensive Energy Mandate!” petitions arrive in our offices, signed by citizens from across the country.

Gang Green still controls the White House, the Senate and has proven they can overcome any opposition in the House.

Only a strong and united show of grassroots opposition directed at wavering lawmakers will stop Obama’s job-slaughtering Expensive Energy Mandate.

Help us build that winning effort.  Go here or to https://Secure.AmericanTradition.org to join ATP today with your gift of $35, or to chip in $500, $250, $100, $50, $35 or just $10.

Reason.tv: The Top Five Environmental Disasters that Didn’t Happen

Posted on April 20, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

More documented examples of environmentalists lies intended to terrorize the populace into compliance.

For this year’s Earth Day celebration, Reason.tv is proud to present “The Top Five Environmental Disasters that Didn’t Happen.” The environmental movement began in 1962 when Rachel Carson published her best-selling book Silent Spring. And ever since, chicken littles have warned us about imminent environmental disasters that ultimately didn’t happen.

We all worried needlessly about acid rain, expanding deserts and global cooling, but these failed predictions weren’t quite dire enough to make our list. To find out which prophecies of doom did make our list, you’ll need to watch Reason.tv’s “Top Five Environmental Disasters that Didn’t Happen.”

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DAY 3: Earth Day Countdown – Gang Green’s Seven Most Destructive Power Grabs

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

Every day between now and “Earth Day,” American Tradition Partnership will be counting down Gang Green’s seven deadliest, most destructive policies.

GANG GREEN’S SEVEN DEADLIEST, MOST DESTRUCTIVE POWER GRABS: #3 – Campaign of terror against safe, clean hydraulic fracturing

“Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.” – Environmentalist “founding father” Dr. Paul Erlich

“[W]e have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.” – Professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change at Stanford University and Obama adviser Stephen Schneider

Don’t believe Gang Green when they openly admit they must destroy any form of clean, affordable energy, and lying is a perfectly acceptable means to environmentalist ends?

Always ready to destroy any form of clean, affordable energy by any means necessary, Gang Green is waging a nasty multi-million war of lies, smear tactics and outright terror in an effort to stop the safe, clean practice of hydraulic fracturing, in which high-pressure water is used to break shale and capture the natural gas inside.

The practice not only creates thousands of jobs and provides millions of Americans with affordable energy, the practice is 100% safe and clean.

But Gang Green’s war on working families includes paid agitators who travel to communities to terrorize families with debunked urban legends and even a fake documentary whose multi-million dollar publicity campaign bought it an Oscar nomination, despite the fact it was utterly falsified.

Because as with virtually every effort of Gang Green to limit energy and prosperity, it’s all based on admitted lies.

Gang Green openly admits they are lying about hydraulic fracturing.  For example, there is this exchange between “Energy & the Environment TV” and the Environmental Defense Fund’s Scott Anderson:

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) [ATP notes: Wells ARE constructed and operated correctly, with no proven cases of contamination whatsoever.]

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)

Tennessee State Rep. David Hawk also notes hydraulic fracturing is absolutely safe and clean.

“Hydraulic fracturing is routinely and safely performed nationwide. Production is carefully regulated and closely monitored by federal, state and local regulators. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission have examined the process and found it to be safe.” Rep. Hawk writes in the Nashville Tennessean.

“Over the past 60 years, more than 1 million wells in the U.S. have successfully used hydraulic fracturing. This proven process has unlocked access to more natural gas in the U.S. than Saudi Arabia has oil, and has allowed for the success of an industry that supports more than 2.8 million jobs and contributed $385 billion to our nation’s economy in 2008,” writes Rep. Hawk.

DAY 4: Earth Day Countdown – Gang Green’s Seven Most Destructive Power Grabs

Posted on April 19, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Every day between now and “Earth Day,” American Tradition Partnership will be counting down Gang Green’s seven deadliest, most destructive policies.

GANG GREEN’S SEVEN DEADLIEST, MOST DESTRUCTIVE POWER GRABS: #4 – “Biofuel” mandates cause mass starvation, pollution

To environmentalists ethanol and biofuels, which they also coincidentally happen to be heavily invested in financially, are magic potions that will cure an Earth they claim is dying from automobile use.

To the environment, however, they are poison.

* To grow the massive amounts of corn and other crops needed to create ethanol and other biofuels, farmers must use millions of gallons of pesticides and water, burn millions of gallons of fuel to operate farming equipment and convert vast amounts of prairie, forests and other natural environments into farmland.
* Environmentalists, many of whom are invested financially in biofuels, are pushing farmers in environmentally sensitive areas like the Amazon to slash-and-burn vast swaths of ecosystems to plant biofuel crops.
* Biofuels cannot be pipelined, requiring thousands of trucks to burn millions of gallons of fuel to transport it.
* Producing biofuels takes millions of acres of farmland out of food production, reducing the supply of crops like corn, which is not only food itself but is feed for farm animals.  As ethanol and biofuel production rise, the costs of creating food skyrocket.  Starvation spiked in Mexico, for example, when environmentalist efforts to boost ethanol production created a corn shortage and sent the price of food through the roof.
* Biofuels are less efficient than more effective petro fuels, greatly reducing gas mileage.  The E85 blend of ethanol drops gas mileage between 30% and 40%, depending on whether you use the EPA’s fuel mileage standards (fueleconomy.gov) or those of the Dept. of Energy, according to BusinessWeek
* Biofuels also have a nasty habit of destroying vehicle fuel pumps, according to BusinessWeek.  In areas where environmentalist mandates force ethanol on drivers, auto repair shops report a spike in damaged fuel pumps, virtually all of which are traced back to ethanol in fuel.  The average repair bill is between $900 and $1000.  Biofuels are also destroying boat engines and other small engines by drawing water into the fuel system.
* Many biofuels generate as much as, and sometimes more than, the amount of greenhouse gases than petro fuels.

Rather than reduce pollution, producing biolfuels is pollution on steroids.  The EPA’s own attorneys even admitted in court biofuels and ethanol are more polluting than petro fuels (API v. EPA, 1995, Third Circuit Court of Appeals.)

Sadly, use of biofuels and ethanol are only increased as radical environmentalists with large amounts of money invested in the failed, more-polluting technology press government to bail them out by increasing use mandates.

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