McCarthyism is Alive and Well

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Last week Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Henry Waxman  moderated an event hosted by the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change. It featured panelists who make a career of attacking, sometimes viciously, industries that do not toe the environmentalist line on climate change.  One of the panelists asserted that industry attempted to cover up the health […]
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America’s New Energy Paradigm

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Since the first Arab oil embargo, US energy policy has been driven by the search for “independence”, concerns about energy security, a commitment to alternatives to move the economy off oil.  Policy initiatives have wasted hundreds of billions of dollars in pursuing these objectives because they were not based on energy realities. Over the past […]
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The New World of Energy Management

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According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) the relationship between electric power consumption and economic growth is changing after decades of being very strongly correlated.  Between 1975 and 1995 the “two growth measures were nearly equal in value.”  Looking to the future, EIA estimates that the “rate of projected growth in electricity use will be […]
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The Magic of Models

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A study recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change has gained a lot of attention in the environmental community and mainstream media—National Geographic for example.  According to the study, the Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more greenhouse gases than the State Department estimated in its final review in January. Since the study […]
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Where Have All the Thinkers Gone?

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In the years since World War II, the US was blessed with great foreign policy strategic thinkers like George Marshall, Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brezezinski  and James Baker among others.  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Kimberly Strassel—Meet Obama’s Kissingers—documented that unlike past presidents who staffed their National Security Councils(NSC) with foreign and […]
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Open The Spigots

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Instability and conflict in the Middle East is on the rise and with it there is a greater risk that oil production could be interrupted.  In Iraq, ISIS forces have put the country on the brink of civil war.  Oil production in the North has been disrupted but that has been offset by production in […]
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Murkowski”s Moment

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This week Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will meet with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to discuss expanding the classification of refined oil exports to include condensate products. The meeting comes as part of an important larger movement in Washington to relax decades-old restrictions that create a glut of domestic crude oil here at home. Sen. Murkowski […]
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Climate Denier: A Tool to Intimidate

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CNBC recently invited Marshall Institute Chair Will Happer, just retired as a tenured physics professor from Princeton University, to appear on   Squawk Box to address comments he had made about the demonization of CO2.  It was a good example of an interviewer, Andrew Ross Sorkin, acting like a prosecuting attorney instead of someone trying to […]
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The Highway Trust Fund: Important and Necessary Government Spending

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While liberals and conservatives constantly debate about the necessity of government spending on various programs and projects, there is bipartisan agreement among voters on the need for maintaining our highway infrastructure.  To that point, the Highway Trust Fund must remain adequately financed to keep our roads and bridges operational and safe. The fund currently lacks […]
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Alaska’s Historic Natural Gas Equity

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When it comes to domestic energy, Alaska gets it. Alaska is a state rich in natural resources, and through sensible policy it has historically worked with industry to develop those assets in an efficient manner. Yet, keeping pace with shifting energy dynamics requires a tax structure that fosters investment, which voters will decide later this […]
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