Tag Archive: Alaska


Charges: Murder In Fairbanks Result Of False Rape Accusation

 

 

 

” Abraham Stine, 39, punched a man to death in Room 116 of Fairbanks’ Extended Stay Hotel on Wednesday believing that the man had just raped his girlfriend, witnesses told Alaska State Troopers.

  The girlfriend, 31-year-old Dominique Vasquez, admitted to having consensual sex with Wesley Lord, 37, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday at the Fairbanks Courthouse. But Vasquez convinced two other men present before and at the time of the alleged murder to claim she was raped, the complaint says.

“ Later, Vasquez admitted she lied about being raped by Lord and she had consensual sex with him,” the complaint says. “Vasquez knew Stine has a history of assaulting people, from her personal experience.”

  Stine and Vasquez, both from Barrow, face one count each of second-degree murder. Vasquez told investigating troopers that her boyfriend punched Lord while she placed her hand over Lord’s mouth to silence him.

  The couple was set to make an initial court appearance Thursday in Fairbanks. They were arrested after a trooper investigation early Wednesday morning.”

 

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Border Official Points Gun At Boy Scout

 

 

 

 

” A central Iowa Boy Scout troop just returned from a three-week trip they will likely never forget.

  About 10 days into the trip, an innocent action by one of the nearly two dozen Scouts at the Canadian border into Alaska set off a chain of events that lead to a U.S. border official pointing a gun at a scout’s head.

  Boy Scout Troop 111 Leader Jim Fox spelled out what happened to him and the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 as four van-loads of Scouts and adult volunteers tried to drive from Canada into Alaska.

  Fox said one of the Scouts took a picture of a border official, which spurred agents to detain everyone in that van and search them and their belongings. “

    This is national security in Obama’s Amerika … Threaten unarmed boy scouts and grandmas and run from illegal immigrants and drug mules …

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Now EPA Says It Can’t Find Emails Requested By Congress Because Of Hard Drive Crash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Does the federal government have any systems at all to back its email archives? Maybe not, because the Environmental Protection Agency is now using the same excuse as the IRS is using in response to a Congressional subpoena: the computer ate our homework.

  In a hearing Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency was still trying to recover the emails from a now-retired employee who was involved in a controversial EPA evaluation of a proposed mine project in Alaska‘s Bristol Bay.

  Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., asked McCarthy: “Were all of his emails preserved according to the Federal Records Act or was a law violated?”

  McCarthy responded: “I think we have notified the appropriate authorities that we may have some emails that we cannot produce that we should have kept. I do not know yet whether we can recover all of these or not.” She added that later: “We are not sure where the failure came from and what it is attributed to.” “

” Two different government agencies tried to convince Congress and the American people this week that emails disappear into thin air. We didn’t believe it when we heard it from the IRS and I’m not inclined to believe the EPA’s excuses. The Federal Records Act is very clear. This is either willful ignorance on the part of the EPA or gross incompetence. I hope the EPA will follow through and turn over the relevant information it promised to the Oversight Committee months ago.” “

 

 

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19 States Join Lawsuit Against NJ Gun Law

 

 

” Support is mounting for a lawsuit that challenges New Jersey’s tight restrictions on handgun ownership and its high standard of “justifiable need” for carrying a weapon outside the home.

  Nineteen states as well as the powerful National Rifle Association have joined the case’s plaintiff John Drake, who in his lawsuit claims he was denied a permit following a thwarted robbery attempt on his Sussex County business.

  Drake lost his appeal before a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year and now a growing number of states, led by Wyoming, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, claiming New Jersey was wrong when it determined that the business owner failed to prove “justifiable need” to carry a gun under state statute.

Drake’s suit also claims that his right to bear arms under the Second Amendment has been violated.”

 

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Man’s Medical Condition Leads To Indefinite Detention, Forced Medication

 

 

 

 

” A young man’s deteriorating health led the state of Alaska to assume full control of his medical care — against his own written will and the against the wishes of his family.  Since last October he has been trapped in a hospital, isolated without visitors, on an extensive series of psychotropic drugs, in a condition that continues to diminish.”

 

 

 

” Bret Byron Bohn is a native Alaskan who loves hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and most outdoor activities.  He lived an exemplary life receiving many awards as a youth, became a member of the National Honor Society, and achieved the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout.  He had recently graduated from a program in Aviation Technology.

  At 26-years-old, Bohn worked as a field guide for hunters and outdoorsmen on expeditions in the Alaskan wilderness.   While otherwise healthy and athletic, his only medical issue was the development of some nasal polyps which impeded his ability to smell.  He had them surgically removed, but they grew back.  He was prescribed Prednisone — a powerful steroid and immune suppressant — to attempt to regain his sense of smell.”

