Donald Trump Bribes Iowa Voters with Ethanol

Sarah Palin, in her deeply misguided endorsement of Donald Trump, said that “crony capitalists” want “bloated budgets” to “suck off them.” But Trump has shown that the Iowa people are all crony capitalists feeding off bloated budgets. From the Hill: Donald Trump said Tuesday that federal regulators should increase the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s gasoline supply. Speaking at an event hosted by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Trump, a real estate mogul and the Read more […]

Consumers Put the Brakes on Obama’s Fuel Goals

NPR published an interesting story: “Is Obama’s Hope For Better Fuel Economy Sputtering Out?” The story begins by telling us that the automobile manufacturers are claiming that Obama’s bailout was a “success.” There were high-fives this week from Detroit to Washington, D.C., as carmakers celebrated record auto sales. Americans bought 17.5 million cars and trucks in 2015. That’s a huge turnaround from 2009, and the Obama administration cheered the rebound as vindication of the president’s Read more […]

Dare We Hope the Courts will Defeat Climate Change in 2016?

The Hill reports that 2016 will be a year of court fights against the Obama Administration: “Obama’s climate agenda on trial.” A slate of major environmental rules rolled out by the Obama administration in 2015 will face serious challenges in the new year, as opponents look to beat back the president’s ambitious policies — a core piece of his legacy. In the lead-up to the landmark Paris climate talks in December — an event that yielded a first-of-its-kind global agreement to cut carbon Read more […]

Politicians Conspire to Burden Poor Americans

Everything about the economy is hideous right now. The government manages to claim we have “near full employment,” but the labor participation rate tells a different story. The one bright spot is the price of energy. But rather then let us enjoy a blessing, Republicans were eager to further exploit us at the federal level. Politicians at the state level are also ready to increase their plunder. For example, here’s the Knoxville News-Sentinel: “If there’s a Tennessee gas tax increase on the Read more […]

How Much Is the Government Gouging You at the Gas Pump?

Gas prices are low right now, but they could be a lot lower. Prices would be lower if the government would stop shaking us down at the pump. One way our rulers shake us down is by making us throw money at the corn industry when we try to buy gas. I write “try” because we are force to buy diluted gasoline that doesn’t power our vehicles very well. Salim Furth covers this in his Daily Signal article, “Repealing These Two Regulations Could Save You 31 Cents per Gallon of Gas.” The repeal of Read more […]

Bill Gates and Carbon Tax Stimulus

The New York Times reports, “Bill Gates Expected to Create Billion-Dollar Fund for Clean Energy.” Bill Gates will announce the creation of a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund on Monday at the opening of a Paris summit meeting intended to forge a global accord to cut planet-warming emissions, according to people with knowledge of the plans. The fund, which one of the people described as the largest such effort in history, is meant to pay for research and development of new clean-energy technologies. Read more […]

Clean Power — How Obama’s “Green Legacy” Will Shut Down the Economy

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with support from President Obama, is heading up a move that would make the cost of electricity skyrocket and do unprecedented damage to the economy. President Obama is supporting the EPA’s move as a part of his own plan to leave a “green legacy” when he leaves the White House.  The cost of Obama’s legacy to the country may be worth it to him, but to average Americans who already pay too much for electricity, the prospects of these new policies are frightening! According Read more […]

Oil Company Stops Drilling without Environmentalists Forcing a Halt

An oil company already has market incentives to not drill too much and to preserve resources for the future. An oil company stopped drilling in the Arctic. Environmentalists rejoiced. But this shows us something about resource management. According to The Associated Press, “Shell ceases Alaska Arctic drilling, cites disappointing results from exploratory well.” Royal Dutch Shell will cease exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast following disappointing results from an exploratory Read more […]

Hillary Clinton and Keystone: Greens Cheer as She Protects U.S. Oil?

The story on Hillary Clinton and Keystone Pipeline shows the Left’s dominance of the Democrat Party and the cluelessness of the media. Politico reports on Hillary Clinton and Keystone Pipeline politics: “Hillary’s Keystone pivot draws greens’ cheers.” Hillary Clinton’s left turn on the Keystone XL oil pipeline won her heaps of praise Tuesday from the same climate activists who had spent five years denouncing her silence on the most divisive environmental controversy of Barack Obama’s presidency. But Read more […]

Doing Solyndra Over Again

The path that led to the Solyndra bankruptcy is being re-traced by the White House. I posted a month ago that Barack Obama was “doubling down on the Solyndra model.” I’m sure I wasn’t the only person thinking of what happened to Solyndra at the time, but yesterday I saw someone else mention it. Katie Tubb writes at the Daily Signal, “The Lessons From Solyndra Still Haven’t Been Learned.” The similarities between what the Executive Branch is doing now and what they did before are Read more […]

Recession Hits Next Door

Canada is now officially acknowledged to be in recession. From AFP we read: “Canada officially enters recession.” Reeling from low oil prices, Canada fell into a recession in the first half of the year, government data confirmed Tuesday, putting Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the defensive in the run-up to October elections. According to Statistics Canada, the economy contracted 0.5 percent in the second quarter after retreating 0.8 percent in the previous three months. It Read more […]

Fake CIA Agent and Real EPA Liar Gets Sentenced

He was a fake CIA agent who managed to get paid for doing no work for the EPA. The man Bob Allen wrote about back in February is finally getting sentenced for his frauds. John C. Beale was a fake CIA agent who deceived his boss so that he didn’t have to do any work but still got paid. Why did he do it? He claims he did it for the money but he also confesses he did it for the thrill: NBC News reports, The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change was sentenced Read more […]