The Gas Tax vs. Fuel Economy Debate

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 7:00 pm

Eduardo Porter attempted to take the air out of one of the few carbon mitigation programs the Obama Administration has been able to approve, the increase in fuel economy standards. Porter’s perspective is basically that increased gas taxes make more sense than higher fuel economy, and that the latter carries unintended consequences.


Light Bulb Industry Angered by GOP Delay of Tougher Light Bulb Efficiency Standards (?)

By: Monday December 19, 2011 3:33 pm

As part of the omnibus spending bill, the federal government will delay enforcement of new regulations for increased energy efficiency in light bulbs. Republicans claim that this delay, achieved through blocking Energy Department funding for enforcement through Fiscal Year 2012, will “save” the incandescent light bulb, but in reality incandescent bulbs were never banned. And light bulb manufacturers put a lot of money and effort into meeting the standard, so they oppose the delay altogether.

Obama Energy Security Plan Launches Like Lead Balloon

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 3:43 pm

Let’s just say that the President’s energy security speech didn’t go over so well among the communities of interest.

Energy Bill: Main Components Include Renewable Standard, Oil Spill Response

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 6:06 am

We’re looking at two main parts to the Senate’s energy and climate bill: a response to the BP oil spill and a renewable electricity standard. A cap on carbon emissions, even a utility-only cap, does not make an appearance.

Reid Confirms: Energy and Climate Bill Dropping Climate Piece

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 12:45 pm

As I’ve said repeatedly, you can envision a bill that includes a good renewable energy standard and an energy efficiency piece, along with tough standards in reaction to the BP oil tragedy, as a step forward. But the Bingaman bill which passed the Natural Resources Committee last year is not that bill. It’s a sad moment when Dick Lugar has the best option for an energy bill in the Senate.

The American Power Act: A Climate Bill Oil Companies Can Love

By: Wednesday May 12, 2010 8:59 am

You can read the 20-page summary of the Kerry-Lieberman climate and energy bill, known as “The American Power Act,” or you can opt for the smaller four-page summary. Either way, you’re going to find a lot to like, if you’re a dirty energy producer.

Obama Signs Jobless Bill; Now, How About a Jobs Bill?

By: Friday April 16, 2010 5:15 pm

A micro-jobs bill passed into law back in March, mainly a flawed job hiring tax credit for small business. None of the other measures to boost employment have passed. The Local Jobs for America Act, which would pump $75 billion into direct hiring in local communities and is head and shoulders the best jobs program out there, hasn’t budged since it was introduced. The “Home Star” program, which would give rebates to people who do energy retrofits on their homes, just passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee, but it has a long way to go. Other ideas, like work-sharing or infrastructure spending, are DOA.

“Cash For Caulkers” Energy Retrofit Program Needs to Work at the Local Level

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 6:20 pm

An energy retrofit program would be a boon to the economy, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and could reduce barriers to entry for millions of Americans who would otherwise not see upgrades in their homes or places of business. But it has to be done in concert with a process that ensures such retrofits are accessible and allowable without blockage at the local level.

Obama’s Jobs Speech: Multiple Programs, Paid for Indirectly Through TARP Savings

By: Tuesday December 8, 2009 9:40 am

President Obama’s speech on job creation today defined three key areas where the Administration wants to indirectly devote part or all of the $200 billion dollars in unexpected TARP savings – small business job creation, infrastructure investment, and “cash for caulkers” clean energy programs.

Senior Administration officials who previewed the speech said that the reduction in the TARP price tag has provided additional “breathing space” for this kind of investment in job creation, meaning that TARP authority would not be used to directly pay for the measures, but the impact on the budget would be effectively the same. While the officials would not be pinned down on a cost for these measures, one can expect that the provisions would not go above that $200 billion dollar ceiling. Administration officials characterized this as “moving away from helping banks on Wall Street and toward hiring on Main Street.”

A W4 Solution: Insulate US from economic and climate devastation

By: Thursday January 15, 2009 3:33 am

Amid our massive challenges, we face an opportunity to get things right in ameliorating current economic crisis while helping to strengthen the economy indefinitely into the future and help solve some of our quite serious and pressing problems. We must strive to have the stimulus package not look to short-term consumption adrenaline but be based on W4 solutions. Here is an example of a win-win-win-win option for truly changing the game for the better for America and all Americans.

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