EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Pulls the Plug on the Clean Power Plan

by Steve MacDonald October 9, 2017

Back in March, President Trump signed an Executive Order asking the EPA to review the (the awful terrible) Clean Power Plan. EPA has, and now they are taking a hatchet to it. “I’m here to make an announcement that’s very, very important for you. Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., I’ll be signing a proposed rule to […]

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High Electric Rates: NH Businesses Will Expand or Relocate Elsewhere

by Steve MacDonald December 12, 2016

In this morning’s Manchester Union Leader the front page has a report on how Granite State businesses looking at expansions would like to grow in New Hampshire but are forced to look outside the state because our energy costs are prohibitive. “If we don’t have an assurance of reliability and a drastic reduction in our energy costs, […]

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N.H. Republicans Aim to Divert RGGI Funds with Koch-Backed Bill.

by Steve MacDonald August 15, 2016
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I was poking around the internet when I stumbled across a Feb. 2015 article on ClimateWire about New Hampshire’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is a multi-state coalition that forces power producers to buy credits based on emissions. They then pass that cost on to ratepayers (your employer, your family, you) […]

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New Hampshire Joins 18 State Coalition Looking to Screw the Rest of the Nation

by Steve MacDonald November 9, 2015
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On November 4th the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office issued a press release announcing that it will join “24 States, Cities, and counties” in defense of  the EPA’s clean power plan (CPP). There are 18 states involved in this ‘defense’ posture, half of whom are already bound up by a the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. These RGGI […]

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Shouldn’t NH Move the RGGI Money to the Road Repair Budget?

by Steve MacDonald March 30, 2015
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Back on Feb 17 I made what I thought was a very sensible suggestion. If Global warming still causes increased snowfall… …seems to me the tens of millions in RGGI emissions reduction plunder we get annually would be  better spent offsetting the cost of snow removal. I don’t think they listened, but I have another, […]

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Hey, I’d get a coupla slurps back from that cuppa coffee Big Govt spenders keep wanting me to fork over!

by Skip February 19, 2015

The tasty part is at the bottom of this Concord Fishwrap piece: Under the bill, that money would be returned to ratepayers. It comes out to a savings of roughly 16 cents per month for the average ratepayer. So what is this about?  The Big Govt people are always telling us that the new program’s […]

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Shouldn’t NH Move The RGGI Money to the Plow Budget?

by Steve MacDonald February 17, 2015
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If Global warming still causes increased snowfall… …And New Hampshire is going to continue to scam the entire state with a broad based tax on energy so they can use that “revenue” to counteract the impact of global warming… …seems to me the tens of millions in RGGI emissions reduction plunder we get annually would […]

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Don’t Miss Jeanne Shaheen’s Environmental Circle J#%k Today!

by Steve MacDonald August 19, 2013
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This morning at 11 am, at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, no doubt under the bland and inadequate light of a very limited number of compact fluorescent bulbs, Jeanne Shaheen is participating in a round table discussion about Environment and the New Hampshire Economy: ‘How Climate Change Impacts New Hampshire […]

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Double secret taxation

by Susan Olsen June 25, 2013

“…a raid on renewable energy funds amounts to another hidden tax on electric customers by lawmakers intent on avoiding accountability for tax increases.”

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A Green Game of Chess

by Steve MacDonald May 9, 2013

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has written a letter to Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy, in objection to a legislative effort in the “Nut”-meg state, to redefine what Connecticut will view as ‘green energy’ for the purpose of meeting their renewable portfolio standard. The bill, which could be voted on this week by the Connecticut House of Representatives, […]

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Why Did We Need RGGI?

by Steve MacDonald January 4, 2013

With the recent approval of significant electric rate increases that will allow PSNH to recover some $67 million dollars a year in costs related to legislated state energy mandates (NH Renewable Standard and the RGGI tax), having this fall into my in-box could not have been more fortuitous. From the journal Earth System Dynamics billed […]

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PUC Approves PSNH Rate Increase – Observe the Democrat’s Circular Green Firing Squad!

by Steve MacDonald December 29, 2012

Back in September PSNH announced that it would need to rasie rates to deal with about 67 million dollars a year in costs associated with RGGI (and other state energy mandates)- a tax (RGGI) that Maggie Hassan was proud of, if you’ve forgotten.   (Grokster Tom also has a nice treatment of those same stories here.) […]

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The World is NOT Getting Warmer…Mr. President!

by Steve MacDonald November 15, 2012

Nothing speaks to the cloistered nature of what passes for left wing intelligence like Global Warming.  It is the perfect litmus test.  All you need do is ask and if the respondent sounds like this, you can rest assured that most everything else they know come from the same poisoned well. What we do know […]

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The Laundry Bill Comes Due (Bumped)

by Steve MacDonald October 16, 2012

[Bumped: Given that Maggie Hassan is so proud to have sponsored this tax, I figured I’d revisit this post from September 30th] Originally posted September 30th The New Hampshire Sunday News has delivered what can only be called the dropping of the other boot on our necks.  I am referring to the impending rate hike […]

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Maggie Hassan Proud to be a Sponsor of That Tax

by Steve MacDonald October 15, 2012

Maggie Hassan keeps saying we need to have a conversation about taxes.  We have them all the time.  The difference is that Democrats talk about raising them (hundreds of them), and Republicans talk about controlling or lowering them.  And then there are the conversations about taxes that slip out when you are least expecting them […]

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Global Warming Still a Hoax

by Steve MacDonald October 15, 2012

How much warmer has the world become since a) 1880 and  b) the beginning of 1997? The answer to a) 0.75C The answer to b) zero. How much has wacky left wing energy policy based on this ridiculous idea cost us?  Enough to buy the world a coke and keep it company several hundred times […]

