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    Morning Bell: Avoid California's Mistakes

    Today voters in California will go to the polls to decide the fate of six ballot propositions, four of which would raise taxes on Californians. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has pushed heavily for all six ballot measures which are designed to close the state’s $15 billion budget shortfall. But even though … More

    Doomed to Repeat Energy Tax History? (Part 8 in a 10-Part Series)

    A national energy tax, which masks as a cap-and-trade program, could produce a substantial public backlash. According to a recent CNN poll, a majority of Americans already believe that such a job-killing energy tax that produces little or no environmental gain is not a good idea. This is not the … More

    Politics of Cap and Trade Just Cost You $2 Trillion

    The New York Times reported Saturday: How did cap and trade, hatched as an academic theory in obscure economic journals half a century ago, become the policy of choice in the debate over how to slow the heating of the planet? … The answer is not to be found in … More

    Morning Bell: The Costs and Benefits of Waxman-Markey

    Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee will begin a multi-day markup on the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill. Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) has been busy lobbying his own caucus for the necessary 30 votes to get the bill out of committee for weeks, but the bill’s fate is still … More

    The $4300 Energy Tax

    There have been a lot of numbers floating around measuring the costs of cap and trade. For instance, a study by MIT professor John Reilly shows a carbon cap and trade would cost the average American household $3,900 a year. $800 of that figure comes from, according to Reilly, “the … More

    Waxman’s Lower Standards Do Not Reduce Costs to Consumers

    In an attempt to win over the public, manufacturers and garner more Congressional support, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman reduced the short-term stringency of greenhouse gas emission cuts as well as reduced the impossible goals for a renewable portfolio standard. The concessions, as reported by CQPolitics and … More

    A Carbon Tax Is An Economy Killer, Too

    In response to the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, GOP lawmakers Bob Inglis of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona are set to introduce carbon tax legislation. A carbon tax is a direct, more predictable tax on carbon emissions, but … More

    House Global Warming Plan Doesn’t Address Senate Concerns

    Last year, the US Senate tried to advance a national energy tax, which masquerades as a cap-and-trade program, sponsored by Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and John Warner (R-VA). After the policy was defeated, ten Democrats sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), … More

    The Benefits of Waxman-Markey

    Nothing. Zip. Zero. Zilch. There are no benefits for the American people in the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill. Whenever defenders of the free market point out how much an energy tax will cost the economy, the enviro-left always tries to change the subject to “the cost of inaction.” But here … More

    The Costs of Waxman-Markey

    According to the latest reports from Capitol Hill, House Democrats are busy gutting the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill in an effort to keep its economic costs low. They have a lot of work to do. The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis has just completed their study of the March … More