Energy Articles

Senators Dueling over Solar Subsidies

Will the rich win again?
3:02 PM, Feb 03, 2016
With the Senate dedicating a fair amount of floor time to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, Republican senators are taking the opportunity to shine a light on bad practices in the energy economy through the amendment process. Read more

The Courage of Supporting Ethanol

Trump frames ethanol support as bold stroke before Iowa crowd
9:14 AM, Jan 20, 2016
Donald Trump framed his unqualified support of ethanol Tuesday as an act of political independence — this before a gathering of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit less than two weeks before the state goes to caucus. Read more

New Group Launches to Zap Electric Car Subsidies

'Electric Cars: Built by billionaires, bought by millionaires.'
4:43 PM, Dec 17, 2015

A new group called the Energy Equality Coalition launched on Thursday. The group's goal is to "end taxpayer subsidies and ensure a level playing field for middle-class American energy consumers."

For now, the group is starting with a focus on electric cars, but sources close to the group tell THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the group could expand its focus to other subsidies, particularly ones that disproportionately benefit the wealthy. The impending extension of current tax subsidies helped prompt the group's formation. In the short term, the goal is building a grassroots list of those opposed to such subsidies, and the end goal is dismantling them.

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Hillary: Campaign 'Is Incredibly Demanding and Exhausting'

7:12 AM, Dec 11, 2015

Hillary Clinton may be low-energy. In an interview last night with NBC's Seth Meyers, Clinton admitted that the campaign "is incredibly demanding and exhausting."

"I'm so happy you're here," said Meyers. "You look wonderful, you look well rested -- and I can't understand how that's the case."

"Yeah, that's an optical illusion," Clinton said with a laugh.

When asked about the campaign, Clinton said, "I think that they are really hard. You won't get an argument from me about that. It is incredibly demanding and exhausting -- in every way you can imagine," said Clinton. "But I do have fun. I do have a good time out there.

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Jeb: High Frustration, Low Energy

10:39 PM, Oct 28, 2015

In a post debate interview with CNN, Jeb Bush was obviously frustrated (though he denied it):

Bush continued his attack on Marco Rubio he started during the debate. And repeated his call on Rubio to resign as senator.

"I tried to interject as much as I could," a low-energy Bush told CNN.

The former Republican frontrunner pledged to win the race "the old fashioned way."

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Poll: Clean Energy Issues Pretty Popular Among Conservative Base

7:18 AM, Oct 02, 2015

Some new findings on how conservative voters think about energy issues from a bevvy of top-tier GOP pollsters ought to be required reading for the eventual Republican presidential nominee. While the new polls, commissioned by the ClearPath Foundation, offer some intuitive political messaging advice  (e.g., GOP candidates would do well with an energy agenda that emphasizes energy security, rather than a changing climate) some less intuitive results offer advice to GOP candidates about what not to do. Namely, while Republicans probably shouldn’t try to run on clean- energy issues, running against them probably won’t help either.

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Immiserating the Poor

More dubious achievements from the EPA.
Sep 14, 2015

‘It was $5, right?” I was at a convenience store in northern Missouri, filling up with gas, and the guy next to me was checking his gas budget with the lady in the passenger seat of his car. He was driving what might be the last K-car on the road. He noticed that I had overheard their conversation and turned to me and said: “I hate dollar and diming it, but if five bucks is all you have, that’s all you can spend.” 

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Growth and Inequality

Sep 07, 2015

The economic recovery is barely worthy of the name, and there is evidence that inequality in America is increasing. Ignoring the first rule of statistics—correlation is not causation—progressives see this as a new reason to expand government. Reduce inequality and the growth rate will increase. 

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Obama’s Energy Debacle

And what the next president can do about it.
Aug 24, 2015

The late great comedian Milton Berle, when introduced to an enthusiastically applauding audience, would hold up his left hand in a modest gesture as if to say thank you but that’s enough, and with his right hand held at waist level encouraged the audience to even wilder applause. President Obama has just accomplished a similar feat. With one hand he has delivered his Clean Power Plan, designed to reduce the use of our own resources of fossil fuels.

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No, Elon Musk’s Solar Battery Project Won’t Revolutionize American Energy

A Harvard professor throws shade at a much-hyped announcement.
2:26 PM, Jul 30, 2015

The sun is a stubborn on-again-off-again partner in our solar energy relationship. With no way to store excess solar energy, solar homes are forced to return shamefacedly to the electrical grid each evening, not to mention in moments of cloud cover and/or rain.

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Join China in its Support for Adam Smith

10:31 AM, Jul 23, 2015

Conservatives of America, unite. You have nothing to lose but regulations and subsidies. Hark. Listen up. Pay attention. And if there is any other cliché that might get your attention, pencil it in.

