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Public power transparency is at risk

Editorial from Lincoln Journal Star. June 15, 2016. Public utilities can make a case for keeping some information secret on their costs for generating electricity, but they should be very careful where they draw the line. They should withhold only absolutely essential information from the public. To withhold anything more would distance the governing boards and executives from their owners – ...

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Editorials from around Pennsylvania

IT’S UP TO TRUMP TO UNITE REPUBLICANS, May 5 With both Ted Cruz and John Kasich ending their campaigns for the presidency, it now appears certain that Donald Trump will become the Republican Party’s nominee. What seemed far-fetched when the “braggadocious” real estate tycoon announced his candidacy last year has become a reality that threatens to tear apart the GOP. ...

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Colorado editorial roundup

The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel April 5, on gun safety Despondent people and guns are a poor mix. Unfortunately, stating this obvious fact makes some people nervous that suicide-prevention efforts could be co-opted to advance a gun-control agenda. So we applaud the brave gun shop owners in western Colorado who are willing to put those fears aside and acknowledge a ...

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Why fracking matters to the New York Primary

Although it won’t be on the ballot, the New York primary could become a referendum on fracking. With passions running high both for and against the technology used to produce oil and natural gas, the candidates’ positions on fracking could affect the New York primary’s outcome. Both Democrat candidates oppose fracking. In the seventh debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders stated he ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Pipelines still best approach The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, April 7, 2016 Since the oil boom started the state has worked to increase the number of pipelines moving oil. The state lacked the infrastructure at the beginning to move the product and as a result trucks and trains became prime movers of oil. The Tribune has long supported the construction of ...

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Montana Editorial Roundup

The Independent Record, March 27 On the closure of a state facility for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled: Whether you agree with it or not, the Legislature’s decision to close the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder is now state law. And members of the committee enlisted to help ease the transition now have a responsibility to follow through with ...

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Offshore plan closes door to new American energy opportunities

Offshore plan closes door to new American energy opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) President Barry Russell released the following statement on the next stage of the Obama Administration’s proposed five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program for 2017-2022: “Offshore energy production has and will continue to be integral to America’s energy future – for good-paying jobs, national energy security, and billions of dollars in ...

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Cramer – America’s energy abundance fuels freedom in the Middle East

The night lights of the United States as seen from outer space. (Image: NASA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following comments after media reports disclosed Swiss commodities house Trafigura will begin shipping American crude oil to Israel in the near future. This action comes after the United States released its ban on exporting crude oil as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed in December.  Cramer has long been an advocate in Congress ...

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Colorado editorial roundup

In this Colorado editorial roundup, citizens sound off on a variety of topics with newspapers, not bumper stickers. (Image: Chris Coleman via Flickr)

Expanding internet access across the state The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel, Feb. 17 One of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s more quotable remarks from his State of the State address last month was that government agencies would press forward to bring broadband “to every corner and corral” in Colorado. While the imagery may be spot-on — much of the state consists of ...

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Montana Editorial Roundup

Native American health in Montana The Missoulian, Feb. 14 Montana is looking for a new Indian Health director whose job it will be to close the gap in life expectancy between Natives and whites in the state. A study showed that Native men live 19 years less than whites in the state, which is surpassed by a 20-year gap for ...

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