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Markets and subsidies: Exposing the delusions of urbanists

To understand the “rules” regarding the role of the internal combustion engine powered by fossil fuels, Calvinball comes to mind, created in the comic strip, “Calvin and Hobbes.” Calvinball players make up the rules as they go along, and other players cannot make sense of what is happening. To hear ...
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Natural Gas Ban And A Flameout Of Five-Star Dining In California?

When California cities began banning natural gas connections, restaurateurs and chefs kicked up a fuss. How could they be expected to create their culinary gems using inferior electric stoves? “To say that an electric stove is as good as a gas one is misunderstanding the art of cooking,” said George ...
Commentary

Blame California Environmental Polices for the Spike in Natural Gas Prices

A governor who has come to be perpetually angry about something or the other is demanding a federal probe into natural gas prices in California and other Western states. Gov. Gavin Newsom just has to know why prices “have risen to alarming levels.” If he’d shuffle some of the papers ...
Business & Economics

Neither The Department Of Defense Nor NASA Should Be Setting U.S. Climate Policy

It should be self-evident that the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) don’t have the authority to set the nation’s climate policy. Yet, this is precisely what these agencies are trying to do. The DOD, GSA, and NASA have issued a joint ...
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Congress Needs to Look Beyond Green Energy

Current U.S. energy policy continues to subsidize uneconomical and inefficient sources of politically preferred energy while punishing the production and generation of reliable and cheap energy sources. As taxpayers, workers, and consumers we are paying a steep price for these irrational policies. Starting with the policies that punish domestic energy ...
Business & Economics

Rounding Up The Usual Suspects Won’t Alleviate Inflation

Doing his best Captain Renault impersonation, President Biden is trying to alleviate the troubling inflationary environment by “rounding up the usual suspects”. In this case, that means blame a problem that can only be caused by errant government policies on politically convenient targets such as rising drug prices, Russia’s invasion of the ...
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Wayne Winegarden Warns of the Consequences of Gas Tax Holidays and Gas Rebates in Newsweek

Wayne Winegarden, PRI fellow for Business & Economics, warns of the consequences of gas tax holidays and gas rebates in Newsweek: Wayne Winegarden, a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute, echoed that if the Federal Reserve does not accommodate additional spending of gas rebate cards, the measure would “put ...
Blackouts

CAPITAL IDEAS: When June Gloom Lasts All Year

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF The overcast days of June Gloom, a month of cloud and fog cover along the usually sunny Southern California coastal regions, can be a bit depressing. It’s a natural phenomenon that can’t be controlled. The same can’t be said about the man-made darkness ahead that will affect ...
Blackouts

Energy Shortfalls In California? Who Would Have Ever Thought That?

Policymakers continue running along the diving board over an empty pool, determined to turn California green by outlawing any electricity-generating source that isn’t wind and solar. It’s not that they don’t know better. They do. Yet they refuse to deviate from their agenda. Last year, the California Public Utilities Commission ...
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Is California Reconsidering Its Decision to Eliminate Nuclear Energy?

By Kerry Jackson & Wayne Winegarden As expected, the Newsom administration has asked Washington about qualifying for federal funds to help keep the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant open beyond its planned retirement date – “to maximize options to maintain electricity reliability as new projects come online,” Cabinet Secretary Ana ...
Blog

Markets and subsidies: Exposing the delusions of urbanists

To understand the “rules” regarding the role of the internal combustion engine powered by fossil fuels, Calvinball comes to mind, created in the comic strip, “Calvin and Hobbes.” Calvinball players make up the rules as they go along, and other players cannot make sense of what is happening. To hear ...
Blog

Natural Gas Ban And A Flameout Of Five-Star Dining In California?

When California cities began banning natural gas connections, restaurateurs and chefs kicked up a fuss. How could they be expected to create their culinary gems using inferior electric stoves? “To say that an electric stove is as good as a gas one is misunderstanding the art of cooking,” said George ...
Commentary

Blame California Environmental Polices for the Spike in Natural Gas Prices

A governor who has come to be perpetually angry about something or the other is demanding a federal probe into natural gas prices in California and other Western states. Gov. Gavin Newsom just has to know why prices “have risen to alarming levels.” If he’d shuffle some of the papers ...
Business & Economics

Neither The Department Of Defense Nor NASA Should Be Setting U.S. Climate Policy

It should be self-evident that the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) don’t have the authority to set the nation’s climate policy. Yet, this is precisely what these agencies are trying to do. The DOD, GSA, and NASA have issued a joint ...
Blog

Congress Needs to Look Beyond Green Energy

Current U.S. energy policy continues to subsidize uneconomical and inefficient sources of politically preferred energy while punishing the production and generation of reliable and cheap energy sources. As taxpayers, workers, and consumers we are paying a steep price for these irrational policies. Starting with the policies that punish domestic energy ...
Business & Economics

Rounding Up The Usual Suspects Won’t Alleviate Inflation

Doing his best Captain Renault impersonation, President Biden is trying to alleviate the troubling inflationary environment by “rounding up the usual suspects”. In this case, that means blame a problem that can only be caused by errant government policies on politically convenient targets such as rising drug prices, Russia’s invasion of the ...
Gas tax

Wayne Winegarden Warns of the Consequences of Gas Tax Holidays and Gas Rebates in Newsweek

Wayne Winegarden, PRI fellow for Business & Economics, warns of the consequences of gas tax holidays and gas rebates in Newsweek: Wayne Winegarden, a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute, echoed that if the Federal Reserve does not accommodate additional spending of gas rebate cards, the measure would “put ...
Blackouts

CAPITAL IDEAS: When June Gloom Lasts All Year

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF The overcast days of June Gloom, a month of cloud and fog cover along the usually sunny Southern California coastal regions, can be a bit depressing. It’s a natural phenomenon that can’t be controlled. The same can’t be said about the man-made darkness ahead that will affect ...
Blackouts

Energy Shortfalls In California? Who Would Have Ever Thought That?

Policymakers continue running along the diving board over an empty pool, determined to turn California green by outlawing any electricity-generating source that isn’t wind and solar. It’s not that they don’t know better. They do. Yet they refuse to deviate from their agenda. Last year, the California Public Utilities Commission ...
Blog

Is California Reconsidering Its Decision to Eliminate Nuclear Energy?

By Kerry Jackson & Wayne Winegarden As expected, the Newsom administration has asked Washington about qualifying for federal funds to help keep the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant open beyond its planned retirement date – “to maximize options to maintain electricity reliability as new projects come online,” Cabinet Secretary Ana ...
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