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Re: “Get It Right with Cap and Invest

Where to start? The US has been reducing carbon emissions, not by increasing taxes (as in California), but by increasing use of domestic natural gas. No other G20 country that signed the Paris agreement has reduced carbon emissions. That's one reality.

California's cap-and-tax plan has proven spectacularly unsuccessful. Why Californicate Oregon? Absent breakthroughs in battery and energy technology, there won't be a "decarbonized" transportation system in Oregon or anywhere else. Extend the process as long as the governor wants, but those tanker trucks full of fuel will just head over to the electric power plant (via pipeline) instead of to the fuel tank farm. Power plants produce power from primarily (cheap) carbon fuels.

We continue to marvel at the arrogance of those that believe increasing taxes in Oregon might in some infinitesimal way affect, one way or the other, the global climate. What happens in Salem, stays in Salem, and neither Beijing nor New Delhi will hamstring their economies to mimic Oregon.

The California fires were the natural result of decades of micro-managing PG&E's fuel supply choices, their rate structure disincentives that wouldn't permit PG&E to mitigate fire fuel sources near transmission lines or plants and an oppressive emphasis on environmental political correctness instead of common sense utility management. We don't want to see Pacific Power become another PG&E, nor should Oregonians risk its beautiful forests and livelihoods for sake of myopic, green utility mismanagement.

Finally, the crack about the truck accident and about 175 barrels of fuel near Sisters was ridiculous. If Oregon is really serious about taking fuel trucks off the road, consider approving pipeline construction. Pipelines have long proven to be a safer, more economic and more environmentally-friendly than trucking fuel from production to market. We'd like to see Oregon think outside California's box for a change.

Experts have predicted many times since the first Middle East oil crisis fifty years ago that the world is running out of fossil fuels. Instead, technology and economics have proven the "experts" wrong time and again. And a simple piece of journalistic research into the energy business would have revealed that fossil fuel supplies are no more finite than virtually any other commodity. We commend to your reading, "The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon and the Gamble over Earth's Future"

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 02/19/2020 at 7:10 PM

Re: “This Modern World—week of February 6

It was fun watching Pelosi, Schiff and Nadler jump the shark. And even more fun watching the left's media arm now try to explain it all in a way that makes sense....

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 02/05/2020 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Bend won’t tax or regulate its way to more housing, affordable or otherwise. Local governments should reconsider just how many regulatory hurdles they place between investment and the marketplace. And higher taxes on real estate investors of whatever stripe won’t create more housing supply.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 01/22/2020 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Portland is Finalizing a Deal to Use Tourism Dollars to Battle Homelessness.

If short-term housing is a problem, Bend might reconsider its anti-AirBNB ordinance that's distorted the local housing and rental market, particularly in old town and SW Bend. And Bend might fast-track developers' projects who want to build rental housing, but must wait two years or more to obtain building permits. Freeing up market forces offers far more potential to cure short-term housing issues quickly than massaging tax dollars. Directing tax dollars towards any program to address homelessness is a non-starter unless our governing elites first address questions of individual liberty. No amount of public shelter or transient housing projects will work unless the homeless are compelled to seek addiction/mental health treatment in connection with shelter. Finally, if Bend's tourism industry is to continue to flourish, Bend might use tax dollars to buy a few more snowplows. Winter tourism in Colorado is a major industry, but Colorado spends the money to ensure snow doesn't bog down transportation. Bend is a logistic mess after a snowfall. Good luck convincing tourists to visit a town that can't clean its streets quickly in winter.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 12/06/2019 at 5:26 AM

Re: “Secular Assault

Let me help you out with the exact quote: "the problem is not that religion is being forced on others, the problem is that irreligion is being forced secular values are being forced on people of faith." All the non-devout need do is live and let live, i.e., practice what they "preach."

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 11/06/2019 at 7:51 PM

Re: “A Push for a Warming Shelter in Bend

"We care more about our pets than we do our homeless people."
Our pets willingly seek shelter and care and they're easy (but expensive) to treat. At some point our caring communities and our city council need to come to grips with the issues of human personal freedom, mandatory mental health and addiction treatment and public sanitation if the city council wants to do something more than arm-waving. Don't point fingers at our faith communities. Housing is a symptom, not the cure.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 11/05/2019 at 5:32 AM

Re: “There is no Ukraine

William Barr and John Durham are very interested in Ukraine, 2016 and prior, get some popcorn.

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 10/23/2019 at 7:55 PM

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