 

 

 

 

     Brett is a grown man whose minor medical condition has resulted in him becoming a “hospital hostage” and ward of the State who’s parents have not even been able to see him since December . He is locked away in solitary confinement and refused contact with anyone , friends , family and supporters , all on the word of “Doctors” at Providence hospital . 

   Bear in mind that this has all come about because of doctor’s failure to properly treat some nasal polyps. The State has seen fit to imprison the man because of the incompetence of their own doctors .

 

 

” While on Predisone, he began suffering with the inability to sleep for a prolonged period.  After a week of insomnia, his family took him to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.  They hadn’t realized it at the time, but one of the listed side effects of Prednisone is sleep disturbances (insomnia).

  Rather than take him off of the drug that was likely causing the sleep problem, doctors prescribed two more powerful drugs to supposedly calm him down and help him sleep.  He was given Zolpidem(brand name Ambien) which treats insomnia, as well as Lorazepam (brand name Ativan) which treats anxiety, depression and insomnia.

  After taking the prescribed combination of drugs at at home, Bohn had seizures — potentially because the drugs he took are known to cause seizures.  His family took him back to the hospital, looking for answers, and he was given more drugs, and had more seizures.  He was put into intensive care.”

 

 

 

 

” Doctors characterized his disgruntled, combative state — after weeks of insomnia — as a sign of mental illness, and that he was irrational and a threat to himself.  Hospital staff put him into a psychiatric ward, physically forcing his compliance.  They began administering psychiatric drugs, beginning with Haldol, which is used to treat schizophrenia.

  After the disputes between doctors and parents over his medication, Providence portrayed Bohn’s family as interfering with his treatment and a threat to his well-being.  They alleged that they were going to help him leave without being medically discharged, and that they did not have his best interests in mind in light of his supposedly life-threatening illness — which as of then remained undiagnosed.  They alleged that his mother, Lorraine Phillips, wanted to physically harm her son, Bret.

  His ability to have visitors was reduced to once per week.  Phone calls were not allowed.  He was effectively a prisoner on the 5th floor of Providence, and doctors were free to medicate him with impunity.”

 

 

    The State has effectively rigged the game wherein they can do as they please and if the patient and/or loved ones become “combative” , as in showing any kind of support for their rights , the patient will be deemed “mentally incompetent” and thus imprisoned for “their own good” .  

    Read the rest of this story of the State/Medical cabal run amok here and please pass Brett’s story along . The only mention we have found of this heartrending fiasco in the MSM to date is this article from the NY Daily News . This practice of State sponsored kidnapping by the medical profession must be brought to a halt . 

    Here is contact information for Providence Alaska Medical Center should the reader be inclined to make their feelings known and here is detailed information on the hospital itself including , finances , specialties , capacities , etc .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accused Craigslist Killer Claims More Slayings

 

 

” A Pennsylvania teen accused of killing a man she met on Craigslist told a local newspaper she and her husband did kill Troy LaFerrara — and dozens of other men.

  She is accused of stabbing LaFerrara, 42, 20 times as her husband strapped a cord around LaFerrara’s neck from the back seat.

  Miranda Barbour told the newspaper they participated in several slayings in Alaska and others in Texas, North Carolina and California. She said she “stopped counting” at 22 victims.

” I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them,” she said.

  Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against both Barbours. Police have said that Elytte Barbour, 22, told investigators the couple are members of a satanic cult and that they committed the crime because they wanted to kill someone together. The couple married in North Carolina and moved to Pennsylvania about three weeks before the first crime.”

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FAA Announces Locations For Future Drone Testing Sites

 

 

 

” Drones are coming to America – the Federal Aviation Administration announced on Monday the six states chosen to develop test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles.

    – University of Alaska: Will help develop standards for state monitoring and navigation, as well as safety.

    – State of Nevada: Will study standards and requirements for operators. It will also research exactly how air        traffic control procedures will change with the introduction of drones into the sky.

    – New York’s Griffiss International Airport: Will focus its research on how drones and commercial airplanes       will sense and avoid colliding with each other in congested airspace.

    – North Dakota Department of Commerce: Will develop “airworthiness” data as well as reliable links                     that share information between drones and other aircraft.

     – Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi: Will develop safety system requirements.

     – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: Will test failure mode procedure and other risks should        a drone malfunction while in the air.”

 

Source: DC Clothesline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open For Business: Gov’t To Erect $98,670 Outhouse

 

 

” The Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently paid $98,670 for the purchase and installation of an outhouse at the Swede Park Trail Head in Alaska.

