June 25, 2016

Conservation is Conservative

Senate Passes Big Energy Bill: Cleaner, Here, Now

The United States Senate passed The Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) with strong bi-partisan support on Wednesday. With leadership from Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and the Republican Majority, the Senate in an overwhelmingly display of support passed the first major energy bill since 2007 in an 85-12 vote. The bill provides billions in research […]

DOE APPROVES SUPER HIGHWAY FOR WIND POWER

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy approved Clean Line Energy’s critical high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line to move low-cost wind energy from the Plains states to the Southeast. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line HVDC transmission projected was submitted to the DOE in July 2010 in response to a department solicitation under […]

WALKER, SNEED JOIN CONSERVAMERICA STAFF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: ROB SISSON 269.651.1808 Tina Beattie, Chairman of ConservAmerica, announces the addition of two highly talented individuals to the organization’s staff. Paul Walker has been appointed Executive Director and will focus on implementation of the ConservAmerica’s “Cleaner, Here, Now” energy strategy. Walker brings incredible depth of experience in public policy, energy, and […]

GOP ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT LEADERSHIP IN CONGRESS

In October 2015, Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte (NH), Mark Kirk (IL), Lamar Alexander (TN), and Lindsey Graham (SC) announced the formation of an Energy and Environment Working Group. Last week, twelve Republicans announced the formation of the Energy, Innovation, and Environment Working Group in the House of Representatives. Those members are: Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA), […]

Media Whiffs on Kasich’s Climate Change Answer

In a March 4 letter to CNN, 21 mayors of South Florida cities requested the topic of climate change be discussed at last night’s Republican debate. Moderator Jake Tapper asked the question, quoting a Republican mayor who wanted to know if each candidate accepted climate science and what strategy each would pursue if elected president. […]

A Sportsman Ponders Public Lands Management

Tony Hansen writes in Outdoor Life about alternatives to liquidating federal lands in the West. “In the paper, professors Bob Keiter and John Ruple outline five basic causes of frustration—not the least of which is the fragmentation of land by multiple land management agencies (think BLM vs. Forest Service, etc.) and the seemingly conflicting management […]

COWBOY COMMON SENSE: ID STATE REP. MERRILL BEYELER

Western public lands are a hot topic these days. In Idaho, there is a Republican state legislator by the name of Merrill Beyeler, a rancher by trade. Beyeler offers some common sense conversation about western lands issues, framed in the perspective of a rancher, a Republican, and a conservationist. “It’s a tragedy for the West,” […]

NUCLEAR POWER: NEW VS OLD GUARD

“The U.S. has been leading the Nuclear Age since the start of the Manhattan Project. It now produces nearly twice as much electricity from fission as France. But unless or until politicians in Washington — and, in particular, Democratic politicians, in state capitals like Sacramento and Albany — get serious about keeping existing reactors operating, […]

BIPARTISAN DELEGATION VIEWS ENERGY INNOVATION IN ALASKA

Tweet by Senate GOP Energy

Senator Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy and Environment committee, took a group of her colleagues to Bethel, Alaska to learn about energy innovation in remote Alaskan villages. Accompanying her were Senators Steve Daines (MT), John Barrasso (WY), and Shelley Moore Capito (WV). Read the full story at the Committee’s website.

SCOTUS AND WAPO ON DEMAND RESPONSE

“Environmental groups are cheering over the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling in the obscure yet deeply consequential case Federal Energy Regulatory Commission vs. Electric Power Supply Association, in which a 6-2 court decision blessed “demand response” — the idea that big companies (and maybe, someday, aggregated groups of individuals) can get paid for using less electricity […]