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    Concerns over the Social Cost of Carbon

    The following comment was submitted to the Department of Energy by Nicolas Loris. U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program Mailstop EE-2J, Room 1J-018 1000 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20585-0121 EERE-BT-PET-0043 Kathleen B. Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. I am writing out … More

    Why DOE Is Wasting $45 Million of Your Money

    Last week we wrote about the Department of Energy (DOE) wastefully spending $45 million in taxpayer dollars on advanced transportation technologies. The federal government spending taxpayer dollars on activities the private sector should be financing is nothing new, but another big part of the problem is that these investments stem … More

    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