Blog: Easier For Pols To Join Oil Protests Than To Lead Change

The reality is Seattle is probably as hooked on Arctic crude as any city in America. For going on 40 years, Arctic crude has literally fueled the prosperous growth in this region…. More than half the crude refined in our state comes from Alaska (another third comes from Canada.) So when we fill up at a Seattle gas station, much …

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s ‘Clean Fuels’ Albatross: Editorial Agenda 2015

In March, Gov. Kate Brown signed the 2015 Legislature’s worst bill, SB324, a politically costly measure that resurrected an environmentally useless program. The governor has since been working to undo the inevitable consequences of that decision. She certainly deserves credit for trying. But to succeed, she’ll need support from the very lawmakers who were steamrolled this year by the environmental …

Job creation in U.S. plastics manufacturing rebounding

Last June, Chevron Phillips Chemical broke ground on a pair of facilities in Texas. When they open in 2017, the company projects, those plants will produce a combined 1 million metric tons per year of plastic resin, which will find its way into plastic bags, piping and bottles. Along with a third plant, the facilities will create 400 new permanent …

The Death of the “Green Energy” Movement

The “green energy” movement, says economist Stephen Moore, has fallen victim to the boom in shale oil and gas and the sharp decline in fossil fuel costs. What it shows, he says, is that central government planning doesn’t work. Read more HERE.  

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 …