White House may be slammed with contempt charges in Solyndra scandal

Posted on January 31, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

“Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), who is heading the GOP probe of the failed solar company Solyndra, said Republicans are meeting this week to discuss contempt charges against the White House over its response to last year’s subpoena for documents,” The Hill reports.

Obama has been hiding documents that would shed light on his relationship with Solyndra.  Run by one of his campaign’s larger bankrollers, the Obama White House ran roughshod over warnings from the Justice Department and plowed ahead with a political decision to pump a half-billion dollars of taxpayer money into the failing, politically-connected company.

Obama planned to use the cash to jump-start his re-election campaign’s efforts to appeal to wealthy, check-writing environmental activists.  Obama also avoided federal laws requiring that taxpayer be reimbursed ahead of private investors when companies are propped up by taxpayer-backed loans.  Thanks to Obama, his campaign contributors, the California Democrat Party and the SEIU labor union will get be repaid ahead of taxpayers in any Solyndra bankruptcy agreement.

With both Obama and Solyndra mired in a swamp of potential felony criminal convictions, it’s no wonder Obama is hiding evidence from prosecutors.  That’s the Chicago way.

Fact-checking Obama’s State of the Union lies

Posted on January 25, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

There’s a gulf of facts between what Barack Obama said last night, and what the truth really is.  And like any gulf of resources, Obama doesn’t want you exploring it.

American Tradition Partnership drills down to the truth for you.  Obama’s claims on energy are in bold, and they are all false.  The truth follows his statements.

“Over the last three years, we’ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, I’m directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources.”

Classic Obama sleight of hand.  Like his radical Gang Green campaign bankrollers, Obama opposes energy development.  But he knows that position will kill his campaign.  His solution?  Open land to permission to develop so he looks pro-jobs, but refuse to grant the permits so he shuts down jobs.

“…last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years.”

As even the reliably liberal Washington Post notes, “The Energy Department cited a host of reasons why foreign oil imports have declined, noting the main reason was “a significant contraction in consumption” because of the poor economy and changes in efficiency that began “two years before the 2008 crisis” — i.e., before Obama took office.”

“But with only 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves, oil isn’t enough.”

A lie.  Many experts say the U.S. has around 10 percent of the world’s reserves, and American oil is often of a higher quality and easier to develop than other countries.  The U.S. has enough oil to last over a century.

“This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – a strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.”

Through shutting down granting of permits on land, a moratorium on deep-sea development followed by a virtual moratorium by not approving permits and now attempting to kill the Keystone energy pipeline, Obama has consistently opposed oil and gas development, our most efficient source of energy and a key driver of new jobs and prosperity.

“We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy.”

Obama has worked to stop the permitting of gas wells, and his EPA cronies are working to outlaw the 60-year-old safe practice of “clean water extraction,” known as “fracking.”

“And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock…”

Clean water extraction, or “fracking” is a 60-year-old technology.  It is not a product of Jimmy Carter-era government spending.

“Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. And thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.”

So-called “renewable” energy relies almost solely on “federal investments” (spending of taxpayer money) because it is too inefficient and expensive to be a practical source of power.  Being forced to double wasteful spending to keep it alive and enrich his campaign donors is noting to brag about.

And research has shown so-called “green power,” backed only by government mandates and spending, destroys more jobs than it creates.

“We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough. It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.”

The so-called “oil subsidy” he refers to is the business equipment depreciation deduction that ALL businesses get.  What he proposes is to monkey with federal tax law to target just oil companies for a tax hike, then redistribute their money to his campaign bankrollers in the “green” energy racket.

“Of course, the easiest way to save money is to waste less energy. So here’s another proposal: Help manufacturers eliminate energy waste in their factories and give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings.”

Like many of Obama’s failed proposals, he assumes private businesses do not know how to create profits, but his government planners do.  In reality, this is just a scheme to transfer taxpayers’ money to his campaign supporters who have invested heavily in failed green businesses.

That’s the truth.  Help me hold Obama accountable for his job-killing campaign of lies.

Sincerely,

Donald Ferguson
Executive Director

P.S.  Help me hold Obama accountable to voters.  Go here to chip in $10 to stop Obama’s campaign of job-killing radicalism.

NY Daily News: ‘How fracking lies triumphed.’ Clean energy ‘unjustly maligned’

Posted on January 23, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

Robert Bryce, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, exposes the lies of Gang Green in this guest editorial in the New York Daily News.

