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Posts in category Natural Resources

Northwest Coal Terminals Advance Despite Opposition From Environmental Groups | FreedomWorks

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As I’ve documented in previous posts, the organized environmental left is marshalling forces to oppose Powder River Basin (PRB) coal exports to Asia via ports in the Pacific Northwest. Despite their best efforts at fear mongering about supposed environmental effects, local officials are beginning to push back against the prevailing narrative. Realizing that the opposition […]

Northwest Coal Train Fight – The Modern Day Spotted Owl | FreedomWorks

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If it’s a cleaner burning coal and it lowers costs for consumers, why would environmentalists oppose it? The short answer is that they’ve waged a war on coal, and they want to kill the industry altogether.

The Greening Of Portland

The Greening Of Portland

About a year and a half ago, then Portland mayor Sammy Adams and his cohorts on the Portland City Council decreed a radical, “green” approach to waste disposal: they sent little plastic slop buckets (made in Canada, naturally) out to virtually every house in the city, and cut garbage pickups to twice a month – […]

Oregon Environmental Commission Targets Fossil Fuels

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If it’s successful, convenient, inexpensive, and makes our lives better, environmentalists want to kill it.  They won’t be happy until we’re all back in utopian bark hut villages, walking on dirt paths, illuminated only by moonlight. The Oregonian reports: Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission voted 4-1 today to require fuel distributors to begin reporting the carbon content of […]

Fisherman, Residents Rebel Against Agenda 21 ‘Ocean Grab’ By State Bureaucrats For ‘Wave Energy’

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This is what ICLEI and Agenda 21 look like when they are put into implementation at the local level. KOBI 5 News reports: Generated energy in Oregon could soon come from the waves of the Pacific Ocean. The state is setting up a number of buoys along the Oregon coast in an effort to reduce […]

Metro Funding Crisis!

In 1995 and 2006, Metro persuaded voters in the Tri-County area surrounding Portland, Oregon to allow the agency to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed bonds in order to acquire natural areas “for the benefit of wildlife and people”. Unsurprisingly, the brain-trust at Metro ran right out and bought up thousands of acres of […]

November 12 is the first anniversary of 54°40’ Or Fight!

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I am proud and humbled to celebrate the first anniversary of this blog. It has evolved quite a bit in its first year. I am most proud of the contributors who have agreed to post their stories at 54°40’ Or Fight! We now have 21 active contributors from around the State of Oregon. Several veteran […]

Basic American Rights Series

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Over the weekend, Romney held his own against a tough and very biased liberal host, David Gregory, on Sunday’s Meet the Obama Lapdogs. Sorry. That’s a little typo there. I meant, “Meet the Press.” But no matter who gets elected, we need to safeguard our rights. Today is the last day to get the 30% […]

Tax Dollars + Corn = Ethanol

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If you pay any attention to energy issues, you may believe it impossible that a major media outlet could run a long story about escalating food prices without even once mentioning the role of the federal government madates regarding ethanol as part of the equation. You’d be wrong. Writer Glenn Smith has managed to accomplish just that, […]

Metro/Oregon Zoo Peddles More Baloney (Is That Even “Sustainable”?)

They’re using their carefully-crafted “Opt-In survey” to steer folks toward accepting their party line on “green” and “education” – rather than worrying about mundane things like responsibility for the animals in their care: The Oregon Zoo is home to 260 species of animals and welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors each year. What should all […]

Oregon Man Sent To Jail For Collecting Rainwater On His Own Property

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View at Fox News  A man who has collected rainwater in ponds on his property for fire protection for 37 years is now suddenly on his way to jail.  Why?  Because the state of Oregon claims ownership of all water – even the rain that falls on your private property. Kendra Alleyne reports at CNS […]

2016 the movie, voter education for 2012

2016 the movie, voter education for 2012

Dinesh D’Souza has been accused of many things over the years. He has been accused of falsely representing the words of the Obama Administration many times, he has been called a racist and generally painted by many in the Mainstream media as an alarmist. Those of us who hail from the right side of our […]

Let It Flow, Let It Flow…Portland Bureau of “Environmental Services”

