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Thanks Fracking: America Leading The World In Carbon Emission Reductions

Thanks Fracking: America Leading The World In Carbon Emission Reductions

From the Wall Street Journal (via Nevada Watchdog): U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions have fallen dramatically in recent years, in large part because the country is making more electricity with natural gas instead of coal. Energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that is widely believed to contribute to global warming, have fallen 12% between 2005

Thanks Fracking: US Oil Imports Continue To Fall

For years the proponents of green energy subsidies told us we had to shower subsidies on things like ethanol and wind power to “end our dependence on foreign oil.” Well, our dependence on foreign oil is shrinking these days, but not because of any government policy. The oil and gas revolution kicked off by innovations

Regulation By The Pound

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell posted on Twitter yesterday this picture of printed-out Obamacare regulations to date: #ObamaCare regulations – 828 pages in one day. Overall, there are nearly 20,000 pages – with many more to come. twitter.com/McConnellPress… — Sen. McConnell Press (@McConnellPress) March 11, 2013 “This is over 20,000 pages and measures 7′ 2.5″,”

Are We In The Middle Of An Ethanol Bubble?

The 2007 U.S. energy bill mandated that a total of 15 billion gallons of renewable ethanol must be produced by 2015. Because of this, demand for corn has skyrocketed, and the impact of that market distortion has been felt across the crop markets. It’s not just corn prices that have soared, but as farmers have

Big Ethanol Is Questioning Your Patriotism

As you’ve probably noticed because of the slow posting, I’ve been traveling this week on business, and on my way from Bismarck to Fargo I caught sight of this monstrosity alongside the road: Based on some web searches these billboards have been around for a while. It’s not clear who is running them, but whoever

Auto Markets Trump Government Central Planning

Our federal government has invested a lot of money, and passed a lot of laws, to promote so-called “green” vehicles that run on biofuels or electricity. But, if the Detroit Auto Show is any indication, all that investment hasn’t resulted in those vehicles getting traction in the market: From sport utes to sports cars to

Renewable Fuels Standard Could Gobble Up America's Entire Corn Crop

The government must stop mandating ethanol production, Mark Perry notes. It drives up prices and, unless something is done, in the not-so-distant future the mandate may have our entire American corn crop diverted to making ethanol: Corn ethanol is clearly inferior to gasoline as a fuel source for automobiles. Despite a 51-cent-per-gallon tax credit to

Biofuels Causing Famine

This is what happens when the government distorts markets with subsidies, mandates and protectionism. Recent laws in the United States and Europe that mandate the increasing use of biofuel in cars have had far-flung ripple effects, economists say, as land once devoted to growing food for humans is now sometimes more profitably used for churning

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