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Australia shoots down carbon tax scheme

July 21, 2014
By
Marita_Noon_2013

Thursday, July 17 was a big news day. The world was shocked to learn that a Russian-made missile shot down a Malaysian Airlines jet with 298 on board as it flew over Ukraine en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. Though flight 17 eclipsed the news cycle, there was another thing shot down on July 17. Almost a year ago, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott won a landslide election with a nearly single-issue campaign: repeal the carbon tax. On July 17, he made good on that promise, as the Australian Senate voted, 39 to 32, to abolish the “world’s biggest carbon…

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Supreme Court to EPA: Congress writes laws, you don’t!

July 14, 2014
By
Marita_Noon_2013

Now that the dust has settled on the Supreme Court’s 2014 session, we can look at the decisions and conclude that the Administration received a serious smack down. Two big cases got most of the news coverage: Hobby Lobby and the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recess appointments. In both cases, the Administration lost. At the core of both, is the issue of the Administration’s overreach. Within the cases the Supreme Court heard, one had to do with energy—and it, too, offered a rebuke. You likely haven’t heard about Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—and may…

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More taxpayer green going to green energy

July 7, 2014
By
Marita_Noon_2013

There is an intentional tension in Washington. Our founding fathers planned that opposing views would balance each other out—a push-pull takes place. Spend. Don’t spend. This tug-of-war is seen, perhaps most obviously, in the so-called renewable energy field. After Solyndra, and the more than fifty other stimulus-funded green energy projects that have failed or are circling the drain, the public has grown weary, and wary, of any more spending on green energy. The money isn’t there to spend and the motive behind the 2009 rush to push billions of taxpayer dollars out through the Department of Energy has been tainted…

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Climate change – less of a scientific agenda and more of a political agenda

June 23, 2014
By
Marita_Noon_2013

Those who don’t believe in climate change are “a threat to the future,” says the Washington Post in a June 14 article on President Obama’s commencement address for the University of California-Irvine. Regarding the speech, the Associated Press reported: “President Obama said denying climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese.” He declared: “Scientists have long established that the world needs to fight climate change.” The emphasis on a single government policy strays far from the flowery rhetoric found at the traditional graduation ceremony—especially in light of the timing. While the president was speaking, all of the…

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Louisiana should dispense of Senator Indispensable

June 18, 2014
By
Narcissism in politics

Indispensable (adj) 1: not subject to being set aside or neglected 2: absolutely necessary : essential I truly believe that Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has reached a level of self-centeredness that would make even the Narcissist-in-Chief sitting in the White House proud. As she was preparing last April for her 4th senate term in a state significantly more conservative and Republican then when she won her first Senate campaign in 1996, Sen. Landrieu laid out the major argument she would make to voters in an interview with nola.com: “Without sounding braggadocios, I’m indispensable in this effort to secure for Louisiana a significant and reliable string…

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