Mr. Obama, border security must come first

It certainly looks as if the President has ignored his constitutional responsibility to secure borders and protect American citizens. Whether it is a fence or some other means, border security must come first.

“A weekly report distributed by a Texas state agency to senior law enforcement officials paints a grim picture of the Mexican border, where authorities regularly confront illegal immigrant gang members and draw automatic gunfire from across the Rio Grande, and where local, state and federal authorities fight a never-ending battle against drug smugglers.” click here

Senate Report exposes collusion of environmental elites; Shutting out regular citizens

This report is rather stunning. This may help to explain why the US has not made significant progress on alternative energies. Alternative energy development as well as fossil-fuel energy both suffer as a result. A summary of major points from the report, The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA :

• The “Billionaire’s Club,” an exclusive group of wealthy individuals, directs the far-left environmental movement. The members of this elite liberal club funnel their fortunes through private foundations to execute their personal political agenda, which is centered around restricting the use of fossil fuels in the United States.

• Public charities attempt to provide the maximum amount of control to their donors through fiscal sponsorships, which are a legally suspect innovation unique to the left, whereby the charity essentially sells its nonprofit status to a group for a fee.

• Public charity activist groups discussed in this report propagate the false notion that they are independent, citizen-funded groups working altruistically. In reality, they work in tandem with wealthy donors to maximize the value of the donors’ tax deductible donations and leverage their combined resources to influence elections and policy outcomes, with a focus on the EPA.

• Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) is a place where wealthy donors meet and coordinate the distribution of grants to advance the environmental movement. It is a secretive organization, refusing to disclose their membership list to Congress.

• The Obama Administration has installed an audacious green-revolving door among senior officials at EPA, which has become a valuable asset for the environmental movement and its wealthy donors.

• Former environmentalists working at EPA funnel government money through grants to their former employers and colleagues.

• Under President Obama, EPA has given more than $27 million in taxpayer-funded grants to major environmental groups. Notably, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense Fund – two key activists groups with significant ties to senior EPA officials – have collected more than $1 million in funding each.

• EPA also gives grants to lesser-known groups. For example, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade received hundreds of thousands of grants under former Administrator Lisa Jackson despite challenges by state regulators over the use of such grants.

• In New York and Colorado, a pseudo grassroots effort to attack hydraulic fracturing has germinated from massive amounts of funding by the NY-based Park Foundation, as well as CA-based Schmidt Family Foundation and Tides Foundation.

• Bold Nebraska is another example of faux grassroots where a purportedly local organization is, in fact, an arm of the Billionaire’s Club. It is a shield for wealthy and distant non-Nebraskan interests who seek to advance a political agenda without drawing attention to the fact that they have little connection to the state.

• The circumstances surrounding the flow of money from 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) groups, and the likelihood of lax oversight, raises questions as to whether 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundations and charities are indirectly funding political activities.

• 501(c)(4) Green Tech Action Fund receives millions of dollars from green 501(c)(3) organizations, then distributes the funds to other 501(c)(4) groups that donate to political campaigns.

• The Billionaire’s Club knowingly collaborates with questionable offshore funders to maximize support for the far-left environmental movement.

Heritage Foundation: “Extremism at the USEPA” panel discussion

Extremism at the EPA: A Discussion on Federal Overreach, Regulation Costs, and Climate Realities – July 28, 2014

Dr. Michael Mann confuses weather variability and “climate change”?

Dr. Mann is certainly entitled to voice his views. But I believe many of the points raised in this viewpoint article have already been shown to be inaccurate. Perhaps he is not aware of this. I would urge everyone to dig a little deeper to check out both sides of these issues before drawing any conclusions. However, I would request clarity in the definition of terms used in any future articles.

“If it’s seemed warm to you of late, you’d be right. It is warm — in southeastern Pennsylvania, throughout the state and around the world.” click here

Mr. John Podesta intentionally distorts climate reality

“They’re getting the fact that this is affecting their communities right now, whether that’s the drought in California, wildfires in the West, sea-level rise and storm surge.” click here

There will always be affects of changing climate. Some changes will be positive and others not so. Adaptation to changing regional conditions will always be necessary. Even the so called “deniers” recognize and support reasonable adaptation efforts in this regard.

What is not needed is a continuation of a politicized IPCC and further wasted government funding of “climate change” programs that cannot solve the problem. Right now ideology and the need for government funding is driving the “climate change” issue in Washington whether it is for defense, spending on climate models, or subsidies for alternative energy companies (remember Solyndra). Alternative energies as well as fossil-based fuels must stand on their own in the market place and should not be tied to “climate change”.

5 data sets confirm the global warming pause

“The IPCC never had a useful or legitimate scientific purpose. It was founded for purely political and not scientific reasons. It was flawed. It has failed. Time to sweep it away. It does not even deserve a place in the history books, except as a warning against the globalization of groupthink, and of government.” click here for full article.

US Chamber of Commerce confirms: Ms. Mary Landrieu (MS) needs to be replaced

Businesses and business organizations such as this buying elections can expect their public support to continue to fall while their rich-get-richer and the poor become poorer. Free-market capitalism is a good thing, but not when it is abused.

“Rob Engstrom, the US Chamber of Commerce’s national political director, recently told a gathering of trade association executives that the Chamber planned to endorse Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu in her reelection bid this year. The endorsement, reported by the New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, could decide the balance of power in the Senate and preserve Sen. Harry Reid as majority leader. “ click here