Why Oil Sector Jobs Matter

Why should America care about jobs in the oil sector? Up to four jobs can disappear for every one job lost in the oil sector, that’s why. Read more here.

Don’t Require E15 Ethanol Pumps at Chicago Gas Stations

Chicago should reject the proposal before City Council to require larger gas stations to install E15 gas, a blend with 50 percent more ethanol than the gasoline now sold. The scheme will cost each gas station $300,000 — and the E15 fuel can damage lawnmowers, snow-blowers and other gasoline-powered tools, especially older models. Worse, it will void the warranties on …

Walker’s Ethanol Stance Prompts Concerns

At a Presidential forum in Iowa in March, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pledged to support the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. That’s popular in Iowa, but it’s not going over so well in Wisconsin — especially among the manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, whose engines aren’t able to handle the new higher-ethanol E15 fuel. It’s also not going over very well …

Mileage Regulations Force Safety Trade-Off

“Too often, government planners try to force people to buy things they don’t want while ignoring the very real trade-offs consumers will be forced to make as a result,” observes The Oklahoman in a lead editorial. The editorial points to a new J.D. Power study which concludes that “drivers are more concerned about technology that saves lives than they are …

Cap-and-Trade Comes to Oregon

Chana Cox, Ph.D., notes that Oregon’s Senate Bill 324 has introduced cap-and-trade for transportation fuels into Oregon. The bill was at the core of the investigation into what forced the resignation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber. The law will have a disparate impact on rural Oregonians who already trail far behind the Portland area in per capita income. As Sen. …

AEI: The Carbon Tax, and Economists as Experts

AEI Scholar Benjamin Zycher writes that “The social cost of carbon calculation is an exercise in bureaucratic arithmetic shameless even by Beltway standards.” “It conflates domestic and global policy effects, it confuses the purported climate and GDP effects of greenhouse gas emissions, it fails to adhere to OMB requirements in terms of the choice among discount rates, and it is …

Time to Repeal the RFS

Instead of bolstering energy security as intended, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is undermining the economic success of our recent energy boom while posing a threat to the environment and even raising food prices. It’s time for Congress to repeal the fundamentally broken RFS, and Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) have a bipartisan bill to do just …

LCFS Bad Policy for Washington State

Washington is proud to be the eighth cleanest state in the nation in terms of carbon dioxide emissions per capita, and seventh cleanest in carbon dioxide emissions per gross domestic product — but Gov. Jay Inslee wants to implement a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) that will raise fuel costs for every motorist and truck driver in Washington. Gov. Inslee’s …

Ethanol pays off — for Chicago Alderman, anyway

When Chicago’s most powerful alderman began pushing for legislation that could mean big money for the ethanol industry, it was only a matter of time before he got a generous campaign contribution from agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland. Read the full story from the Chicago Sun-Times’ Dan Mihalapolous.

Obama clean energy loans leave taxpayers in a $2.2 billion hole

Taxpayers are on the hook for more than $2.2 billion in expected costs from the federal government’s energy loan guarantee programs, according to a new audit Monday that suggests the controversial projects may not pay for themselves, as officials had promised. Nearly $1 billion in loans have already defaulted under the Energy Department program, which included the infamous Solyndra stimulus …