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  • Monthly Archives: August 2008

    Brazil to Fight Ethanol Tariffs

    The Brazilian is preparing to bring the fight over ethanol tariffs to the World Trade Organization’s doorstep. Currently there is a 54 cent tariff on the importation of ethanol into the United States, and Roberto Azevedo, Brazil’s WTO ambassador, said there was a “strong possibility” that the country would formally … More

    Is the United States Ready for the Next Hurricane Katrina?

    The United States is ready for the next Hurricane Katrina according to Admiral Thad Allen, the former director of the FEMA response effort in New Orleans. In an article put out by Bloomberg, Allen was quoted saying “there is nothing right now that inhibits an effective response.” However others seem … More

    The Best Civics Lesson in Washington

    Americans of all political stripes have a rare opportunity to observe history firsthand as Republicans continue to speak on the House floor about U.S. energy policy. Regardless of where you stand politically or on the energy debate specifically, this is your opportunity to sit on the House floor and watch … More

    Morning Bell: Supply Matters

    Political experts across the country keep asking why Barack Obama continues to conspicuously fail to cross the 50% threshold against John McCain despite the fact “Democrats enjoy the most favorable political winds since at least 1976.” It may have something to do with the fact that the top issues on … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 5, 2008

    Obama Now Backs Tapping Into Oil Reserve – Washington Times LANSING, Mich. | Sen. Barack Obama put his effort to pursue energy voters into overdrive on Monday, flipping positions to call for releasing oil from the government’s… Tom Fitton: ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Can Be Lethal to Your Health – Examiner.com WASHINGTON … More

    Nuclear Energy’s Great, But What about the Waste?

    In response to rising energy prices the public perception on nuclear energy is quickly changing. In fact, a recent poll showed that 2 out of 3 Americans are in favor of building new nuclear plants. Both presidential candidates have nuclear on the table as an option to meet energy demands, … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    With the Doha Round of WTO trade talks grounded, any growth in U.S. trade opportunities will have to come from Free trade agreements. As the International Trade Administration documents, trade with countries that the United States has FTAs was significantly greater than their relative share of the global economy. Although … More

    Passing of a Titan

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a titan in Russian literature and politics of the 20th century. As a child, I read his “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” and later smuggled “The Gulag Archipelago” and “The Cancer Ward”, which were illegal in the USSR and available as the underground Samizdat … More

    Morning Bell: Pelosi Running Out the Clock at Expense of National Security

    The Politico reports today that according to Democratic House aides, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “energy agenda has been carefully gamed out in strategy sessions” with Pelosi taking “heat on gas prices while tacitly encouraging more vulnerable Democrats to publicly disagree with her and show their independence.” One senior House Democratic aide … More

    Obama's Costly Energy Plan

    Barack Obama released his “New Energy for America” plan today during his speech at Michigan State University. His entire energy plan is laid out here. Relieving America from its foreign oil addiction was the gist of his speech: Without a doubt, this addiction is one of the most dangerous and … More