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    Allow Free Market to Inform Proper Level of Ethanol Use

    Domestically produced corn based ethanol has enjoyed preferential federal treatment for years including a $0.51 per gallon tax credit and tariffs that discourage potentially cheaper sugar cane-based ethanol from Brazil. Federal government government support for ethanol has only increased in recent years with the first ever renewable fuel mandate for … More

    The New Libertarian Mascot?

    For decades the environmental movement has drafted the world’s cutest and cuddliest mega fauna as symbols for their cause. From the grizzly to the panda, bears have always been the top choice for environmental iconography. In recent years environmental activists have enlisted the polar bear in their effort to take … More

    The Rich Are Rich Defense

    UCLA public policy professor Mark Kleiman offers up a fascinating defense of Hollywood celebrities who jet around the around the world to their many huge homes while also denouncing the evils of global warming. Kleiman writes: Rich people use more goods and services than poor people. That’s what “rich” means. … More

    Leftists of the World Unite on Windfall Oil Tax

    To compete with Hillary Clinton’s pandering on a gas tax holiday, Barack Obama proposed a windfall profits tax on oil companies of his own last month. The Obama plan is not unlike the windfall oil profits tax passed by Hugo Chavez just two weeks earlier. Obama would slap a 20% … More

    The Biggest Lie Ever Sold

    The Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund purchased a full page ad May 10 in the New York Times (here in pdf) supporting the Lieberman-Warner  cap-and-trade bill, called the “Climate Security Act”  One sentence  in huge bold-face type yells: “THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PLAN THAT CAN SAVE THE WORLD.” Apparently the NRDC … More

    High Cost of Nukes Not Just a Nuke Problem

    The Wall Street Journal printed an article today on the high costs of new nuclear power in the United States. But guess what? Energy prices are escalating across the board. And much of the price increase is because commodity prices for products like cement, steel and copper are rising. Then … More

    Thank Goodness Global Warming Came Along—Just in Time to Help Us Fix the Economy!

    Can we tax, spend, and regulate our way to prosperity? Some say we can—if the taxing, spending, and regulating help fight global warming. North Carolina’s legislators are considering a package of 56 proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposals include such things as mandates on consumer appliances, energy-efficiency requirements … More

    House Republicans Tie Earmark Moratorium to Gas Tax Relief

    Frustrated by inaction from Democrats on earmarks and gas prices, House Republicans are tying the two issues together in hopes of forcing Congress to act. Legislation introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would suspend the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax for the summer. To avoid impacting the Highway … More

    Problems with the Polar Bear/Global Warming Link

    The Department of the Interior is expected to announce soon that polar bears have been designated a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The justification for such a move will not be that polar bears are actually declining. Rather, the justification will be based on speculation that they may … More

    The Liberal War on Science

    The Washington Monthly‘s Kevin Drum tries to take Michael Gerson to task for being “disingenuous” about “the liberal critique of the Republican war on science.” Drum cites a number of areas he believes conservatives have betrayed science and “global warming denialism” tops the list. Too bad Drum wasn’t listening to … More