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    Prevention of Airline Carbon Taxes Should Be a Model for Carbon Regulations

    President Obama recently signed legislation that prevents the European Union (EU) from taxing U.S. airline emissions for planes that travel to and from EU countries. Although the EU announced it would delay the tax from its broader cap-and-trade-like system for a year, the new law protects U.S. airlines from the … More

    The Right Time for a Carbon Tax Is Never

    Once the electorate was made to realize that cap-and-trade bills (Lieberman-Warner, Waxman-Markey, etc.) were actually taxes on fossil energy, cap and trade became political poison. So it is surprising that an explicit tax on fossil energy is now being pushed in Washington. The hope among carbon-tax proponents is that they … More

    The Carbon-Tax-Swap Fantasy

    To its credit, the Obama Administration has yet to endorse a carbon tax. Such a tax is promised as the one-two punch that will put a significant dent in America’s fiscal crisis and the supposed impending doom from manmade global warming. This “market-based” approach will, supporters promise, bring new revenue … More

    Carbon Tax: Won't Reduce Deficit or Temperature

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report that should be a cause for concern to all who believe in limited government. In it, CRS argues that a new tax on carbon could cut the deficit in half. There is nothing special about a carbon tax in terms of raising … More

    Morning Bell: Can Conservatives Be Environmentalists?

    Efforts to protect the environment in America have ignored the most powerful force for improving the environment: free people. The results of these misguided policies have been higher energy prices, lower incomes, less access to resources, and technological stagnation—often failing to produce tangible environmental benefits. It doesn’t have to be … More

    A "Conservative Carbon Tax" Is $0

    Instead of rallying together to fight the Obama Administration’s backdoor environmental regulations, which have exorbitant costs and minimal benefit, some conservative organizations are working with liberal groups to push costs higher by piling on a carbon tax. This would be nothing more than an enormously high, regressive energy tax that … More

    Court Upholds Greenhouse Gas Rule; Congress Needs to Step Up

    Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finding that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to public health and the environment. Although not a surprising decision, the ruling is a disappointing one. Unless Congress prohibits … More

    EPA CO2 Regulation Effectively Bans New Coal Facilities

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new rule to regulate CO2 emissions from power plants, which would effectively ban new coal power plants, as its emissions standards are too low to be met by conventional coal-fired facilities. This stands in stark contrast with the President’s supposed “all of the … More

    Tsunamis: Another Perspective on the Economic Impact of Carbon Restrictions

    All the world mourned the human toll taken by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Thousands of lives were lost; hundreds of thousands more shattered. Of course, natural disasters inflict economic destruction as well, and estimates of the recent disasters’ cost to Japan are now coming in. Catastrophe modeler Risk Management … More

    EPA Circumventing Congress...Again

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing the reputation for moving forward with plans Congress cannot accomplish. Last Congress, Representative Jim Oberstar (D-MN) and Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) tried to expand the powers of the EPA by introducing legislation that would replace the term “navigable waters” in the Clean Water … More