A Distorted View of Reality

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In her first public speech since being confirmed as EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy said, “Climate change isn’t an environmental issue.  It is a fundamental economic challenge.”  That part of her talk was the only statement that was reasonably accurate but not for the reasons she cited.  Like those who subscribe to the climate orthodoxy, Ms. […]
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Nothing New Under the Sun or Who’s to Blame for High Gasoline Prices

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When gasoline prices go up so does the level of agitation on Capitol Hill.  It is as predictable as sunrise. Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing, ostensibly, to find out why gasoline prices are rising when domestic oil production has reached levels not seen in 20 years.  It would […]
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More North American Energy Will Help Alleviate Fuel Prices

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Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will revisit an all too common topic discussed on Capitol Hill: how changes in domestic oil production, refining and distribution could be affecting U.S. gasoline and fuel prices. It’s an issue that has an impact on the wallets of nearly every American.  So it’s important […]
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The Perils of Ignoring Warnings

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Over the past few years there have been concerns that tensions between Iran and the west could lead to an Iranian attempt to shut the Strait of Hormuz. Since last week, there has been growing concern that unrest in Egypt could affect shipping through the Suez Canal. Between the Strait of Hormuz and the Suez […]
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Government by King Kanute and the Non-Elected

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President Obama is scheduled to lay out his vision for what the US must do to “lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go: a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it,” The steps that he […]
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LNG Exports – First Mover or Laggard?

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The American shale gas revolution has led to a strong and growing interest in liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports as a result of domestic supply far outstripping domestic demand, coupled with strong international demand. Current U.S. policy requires Department of Energy (DOE) approval for exports to countries with which the US does not have free […]

EV Bamboozle

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From the rubble of failed energy industrial policy initiatives—Solyndra, Fisker Motors, A123 battery for example—we are told by the mainstream media that there is a success to celebrate. Tesla Motors has seen its share price climb far faster than the market. Its Model S was named Motor Trend’s car of the year. And, there has […]
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An Overgoverned Society

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This is the title of a book written in 1976 by W. Allen Wallis, Chancellor of the University of Rochester. The first page of the book quoted President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. “(W)e have built up new instruments of public power in the hands of the people’s government. This power is wholesome and proper, but in […]
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Son of a BTU

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Ever since the Clinton Gore Administration, climate advocates have been working on schemes to put a price on carbon. Their goal is to force fossil energy out of our economy. The first attempt was the ill-fated BTU tax, introduced in the early days of the Clinton Gore Administration. Clinton-Gore quickly abandoned their proposal when confronted […]
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New Opportunities for US Natural Gas Industry with Japan’s Entry to TPP

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During his confirmation hearing, Secretary of Energy designate Moniz gave a strong endorsement for the export of natural gas, and just last week the US Trade Representative gave the go ahead for Japan’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP). The Trans-Pacific Partnership was one of the first Obama initiatives to strengthen trade between the US and […]
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