Yet another tax-funded ‘green company’ fails, leaves budget hole

Posted on June 22, 2011 by Donald Ferguson


Yet another “green company” touted by a Gang Green politician as the model of their “green economy” has gone out of business despite millions in corporate welfare.

This time, taxpayers in cash-strapped Michigan are on the hook $1.6 million in losses.

In September of 2009, Fisher Coachworks was mentioned in a press release from Gov. Jennifer Granholm as a “green technology” company that was part of the “new energy economy for Michigan.” Two years later, the state says Fisher Coachworks is out of business and the state has to write off $1.6 million it loaned the electric bus manufacturing company.

Edgar Benning, general manager of Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority, said in an email that Fisher Coachworks went out of business in the development phase of making two $1.1 million electric buses that Flint was going to purchase with grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly referred to as the “stimulus plan.”

Not only are “green companies” utter failures when forced to compete, they can’t even stay in business when forcibly funded from taxpayers’ pockets.

BREAKING: Obama admin announces new ban on jobs

Posted on June 20, 2011 by Donald Ferguson
Obama admin. announces jobs ban
White House refuses to lift moratorium on Arizona mining

WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest grassroots advocate of rational environmental policy criticized Monday a White House announcement of a ban on uranium mining jobs across one million acres of Arizona.

“Like his ban on Gulf Coast energy jobs that threw thousands into unemployment, Barack Obama latest job ban throws more working families to the multi-million dollar environmentalist wolfpack,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson.

“Arizona is just the start.  Barack Obama plans to soon issue more job bans in states like Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia,” said Ferguson.  “The jobs Obama banned are not in the Grand Canyon and have no effect on the Grand Canyon.  Rather than lead an economy recovery, Barack Obama chose to again mislead.”

“These radical green attacks on jobs are why businesses can’t create jobs under Obama,” said Ferguson.

The Obama administration made the announcement from the Grand Canyon, the first White House announcement made there since Vice President Joe Biden last year promoted “Recovery Summer,” which ended with higher unemployment.  The Obama administration imposed a two-year ban on new uranium mining on 1 million acres of land next to the Grand Canyon.  The jobs ban would have expired in July.

Citing Obama’s ongoing practice of using expanded executive authority to impose policies that would not meet congressional approval, American Tradition Partnership will push for more recorded congressional votes on bills restoring legislative authority back to Congress.

Among the bills promoted by ATP are Sen. Rand Paul’s REINS Act (S.299) which requires all proposed major federal regulations to be approved by Congress and legislation repealing the 1906 Antiquities Act, originally intended to protect small Indian archaeological sites from looters but is now being misinterpreted to declare millions of acres as “national monuments” in order to prevent jobs from being created on them.

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to promoting private property rights and responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.

Greens caught faking ‘global warming’ data. Yet again.

Posted on June 18, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

The latest in an endless stream of “global warming” researchers admitting they falsified their data to frighten the public:

The University of Colorado’s Sea Level Research Group decided in May to add 0.3 millimeters — or about the thickness of a fingernail — every year to its actual measurements of sea levels, sparking criticism from experts who called it an attempt to exaggerate the effects of global warming.

“Gatekeepers of our sea level data are manufacturing a fictitious sea level rise that is not occurring,” said James M. Taylor, a lawyer who focuses on environmental issues for the Heartland Institute…

…”There really is no reason to do this other than to advance a political agenda,” he said…

…”We’ve seen only 7 inches of sea level rise in the past century and it hasn’t sped up this century. Compared to that, this would add nearly 20 percent to the sea level rise. That’s not insignificant,” he told

…”When Al Gore talks about Manhattan flooding this century, and 20 feet of sea level rise, that’s simply not going to happen. If it were going to happen, he wouldn’t have bought his multi-million dollar mansion along the coast in California.”

