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Thursday, March 05, 2015
The mainstream media has a tendency—more apparent in some outlets
than in others—to cast a shadow of suspicion on those who dare oppose the agenda of extreme “green” organizations. Republican
lawmakers are attacked, even demonized, for accepting campaign donations from the oil industry. Accusatory
tones of climate change
denying are palpable as organizations formed to offer an alternative
point-of-view to “green energy” policies are cast as dark money
groups that advocate irresponsible stewardship of the environment.
It’s the media pandering to the far-left, and it’s
Unfortunately, such was the case
in a recent article
published by the
Seattle Times. The article gives a list of the top recipients of oil
companies’ campaign donations in the state Legislature—most of whom
are Republicans. It suggests that their adamant opposition to Jay
Inslee’s cap-and-tax scheme is due to these donations.
It fails to mention that Inslee’s scheme
would not make it out of the state Legislature because not even enough
Democrats support it. The reason why has everything to do with the heavy cost-burden Inslee’s
cap-and-tax scheme would place on Washington’s hardworking families with little to no benefit to carbon emission reduction.
Republicans oppose Inslee’s cap-and-tax scheme because it is
a terrible policy. Plain and simple.
While the article
readily hands the verdict of selfish intent to Republicans, it glosses
over the influence of California billionaire Tom Steyer on Inslee and
Democrats. It fails to mention Steyer’s unusually close relationship with our green governor or the millions he pumped
into 2014 mid-term races in
an attempt to hand the state Senate back to Democrats, making it easier
for Inslee to achieve his extreme green agenda (a cap-and-tax scheme and
At a time when Oregon Gov. John
forced to step down in disgrace amid serious ethics violations involving
extreme green organizations, at a time when the media should be awakening to the reality
that claiming good
intentions is not an excuse for corruption, the Seattle Times’ article
is a true travesty of journalism. It delivers a blow to hopes of more
Currently, Shift WA is the only organization
working to keep Jay Inslee, extreme green organizations and media
outlets accountable in
our state. It’s a tall order, an important task that must be done. But,
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