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    U.S. Forest Service Firefighting Fleet Depleted After Contract Cancellation

    An Obama administration decision to cancel a government contract for aerial firefighting planes in 2011 has left the U.S. Forest Service’s airborne fleet depleted as rapidly moving wildfires spread throughout the state of Colorado and elsewhere in the country amid excessive heat and extremely dry weather conditions. The reduction in … More

    Clean Energy Standard: Significant Costs, Insignificant Benefits

    In its pitch for a federal clean energy standard (CES), The Washington Post’s editorial board asks, “Will America do anything significant to slow climate change?” Assuming America actually needs to do something to slow climate change, even if the Post’s editorial board got its wish for a CES, America still … More

    Renewable Electricity Standard: Same as a National Energy Tax

    The probability of cap and trade becoming law rapidly diminished as more and more people saw it for what it truly is: a national energy tax. Since 85 percent of our energy comes from carbon-emitting fossil fuels, and the goal of cap and trade is to reduce carbon dioxide, a … More

    Circumventing Cap and Trade with an Another Bad Energy Bill

    In the midst of a crisis in the Gulf, some Senators are making a final push to pass energy and climate legislation this year. Senators John Kerry (D–MA) and Joe Lieberman (I–CT) are introducing a scaled-back version of their original cap-and-trade bill but still want to maintain a carbon cap. … More

    Morning Bell: Cap and Ban

    The front page of USA Today claims: “President Obama’s attempt to use the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to help propel comprehensive energy legislation has failed.” Don’t believe it for a second. On Monday the Obama administration reissued a ban on offshore oil drilling in the gulf after federal courts … More

    Fairness Doctrine Rears Its Head Again

    Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) went on the Jim Villanucci Show on Tuesday and lauded the “more intelligent level” of public discussion that the Fairness Doctrine fostered in decades past. Bingaman obviously doesn’t believe the Fairness Doctrine gives Americans a raw deal. Hear it for yourself below. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veF2KNlHW6w[/youtube]