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It’s costing us at the pump – and the grocery store

Corn is an important food source, especially for the poor.  So why are we using it to fuel the engines in our cars? Dr. V.K. Mathur, Ph.D., writes that the “Ethanol Mandate” has raised consumer prices for food and gas and has hurt the environment – while contributing to food shortages in poor countries.  Read more at Sentinel Source.

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A nation of laws…and more laws

According to the Mercatus Centre, between 1970 and 2008 the number of prescriptive words like “shall” or “must” in the Code of Federal Regulations grew from 403,000 to nearly 963,000, or about 15,000 edicts a year – and during the Obama years, the same number of new rules went on the books every year. In a ground-breaking piece in THE …

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MA – Mass Rules May Increase Carbon Emissions in New England

Credit: Angela Rowlings Environmentalists and the energy industry alike believe that a new plan by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker may have adverse consequences throughout New England, according to the Boston Globe. The plan will severely curtail operations of power generators in Massachusetts, but the state’s energy demands will still have to be met – so plants in Connecticut, Rhode Island …

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Time to End NH Experiment with RGGI

The New Hampshire legislature is considering proposals to end New Hampshire’s 9-year experiment with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – RGGI – and the Union Leader says it’s about time. Carbon dioxide emissions are down, but not because of RGGI.  Rather, it was cheaper, more plentiful natural gas that’s been driving down prices and replacing more carbon-intensive fuel, according to …

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Vermont Fossil Fuel Divestment Will Hurt Pensioners: Study

Fossil Fuel Divestment is Expensive, Hurts Pensions and Has ZERO Impact on Climate Change A new report commissioned by the Vermont Pension Investment Committee and conducted by the Pension Consulting Alliance confirms what many of us already knew:  divestment would be costly, will hurt pensioners – and will have no tangible effect on climate change. The report was commissioned after …

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‘Cracker’ plant near Pittsburgh could fuel Erie area business

“Shell Chemical Appalachia announced in June that it will indeed build a $6 billion “ethane cracker” plant along the Ohio River near Pittsburgh. Construction is expected to begin in earnest late this year and to employ as many as 6,000 workers. The plant, when it becomes operational early next decade, will permanently employ 600.” Learn more at Go Erie.

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Fossil Fuel Divestment Foolishness on Our College Campuses

“Students at dozens of academic institutions across the country have called for their university endowments to divest equities in the fossil fuel industries. When University of Denver trustees voted this week against fossil fuel divestment, many students walked out of their classes to bring awareness to this cause as the meeting took place. Fossil fuel divestment is foolish for many …

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California Climate Change Regulations Hurt the Working Class

“The old adage, “the truth hurts,” is, well, true. Maybe that’s why the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is reluctant to delve too deeply into the costs of its one-state-only crusade to single-handedly eradicate climate change, and even more unwilling to share the hard cold facts with the workers — and their families — who will actually have to pay …