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    Subsidies and Costs in the Solar Industry

    According to Germany’s environment minister, Norbert Roettgen, “Solar is a success story made in Germany.” “Success” appears to mean having the world’s largest amount of ridiculously overpriced electricity. (The German subsidy for solar energy is up to five times the actual wholesale cost in the U.S.) But even Roettgen realizes … More

    Rich People Win, Poor Kids Lose, in Obama's America

    Want a clear indication of President Barack Obama’s priorities? Take a look at the spending decisions emerging from his Administration today. In the battle between $40,000 dollar-electric-car-buying yuppies and at-risk kids in the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, rich people won, and they have President Obama to thank for it. The … More

    Money Loser + $100 Million Subsidy = Money Maker?

    When is a solar energy company a loan flipper instead of a solar energy company? How about when the value of its loan subsidies vastly exceeds the value of its solar project? A case in point is First Solar’s sale of its Antelope Valley Solar Ranch 1 (AVSR1) to Exelon. … More

    Time to End Energy Tax Subsidies

    Today, Senators Jim DeMint (R–SC) and Mike Lee (R–UT) introduced legislation that would move the United States a giant step forward in making our country’s energy market freer by eliminating targeted tax credits for energy sources and technologies. Their legislation, a companion to Representative Mike Pompeo’s (R–KS) bill, would force … More

    And That’s Why You Don’t Give Subsidies

    This past April, when Members of Congress introduced the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NATGAS) Act that provides preferential tax treatment to subsidize the production, use, and purchase of natural-gas vehicles, the propane industry asked, “What about us?” Well, someone was listening, because a little over a month … More

    U.S. Way Ahead in Clean Energy Race

    If clean-energy means “low-carbon” (a definition to which I object), then the U.S. is way, way ahead of China in the clean-energy race. If it means low-everything-else, we are still way, way ahead, since China has a pathetic record on controlling genuine pollution. Getting hung up on commoditized solar-panel or … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 5, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. House forces pro-forma sessions to avoid recess appointments – Pete Kasperowicz The dead remain on Wisconsin voter list – M.D. Kittle Twitter’s ‘Who to Follow’ List Overwhelmingly Promotes Liberal Pundits, Media … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 4, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Pity the debt-paying generation – Bill Beach and Dustin Siggins Unhealthy Debt – James C. Capretta and Yuval Levin Debt deal could endanger health care law – Jennifer Haberkorn After Debt … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 21, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Reining in the CFPB – Diane Katz The End of the Growth Consensus – John B. Taylor Obamacare No Prescription for Hiring – James Sherk The NAT GAS Subsidy – David … More

    Opening Access, Not Subsidies, The Key to America's Energy Future

      Over the years our federal government has implemented a number of bad policies to reduce dependence on foreign oil. The latest flavor-of-the-month policy is the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act, which would give targeted tax credits to produce natural gas vehicles and heavy-duty trucks. … More