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The American People Should Decide the Future Direction of the Supreme Court

The President’s Pick is a Political Pawn; The Senate Should Reject this Effort WASHINGTON – American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement on President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court: “President Obama has decided to once again put politics over the best interests of the American people. With his decision today to […]

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10 Reasons to Oppose a Carbon Tax

A “carbon tax” is a tax on energy. Through July 2015, over 80 percent of domestic energy consumption came from natural gas, oil, and coal. A carbon tax would impose an indirect tax on these fuels due to their carbon dioxide emissions. Below are ten reasons carbon taxes should be opposed: 1). It is a […]

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EPA’s Allies Telegraph Plan to Force States into Cap-and-Trade

Recently, two organizations sympathetic to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon dioxide restriction on existing power plants published separate papers detailing options for states to comply with the new rule. The papers are certainly illuminating, but perhaps not in the way the authors intended—both reinforce how costly, convoluted, and unworkable EPA’s proposal is. They also confirm critics’ […]

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Inslee’s Cap and Trade: All Economic Pain, No Environmental Gain

Governor Jay Inslee has proposed a cap-and-trade program for Washington State that would function much like a carbon tax—except with less accountability. Even on its own terms, suppressing emissions at the state level makes no cost/benefit sense. As the Governor’s own analysis indicates, this is a move to plug a budget deficit. Finally, Washington State […]

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California: Carbon Tax Hurts Just like Cap-and-Trade

A recent article in the LA Times by Jon Healey discusses the proposal by California State Senate President Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) to exempt fossil fuel producers from California’s cap-and-trade system, and instead impose a carbon tax on fuels. Even though this move (in theory) might make energy prices less volatile, it would still raise them, and […]

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Fracking and Federalism

  A funny thing has happened in the fracking wars: All of a sudden, the interventionist groups who are usually fans of centralized power—such as having the federal government issue edicts on carbon emissions—all of a sudden have discovered the virtues of federalism. Specifically, they don’t want state governments limiting the ability of local governments […]

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In the Pipeline: 12/10/12

Does anybody really think the Supermajority is going to let CA refiners stay in business by allowing them to export their product to less crazy states instead of supplying the CA market?  This story is not going to end well.  For anybody. Sacramento Bee (12/9/12) reports: “Regulators have imposed cap and trade, seeking to use market forces […]

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