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Shale Gas is Rebuilding Ohio’s Manufacturing Base

Beyond cheap electricity, Ohio is looking to shale gas to rebuild its manufacturing base. Already, Shell is building a $6 billion ethane “cracker” along the Ohio River that will produce raw material for polyethylene, which goes into plastics. There are 12,000 manufacturers within 600 miles of the new plant that use plastics and don’t have access to a local supply …

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Doubling down on the biofuel boondoggle

“For more than a decade, the United States has pursued the foolhardy energy policy known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. Thanks to legislation passed by a Democratic Congress and signed into law by a Republican president, George W. Bush, in 2007, the RFS illustrates the sad-but-true principle of Washington life that bipartisanship is no guarantee of wisdom. In …

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‘Green’ initiatives tax poor, middle class

“Liberals love to talk about helping the poor and the middle class, and they are obsessed with reducing income inequality. So why is it that across the country they are pushing one of the most regressive taxes in modern times? I am talking about the fad “green” initiative in states such as California, Arizona and New Jersey that require local …

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US Surpasses Saudi Arabia as the World’s Top Oil Producer

“The U.S. surpassed Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of crude oil, according to preliminary estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). “U.S. crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades,” EIA reported Wednesday. “In June and August, the United States surpassed Russia in crude oil production for the first …

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There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Conservative’ Carbon Tax

The so-called “conservative” case for a carbon tax has always been a shell game. Point out that such proposals might not meaningfully address climate change, and defenders claim that they’ll boost economic growth. Note that they won’t boost growth and you’re told that they will save the planet. The confusion abounds: carbon tax proposals are sold as the key to …

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Trump Revision of Obama-era Fuel Economy Rules Is No Climate Disaster

In a recent article in Energy and Environment News, several prominent climate scientists bash the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of the Obama administration’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and carbon dioxide emission standards for model year 2021-2026 motor vehicles. Their argument, or rather innuendo, is that the Trump proposal is wrongheaded because, well, climate change is bad. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and …

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Obama car rule rollback would save consumers $500B

“Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acting head Andrew Wheeler said his forthcoming proposal to roll back fuel efficiency and emissions standards for cars will save consumers $500 billion. The Trump administration believes the reduced regulatory burden should lower car prices, leading to savings for consumers. The EPA is also expecting safety improvements in the car industry from the rollback. “ Read more …

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Letter to Governors: Reject EV Subsidy Pleas

“AFPM has joined five other associations to call on the Governors of eight states to reject a recent plea from the Auto Alliance – the leading advocacy group for automakers – to increase subsidies and other incentives for electric vehicles (EVs) and zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), further distorting a market that has failed to materialize despite already receiving generous handouts. In …

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Natural gas is a cornerstone of prosperity for New Mexico

“As American business continues to move into an ever-evolving 21st-Century economic landscape, the role of local and grass-roots movements has emerged as a principal factor in local economies. As American citizens and stewards of our country’s future, we are all obliged to educate ourselves on current civil, economic and legislative issues, and to help carry forward our ideals to ensure …