ALERT: Under fire, House delaying vote on bulb ban repeal

Posted on July 11, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Monday evening

Dear ATP supporter,

Keep calling your congressman at 202-224-3121 and asking them to support Joe Barton’s H.R. 2417, the BULB Act.

House members just voted to postpone a vote on the bill.  They may bring it up for a vote tomorrow.

It’s 8:00 p.m. at the office.  I’m working overtime to corral the votes we need to pass the BULB Act.

But I can’t do it alone.

The delay is giving the mainstream media and Gang Green’s multi-million dollar lobbying machine more time to bully, threaten and bribe.

And Capitol Hill is swamped with phone calls and e-mails from their anti-jobs activists.

Which means we must step up our efforts to preserve consumer freedom and stop the mandated purchase of toxic mercury bulbs.

So please keep calling.

Please forward this emergency alert to as many friends as you can.

And please take just a minute to go here and chip in $10 to support American Tradition Partnership’s emergency campaign to pass the BULB Act.

The fact is Gang Green is targeting me over this campaign, and all of our work.

George Soros has poured cash into a Van Jones group attacking us with smear, lies and fabrications.

And Gang Green’s cronies in Congress and state legislatures are on the warpath against American Tradition Partnership.

They are terrified of what you and I have accomplished when we work together.

We may see a vote as early as tomorrow on Joe Barton’s BULB Act, which repeals the national ban on incandescent bulbs scheduled to take effect next year.

So please call.

Please forward this alert to your friends.

And please go here to quickly chip in $10 to support this emergency campaign on the BULB Act.

Time is running out to protect consumer freedom and protect our families from the greens’ toxic mercury bulbs.

Sincerely,
Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

P.S.  The House just voted to postpone a vote on Congressman Joe Barton’s BULB Act, which repeals the national ban on incandescent bulbs scheduled to take effect next year.

The delay is buying the mainstream media and Gang Green more time to harass, bully and smear anyone considering voting for it.

We must fight back.  Please call your congressman at 202-224-3121 and asking them to support Joe Barton’s H.R. 2417, the BULB Act.  Please forward this alert to your friends.

And please go here to quickly chip in $10 to support this emergency campaign on the BULB Act. We are in a massive fight with Gang Green, who have stooped to lies, smears and distortion to attack all you and I have accomplished together.  Please chip in $10 to help me fight back.

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ATP celebrates N.Y. overturn of fracking ban

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

ATP celebrates N.Y. overturn of fracking ban
‘If American Tradition Partnership can win in New York state, American Tradition Partnership can, and will, win anywhere.’

WASHINGTON – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson congratulated New York state residents on their governor’s decision to lift a ban on clean water extraction, or “fracking,” Monday.

“This is a huge victory for American Tradition Partnership, which has been fighting to preserve safe, clean water extraction and the thousands of jobs it creates,” said Ferguson.

“I want to thank and congratulate American Tradition Partnership’s large and growing grassroots support.  ATP supporters in states across the country have been calling, writing and e-mailing their legislators in support of clean water extraction,” said Ferguson.  “Thanks to their support New York state is now on the side of good science and good jobs.”

“The fact thousands upon thousands of wells have been ‘fracked’ for 60 years, with no proven cases of groundwater contamination.  Clean water extraction is safe, clean, creates thousands of jobs and provides families with clean, affordable energy.”

“Sadly, the facts and clear science have not stopped radical environmentalists from engaging in a corporate-funded smear campaign.  Wind and solar corporations are spending big bucks to spread lies intended to terrorize Americans out of access to jobs and safe, clean energy,” said Ferguson.

“Monday’s actions were a huge victory for American Tradition Partnership’s clean water extraction campaign and a massive defeat for environmentalists,” said Ferguson.  “If American Tradition Partnership can win in New York state, American Tradition Partnership can, and will, win anywhere.”

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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Ferguson slams Obama’s call for job-killing taxes on energy

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

Ferguson slams Obama’s call for job-killing taxes on energy
‘When it comes to protecting our jobs and freedoms there is no compromise.’

WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest grassroots advocate of rational energy and environmental policy criticized President Barack Obama’s call for crippling new tax hikes on energy consumers and employers.

In a White House press conference Monday, Obama called for future tax hikes on energy employers, which get their money from consumers, translating into higher prices for virtually all goods and services.

“Barack Obama has targeted America’s energy for elimination through a series of needless tax hikes,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson.  “Obama’s agenda of carbon dioxide taxes, taxes on hydrocarbon developers and taxes on gasoline have killed the economic recovery. His agenda threatens our jobs and threatens our freedoms.  Our large and growing grassroots support have vocally stated their opposition to energy or resource taxes.  They have no place in debt limit negotiations.”