Naturally, the team of crack journalists at The Zero got it wrong: A sewage spill closed off a portion of Fanno Creek Trail in Southwest Portland Friday night. About five gallons of sewage per minute was “streaming” along the trail, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services said in a statement. Wrong on both counts: the “spill” […]

Vintage Media Exceptionalism

Vintage Media Exceptionalism

Why wouldn’t you believe? In yet another example of journalistic exceptionalism, a story yesterday from Phoenix, Arizona: PHOENIX (AP) – An 84-year-old cotton gin in Buckeye that’s a symbol of the town’s farming heritage is slated for demolition. The Town Council voted earlier this month to spend up to $70,000 to tear down the Eastman Gin. […]

Kitz wants input on Energy Plan

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The Oregon “Conservation” League (i.e., the legalized-theft-and-destruction-of-private-property league) is mass-mailing an email saying Gov. Kitzhaber wants “input” on his 10-year Energy Plan for Oregon. Take a listen: I Spy Minute Thurs July 26 2012 Or read the transcript below. Here are the links mentioned in the Minute: Go here for details of the plan or […]

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  • Washington responds to House pulling the AHCA March 24, 2017
    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan conceded Friday that there are not enough votes to pass the American Health Care Act through his chamber. Ryan needed 216 votes to pass the legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a system of flat tax credits dispersed to residents based on age, […]
  • Press Release: O’Ban, Rossi say Sound Transit move to engage misses mark March 24, 2017
    The Sound Transit board passed a motion today to authorize its CEO “to continue communications and engagement with the State Legislature” in order to “pursue options to address public concerns” about its inflated car tab tax calculation method.  Sens. Steve O’Ban and Dino Rossi said the premise of the motion does not address the public […]
  • Republicans share their budget proposal, but don’t expect a deal anytime soon March 23, 2017
    The Republican Senate majority unveiled its proposed budget for the 2017-2019 biennium this week. The $43.3 billion plan to fund state government includes $1.8 billion in new money for schools, spending more than 50 percent of the state budget on education for the first time since the 1980s. Senate plan spends over 50% of state […]
  • Obama-Backed Group Appears at Democracy Alliance Donor Strategy Summit March 25, 2017
    A group that is backed by former President Barack Obama participated at a gathering of deep-pocketed progressive donors who huddled together in Washington, D.C. to map out strategies to "restore progressive government" and to ensure fair redistricting in upcoming years. The post Obama-Backed Group Appears at Democracy Alliance Donor Strategy Summit appeared first on Washington […]
  • Iran Faces Stricter Sanctions in Bipartisan House, Senate Bills March 25, 2017
    Iran would be hit with tougher sanctions over the ongoing development of its ballistic missile system under new legislation introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and Senate late Thursday. The post Iran Faces Stricter Sanctions in Bipartisan House, Senate Bills appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last March 25, 2017
    Leo Durocher once boasted that he never lied to Branch Rickey, the stern, churchgoing president of the Brooklyn Dodgers—but that wasn't out of respect. He always told Rickey the truth, Durocher explained, because he figured that "Mr. Rickey never asked a question he didn't already know the answer to." The post Nice Guys Finish Last […]
  • Backstabbing in the Self-Driving Car Industry March 24, 2017
    Bloomberg has a long article about Google’s lawsuit against Uber over self-driving car technology. In a nutshell, one of Google’s top engineers, Anthony Levandowski, left Google to start a new company called Otto that was then purchased by Uber for $700 million, and Google is accusing Levandowski of taking its company secrets with him and […]
  • Transit Ridership Down 2.3% in 2016 March 23, 2017
    With little fanfare, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released its fourth quarter 2016 ridership report last week. When ridership goes up, the lobby group usually issues a big press release ballyhooing the importance of transit (and transit subsidies). But 2016 ridership fell, so there was no press release. The report showed that light-rail ridership […]
  • Did Nader Really Call Apple a Monopoly? March 22, 2017
    “Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, concerned about fake news prevalent on social media sites, believes Congress should weigh in with antitrust legislation targeting Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple,” reports the Washington Examiner. Say what? Just what do Microsoft and Apple have to do with so-called fake news? How are any of these companies monopolies? Is Ralph […]