Northeastern States Grapple with Carbon Taxes

Not content to simply choke off New England’s sputtering economic recovery, some politicians in Massachusetts and Rhode Island have now found a way to put energy security at risk as well – all as part of a “carbon tax” scheme that will hike the price of heating oil, gasoline and just about everything we buy. Recent dramatic reductions in the …

There’s nothing conservative about a carbon tax

Listen to an economist at the Niskanen Institute or a former Republican legislator like Bob Inglis, and for a moment you might think that a carbon tax is an elegant conservative “fix” to climate change. It’s not. First, a tax — on energy or anything else — is not a market-based solution (and therefore not conservative in any way, shape, …

Divestment: Hypocrisy That Hurts the Consumer

The latest trend among some radical environmentalists is to encourage organizations (especially universities) to sell their holdings in traditional energy companies. The argument is that these organizations should want to divest from traditional fossil fuels because possession of those assets are contrary to the mission of the organizations. Their effort has met with mixed success.  Harvard University, among others, has …

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The Oregon Fuel Mandate

Several organizations, including the American Trucking Association, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Consumer Energy Alliance, recently filed suit seeking judicial redress against the government of the State of Oregon for imposing (unlawfully) a new and destructive mandate on its own citizens who drive or purchase anything that travels by truck. The mandate, which was created by California …

AFPM, others, stand up for the driving public

Energy4US.org – March 30, 2015 – Last week the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, along with the American Trucking Associations, and the Consumer Energy Alliance, filed suit seeking judicial redress against the government of the State of Oregon for imposing (unlawfully) a new and destructive mandate on its own citizens who drive or who purchase anything that travels by truck. …

Energy4US.org Introduction – March 2015

In recent years, some States have considered multiple policies that would only serve to increase costs to consumers and reduce the reliability and efficiency of transportation fuels. These schemes include “open fuel,” “clean fuel” and “alternative fuel” mandates; carbon taxes; and outright bans on gasoline and diesel produced from specific areas. These policies, if implemented, inject uncertainty into the marketplace, …

Battle Over Fuel Prices Coming to the Northeast

“On the East Coast, advocates of cleaner fuels are preparing to renew their fight” – Politico Consumers across the country today are enjoying economic advantages and increased energy security thanks to North American energy abundance.  As the New York Times reports, even as unrest continues to unfold in oil-producing regions of the world, Americans are being shielded from price shocks …

New York Times Confirms: California Billionaire Tom Steyer “Handpicking” Democrats in Washington State Local Elections

A front-page story in The New York Times this week confirms that California billionaire Tom Steyer is collaborating closely with Washington State Democrat Governor Jay Inslee to target state legislative races during this fall’s elections. As the Times reports, this likely means the influx of “hundreds of thousands of dollars for each candidate — a huge amount for a Washington State …