“American Tradition Partnership will hold accountable any legislator who supports taxes on energy, natural resources or energy or resource developers.  When it comes to protecting our jobs and freedoms there is no compromise.”

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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Schweitzer hurting oil recovery effort for his own political benefit

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 11, 2011

ATP: D.C.-focused Schweitzer hurting oil recovery effort for his own political benefit
‘Montana needs a workhorse.  D.C. is getting a show poodle.’

BOZEMAN, MONT. – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Monday morning:

It is no surprise Governor Schweitzer’s decision to suddenly stop working with EPA officials and ExxonMobil and stage a grandstanding attack on a major Billings-area employer came just days after a new poll showed him within striking distance of grabbing a new job in the United States Senate.  The poll shows Schweitzer could defeat Sen. Max Baucus in a Democrat primary for his U.S. Senate seat by currying favor with multi-million dollar radical environmentalist groups hostile to Montana’s energy economy.

Governor Schweitzer’s performance Friday, in which he ignored the EPA’s scientific findings, attacked a local employer and deliberately misled Montanans, was intended to curry favor with left-wing D.C. campaign bankrollers who have openly declared their intention to shut down Montana’s energy economy.  His misleading, self-centered performance is exactly what one would expect from a politician who is reading poll numbers and focused on grabbing a lifetime job in D.C.

The fact is EPA officials confirm there is no serious pollution and the release was between 750 and 1000 barrels.  The fact is EPA confirms no detected volatile organic compounds or hydrogen sulfide in the air along the river.  The fact is EPA confirms no benzene in the air.  The fact is EPA confirms no hydrocarbons above drinking water levels.  The fact is EPA confirms drinking water is safe and the river water is safe for irrigation.

EPA officials tell me “the human health issue is resolved.”  The area is perfectly safe and is recovering rapidly.

The good folks here in Montana have handled this situation with class and dignity.  They are focused on restoring the environment and the local economy.

But when Montanans needed someone focused on their concerns Governor Schweitzer chose to do what he does best – focus on Governor Schweitzer.  When Montanans needed someone to lead Governor Schweitzer chose to grandstand.

Montana needs a workhorse.  D.C. is getting a show poodle.

The fact is local businesses near Laurel are hurting.  Some residents do not want to go near the site, despite the fact EPA confirms the area is perfectly safe, because Governor Schweitzer deliberately sought to scare them for his own political benefit.  Schweitzer chose to mislead and hurt local residents because it could translate into more D.C. environmentalist campaign dollars for a Senate run.

I have visited the site, been to local restaurants and businesses and have encouraged recovery workers and local residents to do the same.  I have also encouraged the EPA and ExxonMobil to employ local residents in the recovery effort whenever possible.

American Tradition Partnership is focused on helping Laurel and Billings recover.  It is unfortunate Governor Schweitzer could not take time out of positioning himself for a job in D.C. to join us in a constructive, positive effort to restore the local environment and protect local jobs.

His decision to curry favor with Washington D.C.’s multi-million dollar environmentalist lobby by pulling out of the recovery effort center, attacking a major Billings-area employer and deliberately choosing to frighten residents by misleading them about the condition of the area, is hurting Montanans for his own political benefit.

Montana needs a workhorse.  D.C. is getting a show poodle.

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House to vote IN HOURS on light bulb ban repeal

Posted on July 10, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Please call your congressman at 202-225-3121 first thing Monday morning and urge him or her to vote YES on Joe Barton’s light bulb bill, H.R. 2417, the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act.

The House will vote MONDAY on Congressman Joe Barton’s bill repealing the national ban on incandescent light bulbs.

I need you to call, and to forward this alert to as many people as you can.

See, this bill must be brought up under special rules requiring two-thirds to pass.

And Gang Green’s cronies on Capitol Hill are hell-bent on preserving the  ban that will limit to you either toxic, mercury-polluting CFL bulbs,  or LED bulbs that cost you $50 each.

So please call your congressman at 202-225-3121 first thing Monday  morning and urge him or her to vote YES on Joe Barton’s H.R. 2417, the BULB Act.  If you don’t know who your congressman is, the switchboard  operator can quickly connect you to the right office.

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ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson statement from the site of the Laurel, Mont. oil release

Posted on July 8, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson statement from the site of the Laurel, Mont. oil release

LAUREL, MONT. – ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson issued the following statement Friday afternoon from the site of the Silvertip pipeline oil release:

I am on site in Billings and Laurel meeting with officials from the state and the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the accidental release of between 750 to 1000 barrels of oil from Laurel’s Silvertip pipeline after large flooding scoured the river bottom and damaged the pipe.

