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  • Biomassive Energy Subsidies in Farm Bill

    The farm bill, which passed in the Senate yesterday, has little to do with farming and a lot to do with handouts. Energy subsidies? The farm bill’s full of ‘em, particularly in the Title IX energy section, and they all need to go. The legislation includes direct handouts and loan … More

    Wind PTC: There's No Free Lunch

    Real men wear pink. Real women wear fur. And real market-based policy doesn’t include special interest subsidies. Sadly, lots of legislation fails the real free market test. So it is with one of Washington’s favorite energy sources du jour: energy production tax credits (PTC). Sadly, anti-market policies like the expansion … More

    Two Cheers for House Energy Bill

    Often when policymakers introduce legislation in Washington, the title of the bill doesn’t always correspond with what the bill actually does. This is not one of those times. U.S. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R–CA) recently introduced the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, which would greatly improve access to America’s … More

    At Solyndra, More Jobs Lost—and Even More Jobs Lost

    Documents obtained by The Bay Citizen under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the Solyndra bankruptcy resulted in 1,861 people losing their jobs—over 700 more than the defunct solar company previously reported. In reality, the job loss count is even higher than that. What hasn’t been counted are the … More

    Bailed-out General Motors to Receive Another Wasteful Handout

    The Department of Energy is awarding $54 million for energy projects that should help manufacturing companies be more energy efficient. If your immediate response is, “If these technologies are going to lower a business’s costs, why aren’t they investing their own money?” then you’re asking the right question. Bailed-out General … More

    Obama’s All-of-the-above Energy Plan: Same Slogan, Different Version

    Both Republicans and Democrats love the “all-of-the-above” slogan, because they can make it mean pretty much anything they want. Democrats use it to support pet projects in their districts. Republicans do the same. Too often politicians use this popular motto when discussing energy policy, and too often they use it … More

    Time to Return ARPA-E to Its Original Mission

    Despite having a budget for only a few years, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is quickly becoming a microcosm of the larger problems associated with the entire Department of Energy (DOE). ARPA-E, a program within the DOE, is meant to fund high-risk, high-reward projects that the private sector would … More

    Four Big Problems with Obama's Energy Subsidy Push

    President Obama pushed for expanding wind energy and advanced energy manufacturing subsidies at the wind turbine manufacturer TPI Composites in Newton, Iowa, today. These subsidies have and continue to enjoy bipartisan support precisely because they benefit both Republicans and Democrats come election time, when they can say they helped create … More

    Psst! Washington! Gas Prices Are Still High

    As Americans across the country gear up for Memorial Day, they have welcomed the recent dip in gas prices. Although gas prices are down nearly 20 cents per gallon from one month ago, the average price in the United States remains uncomfortably high at $3.68 per gallon. AAA projects Memorial … More

    Clean Energy Standard: Significant Costs, Insignificant Benefits

    In its pitch for a federal clean energy standard (CES), The Washington Post’s editorial board asks, “Will America do anything significant to slow climate change?” Assuming America actually needs to do something to slow climate change, even if the Post’s editorial board got its wish for a CES, America still … More