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Report: Billions Lost From Keystone XL Pipeline Delay

3:14 PM, Jul 22, 2015

A new report by the American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, details adverse economic consequences of the Keystone XL pipeline's delay.

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Might as Well Go Green Yourself

The five hidden ways you’re paying to subsidize renewable power.
Apr 27, 2015

Do you want to know how to beat the stock market? In 46 of America’s 50 largest cities, installing a fully financed, typical-sized, residential solar power system will do just that, according to a Department of Energy-backed study released earlier this year. In other words, by investing in solar panels, most homeowners will save more in electric costs over the next 25 years (the approximate life of the system) than they would earn from investing the same money in the stock market over that same time period.

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Reform the Corn Laws

4:29 PM, Apr 20, 2015

The original corn laws put tariffs on imported grain in an effort to help domestic producers.  That was nearly two centuries ago, in England, and the experiment is taught as an example of bad economic policy. But people never learn and in this country, today, we have the renewable fuel mandates which have been a boon to corn farmers in Iowa (among other states) where presidential candidates are obliged to speak in favor of a policy that is a drag just about everywhere else in the country.

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Political Cornball

The Hawkeye state is first, don’t think about cutting in line. Big corn will crush you.
12:05 PM, Mar 22, 2015

Iowa took umbrage, last week, over something an operative for Scott Walker said.  Or, to be precise, something she once tweeted.  For her indiscretion, Liz Mair was forced to resign from Walkers political action committee. Walker is not yet an officially declared candidate for president but that is just political coyness.

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Perry: Obama's Fracking Rules Meant to 'Appease Liberal Fringe'

12:20 PM, Mar 20, 2015

Former Texas governor Rick Perry responded to news that the Obama administration is instituting new regulations on hydraulic fracturing.

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Produce the Fatwa

12:05 PM, Mar 20, 2015

In his annual statement marking the Persian new year, President Obama said he believes that Iran and the U.S. “should be able” to resolve the dispute over the mullahs’ nuclear program “peacefully, with diplomacy.”

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Obama Fracking Rules Cut Against Growth Message

11:55 AM, Mar 20, 2015

To hear administration officials tell it, the "fourth quarter" of the Obama presidency will be focused on economic growth and what the president calls “middle-class economics.” Brian Deese, senior advisor to the president on climate and energy, emphasized this at a Friday breakfast with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

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How to Keep Our Oil Bonanza

Time to counter the Saudis with a tariff?
Feb 16, 2015

We are in a war with Saudi Arabia—and losing. The Saudis aim to regain substantial control of our oil supply by driving from the industry many of our shale-oil-producing frackers who have reduced the power conveyed to the kingdom’s rulers by the underground ocean of oil on which their palaces sit. And we seem prepared to let them do just that, by failing to do what is necessary to prevent a reversal of the major strides we have made to get out from under the boot of an avaricious oil cartel.

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Bad Start for the One Percent

And perhaps for the rest of us, too.
6:04 PM, Jan 06, 2015

The ZeroHedge headline nails it:

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A Very Good Quarter

10:05 AM, Dec 23, 2014

Reason for good cheer.  The Wall Street Journal reports that:

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The Blessing of Cheap Oil Flow On

3:54 PM, Dec 19, 2014

Thanks to (mostly) fracking you can not only drive to work for less than before, you may now be writing a smaller check to cover the mortgage.  As the Wall Street Journal reports:

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The Gas Is Greener

2:43 PM, Dec 16, 2014

As if the plunging price of oil were not enough to doom the market for electric and hybrid automobiles, there is this from ABC News:

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Kerry: If U.S. Gave Up All Fossil Fuels, It Wouldn’t Stop Climate Change

9:21 AM, Nov 05, 2014

While the nation was focused on the mid-term elections Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the Johns Hopkins School

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While We’re Young?

4:28 PM, Oct 29, 2014

Laura Barron-Lopez of the The Hill is reporting that:

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An Energy Revolution in Our Midst

11:00 PM, Oct 10, 2014

Anyone who doubts that the deployment of the technologies we have come to call fracking constitutes a revolution should consider this. U.S. oil production has soared by 70 percent in the past six years. American refineries have cut in half their imports from the OPEC cartel, setting off a scramble by those countries to find new markets.

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If You Don’t Build It, They Will Leave

1:04 PM, Oct 08, 2014

Seems Canada is tired of waiting – and waiting – for a decision on the Keystone pipeline and has come up with an alternate plan for moving the oil to market.

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Hillary Won't Say Whether Keystone XL Should Be Built

2:31 PM, Oct 06, 2014

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has mocked President Obama's foreign policy of not doing stupid stuff. She has publicly undermined her former boss's Syria policy. But there's one issue where she won't voice an opinion: whether the Keystone XL pipeline should be built.

In Canada today, she refused to state her opinion on the matter:

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