Cap and Taxer Lugar loses re-election, blames his support for environmentalism

Posted on May 10, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

A thirty-six year incumbent United States Senator suffers a historic, lopsided primary loss, and he’s blaming his support of the radical environmentalist agenda.

Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.,) who voted for cap and tax proposals in 2003 and 2005 and demands employers emit less carbon dioxide, was defeated by a 60% to 40% margin by State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

“Lugar is among a dwindling number of GOP lawmakers who has spoken about the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Mourdock, in contrast, has slammed what he calls ‘junk science associated with global climate change alarmism,’” The Hill reports.

“On climate legislation, Lugar was among the minority of Republicans that voted for failed cap-and-trade proposals in 2003 and 2005 sponsored by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).”

Which Cap and Taxing Republicans will be next?

Imagine 50 Keith Judds. Make Obama hurt.

Posted on May 9, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

Dear friend,

Obama told coal employers if elected he would “bankrupt” them.

   Last night coal workers responded, by handing 41% of the West Virginia Democrat primary vote to Keith Judd, who defeated the sitting President of the United States in 10 counties.

Who is Keith Judd?

He’s Inmate #11593-051 and currently resides in a federal prison in Texas.

That’s right, 41% of DEMOCRATS voted for an incarcerated felon instead of their own president, because of Obama’s radical environmental agenda.

In fact, when you count the tens of thousands of Democrats who cast ballots, but refused to vote for president, Barack Obama only got 52% of the DEMOCRAT vote in West Virginia.

That’s an embarrassing rejection.

And it’s putting tremendous pressure on Obama to drop his radical environmentalist agenda to avoid losing West Virginia in November.

Now, imagine that pressure being applied to Obama in all 50 states (or 57, according to him.)

Only American Tradition Partnership can make that happen.

Go here right now to chip in $500, $250, $100, $50, $25 or just $10 to help American Tradition Partnership run hard-hitting ads exposing Obama’s job-killing agenda in key battleground states.

Even just $10 would be greatly appreciate and put to use holding Obama accountable in the states where it hurts him most.

Together we can put a stop to his advocacy of radical environmentalism.

Sincerely,

 

Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

P.S.  When Obama’s radical environmental agenda is the issue, even his own party rejects him.  41% of West Virginia DEMOCRATS voted for an incarcerated felon in Texas over Barack Obama after Obama vowed to bankrupt coal.  Obama only got 52% of the Democrat vote.

I need you to go here right now to chip in $10 or more to help American Tradition Partnership run hard-hitting ads exposing Obama’s job-killing agenda in key battleground states.

Feds issue warning. Are ecoterrorists targeting U.S. gas pipelines?

Posted on May 8, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

Someone is launching a massive cyberterrorist attack in U.S. natural gas pipelines, but federal authorities will not identify the group behind it.

Radical environmentalists groups, known for resorting to terrorism, have vowed to stop natural gas production in the United States.

“At least three confidential ‘amber’ alerts – the second most sensitive next to ‘red’ – were issued by DHS [Department of Homeland Security] beginning March 29, all warning of a ‘gas pipeline sector cyber intrusion campaign’ against multiple pipeline companies,” The Christian Science Monitor reports.

“That fact was reaffirmed late Friday in a public, albeit less detailed, ‘incident response’ report from the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), an arm of DHS based in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It reiterated warnings in the earlier confidential alerts made directly to pipeline companies and some power companies,” the Monitor reports.

“ICS-CERT has recently identified an active series of cyber intrusions targeting natural gas pipeline sector companies,” the confidential April 13 alert warns. “Multiple natural gas pipeline organizations have reported either attempts or intrusions related to this campaign. The campaign appears to have started in late December 2011 and is active today.

The group behind the attacks has been sending emails, embedded with malware viruses, to people within the targeted companies. When the email is clicked on or opened the attacker can then gain access to the computer network.

From there, the attackers can gain access to control systems managing pipeline pressure and flow, which would allow them to sabotage the infrastructure, triggering explosions.

“…It’s a concern because if they access the corporate network it’s often just a short step to the next level and right into their control system network,” Jonathan Pollet, founder of Red Tiger Security, tells the Monitor.

Environmentalists have already targeted gas pipelines for sabotage and terrorism.  Ecoterrorist Daniel Herriman pleaded guilty in August 2011 to attaching bombs to Oklahoma gas pipeline.

