Romney Releases Energy Plan

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 6:33 am

Mitt Romney released an energy plan yesterday that some outlets report sets a goal of energy independence by 2020. That’s not quite right. The goal expressed here is “North American energy independence” by 2020, and when you consider that one of our biggest if not our biggest energy trading partner is Canada, and that Mexico [...]

Canada PM Harper Tries Bullying to Get Keystone XL Pipeline Through

By: Monday November 14, 2011 10:15 am

The delay of the Keystone XL pipeline has led Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to threaten that he will pick up his dirty oil and go to Asia instead: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he will step up efforts to supply energy to Asia after Washington delayed a decision on whether to approve a [...]

Obama Takes Control of Keystone XL Pipeline Decision, Highlights Public Health Risks

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 6:16 am

The other day, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tried to offload the decision on whether to go forward with the Keystone XL pipeline on the State Department. But President Obama himself was asked about the pipeline in a local news interview last night, and he took full responsibility for making the decision. In doing [...]

Energy Secretary Chu Uses Fallacious Argument to Support Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Thursday September 1, 2011 8:50 am

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is a scientist and a scholar. He surely knows the effects of production of tar sands oil on climate change. He knows that it takes a massive amount of energy to do the strip mining necessary to extract tar sands oil. He knows about the potential for environmental damage from a [...]

Evidence Doesn’t Enter Into Washington’s Policy Prescriptions

By: Tuesday June 7, 2011 10:40 am

As I noted earlier, the threat of a double-dip recession or Japanification is entirely man-made, a failure of policy to make the kind of adjustments necessary to improve economic growth. The right answer, to increase near-term fiscal stimulus or at the very least not cut spending, has been marginalized in the debate in favor of [...]

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