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  • Monthly Archives: August 2008

    Obama's Tax Plan Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

    In an article in the New York Sun, I praised

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 15, 2008

    Republican Energy Protest Starts Picking up Steam – FRC Blog Returned to the House floor yesterday to watch the Republican “speech-in” demanding a vote from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on energy. The crowds was at least four times the crowd I saw last week… Using the Economic Weapon Against Russia … More

    Morning Bell: Unintended Consequences of Wind Energy

    Unintended consequences of the federal government’s energy policy are nothing new. Think about ethanol. The United States is now committed to using 9 billion gallons of ethanol in 2008, which will rise to 36 billion by 2022. No one thought it would be responsible for pushing 30 million people into … More

    Now Is Time to Focus on Solutions for Social Security

    “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.” –John F. Kennedy “We are increasingly concerned about inaction on the financial challenges facing the Social Security and Medicare programs. The longer we wait to address these challenges, the more limited … More

    Fact Checking Sullivan

    At the tail end of an extremely long diatribe that is completely not worth reading, Andrew Sullivan asserts that America’s “military consumes more and more resources.” This is a common trope on the far left and is simply not true. Below is a chart showing national defense spending as a … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 14, 2008

    Economic Consequences of Russia’s Invasion of Georgia – Shopfloor.org Looking at U.S. trade data, we’re a little suprised to see that even with its energy resources, Russia’s economy is still second tier. In 2007, Russia ranked 30th among countries in the value of U.S. exports shipped there, $7.3 billion, right … More

    One-Sided View of War in Russia

    The end of on-the-air broadcasts of Voice of America couldn’t come at worse time: Russia is providing an utterly skewed and one-sided picture of the war in Georgia domestically, while the Internet has only 15% to 18% penetration, limited primarily to medium and large cities. Russia’s online audience is mostly … More

    Common Sense on Energy Invades Washington

    Sometimes the common sense of the American people bursts onto the political scene and changes the conventional wisdom in Washington. Such is the case with offshore drilling and may soon be the case with global warming policy. After all, throughout 2001-2006, a Republican congressional majority working with a Republican oil … More

    Fact Checking the Left on Energy

    Campaign for America’s Future’s Bill Scher has a post up titled: “For Conservatives, “All of the Above” Means “No Clean Energy.” In it he writes: Conservatives know that after eight years of keeping America dependent on oil, they can’t easily promote another Big Oil giveaway. So the message mantra around … More

    Official Fantasies

    Great editorial by The Examiner today combining two issues we’ve discussed before: the Energy Information Administration track record at predicting prices and estimating oil and gas deposits. The Examiner opines: Soviet apparatchiks spent more than seven decades creating five-year plans based on their predictions about the most microscopic details of … More