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The Obama administration is making a final attempt to bolster the President’s promise of supplying our nation with cleaner, more efficient energy. But before Congress votes on extending a $12 billion federal tax credit for wind energy companies, it’s important for the Senate and House to recognize the implications encompassing their decision. The extension, should …

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North American Energy Security

Recently enacted Western sanctions will ultimately have little to no impact on long-term crude oil pricing. Diplomatic trading sanctions have historically been an ineffective tool used by political leaders for largely domestic policy consumption. The goal of course is to change the policy of another nation state, yet rarely have they succeeded. President Kennedy enforced …

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All of the Above?

The Obama administration has promised from the outset to articulate and develop an ‘all of the above’ energy policy. At first blush it sounds good; but one need only remember how Republicans, during the last administration, were chided by opponents for not developing a transparent and comprehensive energy policy which included renewables. Not surprisingly, many …

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Chicken Little: The Sky is Falling

The Fiscal Cliff and the “Draconian Cuts” to be enacted Friday through Sequester have been the topic of interest in Washington these days. Listening to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (R-IL), one would think that the sky is indeed going to fall. We should all keep in mind that the 2013 cuts amount to less …

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The Futility of Service that is Amtrak

If a private Passenger Rail Corporation were consistently losing $32 dollars per customer transaction, every shareholder and business-savvy individual would tell its management to cut their losses and run. Yet, for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, better known as Amtrak, these rules of governance do not apply. Despite its name, Amtrak is better described as …

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Hold Your Horses

Whoa there! If America has developed a sudden aversion to driving, clearly all the commuters stuck in traffic haven’t heard the good news. Perhaps it is a bit of a stretch to suggest that “we” have collectively developed a sudden hatred of driving based solely on U.S. PIRG and Frontier Group’s recent study results. While …

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Infrastructure: Love Won’t Save Us

We as American citizens need to realize that more often than not, the federal government doesn’t have all the answers. This is especially true in regard to infrastructure funding. Transportation is a complex issue, and unfortunately, there is no one size fits all solution. So, what can our elected leaders do to guarantee a much-needed …

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Blame the Driver Not the Distraction

What ever happened to personal responsibility? We as a society have seemingly lost touch with this important concept, and have grown to rely on government and other outside influences to dictate our appropriate behavior. At the end of the day, it is the primary responsibility of the driver to operate a motor vehicle safely and …

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The Price is Right

The stability of the U.S. economy depends on access to affordable energy. Every sector of the economy relies on energy to power its facilities, transport its goods, or manufacture numerous consumer products. For many industries, the utilization of energy is the biggest expense, sometimes eclipsing the cost of labor. The last few decades clearly demonstrate …

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Environmentalism is a Religion and Economics a Superstition

State mandated policies such as cap-and-trade, LCFS, and RPS initiatives in California are the most ambitious renewable standards in the country. The state’s focus on environmental conservatism, however, has created a systemic crisis, beset by economic disaster and political paralysis. It would be foolish indeed for the United States to adopt all of the renewable-energy …

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