energy policy

Obama’s New Energy Regulations Will Make George Soros Richer And Increase Gasoline Prices

April 1, 2013
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Obama’s New Energy Regulations Will Make George Soros Richer And Increase Gasoline Prices

On Good Friday, a day fewer people would be paying attention to the headlines than on most other days, the Obama administration released news about its plans to raise the price of gasoline. Gasoline prices for the first quarter of 2013 are higher than the same time in 2012. Intentionally pushing prices up would seem stupid in the midst of a struggling economy—that is, if your goal is to help those most impacted by higher fuel and food prices, rather than boosting the bottom line for your billionaire donors. The plans, announced Friday, call for stricter limits for sulfur in…

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Imagine Tax Revenues That Exceed The Cost Of Running The Government

March 11, 2013
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Imagine Tax Revenues That Exceed The Cost Of Running The Government

The sequester happened. Nothing happened—though we all understand there will be impacts down the road. But, it didn’t have to happen. “Sequester,” a word foreign to most of us, “is a term used to describe the practice of using mandatory spending cuts in the federal budget if the cost of running the government exceeds either an arbitrary amount or the gross revenue it brings during the fiscal year.” In short, it is what happens when the cost of running the government exceeds the revenue. Washington only talks about two choices when the cost of running the government exceeds the revenues:…

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Wind Energy: The Wheels Are Coming Off The Gravy Train

May 14, 2012
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Wind Energy: The Wheels Are Coming Off The Gravy Train

The wind energy industry has been having a hard time. The taxpayer funding that has kept it alive for the last twenty years is coming to an end, and those promoting the industry are panicking. Perhaps this current wave started when one of wind energy’s most noted supporters, T. Boone Pickens, “Mr. Wind,” in an April 12 interview on MSNBC said, “I’m in the wind business…I lost my ass in the business.” The industry’s fortunes didn’t get any better when on May 4, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) wrote an editorial titled, “Gouged by the wind,” in which they stated:…

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Climate Change And The Presidential Campaign

May 7, 2012
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Climate Change And The Presidential Campaign

Global warming has been off the energy news radar as high gas prices have usurped the spotlight, however Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has brought it back. “Defense Secretary?” you might ask. “Not Energy Secretary Steven Chu or EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson?” No. It was Leon Panetta, who, at an Environmental Defense Fund reception on Thursday May 3, declared “The area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security.” (Are we going to declare war on countries like Canada for backing out of the Kyoto climate change commitments, or China and India for never supporting them in the first place?)…

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It’s Not Al’s (Armendariz) Fault

May 1, 2012
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It’s Not Al’s (Armendariz) Fault

Frequent readers of my column might be surprised to see that I am defending Al Armendariz, the newly resigned EPA Administrator of Region 6. In his recently revealed “crucify” comments, Armendariz was merely reflecting the view from the top – though the exact word choices may have been his own. Yet, Al, alone, is taking the fall. He resigned on April 30 and his resignation was immediately accepted by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. Yes, the above is my opinion. No, I do not have any special insight into the agency. What I do have is perspective and personal experience with…

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