Florida Action Alert

Action Alert

Governor Rick Scott is reviewing H.B. 7117, a bill that gives $100 million in tax incentives for renewable energy, which was passed during the 2012 session. He has until April 14th to decide whether this bill should become law or be vetoed.

Today AFP, the Hartland Institute, Victoria Jackson and a dozen fellow Patriots conducted a press conference in Tallahassee, asking Gov. Scott to please Veto this bad energy bill. To watch the entire press event, click here

We have already received several media hits and positive response. To date we have placed more than 1100 phone calls and more 2000 emails in to the Governor’s Office.

We have only three more days to make the difference! Please continue to push the veto with your organizations members. More importantly, please personally call the Governor’s office and tell them the membership numbers in your organization and that you are asking the Gov to veto HB 7117.

You can reach the Governor’s office at the following number. 850-488-7146

That sounds like a big number but we need many more! Please call, write, or email Governor Scott. Here is his contact information:

Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
To email Governor Scott, click here.
850-488-7146

Contract From America

The Tea Party Patriots (TPP) is soliciting input on the top 10 issues for the “Contract From America”.

The Contract from America serves as a clarion call for those who recognize the importance of free market principles, limited government, and individual liberty. It is the natural extension of a movement that began in the local communities and quickly spread across America in response to unprecedented government expansion, reckless spending, and a blatant disregard by our leaders of the nation’s founding principles.

During the past several months, hundreds of thousands of Americans have debated thousands of ideas to solve our nation’s most pressing problems. It has been an open process and has provided a genuine opportunity to give voice to a broad cross section of concerned Americans.

Now we enter the next phase; to narrow the list and let America draft the final version of the Contract from America. Click HERE to vote on your priorities. The final document will be unveiled on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Together, we can and will make a difference.

Choose from the following list by voting HERE:

  • DEMAND A BALANCED BUDGET
  • STOP THE TAX HIKES
  • COMMIT TO REAL GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY
  • PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION
  • PASS MARKET-BASED HEALTHCARE & HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM
  • ENACT FUNDAMENTAL TAX REFORM
  • END RUNAWAY GOVERNMENT SPENDING
  • LET US SAVE
  • PROTECT INTERNET FREEDOM
  • GIVE PARENTS MORE CHOICES IN THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN
  • PASS AN “ALL OF THE ABOVE” ENERGY POLICY
  • PROTECT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
  • RESTORE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY & CONSTITUTIONALLY LIMITED GOVT
  • PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
  • REJECT CAP & TRADE
  • STOP THE PORK
  • AUDIT THE FED
  • NO MORE BAILOUTS
  • STOP CAREER POLITICIANS & CURB LOBBYIST POWER
  • SUNSET REGULATIONS & ENACT FUNDAMENTAL REGULATORY REFORM
  • LET US WATCH
  • Do You Know Where Your Donations are Going?

    Every year about this time, as the tax year winds down, I review the charitable donations I want to make before year-end and see if the money is going where I expect.  One very good tool for this purpose is charitynavigator.org – they rate all the nationally known groups based on how much collected funds go to programs and how much to administration and fund raising.  Their top rating, 4 stars, goes to the very best.  I would urge everyone who is reading this to check your own charities and see where the money goes.

    One of my favorites of the 4 stars has always been The Nature Conservancy.  I have been a contributor for quite a few years and my company provides matching funds for environmental groups whose main mission is not simply advocacy.  Unlike some of the overtly leftist environmental groups like GreenPeace (charitynavigator doesn’t rate them because they are mainly political), the Conservancy had a solid business model that a conservative could love – they used their considerable assets to partner with businesses and governments to actually buy land for reserves and refuges, all around the world.  They stayed out of politics for the most part and focused on the core mission of preserving ecosystems.

    Now, alas, that is changing.  Last year, a new CEO was named – Mark Tercek, a Goldman Sachs alumnus with expertise in climate exchange financing (aka. Cap&Trade).  Mr. Tercek has placed the Conservancy smack in the middle of the “Climate Change Agenda”, and it is now overtly political.   Most of the articles and editorials in their (otherwise) very nice magazine “Nature Conservancy”, have started beating the drum for global Cap&Trade initiatives and tracking of “carbon credits”. 

