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Soaking up rays, or soaking the taxpayer?

Soaking up rays, or soaking the taxpayer?

Contrary to popular belief, electric power is not like ice cream. You cannot have any flavor you want whenever you want it. Because power generation equipment is expensive, the only way to keep rates reasonable is to amortize capital costs over generations, meaning that the equipment needs to be utilized and actually last that long.

We have been lucky that previous generations understood this and built robust systems that lasted for a half century, producing power at low cost. Hydro, coal, and nuclear technology served the world admirably. When problems arose, we corrected them and moved on. Fish kills from hydro, noxious sulfur dioxide from coal, and safety issues with nuclear were all competently addressed to perfect the sources of power that have kept the lights on at reasonable cost since Thomas Edison invented the technology. Continue reading

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

Green gangsters rip us off while enriching the 0.1% and trashing the environment

By Mary Kay Barton

“America is being auctioned off to the highest bidder.” Donald J. Trump

A recent Joe Mahoney article, NY looks to the wind to replace its fossil fuel diet, was full of half-truths and misinformation.

There is nothing “free,” “clean” or “green” about industrial wind. Quite the contrary: the true costs of industrial wind development are astronomical. Yet, the wishful thinking of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, “green” ideologues, and “renewable” energy hustlers and subsidy seekers who benefit from this massive taxpayer and ratepayer rip-off has been repeated by countless “journalists” without question for years now. Continue reading

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and a veteran of anti-malaria campaigns

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power- Black death.

Climate change is all-purpose excuse for Big Green and federal misfeasance and malfeasance

First the Obama EPA came for coal mines, coal-fired power plants, miners, workers, investors, and all who depend on reliable, affordable electricity. Then the EPA, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and other agencies came after oil and gas drilling and fracking, and the workers, industries and families that need petroleum. They’re also targeting farming, ranching, airlines and manufacturing.

It’s all to stop “dangerous manmade climate change,” rising seas, warmer and colder weather, wetter and drier seasons, and other “unprecedented” calamities. Now the Feds want us to believe worsening forest fires threaten communities, wildlife and wildlife habitats because we burn fossil-fuels. Continue reading

The Draper Girls: Their farm is can't miss!

The Draper Girls: Their farm is can’t miss!

cherriesinkimbcolHow long has it been since you have had fruit fresh off the tree? Tired of eating fruit from your local grocery that has no taste? Then you need to come to the Draper Girls Country Farm. Not only do they have a plethora of fresh fruits like, cherries, peaches, nectarines, and apricots, but also early summer vegetables. The best part is you can pick them yourself, or you can purchase them already in a basket, ready to take home.

The farm is beautifully landscaped and maintained with Mt. Hood in the background. Continue reading

Paula Olson, The Northwest Connection

Paula Olson, The Northwest Connection

safe_GirlLemonadeStand1Last year I wrote about Letterboxing as an enthralling treasure-hunt style activity and public library summer reading programs as methods to fill time and keep the edge on those nine months of education that your child just completed. I also consistently mention how much our children simply want to spend time with their parents. They don’t necessarily need a trip to Disneyland, Great Wolf Lodge or a Caribbean resort to make a happy memory with you. Instead, consider conserving what is in your wallet and instead go for these simple methods of spending time together without spending money.

Help your child start a lemonade stand. Continue reading

cottonCandyMicrosoft Word - Document2The Hood River County Fair, presented by Griffith Motors, returns Wednesday through Saturday, July 27-30. It’s a fun and traditional family-oriented county fair, that’s been named the “best in the state.” The fair is known for outstanding entertainment, fun activities for kids and adults, displays and exhibits, and food to please every taste. The scenic fairgrounds are at 3020 Wy’east Road, south of Hood River, near the community of Odell. Continue reading

Malibu Hybrid 2016 Suburban Chevrolet 2016-07-17 028

By Jim Kight

By Jim Kight

It didn’t take much encouragement for me to test drive the new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. As a matter of fact the general manager for Suburban Chevrolet, Jeff Baldwin, came up with the same car to feature at the same time. The Malibu Hybrid is the latest model to be introduced this spring by GM. It competes with other hybrids that have been on the market longer. The Malibu stand head and shoulders above their competition and highly rated among car critics.

My first impression is the styling. When I walked up to the car I immediately wanted to get behind the wheel. This is one attractive automobile that has very distinctive styling. The seats were very comfortable and easy to adjust with the 6-way power seats and lumbar support for the driver. The passenger side on this model also had power seats. Continue reading

John A. Charles, Jr. is President and CEO of Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization

John A. Charles, Jr. is President and CEO of Cascade Policy Institute

Portland school superintendent Carole Smith announced her resignation this week after nine years on the job.

The next steps are predictable: The school board will conduct a national search for a successor and eventually sign someone to an expensive contract. After a short honeymoon, the new leader will sink into the bureaucratic quagmire and leave after a short and forgettable tenure.

Management experts know that if system results are disappointing, you need to change the system, not the people. The single most important change Portland could make would be to redesign how the money flows.

Right now, tax dollars go to school bureaucracies, regardless of results. Students are assigned to schools like widgets in a factory, and few families have a “Plan B” if they are unhappy. Continue reading

Students are learning energy and climate change advocacy, not climate science

David Legates, PhD, CCM, Professor of Climatology, University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware

David Legates, PhD, CCM, Professor of Climatology, University of Delaware

For almost thirty years, I have taught climate science at three different universities. What I have observed is that students are increasingly being fed climate change advocacy as a surrogate for becoming climate science literate. This makes them easy targets for the climate alarmism that pervades America today.

Earth’s climate probably is the most complicated non-living system one can study, because it naturally integrates astronomy, chemistry, physics, biology, geology, hydrology, oceanography and cryology, and also includes human behavior by both responding to and affecting human activities. Current concerns over climate change have further pushed climate science to the forefront of scientific inquiry.

What should we be teaching college students?

At the very least, a student should be able to identify and describe the basic processes that cause Earth’s climate to vary from poles to equator, from coasts to the center of continents, from the Dead Sea or Death Valley depression to the top of Mount Everest or Denali. Continue reading

Steven Lyazi is a student and day laborer in Kampala, Uganda.

By Steven Lyazi is a student and day laborer in Kampala, Uganda.

When will its leaders focus on vital issues affecting its people, instead of lining their pockets?

Africa is still battling “transitional periods,” from slavery and colonialism, to neocolonialism and eco-imperialism. Its wars, diseases and suffering will never end until we stop having greedy leaders who only care about their families, cronies and tribal members.

The continent has enough natural resources to bring peace, health and prosperity to nearly everyone. And yet 90% of Africans still lack electricity and basic necessities, while corrupt leaders who could help transform our nations embezzle billions and leave parents and children starving and poor. Continue reading

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