Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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Never let it be said that something The Heartland Institute is involved in hasn’t pissed off reporters from the Fox News Channel.
Heartland helped craft this year’s “Green Scissors” report. It’s probably the only time the lefty Friends of the Earth and Heartland will collaborate on anything — and it’s been kind of fun watching the usual left-wing outfits look at what we do here with a less-jaundiced eye.
Is the report perfect? Of course not. But the report has value. For one thing, each side had to give up some ground in negotiating the language. Heartland is, in general, against all “corporate welfare” — and that includes the energy industry. The Green Scissors report calls for the end of the ethanol subsidy, something I’m sure Friends of the Earth was not keen to give up.
In short: Lefties don’t like that it cuts most grants and credits for alternative energy (and almost all applied research funding for energy), and conservatives have criticized support for closing certain oil company loopholes.
Anyway, when FNC decided to do a report on this the other day, the only person they interviewed on camera was Heartland’s Eli Lehrer. Watch below: