Another ATP victory as House panel approves Keystone bill

Posted on February 8, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

A huge thank you to all the ATP supporters who bombarded Congress with their phone calls and e-mails as part of ATP’s project.

“The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would reverse President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline,” The Hill reports.

“Rep. Lee Terry’s (R-Neb.) bill — which passed the powerful committee in a 33-20 vote — is likely heading for the House floor next week as part of wider transportation and energy legislation.

“It would instruct the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline within 30 days, taking the issue out of the State Department’s hands.”

Senate Republicans have their own bill to overcome Obama’s job-killing radicalism.

Tester’s Cynical S1470 Tactics: A New Low in the Politics of Deceit

Posted on November 12, 2009 by Donald Ferguson

Jon Tester

"Little Jon"" Tester looks awfully small...

Often, we see issue advocacy leaders maligned for opposing bad legislation. Now, Jon Tester has clearly crossed an ethical line in claiming that a leader in the fight against Wilderness bills actually SUPPORTS his latest Montana Land Grab. Imagine if Conrad Burns had “thanked” Friends of the Earth for supporting his pro-drilling legislation under the “evil” Bush regime!!!

Left-wing Democrats’ failure to ban humans from massive swaths of the Northwest under NREPA (see petition opposing any and all such land grabs at ) has clearly prompted Tester’s cynical attempt to buy off the desperate timber lobbyists with meaningless baubles. This bill – and Tester’s disgusting tactic – is a perfect example of why pro-multiple use interests (including timber and energy) should NEVER compromise with radical environmentalists on watered down legislation at the expense of the people!

Following, a repost of an email (in blue) sent by Kerry White to members of his Citizens for Balanced Use pro-access organization:


Members and supporters of CBU need to be aware of the following deception from Senator Tester!

I received the following email (in blue) from Senator Tester thanking me for helping him to pass this S1470 and he makes it look like I am a co-sponsor of this bad legislation. I have been contacted by other members of CBU that have received the same email. These CBU members have told me they have contacted the Senator to request their name be removed as a supporter of this bill but they continue to receive this message.

I believe that the Senator is using the sign in sheet at the open houses to create this list of people and then adds them to his list of supporters for the bill. CBU members have also notified me that they have visited the Senator’s website and afterwards they began receiving this same email. I believe this to be very unethical.

If you have received one of these messages and you do not support S1470, please contact the Senator and request your name be removed from his supporter list. If you continue to receive these messages after you have requested to be removed, please let CBU know. Keep a record of when and whom you contacted in the Senator’s office.

Senator Tester office numbers:
Billings                252-0550
Bozeman             586-4450
Butte                 723-3277
Glendive             365-2391
Great Falls          452-9585
Helena               449-5401
Kalispell              257-3360
Missoula             728-3003
Washington D.C.  224-2644


Citizen Cosponsor Update

Dear Kerry,

Just a quick note to share a few updates about the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.  First off, thank you for stepping up to the plate to join me in working to pass this bill.  Each day, you and I see the need to move forward to put people back to work in the woods and save our forests for recreation, clean water, and our hunting and fishing traditions today and for years to come.

I’m proud to share news that Senator Baucus has signed on as a cosponsor of the Forest Jobs Bill.

I’m hosting another open house on the bill in Butte this Thursday, the details for which are mentioned below.  I hope you can make it to hear more about the bill and share your thoughts.

In addition, I want to share an editorial about the bill that appeared in the Missoulian earlier this month.  Take a minute to read and pass this news along to your friends.  Forward this email or have them visit to sign up as a citizen cosponsor.

Thank you for all that you do
–Senator Jon Tester


Cap and Traitors on the Run, Smart Grid Next, WTP Keeps up the Pressure

Posted on August 4, 2009 by Donald Ferguson


by Jacob Leis

Western Tradition Partnership (WTP) members – along with many other Americans who voiced opposition to the multiTRILLION dollar “Cap and Trade” energy tax  – should be proud of themselves for derailing H.R. 2454, which was on its way to a speedy Senate vote after being rammed through the House  in late June.

While this debate is now somewhat overshadowed by the Obama Adminstration’s attempt to take away the private insurance and health care freedoms of millions of citizens, we believe that Cap and Trade legislation is still the greatest and most overarching overall threat to the American way of life, and must be vigorously opposed.

The dirty little secret being withheld from the “little folks” like you and me? Our opposition campaign is working, and with continued action at this level, WTP’s Congressional insiders and Senate staff contacts tell us we could beat back a Senate Cap and Trade vote until this session, and maybe even kill the bill until after the 2010 mid term elections!