Obama channels spirit of Ken Lay to calculate ‘green jobs’

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

“Hoping to an end the reliance on anecdotes, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is working on a first-ever report to quantify the green collar job workforce. It’s surveying a list of 333 employment categories, from vineyard workers to steel mill operators and environmental journalists,” POLITICO reports this week in a story on the failure of the “green jobs” hoax.

“Environmental journalists?”  Yes, if a reporter writes a story on an energy bill, Barack Obama considers that to be a “green job.”

The shameless, Enron-style inflation of collapsed “green jobs” numbers doesn’t stop there.

“California’s oddball governing class,” writes American Tradition Institute scholar Chris Horner in “Power Grab,” “had to include everything from public relations experts to marketing managers, accountants and bricklayers to claim that ‘green jobs’ account for something like 1 percent of employment.”

ATP to Pelosi: Drop Castor from consideration for Weiner’s E&C seat

Posted on June 16, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

American Tradition Partnership calls on Pelosi to drop radical green Castor from consideration for Weiner’s E&C seat

WASHINGTON — America’s largest grassroots advocate of rational energy and environmental policies urged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) Thursday to reconsider her reported decision to name Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) to a House Energy and Commerce Committee seat that would be left vacant by the reported resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)

“With nearly a half-million Americans out of work the last thing families need is another Energy and Commerce Committee seat controlled by job-killing environmentalists,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson. “Naming job-killer Kathy Castor to the Committee is yet another declaration the House minority doesn’t care about working families.”

“Kathy Castor fights for higher gas prices, higher energy prices and fewer jobs.  She has no business harming families with her radical policies on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” said Ferguson.

POLITICO, citing The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn, reports Castor is likely first in line for consideration.

Castor scored a 100 percent rating from the so-called “League of Conservation Voters,” a multi-million dollar radical environmentalist organization dedicated to promoting policies that eliminate jobs and reduce Americans’ standard of living.  The organization blames Americans, specifically the United States’ capitalist economy, for naturally-occurring weather patterns.

According to LCV, in just the second session of the 111th Congress Castor voted to funnel corporate welfare bailout dollars to failing “green energy” companies (111th Congress, 2nd Session, Roll Call No. 530) and for a bill blaming Americans for the supposed “acidification of the oceans” and calling for the downsizing of the American economy (111th Congress, 2nd Session, Roll Call No. 341.)

Castor also voted for “Cap and Tax” (H.R. 2454, June 26, 2009,) a national carbon dioxide tax scheme which would have eliminated as many as 1.9 million jobs in 2012 and 2.5 million jobs by 2035 and increased a family’s costs for energy and goods by $3,900 a year, according to the Heritage Foundation.

Castor also supports a National Expensive Energy Mandate, a proposal announced by Pres. Barack Obama in his 2011 State of the Union Address, forcing Americans to buy their electricity from more expensive, less reliable wind and solar corporations supporting Castor’s campaign.

Research by the American Tradition Institute finds a 30 percent Expensive Energy Mandate destroys between 409,000 and 1.526 million jobs by 2021.  The Obama proposal backed by Castor calls for a harsh 80 percent mandate.

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to promoting private property rights and responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.

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Four more House members abandon green giveaway

Posted on June 15, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Dear friend,

American Tradition Partnership continues to make an impact.

Four more House Republicans on Monday withdrew their support for bipartisan legislation that would provide billions of dollars in tax credits to boost deployment of natural-gas-powered trucks,” The Hill reports.

Why?  Because of the phone calls, e-mails, postcards and letters in opposition to this massive taxpayer-funded welfare check from ATP members and our allies.

“Reps. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) yanked their sponsorship Monday, according to the legislative information page maintained by the Library of Congress. They join four other GOP members who have backed off the bill in recent weeks.”

ATP is part of a top-notch coalition of free market groups opposing this latest corporate welfare giveaway.

If you have not already, call your U.S. House members at 202-224-3121.  Ask them to oppose H.R.1622.

And also, take just a moment to go here and chip in $10 to help me continue to fight in Congress to oppose radical environmentalist giveaways.

Your support is making a difference and changing policy.  Keep up the great work.


Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

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