The Right Answers to the “Party of No” Accusation Against Republicans

Is the Republican Party these days just the "Party of No"? While many of us wish the erstwhile GOP majorities in Congress had lived by the equivalent of a fiscal and regulatory chastity pledge and just said NO in its spending heyday, that's not quite what I'm getting at. I'm referring to the knee-jerk retort one gets these days from certain quarters whenever justly denouncing the radical, government-expanding proposals coming from the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress. It goes something like:Well, yeah? Where's your solution? You just want things the way they are. The Republicans are just the party of NO. Next time you encounter that knee-jerk response, I have an article for you to bookmark to throw back in their … [Read more...]

Bill Ritter Changing Tune on Harmful Energy Policies Simply Not Enough

Is Bill Ritter really going to backtrack on all the damage he's done on the energy arena? Or is it just lip service? From yesterday's Grand Junction Sentinel:Natural gas is “where the Western Slope is going to sing” in Ritter’s effort to build a new energy economy, said Don Marostica, director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. He spoke to an audience at the Business Incubator Center. Ritter is “very interested” in using natural gas as a clean source of power for electricity generation and no longer views it merely as a “bridge fuel” to an economy fueled only by solar, wind and renewable fuels, Marostica said. [link added] Showing one reason why he is the strongest candidate to challenge the … [Read more...]

Reporting Presidential Disinformation on Health Care and Cap-and-Tax

From Red State, the uncut video showing what Obama wants to do to your private health insurance: Does this qualify as "disinformation" from the President's own lips? Someone should report him, or me, to the White House. Makes you wonder if the White House is also going to start collecting reports of "disinformation" on the cap-and-trade energy tax issue, too. After all, the Washington Times reports that a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy refutes The One's claims that cap-and-tax "holds the promise of millions of new jobs -- jobs, by the way, that can't be outsourced." ... Is that something fishy I smell? Someone may have to report the U.S. Department of Energy, too. … [Read more...]

New Peer-Reviewed Report: Oceans the Cause of Warming Since 1977

Marc Morano at Climate Depot brings our attention to a brand new peer-reviewed scientific study, another major piece of evidence blowing apart the man-made global warming scare:The research, by Chris de Freitas, a climate scientist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, John McLean (Melbourne) and Bob Carter (James Cook University), finds that the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a key indicator of global atmospheric temperatures seven months later. As an additional influence, intermittent volcanic activity injects cooling aerosols into the atmosphere and produces significant cooling. "The surge in global temperatures since 1977 can be attributed to a 1976 climate shift in the Pacific Ocean that made warming El Niño … [Read more...]

Bill Ritter Tapdances Away from Cap and Tax: No Memo to Betsy Markey?

Our "new energy economy" Governor Bill Ritter went before a Senate committee and tapdanced his way around the question of whether he supports the Waxman-Markey cap-and-tax bill. (Yes, I'm late to the story. Yes, I'm hopping on the bandwagon. Yesterday was an important personal day away from blogging, but with a story like this one, better late than never.) El Presidente was quick to put up the video of Ritter's exchange with Senator James Inhofe, as well as the video of Senator Kit Bond explaining how the governor's highly-touted new "green" jobs are heavily subsidized by taxpayers: $71,000 per job. Michelle Malkin brought national attention to Ritter's refusal to endorse cap-and-tax. At American Spectator, Paul Chesser posted the … [Read more...]

Ethically Challenged Ed Perlmutter?

Hats off to the Washington Times for the scoop on what my representative in Congress has been up to:Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado inserted a provision into the recently passed House climate change bill that would drum up business for "green" banks, such as the one he has invested in and his family and a political donor helped found in San Francisco. The bill calls on bank regulators to promote green banking and says federal dollars should be used to support energy-efficient home improvements at government-funded housing projects. Mr. Perlmutter, a two-term Democrat, has two investments in the 3-year-old New Resource Bank, which calls itself the nation's first green bank. Among other environmentally conscious banking products, the … [Read more...]

Josh Penry Hits the Stump: A Promising GOP Candidate for Governor Emerges

Earlier this evening I got the opportunity briefly to attend a Josh Penry for Governor meet-and-greet session in Broomfield. The campaign is just out of the gate, and the Grand Junction native is busily plowing his way around Colorado. No doubt he's been on a hectic schedule, but Penry demonstrated a good stump speech delivery, staying on message. I am pleased to see him make no bones about the national Republican Party's failure to govern according to fiscally conservative principles, and his clear decision to run against that failing as well as against incumbent Bill Ritter's weak leadership, misguided philosophy, and misplaced priorities. … [Read more...]

Josh Penry Off to Great Start as Bill Ritter Kicks Door of Opportunity Open

The big local political news for the weekend, of course, was the worst-kept secret: Republican Josh Penry officially threw his hat into the ring to run for governor in 2010. By all honest admissions, Penry's entry into the race has been well-executed and well-timed. First glimpses on the campaign trail indicate the strong delivery of a clear, consistent message: 1) incumbent Democrat Bill Ritter's misguided philosophy and lack of fiscal leadership have contributed greatly to an unfriendly economic climate and pain in the wallet for many average Coloradans, and 2) Penry's own record of effective leadership in the areas of fiscal responsibility, expanded energy options, and education reform qualifies him to take Ritter's place. If he … [Read more...]

Wrong, Ed Perlmutter: Waxman-Markey Would Harm 7th District Jobs, Economy

Earlier today Representative Ed Perlmutter responded to my letter urging him to vote against the Waxman-Markey massive energy "cap and tax" (no doubt with boilerplate language):As you may know, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is important legislation to help build a new clean energy economy. This bill will create millions of clean energy jobs, put America on a path to energy independence, and help limit carbon emissions which contribute to global warming. As a supporter of green energy initiatives, I am fortunate for the opportunity to represent Colorado's 7th Congressional District, which is home to the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) located in Golden. I am a proponent of wind and solar energy as well as other … [Read more...]

Tell Your Representative to Sink the Bad Idea Known as Waxman-Markey

Lovers of liberty, it's not time to be resigned or downtrodden. It's time to stand up and be heard. This week the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the massive energy tax sometimes known as the Waxman-Markey bill or "Cap and Trade". FreedomWorks not only tells you why this bill is bad but provides easy links for you to take action and contact your representative. I already contacted Rep. Ed Perlmutter's office. (Of course, we also have the problem of an already very long piece of legislation that has suddenly added several hundred pages. Unlike the stimulus bill, will our Congressman be able to read it all in time? Consider me skeptical.) As it turns out, the timing of the House vote is proving to be quite … [Read more...]