Pain at the Pump

Gas is strangely expensive right now, despite the fact that February prices are traditionally lower due to the use of less expensive winter fuel and less travel. AAA spokesman John Townsend told the Washington Post, ‘that this “is the most expensive we’ve seen gasoline in the dead of winter.” The sticker-shock at the pump is …

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Is the White House Proposing A Massive Carbon Tax?

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama proposed a program to divert revenues from federal oil-and-gas drilling into research for alternative energy solutions. How would that be done? Well, by raising taxes and creating another new government program. The proposed program carries the name “Energy Security Trust Fund” as a nod to the …

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Recap of Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address

Yesterday’s pre-speech article discussed what pundits and experts thought would occur during last night’s SOTU speech. By and large, the beltway crowd was fairly accurate. The President’s opening was reminiscent of his first address when he offered an olive branch to the Republicans. Recalling John F. Kennedy’s words that “the Constitution makes us not rivals …

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State of the Union 2013: What To Expect

Heading into President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address tonight, the media is buzzing with speculation.  Regardless of what the President decides to address, however, the speech will be a prime opportunity for Obama. CNN reports “An average of 44 million people have watched Obama deliver previous State of the Union addresses.” Mr. Obama …

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The Fiscal Cliff and Smart Energy Tax Policies

The stakes are certainly high, especially when it comes to the nation’s energy and tax policies. Failure to reform faulty policies, or worse, enacting more faulty ones in the name of “balance,” would seriously complicate efforts to ensure energy reliability and affordability in future years. In general, automatic tax hikes make investment and job creation …

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Why Raising Taxes on the Oil & Gas Industry is a Bad Idea.

It is difficult to imagine a more controversial and politically exploited issue than taxes, especially with respect to the oil and natural-gas industry. During the Presidential Debate, Pres. Obama claimed that it would help the economy if the government were to end the energy industry’s “corporate welfare.” What analysts, experts and pundits alike fail to …

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Which Candidate’s Energy Plan is Better for America?

Energy should be one area where Democrats and Republicans can find common ground as every President since Richard Nixon has called for American energy independence. Yet, as President Obama and Governor Romney race for the White House, they have clashed over their energy plans, as the second presidential debate showed. So which candidate’s plan would …

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Hurricane Sandy or Frankenstorm? Either Way, It’s a Big Deal.

All eyes are now on Hurricane Sandy as it makes its way toward landfall before 6:00 PM EDT Monday somewhere just south of  Atlantic City, New Jersey. Several hours ahead of schedule, Sandy is expected to move inland toward Wilmington, Deleware before continuing toward York, Pennsylvania. As of 4:30 PM EDT, the storm was approximately …

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Does the U.S. Have an Effective Trade Policy to Counter Alleged Chinese Solar Dumping?

The U.S. government is now considering additional actions aimed at holding China accountable for its trading practices. The most recent dispute, the potential dumping of Chinese subsidized solar products onto U.S. markets. According to reports from Bloomberg, the Chinese government is expected to render an initial factual determination in November, a full eight months ahead …

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