Liberal blogger Ezra Klein (who started his career with wunderkind blogger Matt Singer of Left in the West) confirms our suspicions with this Washington Post quote posted earlier today (responding to a question about going on in D.C.):

Washington, D.C.: Has the Senate set a time table for when they’re going to debate Cap-and-Trade? Obviously, it will be after the recess, but I’m nervous that if they dither and delay it much later than that, they’ll start to use the 2010 elections as an excuse to blow it off entirely.

Ezra Klein: I would bet a lot of money that we don’t see the Senate pass a serious cap-and-trade plan before the 2010 midterms.

These guys are onto something. They are seeing Senators in swing states get hammered over Cap and Trade. But we cannot be satisfied with knocking our opponents down – we must finish the job. That’s why even as the Feds throw the kitchen sink at us with radical natural resource and environmental legislation, WTP continues to sound the public alarm while we ramp up our opposition campaign to reach the elderly, business owners, farmers and ranchers, and hundreds of thousands of plain old taxpayers. The response has been very encouraging. Anyone who has the least interest in not becoming a de facto slave to the government elite should be very concerned about the implications of this bill. Here’s why:

As you know, Cap and Trade puts federal police power behind collecting “carbon taxes” – a tax on consumption of energy – which not a single person funtioning in our society could escape. Yes, this tax will cost you and me trillions of dollars and includes the laugable “cow flatulence” fee, but that’s not the half of it. The more sinister side of such legislation is the ability to control individual behavior through coercion.

You see, when combined with rapidly advancing “smart grid” technology, which is supported by big business (corporations that actually may be “evil”) — and which will likely be VERY appealing to Americans, who genuinely want to help the environment and increase energy efficiency, so long aas it doesn’t destroy their way of life in exchange for nothing — the Dynamic Duo of Cap and Trade/Smart Grid would allow government bureaucrats (and their computers) to ratchet up their carbon taxes at will, bureaucratically, without even the charade of a Congressional vote. [Read more about that angle below.]

And if at some point you can’t pay? Said bureaucrat’s computer would simply shut off power to your home or business. No hearing, no trial. A new, and very personal Dark Age.

Therefore it is critical you continue to fight Cap and Trade from now until the summer reccess is over! Western Tradition Partnership will be alerting constituents via mail and email, and while politicians are in their districts, holding rallies as YOUR cap and trade petitions (click here to sign – we’ll hand-deliver) are brought by the thousands to their local offices.

Please consider joining WTP today as we fight the anti-taxpayer, anti-jobs agenda of the Radical Environmental Left. And please SIGN OUR “NO CAP & TAX” PETITION today – your petition and personal comments on it will be hand-delivered to your U.S. Senator by our staff, and we’ll report progress to you along the way. We are winning this fight, but must stay vigilant!

To further understand the impact of Cap and Trade on the U.S. — and particularly on places far from New York and San Francisco — read this excellent, detailed article:

Cap and trade — tough questions By David Bennett, Farm Press Editorial Staff, Jul 30, 2009

During July 22 Senate Agriculture Committee hearings on cap and trade legislation it became quickly apparent that major questions have yet to be answered by proponents….

Also read: Cap and Trade Charade by Ken Blanchard over at the the South Dakota Politics Blog

Finally, for an excellent analysis of the Smart Grid Scam by analysts at the Gerson Lehman Group, check out:

Smart Grid is Big Brother and the Scam of the Century and can’t be stopped

July 24, 2009

The Smart Grid fad is a Trojan Horse Big Brother that will be in your home under the disguise of being green. This is not just about privacy, the smart grid really is big brother.  It can’t be stopped. The smart Grid will take control over everyone and everything.  Why should we starve to pay for the smart grid that will enslave us?  Even so, Power consumption is dropping like a rock. The US grid is not broken. The smart grid is the scam of the Millennium and will be less reliable than today. (read entire article)

orial Staff

Simple Math: Cap & Tax and Your Light Bill

Posted on July 8, 2009 by Donald Ferguson
For everything else, there's Discover

For everything else, there's Discover

Following up the Obama video bragging about skyrocketing electricity prices, we found this very simple explanation about just how much Cap and Trade will cost everyone from the everyday Joe Six-Pack to the EEEEVIL “Big Electric (spelled r-a-t-e-p-a-y-e-r-s):

According to Bob Zubrin, American aerospace engineer and author (The Case for Mars, 1996): “Burning one ton of coal produces about three tons of CO2. [Added weight of oxygen in combustion, I assume. - Ed.] So a tax of $15 per ton of CO2 emitted is equivalent to a tax of $45/ton on coal. The price of Eastern anthracite coal runs in the neighborhood of $45/ton, so under the proposed system, such coal would be taxed at a rate of about 100 percent. The price of Western bituminous coal is currently about $12/ton.

