Articles Tagged: CO2 Emissions

The Politics of Distortion

As a candidate, President Obama made famous the phrase, “words have meaning”.  And, propagandists know that if you repeat a false statement long enough, it will eventually be seen as truth.  So it is with the oft repeated use of the term “carbon pollution” to describe carbon dioxide—CO2– which in fact is a nutrient.  It […]

The Presumption of Knowledge: The Fatal Conceit

This week, Senate Democrats were engaged in hand wringing and excessive rhetoric during a Senate Budget Committee hearing titled “The Costs of Inaction: The Economic and Budgetary Consequences of Climate Change.” Committee Chairman Patty Murray talked about the fiscal budget. The hearing was choreographed with the release of a report by the Council of Economic […]

Analyzing Energy Policy Trends

President Nixon, in his 1974 State of the Union Address, declared: “Let this be our national goal: At the end of this decade … the United States will not be dependent on any other country for the energy we need …”[1] Since then, every US president, regardless of party, has echoed the need for energy […]

A Framework for a New U.S. Energy Policy

In A Framework for a New U.S. Energy Policy,Institute CEO William O’Keefe and Institute President Jeff Kueter outline principles to guide the development of U.S. energy policy in the years to come.  Drawing on the lessons learned from years of ad hoc policy approaches to energy issues, the report details “the basic lessons learned over the […]

California’s Energy and Climate Agenda: California Dreamin!

The land of make believe is an economic nightmare that can’t have a happy ending on a Hollywood set. A report by the California Budget Project concluded that “government is dragging down the economy.” A survey of business executives ranked California the worst state in America to do business. It ranks last in new business […]

Son of a BTU

Ever since the Clinton Gore Administration, climate advocates have been working on schemes to put a price on carbon. Their goal is to force fossil energy out of our economy. The first attempt was the ill-fated BTU tax, introduced in the early days of the Clinton Gore Administration. Clinton-Gore quickly abandoned their proposal when confronted with a powerful political and public backlash over the impact of the BTU tax on energy prices and the economy. The backlash was so severe that BTU became a verb and no politician wanted to be BTUed.

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