Why Did the Coast Guard’s Offshore Wind Energy Study Ignore Europe?

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According to information obtained from a source involved in the Coast Guard study on integrating a proposed offshore wind energy industry and shipping off the Eastern Seaboard, and research conducted by Checks and Balances Project, no one from the Coast Guard had any meaningful engagement during the course of the study with individuals, companies or organizations… Read more »

Who Wrote USDA Secretary Vilsack’s Letter Promoting Wood Pellets as a Power Source?

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Burning forests in the tropics is a major source of carbon pollution, a problem President Obama has pushed to end as recently as during a visit to Indonesia last Fall. Why, then, would U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack undercut that priority by promoting the burning of wood pellets from southern U.S. forests… Read more »

Commissioner Stump’s Curious Role as Fundraiser for School Choice Arizona

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Bob Stump has been development director for School Choice Arizona (SCA) for a decade. During eight of those years, he has also been a commissioner of the Arizona Corporation Commission. Commissioners are allowed to have outside jobs. It’s only when there are legal or ethical conflicts of interest that it becomes a problem. One obvious… Read more »

Why Does NAFO Push Tree-Burning to Make Electricity?

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Lobby’s Declaration that Tree-Burning is Carbon Neutral is Based on Pseudoscience Industrial tree-burning to generate electricity produces more carbon pollution per megawatt-hour than coal. But a powerful Washington, DC lobbying group – the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) – wants to recognize tree-burning as a zero-pollution alternative to wind and solar. The notion is… Read more »

San Bruno Disaster Emails Published in a New, Searchable Database

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Records The California Public Utilities Commission Didn’t Want You to See!  Today, we publish 120,746 emails and attachments exchanged between Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The 70,157 emails and 50,589 attachments are provided for free as a public service in a new database that allows for three different… Read more »

Coast Guard Still Won’t Provide Basic Information About Offshore Wind Energy Study

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Why Are Working Group Members Being Concealed?  Nearly four months after we asked the U.S. Coast Guard basic questions about their “final report” on how to integrate a proposed offshore wind energy industry off the Eastern Seaboard – a study that concludes commercial shipping is incompatible with offshore wind turbines – the Coast Guard still… Read more »

Statement on Arizona Municipal Court Judge Randall Warner’s Dismissal of C&BP Lawsuit

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A Statement by Executive Director Scott Peterson   “Checks and Balances Project was founded six years ago to ask tough questions of government officials, lobbyists, and corporate managers who stand in the way of sustainability. Despite today’s action, we’re celebrating the progress we’ve made in Arizona over the past year. “Our pressure on the Corporation… Read more »

Will Harry Alford Answer IRS Questions?

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Recently, Checks and Balances Project referred the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for potential abuses of its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. When the item ran in POLITICO Influence, NBCC President Harry C. Alford was quoted as saying that he desired a “constructive dialogue.” Although his desire for a positive… Read more »