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Newsmaker Lunch: FrackNation


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Thursday, January 17th, 2013, 12:31 PM PERMALINK


On Wednesday, ATR hosted a Newsmaker Lunch for film directors Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney to discuss the launch of their new documentary, FrackNation. The film examines the costs and benefits of the natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. It was made in response to director John Fox’s Gasland, which negatively portrays the decades-old practice. Fracking has become more prevalent in the United States in recent years due to the discovery of vast underground shale deposits. In that time, these areas have experienced tremendous economic growth and energy prices have plummeted for families across the country. McAleer and McElhinney shared several clips from the documentary, including one in which McAleer confronts Fox about his claim that fracking is the source of methane in a Pennsylvania town’s water supply.

In the larger scheme of things, FrackNation is evidence that active and honest journalism can make an impact. In the words of McAleer, the film reports “the stories someone out there doesn’t want published.” In doing so, it hopes to expose the hypocrisy of fracking’s opponents, as well as the scare tactics they use to further their agenda. McAleer described the film as “by the people, for the people,” pointing to its approximately 3,300 individual donors, none of which he says have ties to the oil and gas industry. The project was able to reach its fundraising goal in one month through the online crowd funding site Kickstarter.

McAleer and McElhinney cited evidence from various government agencies and independent organizations that contradicts many of the claims commonly made by environmental groups. For instance, they mentioned an Environmental Protection Agency report that found no evidence of water pollution due to fracking. The directors stressed the importance of changing the way people frame the fracking discussion by highlighting its economic benefits. As an example, they pointed to the recent job growth and surge in royalties paid to mineral rights owners in North Dakota.

During a question and answer session at the end of their presentation, the directors lamented the way that scientific data is deliberately manipulated in today’s political culture. They also discussed how hydraulic fracturing policies and practices have implications for resource-rich foreign countries. Going forward, McAleer and McElhinney announced plans to visit colleges across the country, where they will be able to engage students who may otherwise not hear both sides of the fracking issue.

FrackNation makes its official premiere on AXS TV on January 22 at 9pm ET, and DVD copies will be available for purchase on February 1. For more information on how and why the film was made, watch the video below:


 

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Christopher Sheldon Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012, 3:00 PM PERMALINK


Businessman and management consultant Christopher Sheldon has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Massachusetts’ 9th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Sheldon for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Christopher Sheldon demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Massachusetts.”

“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

[PDF of Press Release]

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Bruce Majors Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, October 5th, 2012, 3:24 PM PERMALINK


Realtor Bruce Majors has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for the District of Columbia’s Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Majors for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Bruce Majors demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Washington, D.C.”

“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

[PDF of Press Release]

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ATR Releases 2012 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Rhode Island


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Monday, September 10th, 2012, 2:37 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in Rhode Island who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on September 11th. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Challengers

  • Barry Hinckley (SEN)

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ATR Releases 2012 List of Federal Pledge Signers in New Hampshire


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Monday, September 10th, 2012, 2:36 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in New Hampshire who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on September 11th. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Incumbents

  • Frank Guinta (NH-01)
  • Charlie Bass (NH-02)

Challengers

  • Dennis Lamare (NH-02)

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ATR Releases 2012 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Delaware


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Monday, September 10th, 2012, 2:34 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in Delaware who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on September 11th. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Challengers

  • Kevin Wade (SEN)
  • Rose Izzo (DE-AL)

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ATR Releases List of Federal Pledge Signers in September 11th Primaries


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Monday, September 10th, 2012, 12:00 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on September 11th. Linked below are the lists of today’s primaries’ incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

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ATR Releases 2012 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Massachusetts


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012, 5:04 PM PERMALINK


Ahead of Massachusetts’s Congressional primaries on Thursday, ATR is proud to announce the list of Massachusetts’s Federal Pledge Signers.

Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in Massachusetts who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on September 6th. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Incumbents

  • Scott Brown (SEN)

Challengers

  • Tom Weaver (MA-03)
  • Jon Golnik (MA-03)
  • Frank Addivinola (MA-05)
  • Jeff Semon (MA-05)
  • Joe Selvaggi (MA-08)

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John MacGovern Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Monday, August 27th, 2012, 1:57 PM PERMALINK


Businessman John MacGovern has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Vermont’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate John MacGovern for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, John MacGovern demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Vermont.”

“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

[PDF of Press Release]

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ATR Releases 2012 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Arizona


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Monday, August 27th, 2012, 1:43 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in Arizona who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on August 28th. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Incumbents

  • Ben Quayle (AZ-03)
  • Paul Gosar (AZ-04)
  • David Schweikert (AZ-05)
  • Trent Franks (AZ-08)

Challengers

  • Wil Cardon (SEN)
  • Bryan Hackbarth (SEN)
  • Clair Van Steenwyk (SEN)
  • Jonathan Paton (AZ-01)
  • Patrick Gatti (AZ-01)
  • Martha McSally (AZ-02)
  • Jesse Kelly (AZ-02)
  • Gabriela Saucedo Mercer (AZ-03)
  • Ron Gould (AZ-04)
  • Matt Salmon (AZ-05)
  • Kirk Adams (AZ-05)
  • Chuck Gray (AZ-06)
  • Travis Grantham (AZ-09)
  • Wendy Parker (AZ-09)

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