House passes bill to force Obama decision on Canada-Texas pipeline

Posted on July 27, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

“House Republicans approved legislation Monday to force the Obama administration to make a decision in the coming months on a controversial proposed pipeline project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas,” The Hill reports Tuesday.

“Forty-seven Democrats voted in favor of the legislation…”

“The bill, authored by Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), seeks to ensure that the administration expedites its Keystone XL review, which has dragged on for years while the State Department sought additional environmental analysis. The legislation would require that the Obama administration make a final decision on the pipeline by Nov. 1.”

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BREAKING: House cuts off funds to enforce national light bulb ban

Posted on July 15, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

In a late-breaking development the House just minutes ago approved a measure cutting off funds to enforce the national light bulb ban that goes into effect next year.

I have been busy monitoring the situation on the House floor as ATP members pressed their congressmen to vote for the bill.

“The House on Friday voted to withhold funding to enforce part of a 2007 law that increases efficiency standards for light bulbs,” The New York Times reports just minutes ago.

This is not a final victory on this issue.  Only the funds have been cut off and the measure still must be approved by the Senate.  The law creating a virtual ban on incandescent bulbs still exists.

But it’s a start.

Thank you for all who called all this week and donated.  This amendment was approved by a voice vote.  Opponents of consumer choice did not want their constituents to know of theri radical position on this issue, so Congressman Joe Barton’s bill on Tuesday exposed them by forcing them to take a recorded vote.

You made this victory possible.

But the fight is just starting.  We must get this through the Senate, where unlike the House opponents of consumer freedom control the chamber.

We must fight just to get a vote on this.  And then we must fight again to get the 2007 law repealed entirely.

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Sincerely,


Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

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Ferguson takes Schweitzer to task for release misrepresentation

Posted on July 13, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Ferguson takes Schweitzer to task for release misrepresentation
‘That two-dollar calculator isn’t much help when it’s operated by a ten-cent brain’

BOZEMAN – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Wednesday as Gov. Brian Schweitzer continues to misrepresent the size of the Laurel oil release:

“Gov. Schweitzer keeps claiming his ‘two dollar’ calculator tells him the 750 to 1000 barrel figure I got from the EPA is wrong.  For some childlike reason, he believes the oil left in the pipe continued to flow at its regular rate before it magically stopped.

“Any who’s ever used a water hose knows once you shut off the water, what’s left in the length of the hose will slowly trickle out.  Gov. Schweitzer is either lying or incompetent. Neither is representative of the people of Montana.  They deserve better than his continually insulting performance.

“That two-dollar calculator isn’t much help when it’s operated by a ten-cent brain.  We have enough of those in D.C.

“It’s no coincidence Gov. Schweitzer’s buffoonish antics come after a new poll shows him defeating Sen. Max Baucus in a Democrat senate primary with the support of radical green groups.  Gov. Schweitzer continues to frighten residents and smear Billings-area employers during a tough economy just to better position himself for a new job in Washington.

“Equally buffoonish was the staged ‘protest’ in his office intended to make him look pro-employer.  Montanans know his senior adviser and political manager is the son of EarthJustice senior officials and has groups like that on virtual speed dial.”

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ATP names names. The 193 House members who voted to ban bulbs.

Posted on July 12, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

The following is a list of the 193 members of the U.S. House who voted Tuesday to kill jobs,  ban affordable incandescent light bulbs and force consumers to buy toxic mercury bulbs.

Ackerman
Altmire
Andrews
Baca
Baldwin
Barrow
Bass (CA)
Bass (NH)
Becerra
Berkley
Berman
Bilbray
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Boswell
Brady (PA)
Braley (IA)
Brown (FL)
Butterfield
Capps
Capuano
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carney
Carson (IN)
Castor (FL)
Chandler
Chu
Cicilline
Clarke (MI)
Clarke (NY)
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Cohen
Connolly (VA)
Conyers
Cooper
Costa
Courtney
Critz
Crowley
Cuellar
Cummings
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
DeFazio
DeGette
DeLauro
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Donnelly (IN)
Doyle
Edwards
Ellison
Engel
Eshoo
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Frank (MA)
Fudge
Garamendi
Garrett

Gonzalez
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffith (VA)
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hanabusa
Hanna
Hastings (FL)
Heinrich
Higgins
Himes
Hinojosa
Hirono
Hochul
Holden
Holt
Honda
Hoyer
Huelskamp
Inslee
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson Lee (TX)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Kaptur
Keating
Kildee
Kind
Kissell
Kucinich
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee (CA)
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lipinski
Loebsack
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Luján
Lynch
Maloney
Markey
Matsui
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McIntyre
McNerney
Meeks
Michaud
Miller (NC)
Miller, George
Moore
Moran
Murphy (CT)
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Olver
Owens

Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Payne
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peters
Pingree (ME)
Polis
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rangel
Reed
Reichert
Reyes
Richardson
Richmond
Rigell
Ross (AR)
Rothman (NJ)
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schrader
Schwartz
Scott (VA)
Scott, David
Serrano
Sewell
Sherman
Shuler
Sires
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Speier
Stark
Sutton
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Thompson (PA)
Tierney
Tonko
Towns
Tsongas
Van Hollen
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walz (MN)
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watt
Waxman
Welch
Wilson (FL)
Woolsey
Wu
Yarmuth

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Ferguson lights up House members voting to block bulb ban repeal

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

Ferguson lights up House members who voted to block light bulb ban repeal

Ban forces consumers to buy from politically-connected ‘green’ speculators
Mercury in ‘green’ bulbs linked to birth defects
‘Green’ bulbs result in increased energy consumption

WASHINGTON – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson sharply criticized the 193 U.S. House members who voted Tuesday against repealing an impending national ban on incandescent light bulbs.  While a majority of members voted for repeal the bill was to be brought to the House floor under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority to pass.  The motion failed on a 233-193 vote.

Sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) H.R. 2417, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, repeals language in a 2007 bill the effectively bans the production of incandescent light bulbs starting in 2012.

“Monday’s vote by a radical minority of House members to block repeal of a national ban on light bulbs was an attack on jobs, family budgets and consumer freedom,” said Ferguson.  “You voted to punish your own constituents to fill the pockets of the ‘green’ speculators who fund many of your campaigns.”

“The light bulb ban fills homes with toxic mercury linked to birth defects, forces working families to spend more on bulbs and increases electricity consumption.  It successfully fulfills the environmentalist agenda of punishing Americans with higher prices for energy,” said Ferguson.

“If you are a House member who voted to ban light bulbs Monday, American Tradition Partnership’ large and growing grassroots support will hold you accountable,” said Ferguson.

A list of House members voting against repeal will be found at www.AmericanTradition.org.

“I want to personally thank Congressman Barton for sponsoring this bill to protect consumers and the public health,” said Ferguson.

Mercury, or-called “compact fluorescent,” bulbs consume more, not less, energy.  Research from the International Association for Energy-Efficient Lighting finds assembly of an incandescent bulb consumes 0.11 Kwh, but assembly of a mercury bulb consumes 16 times more energy, 1.8 Kwh.

Mercury bulbs also burn out quickly, often quicker than incandescent bulbs, if turned on or off.  Consumers must leave their lights on at all times to preserve the bulbs in order to avoid having to constantly buy expensive replacement bulbs.  Many mercury bulb users do this anyway, rationalizing they can afford to leave the lights on at all times assuming they are using less power.

The net result is increased energy use, the opposite of what mercury bulb advocates claim.

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Powered by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to promoting rational, responsible energy and environmental policies.

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Slew of amendments to Energy & Water Approp. to be voted upon

Posted on July 11, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

“The House adjourned at 9:24 p.m. after debating several more amendments to the 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Act, and is expected to hold votes on these on Tuesday in the process of wrapping up the bill,” The Hill reports Monday.

The Hill reports the following amendments were debated Monday, but still remain to be voted upon.

Pete Sessions (R-Texas), remove language barring the use of funds to convert functions done by government employees to private companies.

Jim Moran (D-Va.), strike language precluding the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA from issuing regulations clarifying which waters call under federal protection.

Ed Markey (D-Mass.), increase Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $100 million, reduce Nuclear Energy and Fossil Energy Research and Development by $50 million.

Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), strike language allowing the Secretary of Energy to redirect unspent stimulus weatherization funding from one state to another, saving $1.5 billion.

Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), increase Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $46 million and reduce Fossil Energy Research and Development by $99 million.

Brad Miller (D-NC), increase Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $24 million, reduce Fossil Fuel Energy Research and Development by $50 million.

Paul Broun (R-Ga.), cut $26.5 million from Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clean Vehicle Technology.

Peter Welch (D-Vt.), transfer $491 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), cut $45.6 million from Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy New Vehicle Technology.

Paul Tonko (D-NY), transfer $227 million from National Nuclear Security Administration Weapons Security to state and federal weatherization programs.

Scott Garrett (R-NJ), cut $500 million from Energy research and development programs.

David Wu (D-Ore.), transfer $60 million from Departmental Administration to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), cut $166 million from solar power research and development.

Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), foster cooperative effort with NASA for the production of plutonium.

John Garamendi (D-Calif.), transfer $450 million from Fossil Energy Research and Development to the Advanced Research Projects Agency.

American Tradition Partnership’s Washington staff will be monitoring House proceedings, including debate and a possible Tuesday vote on Rep. Joe Barton’s BULB Act repealing next year’s national ban on incandescent bulbs.

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