Category Archives: Energy

A battle of leftist interest groups

Bill McMorris describes for the Washington Free Beacon how an Obama administration policy proposal has pitted one left-of-center interest group against another. One of the nation’s most influential labor unions criticized President Barack Obama for proposing an oil tax hike that will hurt drivers and fail to create jobs. Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’Continue Reading






The Supreme Court and Obama’s global warming agenda

Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller describes the “crippling blow” the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt to President Obama’s global warming agenda. The court won’t allow the EPA to implement its so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP), which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. This is a big winContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal explains the links between occupational licensing red tape and income inequality.






Costs vs. benefits of that “Clean Power Plan” on hold

A major, crippling regulatory takeover has been at the very least delayed, and I hope it may be eventually averted altogether. As I explained last summer, the proposed regulations would: impose at least $366 billion in costs hit residents in 43 states with double-digit percentage increases in their electricity bills cost consumers and businesses $41 billionContinue Reading






Zero-emissions, efficient, dispatchable nuclear energy creating division among environmentalists

If you’re an environmentalist terrified by the prospect of a temperature increase of a quarter-degree Fahrenheit by 2100 unless the whole world acts now (you know, America could cease doing everything and it’d still have no impact on the climate), and if you don’t mind tearing down some industries, hiking electricity rates on the poor, and makingContinue Reading






Barron’s ‘Economic Beat’ expert explores factors influencing gas prices

Like lower gas prices? Gene Epstein examines in a Barron’s cover story the prospects for future price drops at the pump. Oil bulls, take heart. The last leg of the bear market that began in mid-2014 is probably in sight, as marginal producers fall by the wayside. Supply cutbacks should bring a rebound in theContinue Reading






Did Cruz slay King Corn?

There’s no good argument for continuing government ethanol subsidies, except for the fact that those subsidies benefit some farmers in a key presidential election state. But Eliana Johnson and Brendan Bordelon of National Review Online report that this week’s Iowa caucuses might have had an impact on traditional electoral calculus. In a highly unusual moveContinue Reading






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The John Locke Foundation is joining state-level free-market think tanks from across the country in registering formal objections to the Obama administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan. Becki Gray explains why in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Wake Forest University professor Jim Otteson critiques socialism, and Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform discussesContinue Reading