The purchase includes a single-vault Romtec 1011 “Aspen Single” prefabricated waterless toilet and its installation at the parking area for the trail head.

KJ Mushovic of the BLM tells CNSNews.com, “Almost half of it (contract expense) is for the cost of the toilet.”

The Oregon based company Romtec lists the “Aspen Single” model on its website for “as low as $9,999”, but the BLM says the price they paid likely includes shipping to Alaska.”

 

 

 

More outhouses here :

 

Romtec, Inc. » Waterless Toilet Restroom Buildings – Aspen …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED BY JON KRAKAUER

 

 

 

” Twenty-one years ago this month, on September 6, 1992, the decomposed body of Christopher McCandless was discovered by moose hunters just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park. He had died inside a rusting bus that served as a makeshift shelter for trappers, dog mushers, and other backcountry visitors. Taped to the door was a note scrawled on a page torn from a novel by Nikolai Gogol:

ATTENTION POSSIBLE VISITORS.
S.O.S.
I NEED YOUR HELP. I AM INJURED, NEAR DEATH, AND TOO WEAK TO HIKE OUT OF HERE. I AM ALL ALONE, THIS IS NO JOKE. IN THE NAME OF GOD, PLEASE REMAIN TO SAVE ME. I AM OUT COLLECTING BERRIES CLOSE BY AND SHALL RETURN THIS EVENING. THANK YOU,
CHRIS McCANDLESS
AUGUST ?

From a cryptic diary found among his possessions, it appeared that McCandless had been dead for nineteen days. A driver’s license issued eight months before he perished indicated that he was twenty-four years old and weighed a hundred and forty pounds. After his body was flown out of the wilderness, an autopsy determined that it weighed sixty-seven pounds and lacked discernible subcutaneous fat. The probable cause of death, according to the coroner’s report, was starvation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEWARD JACKPOT HALIBUT DERBY 2013

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” Each year the month long, Seward tournament gets more competitive. This year the water was much cooler than normal and fishing in June was late to start. Business was a bit slow in the early part of the month but by the middle of the month it was full on and everyone was trying, hard to catch the big fish.

  Both Crackerjack Sport fishing Charters and Profish in Sea Charters have both run out of the same office for the last fifteen years. Owners, Captain Andy Mezirow, and Captain Steve Zernia have worked together for the last 20 years pioneering some of the best fishing areas in Seward and over the last 15 years, have expanded their businesses to include Seward’s top producing captains. Captains Nik Ranta, Kevin Knight, and Woody Wedin all deserve mention, having worked on the boats for over a decade and all made huge contributions to our groups success, including winning some of these tournament places.

  Crackerjack Voyager captured the largest halibut ever landed during the tournament, 337 pounds.”


 

Melting Alaska Glacier Reveals Military Plane Crashed In 1952

 

 

 

” Alaska National Guard crews discovered relics from an Air Force cargo plane that slammed into a mountain in November 1952, killing all 52 servicemen on board. More material comes up to the surface as the glacier melts, including some human remains.

 
Identifications are expected to be announced in the near future, said Dr. Gregory Berg who leads the team. The remains will be sent to a laboratory in Hawaii for analysis, including possible DNA matches with surviving relatives. So far, only the lightest pieces have been pushed to the glacier’s surface, and only a small portion of the 154-foot aircraft has emerged. “We don’t have all 52 guys lined up neatly, ready to be located,” Berg said.”

Man Catches 200-Year-Old, 40-Pound Fish

 

 

” A fisherman in Alaska took home a catch for the ages recently when he reeled in a 40-pound shortraker rockfish that experts believe is at least 200 years old.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported that Henry Liebman of Seattle was deep-sea fishing off the coast of Alaska on June 21 when he hooked the record-setting shortraker fish from a depth of approximately 900 feet.

“I knew it was abnormally big (but I) didn’t know it was a record until on the way back we looked in the Alaska guide book that was on the boat,” Liebman told the paper.

Shortrakers, which have hues of orange, pink or red on top of their white bodies, are one of the most commonly sought fish in Alaska and can live at depths of more than 2,500 feet.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surfers’ Death-Defying Ride Of Glacier Wave

 

 

 

 

” A couple of guys from Hawaii have taken daredevil surfing to a whole new level. Garrett McNamara and Kealii Mamala set out to surf a huge wave caused by a calving glacier in Cordova, Alaska. The duo waited for 20 hours a day over the course of a week for a 300-foot-tall glacier to create the icy wave. McNamara was on a surfboard and Mamala was on a personal watercraft, a practice known as tow-in surfing.”

