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Here’s an example of how government subsidies distort market economics: Gas prices are down nearly 35 cents from last year, yet this has had virtually no impact on this year’s first quarter profits of the big oil companies. On top of the decline in gas prices, several of the top five...
05/03/2013
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One of the arguments used by climate deniers is that the earth is actually in the middle of a cooling period, despite recent record temperatures. In fact, there was a period of cooling but as a new study shows, we are in the middle of a dramatic U-turn and are now experiencing a heat spike. Looking...
03/08/2013
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A few months ago, we detailed the fracked up process underway in New York State to determine the health impacts from fracking. Since the results of the health study are not ready for release, the state had to open a public commenting period to extend the rule-making process. Until January 11th at...
12/18/2012
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It's been overshadowed by other extreme weather events recently, but the extreme drought that plagued the U.S. this summer continues. In fact, according to the Drought Monitor, conditions have worsened slightly across the country. The extreme drought is likely to extend through February and could...
12/03/2012
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Energy policy came up pretty quickly in last night’s debate. Mitt Romney actually listed energy independence as his first plan for economic growth and job creation in his opening. While energy independence and investments in energy production are good economic engines, how much economic...
10/04/2012
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Last week, TransCanada began construction on the southern section of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Despite serious concerns about the environmental impact of the pipeline, the Obama Administration backed building the southern portion earlier this year. It’s not hard to see how this...
08/21/2012
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One of the main arguments against the Keystone XL pipeline is the damage that would be done to surrounding areas in the case of oil spills, particularly to sensitive environmental areas like the Ogallala aquifer. And, it turns out Keystone's opponents are right to be worried. Two years ago, a...
07/30/2012
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Credit: Flickr/doneastwestA lesson in how not to reduce gas prices: the White House is backing TransCanada’s bid to build the southern portion of the controversial pipeline Keystone XL pipeline. The section to be built will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Texas and carry crude oil pumped in the...
03/21/2012
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Here’s the wrong way to try to lower the price of gas: blocking loans that would help develop more efficient cars. American companies looking to develop cleaner cars are not receiving the loan support they need. The short-term consequence is the shutting down of factories and the loss of jobs...
03/15/2012
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Credit: Flickr/teresia Sometimes I wonder if we should require our politicians to prove they are capable of doing basic math before they can engage in policymaking. Yes, gas prices are high, although not as high as they were in the summer of 2008, but most of the solutions being offered will have...
03/05/2012
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