Category Archives: Climate Change

Climategate 2: Don’t Give Greenpeace a Chance

By Nick Sibilla The United Nations (UN) has found itself entangled in yet another climate scandal. First, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was involved in “Glaciergate,” where it claimed that Himalayan glaciers would melt in 25 years. … Continue reading

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The Future? Higher Electricity Rates and More Oregonians on Assistance Programs

The Oregon Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue recently passed Senate Bill 863 (SB 863) which allows electric utilities to increase the amount of funds available for low-income assistance programs. The bill now moves to the Senate floor. Specifically, SB … Continue reading

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Misconceptions, myths and other assertions about renewable energy

Over my almost three years at Cascade Policy Institute, I have noticed that there are many misconceptions, myths and other assertions about renewable energy that need to be cleared up. This blog post is the first of many I hope … Continue reading

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Opening the door for more waste: House passes law to expand offset program

On Wednesday, the Oregon House voted to expand a 1997 law designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. On a 38-17 vote, twelve Republicans joined the chamber’s Democrats to pass the bill. In 1997, Oregon passed the nation’s first law (House … Continue reading

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The next step? Putting wind energy on trial?

The American Tradition Institute (ATI) is taking on renewable energy mandates in Colorado. Economic analyses have shown that renewable energy mandates like Senate Bill 838 passed in Oregon will have significant negative economic impacts. In addition, it is not the … Continue reading

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Did you know that Oregon has a carbon “tax”?

In 1997, Oregon passed the nation’s first law (House Bill 3283) regulating and attempting to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The law set up a carbon dioxide emission standard was established by HB 3283 which applies to baseload gas plants, non-baseload … Continue reading

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Proponents of federal “clean” energy standard should take lessons from Oregon

In the State of the Union address on January 25, President Obama proposed that the federal government impose an 80 percent renewable energy standard by the year 2035. This policy would FORCE utilities and thus ratepayers to pay for politically … Continue reading

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House Bill 2992 would classify hydroelectricity as renewable energy

Oregon does not currently classify hydroelectricity as renewable energy. This means the state’s renewable energy goals mandated by the legislature in 2007 will be reached by expanding expensive and inconsistent energy sources such as wind energy. House Bill 2992 would … Continue reading

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Oregon Catalyst features new Cascade report on renewable energy

http://oregoncatalyst.com/8204-darker-side-green-tens-thousands-lost-jobs-oregonians-pay-electric-bills.html Oregon Transformation makes a blog post on Oregon Catalyst describing the impacts of restrictive energy policies on the Oregon economy. These results came from our recently released economic analysis showing that renewable mandates imposed by the Oregon legislature in … Continue reading

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Solar versus nuclear?

Nuclear power has taken a hit recently because of the developing situation in Japan but is solar a viable substitute for the baseload electricity that nuclear provides? Check out what the Wall Street Journal and the National Center For Policy … Continue reading

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