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    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

    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

    Time to Rethink Federal Highway Trust Fund Spending

    The Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which funds most surface interstate transportation programs, from roads to bridges, faces insolvency in a few short years. In a House Budget Hearing today, one witness—Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation—offered lawmakers a near-term solution akin to what The Heritage Foundation has proposed: Recommit HTF … More

    Congress Wants to Tell Americans How to Be More Efficient? Really?

    In the interest of trying to make better choices for consumers, Congress has been determined to legislate efficiency mandates for American homes and businesses since the late 1970s. The latest and much-awaited efficiency legislation is being reintroduced in the Senate tomorrow, with a House companion bill coming as early as … More

    Can’t Afford a New Car? Washington Partly to Blame

    The average price of a new car in 2012 was $30,500. Wondering why? One contributing factor is the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. All models from a single manufacturer must reach an average of 35.3 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2016 and 54.5 mpg by 2025. The current … More

    Obama Has NOT Doubled the Nation’s Fuel Economy

    President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night was full of good intentions, bad policy, and suspect claims. He said, for example, that “We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas.” Obama has imposed a mandate that aims to basically double fuel economy … More

    Capitalism: Making Tires Safer and Most Things Better

    Humans have been using tires since the dawn of the automotive age. But today’s tires aren’t much like their predecessors. Instead of being made with natural rubber, for example, they’re fashioned from layers of materials, including textiles and steel. This is a perfect example of what economist Joseph Schumpeter meant … More

    EPA Gives Green Light for California's Costly Car Program

    Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a waiver to the state of California to move forward with its Advanced Clean Cars Program. The EPA waiver allows California to implement even tougher fuel efficiency standards than the White House announced last summer in an attempt to integrate more zero-emission … More

    Morning Bell: The 10 Worst Regulations of 2012

    It seems that no aspect of American life can escape government regulation. In the past year, regulators drafted rules that addressed everything from caloric intake to dishwasher efficiency. Most of these rules increase the cost of living, others hinder job creation, and many erode freedom. Not all regulations are unwarranted, … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Cap-and-Trade Scheme for Cars

    Ever since the Senate rejected President Obama’s cap-and-trade scheme in 2009, his administration has been hard at work to find other ways to implement a radical, environmentalist agenda. Obama made these intentions clear at a press conference in 2010 when he explained, “Cap and trade was just one way of … More