Most importantly, I am meeting with the local residents whose lives have been upturned by the recent river flooding and this release.  Being forced to evacuate your home is upsetting and stressful, but you can count on Montanans to handle it with class, dignity and patience.  Local residents and the owner of the property where the release occurred tell me they are pleased with ExxonMobil’s response.  State Rep. Dan Kennedy, whose home is at the center of the incident, should be commended for his efforts to coordinate response with the local community and involve local workers in the ongoing cleanup efforts.

ExxonMobil has established a claims hotline number, 1-888-382-0043, to assist those who might have been impacted by this event, and they encourage members of the public to report oil to assist in the cleanup effort. Citizens should also call 1-800-259-0596 to report any signs of impacted wildlife so they can fully assist wildlife rescue.  Thankfully the impact on wildlife has been small.

EPA officials confirm there is no serious pollution and the release was between 750 and 1000 barrels.  EPA confirms no detected volatile organic compounds or hydrogen sulfide in the air along the river.  EPA confirms no benzene in the air.  EPA confirms no hydrocarbons above drinking water levels.  EPA confirms drinking water is safe and the river water is safe for irrigation.

EPA officials tell me “the human health issue is resolved.”

I am very impressed with ExxonMobil’s response to this release.  They recognized the seriousness of the situation, acted quickly and are sparing no expense in working to restore the environment.  This is how all companies should respond to unforeseen and rare incidents.

Residents were already concerned about the river due to high waters that appear they will not subside soon.  The accidental release only added to concerns.  Thankfully the release was limited and while the oil won’t go away as soon as we’d like the area is rapidly being restored, both by the ongoing efforts of ExxonMobil and nature’s own ability to clean up a natural substance.

The only similar incident I recall is when a major flood in Coffeyville, Kansas resulted in a release seven times larger than the Silvertip release.  No drinking water was contaminated, the oil was quickly cleaned up and what damage did occur was largely the result of the flooding.  Coffeyville experienced no long-term effects from the release seven times larger than this one.

Thankfully oil is an all-natural, organic substance that quickly biodegrades.  Anyone who has lived in an area where oil naturally seeps into creeks and rivers has seen that for themselves.  ExxonMobil is going out of its way to rapidly clean up the limited release, but nature itself is quickly cleansing the river.

The fact is no form of energy and no energy or environmental policy is without risk.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates about 440,000 birds are killed each year by wind power turbines.  That figure includes thousands upon thousands of endangered species and federally-protected migratory birds.  The Audubon Society is now working to shut down major wind projects that threaten entire bird populations.  The U.S. Forest Service is also working with the wind power lobby to clear-cut thousands of acres of sensitive forests near wind turbines to reduce turbulence and give turbines access to wind.

Solar cells and coal-powered electric cars require thousands of tons of heavy toxic metals extracted through intensive mining, often in countries with lax environmental standards like China.  Those toxic heavy metals end up in landfills and scrapyards where they threaten groundwater after the solar cells reach the end of their short service life.

Additionally, large solar “farms,” touted as “green,” require that heavy bulldozers “scrape” the earth clean to allow installation of the cells and remove any trees or other plant life that would block sunlight.  Native Americans in California have even been forced to sue after one solar power corporation threatened to bulldoze land that wasn’t just a sensitive ecosystem, but sacred to their people.

Laws intended to “protect the forests” by eradicating jobs harvesting dead, diseased and dying timber have instead annihilated millions of acres of sensitive ecosystems by allowing the spread of invasive pine bark beetles and needlessly providing millions of tons of dead and diseased wood to fuel wildfires.

Here in Montana, environmentalist efforts to import foreign Canadian gray wolves into the state have wiped out massive numbers of elk, moose and other native game herds and spread deadly diseases like brucellosis, tularemia, listeriosis and anthrax.  Environmentalist lawsuits and agitation to allow the spread of Yellowstone bison outside of the park have spread diseases like brucellosis, which kills countless moose and elk calves.

No form of energy and no environmental policy is without risk.  But thankfully this release has been small and ExxonMobil, and nature itself, are rapidly restoring the environment.  ExxonMobil has been a great neighbor and Montana citizen, and the residents should be commended for their calm, reasoned response to this incident and the recent flooding that caused it.

(Note: Donald Ferguson has paid for this trip out of his own pocket, and did not come at the request of any official or company.)

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