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Good Call, Maggie – Higher Electric Rates for NH

by Tom October 6, 2012

From inception, Maggie “The Red” Hassan has been a strong proponent of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the “Cap and Trade” program that New Hampshire participates in with other northeastern states.  She was instrumental in its 2008 passing and continues to advocate strongly for this nonsensical government swindle. On her campaign website, Maggie declares that […]

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GrokTV Special Interview-NH State Senator Andy Sanborn (District 9) – Question 3: RGGI. What happened and why RGGI didn’t get deep sixed?

by Skip July 27, 2012

One of the hot button issues this past legislative session (the last two years here in NH) was to get rid of RGGI – Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  Simply put, it is an aggregation of States here in the Northeast that decided to put a broad based carbon tax on anyone using electricity in those […]

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Data Point – US CO2 emissions down; So NOW will NH Senate President Bragdon and Majority Leader Bradley let RGGI die?

by Skip July 18, 2012

CO2 (that pollutant that really isn’t one) is supposedly going to kill us all off due to the global warming climate change it causes (even though water vapor is a much higher effect gas).  Screw that, its political existence is derived only due to its ability to generate a new revenue stream for greedy politicians […]

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GrokTV Event-Granite State Institute of Politics Republican Gov. Debate – Questions 9 – 12

by Skip July 12, 2012

And now for the third set of four questions (list of previous questions and their links after the jump) from the Granite State Institute of Politics Republican Gov. Debate that was hosted by John Burt, questions asked by Speaker Bill O’Brien and  Alex Talcott , and answered by the Candidates for the Republican nomination for […]

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RGGI…still a Scam (Audio)

by Steve MacDonald February 16, 2012

In my quest to mix it up , how about Blogs on Tape?  Here’s the audio version of “RGGI…still a Scam,” my GrokTALK! special presentation about the ongoing effort to end the scourge of the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative.  (or something…) If you’d prefer the print version the full transcript is on the jump.   […]

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Add A Half-Mil to Norelli’s Debt Tab

by Steve MacDonald December 19, 2011

New Hampshire Watchdog is reporting that up through 2010 the Democrat controlled New Hampshire State government overspent RGGI revenues to the tune of about $600,000.00 dollars.   They just assumed we’d have more revenue.  Hmmm..where have we seen that before?   SO much like their regular budgeting they spent (more)  money we didn’t have, leaving someone else […]

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by Steve MacDonald September 2, 2011

RGGI’s proponents claimed it would be good for the environment, which was only true if the “environment” was one littered with taxpayer financed slush funds whose purposes were as ephemeral as the lefts idea of rights or justice. And Carbon trading to reduce emissions was already a well known lie that ten years of cap and trade in Europe had already proved demonstrably false.

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Another Whack at RGGI

by Steve MacDonald May 31, 2011

..what I find particularity perverse is that “Republican” Senators in New Hampshire could be tying themselves to the Massachusetts compromise as the tipping point at which staying in RGGI would then no longer make sense.

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NH Senate Should BEG Our forgiveness on RGGI

by Steve MacDonald May 16, 2011

I just hope none of these Republican State senators took a pledge against broad based taxes, because they just voted to keep the tax on everything. You can’t get much broader than that.

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It Isn’t Easy Being ‘Green.’

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2011

Greens like to have it both ways. They warn darkly about “peak oil” and global resource shortages that will destroy our industrial economy in its tracks — but also warn that runaway economic growth will destroy the planet through the uncontrolled effects of mass industrial productions. Both doomsday scenarios cannot be true; one cannot simultaneously die of both starvation and gluttony.

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GrokTalk! Saturday May 7th , 2011

by Steve MacDonald May 7, 2011

Live Streaming local and National News with opinion you could only get from GraniteGrok. EMail: GrokTALK@GraniteGrok.com     Call us!  603-524-7478 This week… NH State Senator Gary Lambert. On today’s program Senator Lambert will will talk to Skip about his position on RGGI and why he is against repeal. Campaign site, State Senator page Chuck […]

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For Repeal of RGGI

by Don May 5, 2011

If energy efficiency is beneficial to people, governments, businesses, etc., then why do the rest of us have to subsidize their usage?
I believe the savings claims from energy efficiency are BOGUS.
CFLs contain mercury, a known poison, especially harmful to children. CFLs will put mercury into tens of millions of homes most of which will never know how to treat breakage safely causing untold negative consequences to people, our environment, and our water supply.
Governments around the world have been subsidizing the investigation into global warming to the tune of billions of dollars every year for many years. Yet, the global warming advocates can’t prove man-made global warming, the best they have done so far is to publish lies, and to try to prevent people who disagree from being heard.

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All Hail King Reggie (RGGI)

by Steve MacDonald May 5, 2011

…you can make excuses, legislate give backs that will only grow the taxpayer funded bureaucracy to manage them, tie our exit to yet another outside power (like some other state), or just bend over and kiss King Reggies….ring. Yes.  All hail king Reggie.  Long may he tax us without fear of retribution.

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RGGI Must Die!!

by Steve MacDonald May 5, 2011

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a Tax. It is broad based, affecting every aspect of our lives. And it is a tax beyond our constitutional control. These added costs, this tax, is set outside the state and can be affected by third parties and secondary markets, none of whom answer to any elected or appointed official in that we can elect or remove form office. No one will ever get to testify at a hearing before any of these actors moves to increase our taxes; they will simply go up with the cost of credits sold through RGGI.

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