American Tradition Partnership Members Hold Off Colorado Utility Rate Hike

Posted on May 4, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 4, 2012

American Tradition Partnership Members Hold Off Colorado Utility Rate Hike
“Green” Energy Plan Would Have Hiked Rates by $50 to $100 Million

Denver, CO – With just hours until the General Assembly’s “crossover deadline” when legislation must pass through at least one house of the legislature or be declared dead, American Tradition Partnership (ATP) members lit up Colorado Senate phones and effectively stopped passage of S.B. 178.

If passed, S.B. 178 would force Colorado consumers to purchase an even greater percentage of renewable energy despite studies that show adding wind and solar to the utility grid actually cause more pollution.

Since renewable energy is much more expensive than traditional energy sources like coal and natural gas, S.B. 178 could have raised utility rates across Colorado by an estimated $50-$100 million or 25%.

Donald Ferguson, Executive Director of American Tradition Partnership – a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting property rights and battling environmental overreach stated, “Today’s defeat of S.B. 178 was a huge victory for hardworking Coloradans.”

“S.B. 178 was a last-ditch effort to salvage Colorado’s ‘renewable energy mandate.’ The Colorado Attorney General’s Office testified the current standard likely violates the U.S. Constitution.

ATP is currently a plaintiff in the lawsuit seeking to overturn Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard in federal court for violating the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.    S.B. 178 was designed to overcome the legal complaints brought by ATP.

Currently, 30 states have some sort of renewable energy mandate and Ferguson is hopeful Colorado could be the linchpin in unraveling these schemes across the country, saying “S.B. 178 would have only made the current situation worse.”

Ferguson explained why these green schemes are a bad deal for consumers saying, “Just like the Solyndra scandal, so-called ‘renewable energy’ mandates are just another example of radical environmentalists using government force to line their own pockets at the expense of everyday Americans.

“And perhaps the most maddening thing is that renewable energy mandates do nothing to improve the environment!  Even President Obama’s EPA noted that the manufacturing process to create ‘green’ energy installations causes a jaw-dropping amount of pollution.  And studies show adding renewables to the grid results in more pollution than running coal or natural gas as baseload power sources.”

“The answer to America’s energy problems is the free market.  Government – and especially these schemes pushed by the radical environmentalists are getting us nowhere fast.  Just take a look at the price at the pump next time you get gas.”

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Colorado Senators to vote on utility bill hike, ATP floods Capitol with calls

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

State AG admits renewable energy law unconstitutional, suggests increase in utility bills to fix it
American Tradition Partnership supporters calling Capitol to urge ‘NO’ vote

DENVER – Colorado’s largest grassroots advocate of rational energy policies scored a major win when Colorado Attorney General John Suthers admitted to a legislative committee the state’s Renewable Energy Standard unconstitutionally interferes in interstate commerce, but rather than repeal the law Colorado state senators may vote next week on a bill that imposes higher utility prices on in-state residents.

The bill has American Tradition Partnership supporters calling the Capitol en masse Friday.  ATP began calling thousands of supporters statewide, asking them to contact their state senators and urge a no vote on SB 178.

“Even if they don’t have time to call today, they know their state senator cast a vote on whether or not to hike their utility bills.  And they will remember whether their state senator voted with them, or with crony ‘green’ corporations,” aid ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson.

“Colorado state senators are trying to patch an unconstitutional law by jacking up utility rates to avoid paying legal fees,” said Ferguson.  “That won’t change the fact we win in court, and it makes a bad law even worse.  Any senator who votes for SB 178 will bear the brunt of anger from enraged ratepayers.  The only constitutional choice is to vote no on SB 178 and then repeal the Renewable Energy Standard.”

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers admitted to a legislative committee the state’s Renewable Energy Standard unconstitutionally interferes in interstate commerce by providing certain breaks for in-state energy generators and different breaks for out-of-state generators.

By dictating the businesses practices of out-of-state businesses, Suthers admits the Renewable Energy Standard unconstitutionally interferes with interstate commerce, rendering the law null and void.

But rather than repeal the unconstitutional law, Colorado state senators are looking to eliminate the in-state preference for renewable generators instead of extending it to out-of-state generators. This effectively increases the RES from 24 percent to 30 percent.

The increase in the quota would send Coloradan’s utility bills upwards between $50 and $100 million.

By increasing Coloradan’s utility bills by $50 to $100 million, Suthers seeks to avoid being ordered to pay ATI and ATP’s legal bills, which amount to less than $200,000.

“They’ve already admitted we were right when we pointed out the RES is unconstitutional.  It’s only a matter of time before they also admit we are right when we point to scientific research showing so-called “green” energy actually makes the air dirtier,” said Ferguson.

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