Obama’s War on Mobility

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The Obama Administration has decided to once again tinker with the chemical composition of gasoline with a rule that would force another reduction in the sulfur level of gasoline by two-thirds.  The alleged justification is clean air and protecting the catalytic converters on cars and trucks.  EPA claims that this is a minor change that […]
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Hydrocarbons Forever?

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Beginning with King Hubbard, the creator of the Peak Oil Theory, geologists and others have been predicting the end of the oil and gas era for decades.  In fact the predictions of resource exhaustion predate Hubbard by decades.  And, like the horizon these predictions keep receding as the end dates are approached. In this decade, […]
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Zealotry Once Again Trumps Pragmatism

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In choosing Ms. McCarthy, the President signaled that the course of excessive regulation set by Lisa Jackson’s EPA would continue.
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Hot Air About Natural Gas Exports

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In his February 1 article on Reason.com, Ron Bailey writes, “To the extent we live in a ‘post-truth’ era” lobbying policy-makers “is in good measure because it pays so well to dissemble, exaggerate, and spin for government grants and favors.”  If he had written that today, he might have been referring a recent Wall Street Journal opinion […]

When Illusions Confront Reality

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The illusion of the electric car replacing the internal combustion engine didn’t begin with President Obama but he gave it a big boost with his $800+ billion stimulus package. And, crony capitalists were all too willing to take taxpayer money to pursue a grand illusion.  Some no doubt were motivated by the technological challenge but […]
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Azerbaijan supplies resources from underground to Outerspace

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In a little over 20 years, the Republic of Azerbaijan has gone from a country controlled by the Soviet Union to a free nation with growing prosperity.  Its natural resources have been used to improve it economy and the standard of living for the people. This week, Azerbaijan takes another step forward in its modernization when it launches a communication satellite becoming the […]
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The Anti-Environment Environmentalists

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No matter what our political orientation, we are all environmentalists and the spectrum of our environmental beliefs runs from pale to dark green.  The dark green environmentalists are often characterized as zealots. It is not unfair to assert that many, if not most, who are characterized as environmental zealots use the environment as a Trojan […]
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The Geopolitical Implications of the Natural Gas Boom

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There has been a great deal of attention given to the oil and gas renaissance taking place in the United States.  Technology advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have led to a boom in natural gas production that has spurred investment, job growth, and the potential for significant export opportunities. The benefits of these […]
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Divorce Court and Public Policy

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Columnist and author Bob Woodward recently observed about Congress and the White House that we have a situation that is like permanently being in divorce course with no settlement on who gets the kids. Every day that goes by it is clear that more gridlock is the likely future for important legislation and on other […]
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Restricting Trade: No Bad Deed will Go Unpunished

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The US exports about $1.5 trillion dollars in good each year.  These exports include machinery, electronics, vehicles, aircraft, medical equipment, precious metals, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and agricultural products.  In recent years, exports have represented 10% of our gross domestic product.  According to the Department of Commerce, they support over 10 million jobs.  So, why would politicians […]
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