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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

    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

    New EPA Regulations Mean Higher Gas Prices

    It’s no secret that the White House, regardless of Administration, releases unpopular news on Friday afternoons. On the popular television drama West Wing, the fictional Bartlett Administration calls it “Take out the trash day.” We shouldn’t be too surprised that the Obama Administration released Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that … More

    Keystone XL Pipeline Déjà vu

    Today the State Department released yet another positive environmental review for the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline project. The State Department approved the original pipeline route through Nebraska, which was supposedly less environmentally friendly, without any problems. It is no surprise, then, that the State Department also seems … 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

    EPA Argues for Subsidizing Domestic Oil Production

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s world is chock full of external costs and external benefits that it must rectify with taxes, subsidies, and regulations.  For instance, to cure this world of CO2-itis, the EPA, along with the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), recently released the latest version of the … More

    Morning Bell: Higher Gas Prices Add to Economic Slump

    Unemployment is at 8.3 percent. The economy is sputtering at 1.5 percent growth. Food prices are rising due to drought conditions across the country. And gas prices are up again, pinching Americans’ summer budgets. It is past time for the President and Congress to pursue smart policies that would put … More

    Pop Quiz: 10 Questions to Test Your Knowledge on Gas Prices

    Americans are upset over the rising cost of gasoline. As the national average for regular unleaded climbs to nearly $4 per gallon, President Obama’s approval rating is headed in the opposite direction. As drivers pay closer attention to the price at the pump, they’re also growing more displeased with the … More

    Chart of the Week: Winter Gas Prices Reach All-Time High

    The cost of gasoline today is at its highest point ever during winter, an ominous sign of what might be on the horizon in the months to come. According to government data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average price of regular unleaded is $3.34 over the three-month period … More

    Government Shouldn’t Decide What Cars Run On

    With gas prices hovering at $4 per gallon, politicians are trying to sell quick fixes that will inevitably end up hurting consumers. The latest attempt is an open fuel standard that would require a certain percentage of new vehicles to be flex-fuel (a combination of gasoline and ethanol or methanol), … More