 

 

 

” When a chunk of ice finally broke off the glacier and created the massive wave, it was tremendous. Forty-five-year-old McNamara said of the experience, “It’s the heaviest thing I’ve ever done in my life! … It’s like the Empire State Building about to come down on top of you. … It was the closest I’ve ever come to death. ” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space Station Captures Dramatic Image Of Erupting Alaska Volcano

 

 

Alaskan volcano photographed from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

 

 

” The photograph is of the Pavlof Volcano, located in the Aleutian Arc about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage, the space agency said.”

 

 

Alaska Man Fights Off Bear, Walks Away with Minor Injuries

 

 

” An Alaska man and his family are counting their blessings after walking away with minor injuries from a hands-on scuffle with a bear.

“When the bear was headed towards us, we were like, ‘OK, it’s do or die now,'” Toby Burke, a wildlife biologist for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, told ABC News.

On Sunday afternoon, Burke, 48, along with his wife, Laura, and three children decided to go bird watching along the Alaskan Kasilof River Beach. The sun was out and the skies were clear, but the chilly 30-degree Alaskan air had the family bundled up in layers.

While the two environmentalists were observing through telescopes, they noticed something a bit larger than the typical bird.

“We saw the bear in the distance and we said, ‘Hey let’s not go down there. Let’s stay up here,'” Burke told ABC News.

Burke wasn’t too worried. After all, he does live in bear country.

The bear disappeared into the undulating dunes and Burke said he assumed it might have fed on a washed-up marine mammal. Burke and his family turned around and continued their hike through the dunes.

Moments later, they found they were very wrong about the bear’s intentions.”

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Don Young, And The Democrats’ Homer Simpson Problem

 

” The smart set at the Washington Post figures the Republican Party has an “Archie Bunker problem.”  The reason?  A single comment about “wetbacks” by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), and the Washington Post springs into action.

There is only one Don Young in the Republican Party.  But the Democrats have a “Homer Simpson problem” that dwarfs any stupid comment by a single congressman.

” The Democrats have become the party of Homer Simpson — a party reliant on millions of low-information voters seeking something for nothing.  Like the Democrat dependency class, Homer Simpson (D-Springfield) relied on Mojo the Helper Monkey to feed him and even wipe the sauce from his face.  The pair eventually gorged themselves into a stupor.

The Democratic Party has become the party that promises millions of helper monkeys.  But those of us who work and pay taxes are the helper monkeys for Homer Simpsons across America.

Don’t think you should pay for your own college education?  Mojo will make sure people who long ago paid for theirs will pay for yours. Think your neighbor should pay for your health care? Mojo will take care of it.  Need a free cell phone?  Mojo paid for his, but now he’ll pay for yours.

Homer has no shame letting Mojo do all the work.  Homer’s on the take.”

 

 

 

 

The Rio Norte Line

Really not surprising but this is just an excuse to congratulate one of my favorite blogs for winning the CPAC Blog Of The Year honors:

Obama: I Was Against the 14 Additional Missile Interceptors In Alaska Before I Was For Them

Via Cuffy:

In 2009, Obama gutted Bush plans to expand the missile field at Ft. Greely, Alaska from 30 to 44 interceptors. Now guess what?

In 2009, Obama gutted Bush plans to expand the missile field at Ft. Greely, Alaska from 30 to 44 interceptors. Now guess what?

Go ahead. Guess.

The Pentagon is beefing up the nation’s missile defense in the wake of provocative nuclear threats from North Korea and is set to deploy 14 additional ground-based interceptors at missile silos in Alaska and California, congressional and U.S. officials tell Fox News.

The extra interceptors on the West Coast, designed to counter attacks from an…

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PRO-GUN VOTERS PUT HEAT ON DEMOCRATIC SENATORS

 

 

 

” “It would be a monumental mistake on his(Baucus) part” to support federal gun control legislation, Reichner said.

Gun rights carry sway in Montana. The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks says Montana “boasts more hunters per capita than any other state in the nation.” State lawmakers have been discussing measures to expand gun rights. And a pro-gun group, the Montana Shooting Sports Association, has set up a website that is updated with Baucus’ public statements on gun policy.

Other Democratic senators that Republicans are watching closely include Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.

Democrats control the Senate, but if Republicans pick off these seats they could take the chamber.

Pryor already has said he won’t support an assault weapons ban, and the measure is unlikely to clear the Senate. Gun activists still worry that other restrictions they oppose are in the works.

