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IMF’s Disingenuous Attempt to Tax Energy Use
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its estimate of global fossil fuel subsidies for 2015 at $5.3 trillion—almost ten times higher than the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) calculation of $548 billion for 2013.[i] The difference is not the change of a 2-year span, but the methodology. The IEA uses a “price-gap” methodology, which is the difference between end-use prices and supply costs that include shipping costs, margins, and value-added taxes. In other words, the...Continue Reading...
WSJ Op-Ed: RFS Drives Up Costs at The Pump & On The Plate
This week, food industry leaders Mike Brown and Rob Green penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal encapsulating the numerous, costly flaws of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  Mr. Brown, president of the National Chicken Council, and Mr. Green, executive director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants, explain how this broken mandate is forcing American taxpayers to fork it over at the pump and for the food on their plate. Below is an excerpt from the piece:
Consider: Between...
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The Hidden Threat to America’s Energy Boom
Energy Development
In December, the Obama administration released revised Draft Guidance to examine the impacts of climate change under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA requires that federal agencies look at the environmental impact of their major actions. The administration’s new greenhouse gas guidance would make an already costly and time-consuming process even more onerous without providing any new and actionable information.

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This administration’s proposal is the latest move by the...Continue Reading...
Pyle: Let's Put An End to Wind Welfare
This week, AEA President Tom Pyle penned an op-ed in The Hill decrying the wind industry's dependence on taxpayer-funded corporate welfare. Below is the text of the op-ed:
imgres Does wind lobby care more about keeping word or handouts? By Thomas Pyle As the 2016 presidential race takes shape, here’s an idea Republican and Democratic contenders alike can get behind: let’s put an end to corporate welfare. Unfortunately, right out of the gate, many of the candidates have chosen to...
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Squirrelly Taxes
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Tom Friedman Confused by Germany's Green Energy Failure
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman published an opinion piece this week titled, “Germany, the Green Superpower.” In the piece, Friedman lauds the country’s effort to transition from coal to renewable energy sources like wind and solar—known as Energiewende—as a success:
“…what the Germans have done in converting almost 30 percent of their electric grid to solar and wind energy from near zero in about 15 years has been a great contribution to the stability of our planet...
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Subsidizing Renewables Won't Alleviate Global Energy Poverty
The International Energy Agency (IEA) claims in a new study that the world will have to triple “investments” in renewable energy to stave off the most severe effects of climate change. The presumption is that governments will continue to mandate the use of less fossil fuels and that renewables will need to make up the gap—and still provide energy to billions of people around the world. IEA should have examined a more fundamental question: why are we weaning ourselves off of fossil...Continue Reading...
License to Kill
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Top Reasons Congress Should Reject a Gas Tax Hike
Gas Tax
Congress created the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) in 1956 to fund construction of the Interstate Highway System. The HTF is funded primarily though an 18.4-cent per gallon federal excise tax on gasoline. Funding for the HTF expires May 31, and with the HTF facing a budget shortfall, some in Congress have proposed raising the federal gasoline tax. Below are 6 reasons why Congress should reject any attempt to hike gasoline taxes to pay for the HTF.
  1. The federal gas tax has outlived its...
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Energy Solutions Come from the Market - Not from Mandates
Last week, AEA Economist Travis Fisher wrote a Letter to the Editor in The Charlotte Observer regarding North Carolina's renewable energy mandate. Fisher's letter outlines the importance of freezing an energy mandate that has proven to be costly for North Carolinians. Below is an excerpt from the piece:
Renewable energy advocates claim a bill to freeze North Carolina’s 2007 energy mandate “dramatically disrupts” the state’s energy goals.
In reality, freezing the mandate is a...
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