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Alexander Pillories Wind PTC

Congress is at long last coming to grips with the failure that is the wind production tax credit (PTC). The bill passed by the House Thursday will cut the rate at which wind production is subsidized by about one-third and will allow the quarter-century-old program to finally end as scheduled in 2020. Hurdles still remain on the Senate side of things and the fight is far from over. At least one senator, however, isn't afraid to call out the wind PTC as the costly, cronyistic subsidy that...
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Abandon Free Market Principles to Save Competitive Energy Markets?

At the unveiling of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President Bush admitted to going against his “free market instincts ” when he bailed out the banks following the financial crisis. “History shows that the greater threat to prosperity is not too little government involvement, but too much,” he added. We couldn’t agree more. Abundant, affordable energy is the foundation of modern prosperity. One of the most pernicious things that the Obama administration did was...
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AEA Responds to GOP Tax Plan

  • 11/02/17
  • AEA
  • Blog
WASHINGTON – Thomas J. Pyle, President of the American Energy Alliance, has issued the following statement on today’s release of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “This pro-growth tax reform plan is a breath of fresh air for American businesses and the American people. The immediate lowering of the corporate tax rate to 20 percent will free up capital to boost investments, jobs, and incomes and the termination of distortionary practices like the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit will...
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Standing up to the Ethanol Mafia

Earlier this week a group of Senators from some of the states that are victims of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) decided to fight back against the ethanol mafia. It’s about time. The spectacle last week of a few Midwestern Senators making threats and holding up nominations to protect a government handout that only benefits their wealthy backers in the ethanol industry was a new low even for Congress. Members of a party that ostensibly opposes regulation and federal mandates went full...
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Who Is Chuck Grassley's Mafia Don?

Over the last few weeks and months, Senator Grassley and his paymasters in the biofuel industry created a lot of sound and fury about an eminently reasonable proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) . Namely, matching the biodiesel mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) more closely to the amount of biodiesel actually produced in the United States. This minor proposed adjustment to the federal biodiesel mandate prompted howls of anguish from Big Ethanol and their...
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Key Votes on Amendments to HR 3354

  • 09/07/17
  • AEA
  • Uncategorized
In considering HR 3354 Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018 [Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018], the American Energy Alliance has identified the below three amendments offered to Division A as key votes. NO  on Amendment #20 offered by Reps. LoBiondo and Beyer. This amendment seeks to prevent energy exploration activities along the entire Atlantic seaboard. This sweeping prohibition is unjustified and premature. The...
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Rhetoric Matters: The Subsidy vs. Externality Distinction

Earlier this week, an article in The Guardian by John Abraham on fossil fuel subsidies piqued our interest and we granted it a coveted spot in our daily news roundup, In the Pipeline: But I think it deserves a bit more attention. As the above excerpt indicates, Abraham’s article is a paean to a study that seeks to redefine subsidy. According to the study’s authors and to Abraham, rather than subsidy  meaning a benefit given by the government to groups or individuals, usually in...
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Key Vote: YES on Rep. Davidson's Amendment #388 to Focus Dept. of Defense Resources on National Security

  • 07/13/17
  • AEA
  • Uncategorized
The U.S. government has no duty more paramount than ensuring our national security. Unconscionably, Executive Order 13693—like its recently repealed counterpart 13653—jeopardized that imperative by diverting the Armed Forces’ scarce resources toward goals falling far outside their missions. By prioritizing carbon dioxide emissions targets, fleet requirements for low and zero emission vehicles, and aid for local governments to “go green” Executive Order 13693 takes capacity away...
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Fracking's Overlooked Local Benefits

  • 06/29/17
  • AEA
  • Blog
The economy-wide, macro-scale benefits of hydraulic fracturing have been well-documented and are indeed palpable in our everyday experiences in the form of noticeably more affordable energy. With the influx of shale oil on the market, for example, we’re seeing lower gasoline prices this summer than we have in over a decade. The national average is currently around $2.25-per-gallon—$1.30 less than it was three years ago . Multiplied by the 140 billion barrels of gasoline American drivers...
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AEA Statement on the Bears Ears National Monument Interim Report

  • 06/12/17
  • AEA
  • Press Releases
WASHINGTON — American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle has issued the following statement regarding Secretary Zinke’s 45-day interim report on Bears Ears National Monument: “The Antiquities Act allows the president to designate archaeological sites and historical landmarks as off-limits to development, but stipulates that the protected space shall encompass ‘the smallest area compatible with proper care and management.’ Barack Obama stepped beyond that boundary with his...
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