“I don’t think the assault rifle ban, the semi-auto ban, has been the real objective,” said Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association. “I think that is where the rubber meets the road, federal gun registration.”

 

 

 

 

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ENERGY PRODUCTION BANNED IN HALF OF PETROLEUM RESERVE

 

” The Obama administration on Thursday finalized plans to lock up from energy production half of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska – a tract of land the size of Indiana set aside by Congress 90 years ago to assure a domestic supply of oil.

Of the 23 million acres in reserve on Alaska’s north slope, energy production will be allowed on an nearly 12 million acres believed to hold 549 million barrels of oil – a small percentage of what the U.S. Geological Survey estimates the entire reserve holds — nearly three billion barrels of recoverable oil.

The decision to significantly curtail energy development in the reserve was signed today by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and comes as gasoline prices continue to increase for the 34th day in a row.”

 

* Editor’s Note : While we admit that Obama spoke specifically about “electrical” prices due to coal burning generation plants , many electrical generators burn oil and/or natural gas , all of which have “skyrocketed” under his administration so spare us the nit-picking and admit that this is all a part of his plan .

Surreal Satellite Imagery of Planet Earth [22 Pics]

 

 

” Our planet is a thing of beauty, and looking from space is no exception. Take a look at this collection of satellite imagery that we compiled from NASA archives.”

 

 

Byrd Glacier, Antarctica

Byrd Glacier In Antarctica

 

 

One more , then see the rest at ILTWMT

 

 

Hawaii

Hawaii


 

Republican Senators Sponsor “Michigan Firearms Freedom Act”

 

 

 

” A bill proposed by 13 Republican senators in Michigan would seek to sidestep any new potential federal regulations regarding guns by granting an exception to any such laws for firearms made in the state itself. The bill would also exempt ammunition and gun accessories that were made in Michigan from federal regulation, according to reports by the Detroit Free Press and other media outlets on Friday.

The bill is scheduled for consideration by a state Senate committee this coming Wednesday. Some legal experts have already stated that the bill, if passed, may well be more of a “symbolic” gesture by state Republicans than a binding piece of legislation, according to the Detroit Free Press report.

According to a website that tracks copies of the “Firearms Freedom Act,” some version of the bill has already been introduced in approximately 22 states. An additional eight states have already passed their own version of the bill, including Tennessee, Montana, Idaho, South Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska, Arizona, and Utah.”

Snapshot Of Flu Epidemic Across The U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Here is a snapshot of flu activity in all 50 states and the District of Columbia:

 

Alabama: Like many states, Alabama is having an earlier and busier flu season than a year ago — though not as bad as the 2009 pandemic. The state Department of Public Health doesn’t tally statewide flu cases but emergency departments have been busy treating patients with flu symptoms. Hospitals have been able to handle the load without using tents or other unusual measures.

 

Alaska: Flu in Alaska is widespread and occurring throughout the state, though not at the high levels being reported in some other states. There is no vaccine shortage and no flu deaths have been reported in children.

 

Arizona: Flu cases are increasing in Arizona but authorities aren’t calling it a worse-than-usual season so far. Plenty of vaccine remains. Like many states, Arizona only tallies flu deaths in children; none have been reported so far this season. “

Obama Sandy Aid Bill Filled With Holiday Goodies Unrelated To Storm Damage

 

 

 

 

” President Obama’s $60.4 billion request for Hurricane Sandy relief has morphed into a huge Christmas stocking of goodies for federal agencies and even the state of Alaska, The Post has learned.

The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC.

An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms.

Other big-ticket items in the bill include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries.

Budget watchdogs have dubbed the 94-page emergency-spending bill “Sandy Scam.”

 Why We Aren’t Producing Enough Domestic Energy

 

 

Remember, boys and girls , who said ” Energy prices will necessarily skyrocket ” 

 

 

“The vast majority of America’s new oil and gas production is happening on private lands in states like North Dakota, Alaska and Texas. The environmental review and permitting process on federal lands, however, is burdensome and keeps resources untapped.

As Heritage’s Michael Sandoval has reported:

…oil production on federal lands has decreased between fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011 by 11 percent. Natural gas production has decreased by 6 percent in the same one-year span. It is down nearly 27 percent from fiscal 2009. Meanwhile, oil and gas production have increased by 14 percent and 12 percent, respectively, on private and state-owned land.

How did North Dakota pass Alaska and California to become the second-largest producer of domestic crude oil? Answer: sensible state regulations, advancements in technology, and the ability to drill on private lands.”

 

 

 

 

And who can forget this gem ?

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them … “

 

Cartoon by A.F. Branco

Video courtesy of Heritage.org