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European Fishermen Shut Down Industry Protesting High Fuel Prices

High fuel prices are filtering down and sparking civil protests across Europe’s southern tier.  Spain’s fishing industry – the largest in the EU – closed down today as an estimated 7,000-10,0000 members of Spain’s fishermen’s union (La Confederacion Espanola de Pesca, or Cepesca) representing some 1,400 businesses took their concerns to the streets of Madrid. Fishermen from across Spain have descended on the capital, …

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News Break: Houses Passes H.R. 6040 – Renewable Energy Tax Credit Extension Bill

Earlier this week we were hopeful that, after making it through the Way and Means Committee, the Energy and Tax Extenders Act of 2008 (H.R. 6040) would pass the full House. On Wednesday the bill was approved in the House by a vote of 263–160. If the bill can pass the Senate, where it has been opposed in the past due to reductions in tax …

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EPA and White House Continue to Stonewall Over California Waiver Decision – Johnson’s “Independent” Decision Raises Questions

After pouring over more the 27,000 pages of documents and listening to the sworn testimony of eight EPA officials, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, led by California Democrat Henry Waxman, has come to the general conclusion that EPA administrator Stephen Johnson is not as independent as he claims regarding the decision to deny a waiver allowing California to regulate tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions. …

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Extending Renewable Energy Tax Credits Make a Step Forward in Congress – National “Day of Action” in Support Set for Tuesday

Last Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee voted 25–12  to approve the Energy and Tax Extenders Act of 2008 (HR6049) worth $54 billion in tax breaks including the expansion of the refundable child tax credit and breaks for education and small business expenses. The bill also includes an extension of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy and other other tax breaks for research and development in solar and other alternative energy technologies. A …

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Polar Bears Are Protected? Apparently Not From Kempthorne’s Catch-22

I applaud the decision from the Department if Interior to include the polar bear on the endangered species list – even if there’s just a little bit of a “kicking and screaming the whole way” flavor to it. With that said, the very headline of the press release from the DOI sounded ominously like a loophole: Secretary Kempthorne Announces Decision to Protect Polar Bears …

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Senate Once Again Reject Drilliing in Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

If We’ve Told You Once We’ve Told You a Thousand Times: NO! Just a couple weeks ago president Bush chided congress for not opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to “environmentally sensitive” oil exploration, asserting that was a big reason why gas prices are currently so high. It’s the same old song and dance. Heading their master’s call,  Senators Mitch McConnel of Kentucky and Pete …

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Is Barrack Obama a Believer in Clean Coal?

That’s apparently what he’d like the voters of Kentucky to believe. But it’s unclear what good it will do for Kentucky. With Hillary taking some much deserved flak over the blatant pandering in her call for a “gas tax holiday”, Obama has been focusing his campaign in Kentucky on his support for clean coal technologies. Clean coal is generally considered coal burned in Integrated Gasification Combined …

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