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Today is Saturday, April 19, 2014

Energy


Mark Udall anti-energy, anti-Colorado; votes to kill jobs

Sen. Mark Udall "has supported policies harmful to American energy that could cripple entire industries, destroy jobs and hurt workers in Colorado," says the latest email from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Rep. Cory Gardner is challenging Udall in next November's election. Here's the NRSC email for oppositon research fans:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/02/14 at 10:31 AM
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52% of meteorologists say ‘mostly human” cause global warming; 48% doubt global warming, human cause

The widely reported lie that 97% of climate scientists say humans cause global warming and climate change was destroyed by a survey of American Meteorological Society meteteorologists, which found that 52% believe that the cause of global warming was mostly human. 48% said they doubted global warming was happening or that humans were the primary cause. The 97% study, which is widely quoted, is unbelievable because it excluded scientific papers that expressed no opinion and rigged the data in other ways.

LINKS:

The latest meteorologist survey destroys the global warming climate consensus. Forbes.com.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/22/14 at 08:08 AM
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Sen. Mark Udall, Democrats can’t run on climate change; alarmists don’t have data or computer models

Because most Americans blame Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and other Congressional Democrats for the ObamaCare (ObamaCaid) fiasco, they want to run for re-election next November against fossil fuels and climate change. But as John Hinderaker points out in a devastating blog over at powerlineblog.com, so called climate change and global warming alarmists don't have the data, computer models, computer power or even the knowledge they need to make their case. 

They're lying about climate change, and they know it.

All Republicans have to say is that Mark Udall and his dishonest scientists don't know what they are talking about. All they care about is gaining more political power and using it to control our lives and destroy our jobs.

LINKS:

Why the alarmists' climate models are worthless, by John Hinderaker. 

IPCC scientists knew data and science inadequacies contradicted certainities presented to media, public and politicians, but remained silent, by Tim Ball.

There is every reason to be skeptical of the science of "climate change" alarmists, by Bruce McQuain

Disasters cost more than ever—but not because of climate change, by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Following up on disasters and climate change, by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Normalizing economic loss from natural disasters: A global analysis, by Eric Neumayer, Fabian Barthel

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/22/14 at 06:40 AM
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Consumer Reports hypes Tesla electric car, undermines its credibility

Consumer Reports magazine is a hard left, Gorean Climate Warming Alarmist not-for-profit with a large, well paid, politically correct staff.

It's hyping of the Tesla (TSLA) electric car is preposterous and undermines the magazine's credibility tremendously.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 02/25/14 at 12:28 PM
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15 questions Republicans are asking gubernatorial candidates

The audience at the North Suburban Republican Forum had about 15 questions last Saturday for the three candidates for the GOP’s nomination to challenge Gov. John Hickenlooper next November. These same questions probably are being asked around the state as the candidates work to visit all 64 counties even though only about 12 counties have most of the votes.


Mark Udall should have easy win over Ken Buck, Amy Stephens, Own Hill; he’s blowing it on ObamaCare

Sen. Mark Udall should easily beat one of the Republicans who are seeking the GOP nomination to take him on—Ken Buck, Amy Stephens or Owen Hills. 

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 01/12/14 at 01:35 PM
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Economist article casts doubts on scientific research on global warming, fracking, drugs, GMF

Those of us who've been very skeptical about the "science" behind Al Gore's global warming alarmism and warnings about fracking and genetically modified foods are vindicated in the Oct. 19 Economist article, Trouble at the lab. This is a must read.

Basically, the same 40% to 70% of high school kids who have told pollsters that they cheated on tests to get in to top schools also cheated in college and grad school and continue to cheat and cover up errors in their scientific research.

I've always believed too much in science and scientific research. But decades ago a scientist with a strong background in statistics and medical research abused me of my confidence in scientists' intellectual integritiy. Since then, a number of articles in the scientific literature and elsewhere by scientists have made me even more skeptical. 

This article in the Economist only increases my frustration with the smart scientists who do dumb things and undermine our confidence in their work. 

I've tweeted the following: Unreliable : Trouble at the lab. Must read. trials  and I've posted a link to the article on Facebook.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 10/25/13 at 12:47 PM
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Sen. Mark Udall bloats Defense Dept. spending with green energy mandates

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) is a leading spend and tax environmental extremist who is bragging about inflating the Defense Dept.'s budget with an amendment that will force it to waste billions on uneconomic green energy. 

In a letter to constituents, he wrote:

Last week, the U.S. Senate voted 62-37 in favor of my amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, authorizing the Defense Department to continue its efforts to develop and use alternative fuels. I worked across the aisle to secure this bipartisan victory. Passage of this amendment, when signed into law, will ensure that our military has the resources it needs to develop and use advanced alternative fuels that bring down costs, improve mission capabilities and reduce the strategic vulnerabilities associated with a reliance on foreign fossil fuels.

Udall's up for re-election in 2014. Sadly, the GOP doesn't seem to have a strong challenger in the wings. So Udall can safely   promote unwise government spending and higher taxes to pay for that spending.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 12/04/12 at 01:11 PM
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Frank McNulty backs Dick Wadhams for chair of Colorado GOP, opposes medical pot bill

Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty said this morning that he backs Dick Wadhams for re-election as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. McNulty told a breakfast meeting of the Arapahoe County Republican Mens (and women's) Club that Wadhams did a  very good job navigating Colorado Republicans through the 2010 elections. "Dick is the right guy to lead us through the 2012 elections," McNulty said. Wadhams has announced that he is running for a third two-year term as chair. A new GOP central committee will elect the state pary's chair on March 13.

In response to my question, McNulty also said that he opposes the Medical Marijuana bill (HB 1043), which would make it easier to grow, sell, prescribe and buy pot. He said pot legislation "will go through several iterations" in the 2011 session of the General Assembly.

