Archive for December 22nd, 2009

December 22, 2009

AFP Applauds Castillo For “No Climate Tax” Pledge

by lewwaters

Received in email this morning,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 22, 2009
Contact: Phil Kerpen or James Valvo (703) 224-3200

Americans for Prosperity Applauds U.S. House Candidate David Castillo


-Signs No Climate Tax Pledge-


WASHINGTON, DC—The free-market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) today applauded U.S. House candidate David Castillo, running in Washington’s Third District, for signing the group’s “No Climate Tax Pledge.” By doing so, Castillo joins more than 300 candidates and lawmakers on the federal, state and local levels pledging to “oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”

“The one thing elected officials should be able to agree on is that global warming shouldn’t be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses,” said AFP Policy Director Phil Kerpen. “We encourage all of Washington’s elected officials and candidates for elected office to sign the pledge.”

Prominent signers include: U.S. Senators Thune, Brownback, Roberts, Vitter, Wicker, Inhofe, and Coburn; U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner and Minority Whip Eric Cantor; and Lieutenant Governors Bolling (Va.) and Kinder (Mo.)

Cap-and-trade took its first step toward enactment when the U.S. House narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill, which escaped the lower chamber by a scant seven votes despite significant bipartisan opposition. Senators Boxer (D-Calif.) and Kerry (D-Mass.) have begun committee hearings on companion legislation in the Senate. However, key Democratic senators have expressed opposition to attempting to pass cap-and-trade.

President Obama has made no secret of his support for the bill, which would be the largest tax increase in American history. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has scored the House plan as an $846 billion increase in federal revenue, a burden that will be borne by taxpayers and consumers for decades to come.

“Using the guise of climate change to transfer dollars from hard-working citizens to bureaucratic big government is unacceptable,” said Kerpen. “Regardless of their stance on global warming, this should be common ground for all of our elected officials at all levels of government.”

The pledge is available online at AFP does not endorse candidates. All elected officials and candidates are encouraged to sign the pledge and go on the record in opposition to using the climate change issue to increase taxes and grow the size of government.

Americans for Prosperity® (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP has more than 900,000 members, including members in all 50 states, and 25 state chapters. More than 55,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial investment in AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit


Clark County Conservative remains in support of David Castillo to be voted in to replace outgoing incumbent, Brian Baird for Washington Stated 3rd Congressional District. This press release is another reason why.

David did not wait until the run appeared more like an easy run, but was the first to file to go up against Baird. David was prepared for the difficult run and even though not receiving party support early on, did the needed leg worked, raised necessary funds and formed a platform with constituents in mind, not a political future.

As we see, party insiders and favorites are jumping in or exploring the possibility of jumping in. Other candidates laud themselves as “Old-Timers Standing Out in the race,” although they filed after David and remain far behind him in funds raised, supporters and endorsements.

I can’t help but notice that David so far is the only candidate showing to have signed the AFP pledge to “oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”

Of those in State Office, only one, Rep. Dan Roach has also signed the pledge. Jaime Herrera’s name does not appear on the site nor does Joe Zarelli, who is exploring entering the race.

I fully expect others to jump in and sign soon in their ongoing efforts to catch up to and by-pass David.

I am troubled in this race by some things I am observing. David has been stumping all over the 3rd District since June and slowly building support due to his stance on the issues and his integrity and character. GOP Party chairs have not endorsed or supported him or any other candidate, as it should be since the party will support whoever gains the nomination.

I now see the one County Party Chair’s name prominently listed on Herrera’s site and another county party chair promoting Ms. Herrera, neither of which stood behind front-runner David Castillo or other candidates, Jon Russell and David Hedrick.

David has built an impressive endorsement list with Ms. Herrera seeking “co-endorsements” from some.

Apparently not receiving such “so-endorsements,” Ms. Herrera lists all those names under a list, “2008 Endorsements,” people who endorsed her in her run for the state legislator last year, some of whom now endorse David Castillo.

Is this an effort to make her list of endorsements appear larger? Is it really honest to play political games as that?

It should be remembered that Ms. Herrera first announced her bid within 2 hours of Brian Baird announcing he would not seek reelection, while David Castillo has been in the running the previous six months.

I am very disappointed to see Ms. Herrera jump in only after she could expect an easier run for office just as I am disappointed to see the names of 2 county GOP party chairs supporting or promoting her candidacy when both should remain neutral until the nominee is chosen by voters and committee, as expressed to me by one of those chairs.

My support remains with David Castillo, the candidate who wasn’t afraid of a tough run against an entrenched incumbent and who worked diligently to build his support to front-runner status from scratch.

That is the type of person we need representing us in Congress.

UPDATE: Sometime shortly after posting this, it has been noticed that Ms. Herrera has removed the 2008 endorsement list from her website. I applaud her doing so and relying on a more honest list of current endorsements.

December 22, 2009

Save The Planet, Eat Your Dog

by lewwaters

In the ever-expanding quest to reduce carbon and save the planet from the onslaught of global warming, forget studying cow flatulence, riding your bicycle or even recycling your SUV.

Robert and Brenda Vale, 2 New Zealand “specialists in sustainable living at Victoria University of Wellington,” have released their “study” claiming “the carbon pawprint of a pet dog is more than double that of a gas-guzzling sports utility vehicle.”

John Barrett of the Stockholm Environment Institute in York, Britain, was asked by New Scientist magazine to confirm the results. Calculating “eco-pawprints” with his own data, he arrived at “essentially the same results.

Says Barrett, “Owning a dog really is quite an extravagance, mainly because of the carbon footprint of meat.”

Cat owners aren’t off the hook either, according to the Vales. They also claim, “Cats have an eco-footprint of about 0.15 hectares, slightly less than driving a Volkswagen Golf for a year, while two hamsters equates to a plasma television and even the humble goldfish burns energy equivalent to two mobile telephones.”

The Vale’s research also concludes, “pets environmental impact is not limited to their carbon footprint, as cats and dogs devastate wildlife, spread disease and pollute waterways.”

Animal rights advocates and lovers aren’t impressed.

Sylvie Comont, owner of seven cats and two dogs says, “I think the love we have for our animals and what they contribute to our lives outweighs the environmental considerations.”

Reha Huttin, president of France’s 30 Million Friends animal rights foundation claims, “the human impact of eliminating pets would be equally devastating.” Reha says, “Pets are anti-depressants, they help us cope with stress, they are good for the elderly”

The Vales aren’t completely anti-animal, though. They also note that you can “offset” the carbon pawprint, or clawprint, by making sure your animal is dual purpose.

Robert Vale says, “Get a hen, which offsets its impact by laying edible eggs, or a rabbit, prepared to make the ultimate environmental sacrifice by ending up on the dinner table. Rabbits are good, provided you eat them.”


Am I the only one ready to put this farce of AGW behind us and start living our lives again?