The Northwest Connection

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Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

Its not seditious. It’s worse than that. It’s not racist. It’s worse than that. It’s not homophobic. It’s worse than that. What could be worse than all of these things? Criticism of the media!

Welcome to the weird world of the People’s Republic of Portland, where the newspaper of record, The Oregonian, lives in its own little world that has shifted so far left that it is no longer tolerant of any ideas that smack of reasonableness, liberalism, or, horrors, dissent! The only questions of merit for them are how fast their complete takeover of our society will proceed. Is violence OK? Do they allow endless hate speech if it directed at those of us who stand in their way? And what about censorship? Should they completely silence all educated voices that may seem middle-of-the road or slightly right of center? Continue reading

John Shanahan

Who is helping to create a better world? Who is determined to hold everyone back?

The world has changed tremendously since the early 1800s, as the growing use of fossil fuels made life on Earth increasingly better for most of us. People have far better, longer lives. Economies are better, stronger, more vibrant, more adaptable. Health care, education, transportation have improved greatly. Most governments are more stable and peaceful. There is less human pressure on the environment. Continue reading

Dr. Jay Lehr

Tom Harris

San Francisco Climate Action Summit intends to set the stage for controlling our lives

Batten down the hatches! A tsunami of global warming and “clean energy” propaganda is approaching! San Francisco is hosting the September 12-14 Global Climate Action Summit, a massive event at which “international and local leaders from states, regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society … will be joined by national government leaders, scientists, students, nonprofits and others … [to share] what they have achieved to date and commit to doing more to usher in the era of decarbonization.” Continue reading

Dr. Tim Ball

Tom Harris

Why is the US EPA still determined to control plant food and drive up electricity prices?

On August 29, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release “EPA Acting Administrator tours Ohio to promote ACE rule,” his proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule.

According to the release, the Trump Administration’s proposed rule will “replace the Clean Power Plan [CPP] and establish emission guidelines for [U.S.] states to develop plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Continue reading

Replacing Clean Power Plan with less harmful ACE rule does not fix fraudulent CO2 science

As the Punic Wars dragged on, Cato the Elder reportedly concluded every speech to the Roman Senate by proclaiming “Carthago delenda est” – “Carthage must be destroyed.”

Ample evidence suggests that the Obama era Environmental Protection Agency’s “Endangerment Finding” was devised in violation of basic scientific and transparency principles that ignored or excluded extensive evidence that contradicted its preordained outcome. The EF was then used to justify anti-fossil fuel rules that seriously harmed the energy security, jobs, health and welfare of millions of Americans. Continue reading

Nine states and the District of Columbia have now legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Is this a good thing? (Medicinal use is legal in 29 states.)

With loosening standards, it is no surprise that marijuana use is up across the board. Last year, 14% of Americans – one in seven – used pot. Laws actually do make a difference here, as 20% of Americans used pot where it is legal while only 12% used pot where it is against the law. The old saying is that “the law is a teacher,” and this serves as an example.

Citizens in a Christian country such as ours tend to have a high degree of regard and respect for the law, and by and large carry with them an assumption that lawmakers have put some thought and exercised some prudence in forming our laws. Continue reading

Portland’s Metro Council plans to award grants for its Investment and Innovation program this fall. The program seeks to strengthen the local infrastructure for waste reduction; but with a combination of corporate welfare and vague performance measures, its methods are murky at best and unethical at worst.

With $9 million in funding over three years, Metro’s program offers grants of up to $500,000 to both non-profit and for-profit organizations for projects in line with Metro’s waste reduction goals. The grants are limited to costs tied to waste reduction projects; but padding companies’ expenses to benefit these Continue reading

Americans, particularly conservative Americans, seem to have little awareness of how much rides on President Trump’s ability to survive the storm.

The Republicans, jellyfish that they are, certainly do not. Virtually no Republican on Capitol Hill has made any effort to stand by the president in his current troubles. They seem to shrug their shoulders at the prospect of the president being disabled in office or removed from it altogether. Many might even relish the prospect.

I want to be clear about one thing. It is impossible to defend the president’s behavior with porn stars and playmates a decade ago, and I certainly won’t. This is an entirely self-inflicted wound. None of this would be happening to the president if he’d kept his pants on. He has no one to blame for his current troubles but himself. Continue reading

Juvenile Asian elephant Samudra in the pool at Elephant Lands.  Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

‘Class clown’ of the zoo herd is known for his playful personality and love of water

Asian elephant Samudra turned 10 years old at the Oregon Zoo today, and it’s safe to say birthday boys don’t come much bigger. The playful pachyderm, who weighed 286 pounds at birth, now tips the scales at 7,545 pounds, and keepers expect him put on two to three more tons over the next decade.

“It’s been exciting to watch him grow up,” said Shawn Finnell, the zoo’s senior elephant keeper. “He’s getting more confident as he matures, but he still has the playfulness he was born with. He’s kind of like the class clown of the herd, always fun to be around.” Continue reading

Interior Department reverses activist-initiated Obama-era ban on farming activities in refuges

I don’t pull my punches over destructive, inhumane or just plain lunatic policies demanded by extreme environmentalists. I criticize them, as well as friends and “good guys,” when I think they got it wrong on energy or environmental issues. I also offer praise when it is deserved.

When Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke – whom I admire greatly – let a last-minute Obama endangered species designation for the “Rusty Patched Bumblebee” (RPB) take effect in March 2017, I faulted the decision (here and here). Continue reading

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