Opinions

Shifting Gears – How to Restore Real Science vs. Faux Science Consensus?

Real science must guide policy Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels. ~ Paul Driessen All too many alarmist climate scientists have received millions in taxpayer grants over the years, relied on computer models that do not reflect real-world observations, attacked and refused to debate scientists who disagree with man-made climate cataclysm claims, refused to share their computer algorithms and raw data with reviewers outside their circle of fellow researchers – and then used their work to make or justify demands that the world eliminate the fossil fuels that provide 80% of our energy and have lifted billions out of nasty, brutish, life-shortening poverty and disease.  A recent US House of Representatives Science Committee hearing on assumptions, policy implications and scientific principles of climate change showcased this. Testimony by climate scientists Drs. John Christy, Judith Curry and Roger Pielke, Jr. contrasted sharply with that of Dr. Michael Mann. Christy noted that Congress and the public have been getting biased analyses and conclusions that begin with and attempt to confirm the belief that human greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions drive climate change. He said government should “organize and fund credible ‘Red Teams’ that look at issues …

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Rusty Patched Bumblebee ~ A Pandora’s Box for Property Development

Off to a bumbling start at Interior If this is the kind of housecleaning and swamp draining we’re going to get, we’re in real trouble. ~ Paul Driessen Was it because there were too few senior Trump Administration officials in place to catch and stop it? Or because Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was new on the job, and had so much on his plate, that this decision just slipped right past him? Maybe it was because the new Administration faces so many battles with environmental activists already that it didn’t want another one?  Or perhaps Interior was intimidated by environmentalist lawsuits challenging President Trump’s 60-day delay of newly-issued Obama Administration regulations? Whatever the reason, Trump’s Interior Department opened a real can of worms when it let the Obama Administration’s last-minute endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee (RPB) take effect March 21 – exactly 60 days after President Trump issued his regulatory Executive Order. The designation has serious adverse implications for Mr. Trump’s ambitious plans for infrastructure improvements, economic growth, job creation, and reining in regulatory abuse and overreach. Already, officials in the Minneapolis area have delayed a road construction project – purportedly near a patch of …

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 8, 2017

Host Kris Halterman continues the interview with Dr. Robert (Bob) Patton, on Dr. Patton’s  Q1 2017 fiscal analysis of the nation. How did the U.S. economy fare in Q1 2017? Where are the growth potentials with a divided nation? Are we a divided nation, and if so why? Suggestions for the average citizen in planning for their household budget, retirement, and future?

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Whatcom County Wish List Updated for 2017

Whatcom County has what is know as a wish list for funding needed projects. Their updated wish list has been put on the Tuesday council agenda, and latest Comprehensive Economic Development (CED) wish list is in the queue for approval.  Some say this list is just their list of dream projects, but it’s used as evidence/substantiation for grant applications. The image above is merely page one of seventeen pages. Those closest to the top are the priorities list…but does not guarantee they’ll be first in line to be funded and realized. Council approves the concept, and the locusts swoop in and make it so.

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Q1 2017 State of the Nation – Dr. Robert Patton

If you are from Whatcom County, or have been a frequent listener to Saturday Morning Live on KGMI/790 AM, likely you know a little about Dr. Robert (Bob) Patton. Dr. Patton is a financial adviser and puts out a quarterly financial report that he shares with the public. The first quarter for 2017 is already in and the results have some stunning numbers along with a strong dose of reality for the American public to digest. The links below will familiarize those of you who do not know Dr. Patton’s credentials, his financial report on the U.S. Economy for the first quarter of 2017, and how the nation voted for change in America. Enjoy Dr. Patton’s fiscal analysis of Q1-2017 and his wise words for all of us to take heed to.   

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 1, 2017

42nd District Representatives Luanne VanWerven and Vincent Buys, join host Kris Halterman, to share an update on what’s happening in Olympia this session. What has or is likely to pass? Will they pass a budget that resolves the McCleary decision? What are the details for changing local property tax levies to state property tax levies, to comply with the McCleary decision? Will the Hirst Fix be realized this session?  

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Privacy Rights get a Victory – Thanks to Farmers!

It is great to see conflicts being resolved without further court battles. It is great to see citizens privacy being respected. And I love that part of the settlement where the EPA has to take training on the Freedom of Information Act.  Hope you are heartened by this also. ` Lorraine Newman March 28, 2017 Farm Bureau applauds settlement agreement to protect farmers’ privacy The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council have closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging EPA’s release of farmer and rancher personal information, when a federal judge approved a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states. “This lawsuit has won a major victory for personal privacy,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “Months ago, we won a court decision that vindicates the rights of farmers and all Americans to protect their personal information from dissemination by the government. This settlement is the final step, requiring that EPA scrub all personal information from the records involved and train its staff on the proper handling of personal information.” AFBF and NPPC filed the lawsuit in 2013 after EPA released a vast compilation …

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Saturday Morning Live for Mar. 25, 2017

First Segment: Dr. Roger Stark, Health Care Policy Analyst for the Washington Policy Center, will weigh-in on the Repeal and Replace of Obamacare. The AHCA bill has been pulled? What does that mean to health insurance premiums, health care consumers, businesses, and the future of health care in America? Remainder of the Program: Host Kris Halterman will interview City of Bellingham Mayor, Kelli Linville and Exec. Dir. of the Lighthouse Mission Ministries, Hans Erchinger-Davis, on the proposed expansion of the Mission’s, Drop-In-Center. The City of Bellingham and the Mission have put together an agreement. What is that agreement and will it help reduce homelessness in Bellingham?  

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Guest Editorial: The Social Cost of Carbon Regulations

The social cost of carbon regulations Anti-fossil fuel SCC relies on garbage models, ignores carbon benefits and hurts the poor ~ by Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek “If you could pick just one thing to reduce poverty, by far you would pick energy,” Bill Gates has said. “Access to energy is absolutely fundamental in the struggle against poverty,” World Bank VP Rachel Kyte and Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Amartya Sen agree. The UN Development Program also calls energy “central to poverty reduction.” And International Energy Agency Executive Director Dr. Fatih Birol notes that “coal is raising living standards and lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.” In fact, all fossil fuels are doing so. Indeed, fossil fuels created the modern world and the housing, transportation, other technologies and living standards so many of us take for granted. They are essential for electricity and life, and over the past 250 years they more than doubled average life expectancy in countries that took advantage of them. But the Obama Administration and radical environmentalists despise fossil fuels and used every tactic they could devise to eliminate them. One of their most important schemes was the “social cost of carbon.” Federal agencies …

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Saturday Morning Live for Mar. 18, 2017

PART ONE: Host Kris Halterman will interview Skagit County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Atty, Will Honea. Skagit County has engaged itself to defend control of the properties within their boundaries against the will of the Swinomish Tribe, to expand theirs. Skagit County is another of the small, rural counties, which depend on the revenues that their two refineries; Tesoro and Shell Oil Company. With the recent protest at March Point, ceding control of these properties would likely be economic suicide for the county. Skagit County is more than tulip fields and farm land. They are also an industrial giant located on the West Coast and home of largest river system in Washington State, the Skagit River. PART TWO: Host Kris Halterman will interview Whatcom County Assessor, Keith Willnauer, to talk about the 2017 Whatcom County property tax assessments and liabilities. Why the big jump? Is there someone, something, someway to slow down or stop property taxes from these unsustainable jumps?      

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