This coal would therefore be taxed at a rate of almost 400 percent. Coal provides half of America’s electricity, so such extraordinary imposts could easily double the electric bills paid by consumers and businesses across half the nation. In addition, many businesses, such as the metals and chemical industries, use a great deal of coal directly. By doubling or potentially even quadrupling the cost of their most basic feedstock, the cap-and-trade system’s indulgence fees could make many such businesses uncompetitive and ultimately throw millions of working men and women onto the unemployment lines.”

It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

And another easily digested tidbit (would go great with a nice Chardonnay): Earth’s atmosphere today contains about 380 ppm CO2 (0.038%). Compared to former geologic times, our present atmosphere, like the Late Carboniferous atmosphere, is CO2- impoverished! In the last 600 million years of Earth’s history only the Carboniferous Period and our present age, the Quaternary Period, have witnessed CO2 levels less than 400 ppm.

WTP Debuts via 2,500 IRN Radio News affiliates

Posted on July 6, 2009 by Donald Ferguson

Citizens’ lobby discusses National Energy Tax with Dr. Larry Bates, national radio audience

DENVER — Jacob Leis, Regional Executive Director of Western Tradition Partnership (WTP), appeared as a guest on IRN/USA Radio Network’s “News and Views” program for a full hour Thursday , discussing the group’s campaign opposing the $2.4 trillion “cap and trade” national energy tax currently headed for the U.S. Senate.

Western Tradition Partnership is on a national drive to sign up citizens on its “No Cap and Tax” petition drive, where constituents sign electronically, but the petitions will be printed and hand-delivered to U.S. Senators at their offices in Washington, D.C. The group is also preparing an Action Plan to keep pressure up to kill what it calls “Cap and Tax.”

Leis spoke with radio CEO/host and economist Dr. Larry Bates on “News & Views”, the highest-rated program on IRN, which boasts nearly 2,500 affiliates.  The interview covered WTP’s online petition available at, and the facts about the National Cap and Trade Energy Tax — and its devastating economic effects –  with a national audience of politically active Americans.

Audio of the interview can be streamed through this link; portions of the interview will be replayed nationwide in IRN News updates.

For more information, contact Executive Director Jacob Leis at 888-WTP-USA1 (987-8721) or, or go to


ACTUAL READING of Cap and Tax Bill reveals massive hidden welfare redistribution scheme

Posted on by Donald Ferguson
Robbin' hoods in Congress

"Robbin' hoods" in Congress

WTP has learned that fifteen pages of the 1,201-page H.R. 2454 (“Cap and Tax”) concern the new “Energy Refund Program” — a redistributive welfare program based upon complex formulas regarding energy welfare eligibility.

According to Section 431 of the legislation, “The Secretary (of Health and Human Services) shall formulate and administer . . . the ‘Energy Refund Program’ . . . under which eligible low-income households are provided cash payments to reimburse the households for the estimated loss in their purchasing power resulting from the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.”

In Congresspeak, “Loss of purchasing power” equals an admission of massive cost increases. The radical environmentalists and their cronies in Congress and the White House are doing the classic three-step: 1) Jack up the cost of everything (especially energy) for everyone; 2) Subsidize the hit to the welfare class and 3) Make others (primarily the middle class) pay for it all.

Section 431 provides that households earning 150 per cent of the federal poverty level or receiving other forms of welfare such as food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (which includes such “permanent disabilities” as crack addiction, alcoholism, and having a limp) or Medicare are eligible for “energy refunds.”

Translation: if you are already ON welfare, you are AUTOMATICALLY going to receive more public largesse. Eligible households will receive their “energy refunds” monthly through direct deposits, state electronic benefit transfer systems or other mechanisms approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

For anyone else to qualify, a two-person household would have to earn $21,855 or less to meet the income threshold, while the income of a three-person household could not exceed $27,465, per 2009 federal poverty guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

We can expect more of such revelations as the details of this legislative monstrosity make themselves available to those actually inclined to READ the bill…

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