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Thursday
Aug142014

ALG's Daily Grind - Why we still need coal!

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August 14, 2014

Why we still need coal
Increased coal electricity production was needed during this harsh winter to meet increased demand and decreased natural gas supplies. So, why are we shutting down 16 percent of coal electricity capacity with punitive EPA regulations?

Cartoon:Obama's Legacy

Brooks: Debt is the big threat to a happy retirement
Federal Reserve: "the percentage of homeowners age 65 and older carrying mortgage debt increased from 22 percent in 2001 to 30 percent in 2011."

Monday
Aug042014

PublicNotice - NEW POLL: Support for new EPA rules cratering among voters 

As thousands participate in public hearings around the country in Colorado, Georgia, and Washington, DC to discuss the EPA’s proposed power plant regulations, a new battleground poll was just released by the American Energy Alliance showing that the more Americans learn about the impact of the regulations, the more they oppose them.  Conducted by The Winston Group, the poll looks specifically at how support for the new EPA proposed power plant rule evaporates when Americans are given the all the details.

Looking at IA, CO, NC, MT and AR, the poll finds that despite initial support for new EPA regulations, every state flips dramatically after people hear arguments for and againstthe EPA proposal.

 

Read Chris Stirewalt’s report for Fox News here.

  

In addition, surveys in Colorado and Iowa indicate that voters will be less likely to support a Senate candidate who opposes the Keystone pipeline.

North Carolina

 

Support for the EPA rule goes from 59-32 support to 48-44 oppose after voters hear arguments both for and against the rule.  Despite many pleas, Senator Kay Hagan has affirmed her support for strict power plant rules, a position which puts her far too out of step with North Carolinians.

 

Colorado

 

Voters are 57-44 support to 50-37 oppose for the EPA rules after they hear arguments for and against.  Nearly half (46%) of Colorado voters would be less likely to support a Senate candidate who opposed the Keystone Pipeline.  Senator Mark Udall supports the EPA regs and could spell trouble this November.  The Colorado polling memo from the American Energy Alliance & the Winston Group can be read here.

 

Iowa

 

Voters are 64-31 support to 48-44 oppose after hearing arguments from both sides.  Over 40% of Iowa voters would be less likely to support a Senate candidate who opposed the Keystone Pipeline.  With Senate candidate Bruce Braley firmly behind the EPA’s rule and opposed to the Keystone Pipeline, this is sure to continue to be a major issue in Iowa as we head toward November.  The Iowa polling memo can be read here.

Main Takeaways

  • In all states surveyed, people believe that job creation and economic growth should be the Obama Administration’s top priority.
  • When presented with additional facts and information, initial support for the EPA rule changes dramatically – with every state flipping from tepid support to strong opposition.
  • The more people find out what is in the proposal and what it means for middle class Americans, job creation, and economic growth, the less they like it.
  • In Colorado and Iowa, voters say that a U.S. Senate candidate’s position on the stalled Keystone XL pipeline will be a major motivating factor heading into the voting booths this November.
  • A majority of voters reject the costly carbon tax proposal.

Note

This year, Australia repealed its 2012 power plant rules, which mandated a $21.50 charge (in U.S. dollars) per ton of emitted carbon dioxide.

 

The full polling memo from the American Energy Alliance & the Winston Group can be read here.

 

State Polling Memos

 

Arkansas

Colorado

Iowa

Montana

North Carolina

 

Wednesday
Jul302014

ALG's Daily Grind - Obama's lawlessness will cost Democrats a landslide defeat in November 

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July 29, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Obama's lawlessness will cost Democrats a landslide defeat in November
Phone lines on Capitol Hill have been overrun with livid voters, beside themselves and cynically unsurprised that Barack Obama is preparing yet another executive action that suspends the nation's immigration laws.

Cartoon: Border Crisis

America's bright energy future
The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that next year, the United States will surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's largest oil producer.

Controlling the past
"Obamacare has required its partisans to ignore reality."

Friday
Jul112014

Smith For US Senate - Sign the Petition! We Can't Afford to Pay More at the Gas Pump! 

Sign the Petition!
We Can’t Afford to Pay More at the Pump!

Bedford (July 10, 2014)- Join Senator Smith in Calling on Jeanne Shaheen & Scott Brown to renounce their support for a federal gas tax hike.

On June 9th, the Portsmouth Herald reported that Senator Jeanne Shaheen expressed her support for a federal gas tax hike at a June 8th meeting with transportation officials in Portsmouth.

A Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Massachusetts) article dated September 15, 2012 reports that then-Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) said that he would be "open to discussion of a gas tax hike..."

Granite Staters cannot afford to pay more at the pump!

Sign the petition and join with me in calling on Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown to renounce their support of a gas tax hike! The petition may be found here:

Petition Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown to Join Senator Bob Smith in Opposing Federal Tax Hike on Gasoline

Sincerely,

Senator Bob

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Monday
Jun302014

NH GOP - KUSTER AND SHEA-PORTER VOTE AGAINST LOWERING GAS PRICES FOR WORKING FAMILIES 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter voting against commonsense, bipartisan legislation that lowers gas prices for working families. With gas prices at a six-year high, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act will provide relief at the pump and help create jobs:

 

"Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter are wildly out of touch with the needs of New Hampshire, and their vote lowering gas prices during the busiest driving season of theyear hurts the working class families who are already struggling. Instead of standing up for their constituents, Rep Kuster and Rep Shea-Porter are taking orders from the liberal specials interests that are bankrolling their campaigns. It's time to replace both of them with responsible Republicans who will put New Hampshire residents first."

 

BACKGROUND

 

Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter vote no on H R 4899 Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act (On Passage: H R 4899 Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act, Open Congress, Accessed 6/27/2014)

 

The Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel and America That Works Act (H.R. 4899) would open new areas to energy exploration and development on our vast onshore and offshore federal lands.  The bill reverses the Obama Administration's policies that have driven federal oil production down six percent and federal natural gas down 28 percent since the president took office.  Currently, the U.S. is experiencing an energy boom on state and private lands - where natural gas production is up 33 percent and oil is up 61 percent since 2009. This is a testament to broken federal lands policy, part of which this bill seeks to fix.