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    Green Jobs Go 0-for-4

    The Administration’s green jobs initiatives appear to be the Detroit Tigers of the policy world—they are 0-for-4 in the major reports on their success. In the past year, there have been four reports on green jobs by the Department of Labor: two from the department’s inspector general’s office and two … More

    What’s Driving High Gas Prices in California?

    California’s nation-high gas prices are receiving national attention. The price of $4.67 per gallon, an increase of about 50 cents in the past week, is 86 cents higher than the national average. Representative Henry Waxman (D–CA) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D–CA) are quick to speculate about market manipulation and are … More

    10 Ways the Obama Administration Is Hurting America's Energy Economy

    One of the few bright spots over the past few years in America’s economy has been energy production, but this has occurred largely in spite of this Administration’s energy policies, not because of them. And the simple fact remains that our energy economy could be even brighter, but egregiously burdensome … More

    Michigan's Mandate for Pricier Energy

    If an energy technology has so much promise, why would you need a constitutional amendment to require its production? Energy consumers in Michigan should be asking this question. On the Michigan ballot this November is Proposal 3, or “25 x 25,” which sets out to amend the Michigan constitution to … More

    The Jones Act vs. Affordable Energy

    The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted another Washington regulation that is holding back the economy. But this one can’t be blamed on President Obama, because it was enacted over 90 years ago. The protectionist Jones Act requires shippers transporting goods between two points in the United States to use vessels … More

    The Second Coming of Cap and Trade?

    The Obama Administration, at this sensitive time, is playing down its expansive regulatory agenda, but some insiders are predicting a new onslaught of costly rules—including the imposition of cap-and-trade schemes on industry. Although Congress rejected cap-and-trade legislation in 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remains intent on effectively rationing the … More

    President Obama, Chief Investor: Leave Energy Upgrades to the Businesses

    Reading President Obama’s latest Executive Order (EO) on industrial energy efficiency, one would think American companies were not interested in saving money and gaining a competitive advantage: While our manufacturing facilities have made progress in becoming more energy efficient over the past several decades, there is an opportunity to accelerate … More

    Morning Bell: We Can Change America's Course

    Entering the final stretch of the presidential contest, Americans are facing a monumental choice. The American people will decide the direction of government and its role in their lives for the coming years. The debate in Tampa this week raised a number of issues, including preserving the American dream of … More

    Want Cheaper Gasoline? Waive Regulations

    Even as the summer travel season is winding down, drivers have certainly noticed that gas prices are marching back up. Since the law of supply and demand hasn’t yet been repealed (or even suspended by executive order) the answer seems simple enough: increase the amount of gasoline available. A recent … More

    The Conservationist's Case for Ending the Reign of Ethanol

    This past year, the USDA produced a couple of lengthy research reports (here and here) concluding what others have also documented: The federal government’s drive to increase ethanol use has created an environmentally hazardous production cycle in the name of renewable energy that is neither affordable nor clean. The Renewable … More