In response to a question about cutting the car tax increase that was enacted last year, McNulty said cutting would be a symbolic victory and that he is focused on winning real victories, not symbolic ones. In other words, he's not going to make repealing FASTER or cutting the car tax until he achieves his major goals.

McNulty said that the top priority for House Republicans is to cut state spending and to reform job killing regulations on the oil and gas and other industries. His second and fall back priority, he said, is to stop the Democrat-controlled Senate and Gov. John Hickenlooper from increasing spending.

However, McNulty said, he is not for cutting spending on K-12 education.

Higher education is another story, he said. The most money in the state budget that can be cut goes for higher education, which will take a hit, McNulty said.

When I asked whether the legislature can take power away from the faculty in higher education so that they no longer can block cost cutting efforts, McNulty said that Republicans will try to give the top executives and boards of the state's universities and community colleges more power to cut costs by reforming civil service laws that make it very difficult for them to layoff people. 

I hope to post clips of McNulty's comments this evening.

LINKS:

Medical Marijuana (HB11-1043.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 01/19/11 at 08:56 AM
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Al Gore admits corn ethanol a big mistake; will Mark Udall, Michael Bennet vote accordingly?

Some $7 billion in wasted corn ethanol subsidies will expire Dec. 31, and one of the chief supporters of those subsidies, Al Gore, says those subsidies are a huge mistake that will be politically difficult to fix. Because there are corn ethanol plants in Colorado, its Congressional delegation has voted to impose ethanol subsidies and taxes on voters and force drivers to buy gasoline that is 10% ethanol. This reduces milelage by 12% to 15%. Will Senators Mark Udall, Michael Bennet and the rest of the state's delegation do the fiscally and ethically responsible thing and vote against extending the subsidies and forcing drivers to buy ethanol? Don't bet your farm on it. LINK: U.S. corn ethanol was not a good policy—Gore, by Gerard Wynn.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 11/22/10 at 09:58 AM
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Mark Udall wants to put Colorado coal and petroleum industries out of business

Sen. Mark Udall wants to put Colorado's coal and petroleum producers out of business. He wants to send consumers' utility bill even higher. And he wants to pick winners and losers among developers of new businesses in the energy and other industries.

He thinks he knows what's best for Colorado, and he won't listen to anybody who disagrees, including voters who almost defeated Sen. Michael Bennet and sent three Colorado Obama Democrat members of the U.S.House packing.

Just how out-of-touch with Colorado economics and economic reality in general Udall is can be seen in this article that he recently co-authored with a couple of other Obama Democrats in the Senate. LINK: Clean energy: Economic key to 21st Century, by Debbie Stabenow, Kay Hagan & Mark Udall.


John Hickenlooper’s ‘voluntary tax’ on oil and gas industry would be ‘extortion,’ Tom Tancredo says

During last Friday's debate, John Hickenlooper said that he would fund higher education in Colorado with a "voluntary tax" on the highly regulated oil and gas exploration and production industries in the state.

That would be "extortion", charged Tom Tancredo, who has promised to not raise any taxes or fees if he is elected governor. Tancredo pointed out that because if Hickenlooper becomes governor and asks the oil and gas industry to accept a voluntary tax, they would have no choice to but to agree. If they didn't agree to the voluntary tax, Hickenlooper would impose even tougher regulations on them than Gov. Bill Ritter has. The Ritter regulations on Colorado's oil and gas producers has cost the state thousands of jobs, according to Repubicans. Democrats say the jobs have been lost because of sharply depressed natural gas prices. There's some truth in both arguments. Tancredo spoke to a rally in Littleton Saturday evening.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 10/31/10 at 10:25 PM
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Tom Tancredo says he would name Greg Brophy, Craig Meis to his cabinet

American Constitution Republican Party candidate Tom Tancredo today announced that if he is elected governor on Nov. 2 he will name Assistant State Senate Minority Leader Greg Brophy and Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis to his cabinet. Tancredo's announcement is his way of showing that if elected, he would quickly move to take over the leadrship of the state by bringing strong people into his cabinet and putting them to work on Colorado's budget and economic problems. Brophy has a very strong following on the Eastern Plains. He's a strong environmentalist, a farmer and a technology geek who will become the campaign's lede tweeter. Meis brings energy industry expertese to the campaign, and he will win votes for Tancredo on the Western Slope, especially in oil field and coal counties. This will free Tancredo to focus on the Front Range over the next three weeks. He's showing that he not only knows the issues  but also who the problem solvers are and that they will work for him and for Colorado. His news release follows the jump:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 10/09/10 at 02:51 PM
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Tom Tancredo will announce cabinet officers Saturday

In a smart bid for free media, "conservative independent" Tom Tancredo announced that tomorrow he will disclose the names of the people he would appoint to his cabinet if he won the gubernatorial race against John Hickenlooper in the Nov. 2 election. 

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 10/08/10 at 11:55 AM
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Scott McInnis, Dan Maes do themselves no good in Denver Post interviews

How maddening. Both Scott McInnis and Dan Maes have blown opportunities to sell themselves in today’s Denver Post. When you’re interviewed by the editorial board of a newspaper, show some respect by doing your home work, preparing for predictable questions and taking clear stands on tough issues. Be articulate.

Both interviews were way too short to give the candidates time and space to discuss the issues in depth. That’s the difference between a space-limited printed newspaper and a blog, where space is unlimited.

LINKs:

A conversation with Scott McInnis. Denver Post editorial board transcript.

A conversation with Dan Maes. Denver Post editorial board transcript.

McInnis’ record shows slow steps to the right. By Karen E. Crummy.

Gubernatorial candidate McInnis’ voting record inconsistent on abortion. By Karen E. Crummy.

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