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Dr. Jay Lehr

By Paul Driessen

Toxicology scientist documents fraud in Nobel award for “Linear No Threshold” toxicity model

The 2018 elections underscore the need for bipartisan efforts to address scientific frauds that promote and justify ever more stringent regulations – often to the great detriment of people, patients and society.

In fact, world-renowned toxicology expert Dr. Edward Calabrese has now discovered and documented fraud behind the award of the 1946 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. The prize was given to Hermann Muller for his claimed discovery that even small or infinitesimal amounts of radiation can cause cancer. It is the ridiculous assertion that there is Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

2018 elections bring mixed messages and require climate and renewable energy reality check

The “Blue Wave” never really reached shore, the U.S. Senate is still in Republican hands, the House of Representatives flipped to Democratic control, Trump era deregulation and fossil fuel production efforts continue, several governorships and state houses went from red to blue – and almost all state renewable energy and carbon tax ballot initiatives went down in flames.

On the global stage, despite Herculean efforts by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and activist groups to redefine “climate Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

New book analyzes near-total foreign dependency for critical minerals – and offers solutions

In 1973 OPEC countries imposed an oil embargo to retaliate for US support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War. Drivers endured soaring gasoline prices, blocks-long lines, hours wasted waiting to refuel vehicles, and restrictions on which days they could buy fuel. America was vulnerable to those blackmail sanctions because we imported “too much” oil – though it was just 30% of our crude. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

The short answer is “NO!” But the longer answer is “Nonsense! Carbon dioxide is essential for life on this planet, important in many industrial applications, and not producing the warming that has been predicted.”

Of course, you will never see that explained in the constant climate propaganda, featuring photos of giant smokestacks spewing smoke or automobiles apparently belching smoke on a cold morning. They know that few people will realize that the “smoke” is really just water vapor. Water vapor is the other benign byproduct of our civilization and a much stronger “greenhouse gas.”

To be sure, smokestacks and automobile tailpipes do exhaust carbon dioxide too, but it is a colorless odorless gas that is invisible. If you want to see it, you will need to go to a grocery store and buy a chunk of solid CO2, commonly called ‘Dry Ice.’ But be careful, it is very cold and will disappear as it warms up, without ever Continue reading

Miranda Bonifield

For students born with learning disorders like dyslexia, learning to read without a specialized program is an incredibly difficult task. Instead of being a satisfying challenge, it becomes a demoralizing chore.

Consider the experience of Tara Mixon, who quit her job to homeschool her dyslexic first grader. His self-confidence had plummeted when he couldn’t learn to read alongside his Kindergarten class. Transitioning to a single income meant she couldn’t afford specialized tutoring, which often costs more than $50 per hour. Continue reading

Two-hundred and thirty-one years ago the U.S. Constitution was signed making America a Constitutional Republic. It is hard to understand why so many U.S. citizens continue to call our political system a “democracy.”

“Thus, a constitution that limited the power of government was necessary to preclude elected officials from imposing tyranny on the people.” This is why they (our founders) adopted a constitution with limited enumerated power, divided and checked across several branches and levels. (Executive; Legislative; Judicial.) Continue reading

Frank Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Elections are evidence that both pandering to personal self-interests and appealing to every bodily organ but the brain are effective strategies. Politicians who are able to camouflage their desire for power in altruistic catch-phrases that appeal to emotion, ignorance, and naïveté are usually going to be victorious over those who tell the hard realities… a.k.a. the Truth.

What are the motives—the impulses—that induce citizens to vote? If we start with the most sublime inducement, we would probably argue that “it” is a personal sense of national duty. Many persons consider voting to be a responsibility of citizenship and a right of all citizens in a Republic. And a percentage of these persons make their own material interests subordinate to the collective, national interest. They reason that what is best for the nation is best for them, even if sacrifices are required in the short term. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

In the last two years, the Republican had a once in a generation opportunity to enact a thoroughly conservative agenda and to diminish the Democrat Party as a political force.

Unfortunately, through fecklessness and lack of true conservative convictions, they have now squandered that opportunity, likely for good. Republicans took the House from the Democrats in 2010 because they believed in and campaigned on conservative principle – resisting the gargantuan growth of government, returning power to the people, reducing government spending and taxes. Virtually none of it got done.

The last two years have been particularly disappointing as Republicans were unable to do something as basic as fund the border wall that the president campaigned on and the people wanted. Continue reading

John R. Charles, Jr. President, Cascade Policy Institute

Governor Kate Brown’s top health care administrator is requesting that the legislature increase taxes on beer, wine, cider, cigarettes, cigars, and vaping pens. If approved, the taxes would result in $784 million in new revenue for the state over the next two years.

Health officials claim that this is a “public health” measure designed to reduce consumption of harmful products, but it’s really just a money grab. The state has an estimated shortfall of $800 million in Medicaid funding, and this proposal conveniently would raise almost that amount.

However, the proposed tax probably will not actually raise that much money because of a built-in contradiction: If consumption goes down, then tax revenue has to go down as well. Legislators cannot support it as both a public health measure and a revenue-raiser at the same time. For one goal to succeed, the other must fail. Continue reading

Justus Armstrong, Cascade Policy Institute

ABC’s Shark Tank may be coming to the Portland region—not in the form of a reality TV special, but as a taxpayer-funded project that positions the Metro regional government to act as a venture capital firm. Rather than investing in the success of growing businesses, however, the Sharks at Metro plan to fund temporary pilot projects that test new transportation technology.

Metro proposes that its Partnerships and Innovative Learning Opportunities in Transportation (PILOT) program—a component of the Emerging Technology Strategy—would help meet its “guided innovation” goals, but the shortsighted approach of this program ignores a vital question: Are risky technological investments the best use of taxpayer funding? Continue reading

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