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    What’s Another $45 Million at the Energy Department?

    The Department of Energy (DOE) announced it is spending $45 million of taxpayer money for 38 different projects for advanced transportation technologies. But private companies should be making these investments on their own to provide the best products available for consumers. The 38 projects funded by DOE are going to … More

    Energy: As Mexico Finally Enters the 21st Century, Obama Parties Like It’s 1938

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto recently announced the first, very timid steps to take Mexico’s energy sector—famously nationalized in 1938 by then-President Lázaro Cárdenas—forward into the 21st century. Meanwhile, President Obama seems intent on taking U.S. energy back to 1938—the original heyday for New Deal big-government types. Peña Nieto’s proposal … More

    Fueling Cronyism

    No one knows how much ethanol Americans would use if the fuel didn’t receive preferential treatment. Would we use any at all? We do know it has drawbacks as compared to gasoline. Ethanol has less energy, so it reduces fuel efficiency and increases costs. It can damage small engines such … More

    Court Kicks Yucca Mountain Review Back in Motion

    Despite the politics surrounding Yucca Mountain and the Obama Administration’s policy to terminate the project, a federal court today held the executive branch to its chief role: executing the law. After 468 days of waiting, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today ruled that, despite the … More

    Subsidies and Taxes Complicate the Future of Nuclear Power

    Rising maintenance costs and a sharp decrease in natural gas prices have put the future of some nuclear power plants into question. But other plants face retirement under the burden of specific taxes and anti-competitive green energy subsidies. Mark Cooper, a senior fellow at the Vermont Law School, recently published … More

    Murkowski Pushes for Natural Gas Exports

    The Department of Energy (DOE) approved its third application to export natural gas a day after Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–AK) released a white paper calling for the Administration and the DOE to quit stalling on permits. As Senator Murkowski said in her press release: We’ve carefully examined the issue of … More

    Wind Power: Only When the Wind Blows and the Subsidies Flow

    Wind turbines produce power only when the wind is blowing. But perhaps more importantly, wind production builds only when the subsidies are flowing. The wind industry is experiencing slow growth through the first half of the year and blaming uncertainty over a massive subsidy as a reason why. Alex Guillen … More

    House Pushes Back Against White House Carbon Measures

    Before the House dismissed for August recess, it sent two important messages related to regulating (or not) carbon dioxide. The House decisively passed an amendment to the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act raised by Representative Steve Scalise (R–LA) that would require congressional approval for a … More

    As Commodities Prices Fall, Economic Freedom Should Rise

    New reports are hinting that an end to the decade-long run-up of the prices of commodities prices is here. For years, emerging markets such as China rapidly sucked up natural resources to fuel their hasty economic expansions, inflating the cost of commodities such as coal, iron, and oil. Meanwhile, resource-endowed … More

    NYC Soda Ban Shot Down Again: Bad Day for the Food Police

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other self-appointed nutrition czars are probably very upset. The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, unanimously upheld a lower court’s decision that the New York City soda ban is unconstitutional. The Ban In the words of the court, “The Sugary Drinks … More