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Congress Must Extend Tax Credits for Renewable and Efficient Sources

Congress Must Extend Tax Credits for Renewable and Efficient Sources

September 10, 2008 at 9:37 pm

THE HILL 09/10/08 By Michael Shank and U.S. Representative Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-MD) Governors and state legislators are doing it. Mayors are doing it. Universities are doing it. Businesses and individuals are doing it. The greening of America is occurring for a host of environmental, economic, religious, security and humanitarian […]

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Larger Meaning of ‘Use it or Lose it’

Larger Meaning of ‘Use it or Lose it’

July 10, 2008 at 10:20 pm

THE HILL 07/10/08 By Michael Shank That Congress is pressuring oil companies to “use it or lose it” on public lands is understandable enough given constituent discontent with rocketing petrol prices (article, “Energy bill out of gas,” July 8). But this narrow and nebulous agenda is near-sighted for two reasons. […]

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McCain’s Irresponsibly Rosy Outlook on Iraq, Afghanistan

McCain’s Irresponsibly Rosy Outlook on Iraq, Afghanistan

May 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

THE HILL 05/21/08 By Michael Shank That Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cavalierly quips about first-term presidential accomplishments is not only deeply disconcerting, but also morally irresponsible (article, “McCain vows unprecedented transparency,” May 15). Half-baked heroism has handily usurped the Straight Talk Express. The only unprecedented part of McCain’s presidential pitch […]

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This Earth Day is Different

This Earth Day is Different

April 22, 2008 at 9:54 pm

THE HILL 04/22/08 By Michael Shank and Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) Earth Day, for some, is comparable to a sacred holiday, reminding us to tread carefully on nature’s hallowed ground. For others, Earth Day serves as a starter on the basics of recycling and light-bulb changing. Regardless of the myriad […]

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High Stakes in Effort to Sink Gilchrest’s Canoe Diplomacy

High Stakes in Effort to Sink Gilchrest’s Canoe Diplomacy

February 6, 2008 at 10:28 pm

THE HILL 02/06/08 By Michael Shank In the article “Club for Growth goes after Gilchrest with ad buy” (Feb. 1), caustic conservatives, wielding a weighty $590,000 in television ad spending, queue to attack Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) prior to Maryland’s Feb. 12 GOP primary. Those in Washington favoring a deliberative […]

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Congress’s Goals on CAFE, Biofuels Don’t Go Far Enough

Congress’s Goals on CAFE, Biofuels Don’t Go Far Enough

December 6, 2007 at 10:35 pm

THE HILL 12/06/07 By Michael Shank Coinciding with the United Nations climate change conference in Bali this week, Congress remains mired in energy bill deliberations. And it appears that foreign leaders abroad are the more formidable fighters against global warming. In the article “New groups get in ring as energy […]

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Tough Stand on Musharraf is Critical for U.S.’s Credibility

Tough Stand on Musharraf is Critical for U.S.’s Credibility

November 7, 2007 at 10:31 pm

THE HILL 11/07/07 By Michael Shank In the Nov. 6 article “Pakistan’s emergency may mean its aid is cut,” Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) are teaching the U.S. Defense and State departments a valuable lesson vis-a-vis the critical importance of a consistent U.S. foreign policy. Contrary to […]

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Biofuels are Helpful but no Panacea for Relieving America’s Dependence on Oil

Biofuels are Helpful but no Panacea for Relieving America’s Dependence on Oil

September 27, 2007 at 10:05 pm

THE HILL 09/27/07 By Michael Shank, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) House and Senate conferees working on the omnibus energy bill should include provisions in the conference report that will support the expansion of sustainable biofuels. To do that, several myths about biofuels need to be […]

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