FERC’s Regulatory Mission Creep Blog


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—and predecessor, the Federal Power Commission (FPC)—have been a force against competition and market entrepreneurship since the 1930s. Despite the teachings of economics, federal bureaucrats have rewarded incumbency, discouraged rivalry, and inflated ratepayer cost via …

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President Obama Misleads on Oil “Tax Breaks” Blog

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President Obama has become the anti-energy president through his determined effort to regulate, tax, and spend in order to prop up the most expensive, least reliable energies at the expense of consumer-chosen ones. Think wind power, (on-grid) solar power, …

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Subsidized Coal Gasification: A Legacy of Failure Blog


President Obama’s alleged all-of-the-above energy policy–really all-of-the-bad-to energy policy– includes large taxpayer subsidies for so-called clean-coal technologies, including carbon capture and storage. Just last week, as if the federal budget was not in chronic deficit, Obama proposed $8 billion in …

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IER/AEA: A Free Market Energy Organization Analysis


In his recent Huffington Post piece, Elliott Negin of the Union of Concerned Scientists portrays the Institute for Energy Research (IER) and its advocacy arm, the American Energy Alliance (AEA), as “a front organization for the oil and gas …

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BRADLEY: New Obama, Old Carter on Energy Policy Blog

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Proposals for federal energy planning are old and stale—and perennially misguided.

Last week, President Obama proposed a $2 billion Energy Security Trust to “shift our cars and trucks off oil” to “break this cycle of spiking gas prices.” The $200-million, …

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