Energy

It’s Earth Day! WWYD?

  So here comes another “Earth Day” or for those of us who remember “Arbor Day.” What are you going to do for this roundish ball we live on that floats in the galaxy? Plant a tree? Weed your flower bed? Pick up trash? Or, take a walk through a forested park? On the farms and ranches of the USA we celebrate Earth Day 24/7, 365 days a year, and have been for centuries. From our indigenous people who cross-pollinated to create sturdier and healthier crops, to the farmers and ranchers who sustain us today; it is a full-time effort to treat our environment kindly with a look towards feeding people in the future. Here are just some of the developments that have happened during my life in the agriculture industry. Crop rotation has been a concept on small irrigated farm land since I was a wee girl. Many days were spent rolling, wet hay bales so that they could dry out after a rain. While that hay crop was never a big money-maker, it put nitrogen back in the soil for our beet and corn crops. Each year the landscape changed with each rotation of crop sites, which then …

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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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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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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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Contact Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark to Save Industrially Zoned Property at Cherry Point

Sharing this urgent message from a supporter of liberty and pro-economic vitality to continue in Whatcom County. Business and labor supporters of the Cherry Point Industrial Area are being asked to call outgoing state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who will be making a decision any day now on adding the long-proposed fourth pier site to the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. This “cutout” would basically prevent any industrial development and additional family-wage jobs at the site. There are some talking points below, plus a link to a recent article about the issue. Be certain to include that you are Whatcom or Northwest Washington residents. Goldmark’s office number is (360) 902-1001. Incoming Commissioner Franz will look favorably on blocking a fourth pier. Our voices need to be heard. Thank you. The message below is the message we want to send to Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. When I called I stressed the fact that this industrial cutout must be preserved if Whatcom County is going to have any industrial future. Many of you have been involved in trying to preserve and create living wage jobs for the people of Whatcom and if this industrial cut out is not available for …

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Cracking Big Green – Their Schemes Paid for by Your Money

Billionaire Crony Corporatist Schemes Financing “green” companies and pressure groups, to get richer off taxpayers and consumers Paul Driessen Shady cash from Vladimir Putin’s Russian energy oligarchs and other rich donors is being laundered through Bermuda-based lawyers and middlemen to “green” pressure groups, lobbyists and spin-meisters – to promote “green energy” schemes that bring billions of dollars from government agencies (and thus from us taxpayers and consumers) to a cabal of billionaires and crony companies. At the epicenter are hedge fund millionaire Nathaniel Simons, his wife Laura and their secretive Sea Change Foundation. “Investors” become even wealthier, as billions of dollars are transferred annually to environmentalists, scientists, politicians, bureaucrats and crony-corporatists in Renewable Energy & Climate Crisis, Inc. The alleged “urgency” of replacing fossil fuels with “eco-friendly renewable energy” (to prevent catastrophic man-made climate change) drives and excuses operations that define or barely skirt “corrupt practices.” The arrangements are too convoluted to explain in one article. Even the US Senate’s “Billionaires’ Club” report, Environmental Policy Alliance’s “From Russia with Love” study, and articles by investigative journalists like Ron Arnold and Lachlan Markay (here, here and here) barely scratch the surface. Washington is out of control. The IRS targeting conservative groups, …

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Ken Mann Emails Intent to Bow-out of County Council…But Will He Bow-out of Politics?

Common Threads NW has been digging into local political public records and has found a lot of evidence which shows that RE Sources and Futurewise are indeed calling the shots on how, when and where, Whatcom County shall grow, what types of business and industry growth shall happen, and most importantly the destructive actions taken against Cherry Point Industries. On another note…in an email between Councilmember Ken Mann and local Democrat strategist, Lisa McShane…they’re mapping out who should represent you in the new five-district plan that they planned together, away from the eyes of the public. (side note; the Bellingham Herald article link provided was written by Ralph Schwartz, glowingly about the successful election of Democrats to the Whatcom County Council.  Ralph Schwartz is now employed by Dan McShane…Lisa McShane’s husband???) And…Councilmember Carl Weimer, former Executive Director of RE Sources, current Executive Director of the Pipeline Safety Trust (who exists on grant dollars which largely come from your tax dollars) …has recently hired Kate Blystone, the former Executive Director of RE Sources… Do you see how their game is played???  Follow their Money… Do you think Carl Weimer represents You? Do you think Ken Mann represents You? Do you think this Whatcom …

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RE Sources Replaces Key Staff ‘and’ Opens New Office in Skagit County

This Email, received from Common Thread Northwest begs the question…what is happening at RE Sources? They’re replacing key staff members and set to open their new digs in Skagit County. They must be ringing in the do-rae-me to have so much movement and capital expenses in their hoppers. Watch out Skagit County…RE Sources has their eyes targeted on your economic industrial gem in Anacortes…their tactics are well-known in Whatcom County…just ask the Farmers, Businesses, and Industries how they feel about the 501c3 – nonpolitical activities of RE Sources. Then you too can become the 39th least affordable county to live in. There are only 39 counties in Washington State and we’ll likely be competing for the 38th and 39th spots unless we push back together and ensure that organizations like RE Sources are persona-non-grata.

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Green Pixie Dust

Green pixie dust energy policies Democrats fight climate change with renewable pixie dust, while rest of world burns fossil fuels… ~ Paul Driessen “There’s been a record six straight years of job growth, and new Census numbers show incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation,” NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt misinformed Americans, as he launched the first Trump-Clinton presidential debate September 26. In reality, Obama era economic growth has been an anemic 1-2% annually. More than 93 million working-age Americans are still not working, and over 6 million are working part-time, because their hours have been cut back or they cannot find full-time positions. We’re creating private sector jobs by turning four high-pay full-time jobs with good benefits into six lower-pay part-time positions with few or no benefits. Average middle class family incomes are still lower than in 2007. The primary reasons: the world’s third highest top marginal corporate income tax rate (38.9%); a $1.9-trillion-per-year federal regulatory burden, equal to all individual and corporate taxes collected by the federal government in 2015; and an administration obsessed with “dangerous manmade climate change” and replacing reliable, affordable fossil fuels with expensive, mandated, subsidized “green” energy. Hillary Clinton …

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Last Night at Council…

Due to the lateness of the Council meeting and my obligations to get work done for paying customers, this will be a quick-post of video taken at last night’s meeting. It was a late night for those of us who showed up to speak at the Public Hearing held at Council Chambers, to comment on their proposed ordinances to implement another 60 day Emergency Moratorium and a six-month moratorium, against fossil fuel exports (and more) at the Cherry Point industries. Lorraine took a lot of notes as I shot short videos of the comments made during last night’s hearing. The audience was made-up of a fairly even split of people who were for and against the proposed moratorium…but most of the video I shot was of the pro-moratorium speakers, because I believe they’re more educational and entertaining. It’s important that the people who live and work here understand what happens every two weeks at these County Council meetings. Because you trust that your representative is there to look out for you, and because they’re there to represent you, you often choose not to attend these meetings while at work, or after your long day at work. No one blames you for the need to be with family and friends. …

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