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  • Carbon Tax a Recipe for Economic Disaster

    Hopefully, one half-baked idea will be off the fiscal cliff negotiating table: a carbon tax. While it seems that both Democrats and Republicans are becoming more creative in ways to raise revenue (rather than directly address the underlying problems of the fiscal cliff), two proposed bipartisan resolutions would publicly and … More

    Hurricane Sandy: Not the Global Warming Bombshell It's Cracked Up to Be

    Heavy rains wiping out crops, the Baltic Sea freezing over, unusually powerful earthquakes triggering tsunamis, and the largest flood recorded in central Europe. Top it off with famine, plague, and social unrest, and people began talking about the end of the world—in the early 14th century. These days, 14th-century Europe … More

    Ethanol: List of Mandate's Victims Keeps Growing

    Bring a rancher, a motorcyclist, a governor, a poultry producer, a gas station manager, and a restaurant owner together around a table, and they probably wouldn’t have much in common regarding their day-to-day lives. But they have all joined the growing ranks of people dissatisfied with the renewable fuel standard. … More

    Production: Obama Administration Praises Lackluster Oil and Gas Lease Sale

    Yesterday marked the first oil and gas lease sale of the Obama Administration’s five-year program for the Outer Continental Shelf. The federal government raked in $157.6 million from more than 20 million offshore acres up for lease in the western Gulf of Mexico. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar praised … More

    The Carbon-Tax-Swap Fantasy

    To its credit, the Obama Administration has yet to endorse a carbon tax. Such a tax is promised as the one-two punch that will put a significant dent in America’s fiscal crisis and the supposed impending doom from manmade global warming. This “market-based” approach will, supporters promise, bring new revenue … More

    Energy Independence the Free-Market Way

    It was clear in pre-election discussion that Americans want energy independence. The most successful means to this end has been the free market—and the release of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) annual World Energy Outlook proves it. IEA projects that while global energy demand will climb, America will emerge as … More

    Michigan's Mandate for Pricier Energy

    If an energy technology has so much promise, why would you need a constitutional amendment to require its production? Energy consumers in Michigan should be asking this question. On the Michigan ballot this November is Proposal 3, or “25 x 25,” which sets out to amend the Michigan constitution to … More

    The EPA’s 4 Gallon Minimum Fuel Requirement

    Drive an older car or own a moped, motorcycle or lawnmower? Depending on which fuel pump you use, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring that you buy at least four gallons of fuel—although some vehicles that require the minimum four gallon requirement don’t even have a four gallon fuel … More

    Obama's Non-Solution for High Gas Prices

    Gas prices and the approval of President Obama’s management of the issue are heading in opposite directions. As the price at the pump continues to climb, his approval rating for handling gas prices is a meager 26 percent—the lowest of any of the polled questions. Much of what’s led to … More

    Will Electric Cars Make It Without Bailouts?

    Perhaps buyers are waiting for President Obama’s proposed $10,000 tax credit for the Chevy Volt. Despite government bailout money and incentives, GM temporarily halted Volt production and laid off 1,300 Detroit employees as lackluster demand resulted in low sales. Unfortunately, this is becoming a routine ordeal that inspires a glut … More