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    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

    Great Green Fleet = Big Red Ink

    It seems that Washington has a mandate, subsidy, or loan program for every bad idea. Today’s example is military biofuels. Just this spring, the Defense Department issued another multimillion-dollar set of contracts for firms to develop refineries whose biofuels, in theory, would not be that much more expensive than conventional … More

    Eliminate Advanced Manufacturing and Alternative Fuel Programs

    There are sound market ideas that address issues of high energy prices. Throwing money at corporations is not one of them. The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations released its report language on the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill for 2014. While the House deserves credit for scaling back … More

    Things That Will Cost More Under Obama's Climate Change Plan

    President Obama doesn’t “have time for a meeting of the flat-Earth society.” And he probably considers you a member if you disagree with him on his crushing regulatory approach to climate change. The heck of it is, the policies he advocates actually would not help the Earth. Before Obama’s speech … More

    Renewable Fuels: Raze the Maize Mandate

    Senators John Barrasso (R–WY), Mark Pryor (D–AR), and Pat Toomey (R–PA) introduced a bill today to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Efforts in the House to do likewise are underway. The problem with the RFS isn’t corn or farmers or ethanol. The problem is that it is bad governance, … 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

    Ethanol Mandate Leads to Violence, Social Unrest

    The conversion of corn to ethanol has contributed to a doubling in global food prices since 2005, according to a report by the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI). In a presentation at The Heritage Foundation, Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam elaborated upon earlier research done by NECSI demonstrating a link between … More

    Congress Should Permanently Waive the Ethanol Mandate

    Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected a proposal from a number of governors and federal legislators to partially waive the Renewable Fuels Standard, which mandates the production of 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022. This year, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires refiners to blend nearly … More

    Obama's Top Six Gas Price Myths Busted

    The same Washington press corps that hammered President George W. Bush relentlessly when prices were still well under $3 a gallon—well before the $4 a gallon peak, which lasted only six weeks in 2008—have given President Obama a pass thus far on the recklessness of his energy policy. In fact, … More

    Obama on Energy: New Speech, Same Old Gimmicks

    Nearly a year ago, President Obama delivered a speech calling for an increase in oil and gas production. Since then, he has canceled more production than he has allowed. Today he delivered a speech at Georgetown University outlining a plan to cut oil imports by one-third by 2025. President Obama … More