Yet another Montana ‘political practices’ commissioner caught in ethics snare

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

“The state’s top campaign ethics officer has resigned. Helena attorney Dave Gallik stepped down from his position as the Commissioner of Political Practices effective immediately,” Missoula’s KPAX Channel 8 reports.

“Staff in his office issued a statement Wednesday saying they have concerns over what appears to be unethical conduct violations by Gallik.”

It’s the latest in a long string of ethics and legal failures by the Office of Political Practices, which has been condemned by federal courts for the “petty bureaucratic harassment” of citizens opposed to the policies and practices of Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Attorney General Steve Bullock.  ATP has long called for a reform of the corrupt agency.

ATP blasts Obama Keystone decision

Posted on January 18, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/Wednesday, January 18, 2012

 Citizens group blasts Obama Keystone decision

Decision to kill Keystone “victory for terrorist regimes, Communist aggressors and Obama’s wealthy left-wing activist base” but “not a permanent one”

WASHINGTON – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

“Barack Obama decided long ago to side with his radical liberal base and the Gang Green billionaires who fund his campaign by killing the Keystone jobs pipeline.

He thought he could avoid responsibility by hiding his views until after the election.  Voters have a right to know where he stands on jobs and energy.  Today he showed voters where he stood – in the pocket of the multi-billion dollar Gang Green environmentalist lobby.

This decision was anything but rushed or arbitrary.  Our Canadian allies and hundreds of thousands of American workers have waited patiently for three years for a decision that could have been made long ago.  Obama simply sat on it because he didn’t want to face an pre-election choice between creating jobs to please union members, or slaughtering hundreds of thousands of jobs to please his Gang Green campaign bankrollers.  In the end, he chose campaign cash over the jobs of Americans.

There was no reason for Obama to kill the jobs pipeline, other than blind adherence to a radical liberal ideology that has already killed millions of jobs and thwarted economic renewal for nearly four years now.

Obama’s decision to kill the jobs pipeline is a punch in the teeth to the unemployed, working families and Americans who need clean, reliable and affordable energy.

At the expense of working Americans Obama just handed a victory to anti-American regimes in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.  His decision to kill the Keystone jobs pipeline makes us more dependent on foreign oil.

At the expense of working Americans Obama just handed a victory to Communist China.  With the United States pipeline killed by his hand, the oil will be sold to China. Their Communist regime will make billions that could have been paid to American workers.  Instead, Barack Obama has told Communist China to reap massive profits refining our own North American oil and selling it back to us.

But this victory for terrorist regimes, Communist aggressors and Obama’s wealthy left-wing activist base is not a permanent one.  The fight to build the Keystone jobs pipeline has just begun.

American Tradition Partnership’s large and growing grassroots army will spent 2012 engaging millions of voters, informing them of Obama’s destructive Gang Green-led policies.  Together ATP and millions of voters will change American jobs and energy policy in Congress and in the White House.  Americans deserve the good jobs and clean, affordable energy the Keystone jobs pipeline will deliver.

The Keystone pipeline will be approved by the next administration, whether it be a humbled Barack Obama or a new president.

Tomorrow morning I will leave D.C. for Southeast Texas, where much of the Keystone pipeline’s safe, clean North American energy will be delivered.  There I will begin ATP’s national effort to engage voters and change policy.

Obama slapped voters in the face today by carrying out a job-slaughtering decision he made long ago.  However, he will learn that voters will strike back even more forcefully.”

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing, grassroots-supported non-profit organization dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.  The citizens’ group educates the public and lobbies legislators on issues of environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.

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Ferguson statement on ethics violations by Commissioner David Gallik

Posted on January 16, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Monday morning in response to The Great Falls Tribune report on Montana Office of Political Practices personnel exposing unethical behavior by Commissioner David Gallik:

“As citizen-powered activists committed to holding public officials accountable, we are disturbed by the allegations of Office of Political Practices (OPP) personnel that Commissioner David Gallik has been using the office for personal benefit.

“We’ve long been concerned about the practices of OPP commissioners and other Montana officials, some of which are described in our lawsuits.

“ATP has been required to sue OPP over its efforts to limit and punish ATP for political speech protected by the First Amendment.  This latest information is just one more sign of an out-of-control agency that needs to be made accountable to the public.

“As such, we and our many grassroots supporters across Montana encourage Commissioner Gallik, Attorney General Bullock and Governor Schweitzer to cooperate with a full, fair and impartial investigation of these documented allegations of wrongdoing made by nonpartisan public servants, no matter how serious the criminal implications.”

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