    If you would like to see what Mr. Tercek has been involved in, see this article from the Stanford Business School:  http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/headlines/goldman_story.html where you will find: 

     “Tercek said Goldman Sachs also is active in the markets for carbon emissions. In September 2006, it made a minority equity investment in Climate Exchange PLC, which owns several European and U.S. trading platforms that facilitate trading in environmental financial instruments: the European Climate Exchange (ECX), the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) and the newly created California Climate Exchange (CaCX), the company’s Web site says.

    Some of the stuff makes you want to break out the duct tape before your head explodes, and I finally had enough.   When I got my annual renewal mailing, I wrote the following letter to Mark Tercek:

    Mark Tercek, CEO
    The Nature Conservancy
    4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
    Arlington, VA 22203-1606

    Mr. Tercek

    Recently I received a short note over your signature, asking me to renew my membership in the Conservancy.

    Over the past several years, I have made contributions of several thousand dollars, and had believed that the organization was unique among the environmental NGOs, having forged partnerships with businesses and governments, and using it’s assets as leverage to achieve real change in local ecosystems. Other organizations which I had supported in the past (Greenpeace, WWF, some others) lost me when they became openly anti-capitalist and anti-western. I had even begun exploring a substantial legacy gift to the Conservancy so convinced was I that your model was effective and achieving positive result.

    Alas, then you became CEO and the Conservancy has turned leftward with the rest of them and embraced the “Great Climate Change Agenda”. I am an engineer and have a lot of experience in data analysis and computer modeling, and it was clear to me long before “ClimateGate” that the so-called “science” was more political than genuine.

    Is there climate change going on? Of course there is – that is the nature of physical systems. The earth is complex and composed of many micro-climates, but clearly the suns cycles, variations in ocean currents, volcanic activity and other macro forces have much more to do with climate change than the energy use of the few billion humans crawling around on its surface. The whole rational for the relationship between CO2 concentration and global temperatures is weak – it is more likely that CO2 follows temperature, not the other way around. Witness what happens when a carbonated soda is placed in the sun.

    No, all this is more about money than climate, and given your background, I’m sure you have figured out a way to profit from climate exchange financial instruments as well as Al Gore and the rest. Luckily, the world is now waking up to the scam. It was fitting that now even the UN and developing countries are starting to suspect that they may be cut out of the most lucrative part of the looting.

    As long as Climate Change remains the primary focus of the Nature Conservancy, do not expect another penny from me.
     

    Sincerely,

    Fred Scheibl
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    Will “Climategate” be the end of Cap & Trade?

    The East Anglia emails continue to churn in the part of the media that isn’t wholly owned by the left. 

    For those who have not been following this story, the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU) is considered the “keeper” of the global warming narrative.  Their data and computer models have been used by most of the groups pushing the agenda, including the UN IPCC.  Now a hacker (or possibly an internal whistle-blower) has made public 60mb of emails to and from the CRU scientists that show a wide scale pattern of falsified data, active suppression of dissent and manipulation of science and media on a global scale.   It is plausible that the release could be the tipping point that exposes the whole Global Warming Hysteria for what it is – a massive fraud aimed at crippling the economies of the western democracies.

    This has the feel of the Acorn scandal in that the story won’t go away and the MSM will have to cover it eventually. We even have Barbara Boxer calling the release of the emails a “criminal act” that needs to be investigated. This post will track some of the more interesting articles about the issue.

    Science is on the Credibility Bubble  Daniel Henninger in the Wall Street Journal

    Al Gore cancels Speech in Copenhagen  it was going to be titled “Climate Conclusion”

    Lord Monckton’s summary of Climategate and its issues Summaries from several sources

    Saving the planet will be the real disaster Charles Moore in the UK Telegraph

    Global warming controversy hits NASA climate data Stephen Dinan in the Washington Times

    Here comes Copenhagen: As the fraud turns  Pittsburg Tribune editorial

    Climategate e-mails sweep America, may scuttle Barack Obama’s Cap and Trade laws by Gerald Warner in the UK Telegraph

    http://www.nocapandtrade.com/  a website that debunks some of the Cap&Trade myths

    Lord Monckton (full version)


    Lord Monckton Speech (short version)