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The 2014 State of Wind Energy: Desperately Seeking Subsidies

With the growing story coming out of Ukraine, the ongoing search for the missing Malaysian jet, the intensifying Nevada cattle battle, and the new announcement about the additional Keystone pipeline delay, little attention is being paid to the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy—or any of the other fifty lapsed tax breaks the Senate Finance Committee approved earlier this month. But, despite the low news profile, the gears of government continue to grind up taxpayer dollars. The...

EPA's Tower of Pisa Policies

Built on a foundation of sand, the Leaning Tower of Pisa would have toppled over long ago, if not for ingenious engineering projects that keep it from tilting any further. The same thing is true of ethanol, automobile mileage, power plant pollution and many other environmental policies. Not only are they built on flimsy foundations of peak oil, sustainability, and dangerous manmade climate change. They are perpetuated by garbage in-garbage out computer models and a system that rewards activists...

Procrustes at the FCC

The Federal Communications Commission has a Procrustean problem. The agency would do well to acknowledge it as a means of reforming its regulatory process. I borrow from FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen's address, "The Procrustean Problem with Prescriptive Regulation," delivered at the Free State Foundation's Sixth Annual Telecom Policy Conference on March 18. If you missed the conference and haven't seen the C-SPAN video of Commissioner Ohlhausen's speech or read it, you...

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