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    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

    Earmarks Still Dividing Republicans and Conservatives

    The House Appropriations Committee’s newest member, Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL), visited The Heritage Foundation’s weekly blogger lunch today to pitch his new “Commitment to Reforming a Broken Process.” Bonner faced a hostile crowd of conservative bloggers who did not see why Bonner was willing to support a one-year moratorium on … More

    All Pain and No Gain

    The costs of Congress’ ethanol mandate have been well documented. It is diverting more and more corn away from food and into fuel (25% this year and 35% next year) causing the price of both go to up. Consumers here in the U.S. are paying for Congressional shortsightedness at the … More

    The Ethanol Mandate-Global Hunger Link

    Around the world people are starving due to higher food prices and Congress is just now beginning to realize the connection between their global warming policies and misery around the world. Heritage scholar Ben Lieberman explains the link: America’s first mandatory policy to reduce global warming emissions is its biofuels … More

    Opposition to ANWR Drilling Is No Laughing Matter

    Echoing the sentiments of conservatives, Jay Leno last night on “The Tonight Show” chided Democrats for their repeated opposition to oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Leno’s punchline: Democrats say drilling in ANWR wouldn’t produce any oil for 10 years — the same point they’ve been making for … More

    Bipartisan Consensus: Ethanol Mandates Are a Disaster

    Recently our leaders have told us: The New York Times, April 15, 2008: Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, said he had come to realize that Congress made a mistake in backing biofuels, not anticipating the impact on food costs. He said Congress needed to reconsider its policy, though he … More

    Lowering Gas Prices In Bizarro World

    Last week Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent a letter to President Bush on Earth Day identifying three pieces of energy legislation that she claims will “save Americans money.” One bill is actually a decent idea, but has no hope of lowering energy prices anytime soon. Another bill could marginally increase … More

    Cheerleading at the Post

    We don’t know exactly when it happened, but at some point The Washington Post dropped all pretense of being an objective news source and became a full fledged advocate for government control of the energy sector. Before Democrats recently enacted strict new ethanol mandates, conservatives and libertarians warned that proposed … More