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The RFS: Government Regulation v. The Invisible Hand

Developments in energy markets over last eight years have offered an interesting and, I think, instructive contrast between the effects of government regulations and those of the (mostly) free market. Now that EPA has finally gotten around to specifying biofuels...

/ June 22, 2015

Crude-by-rail accidents: Lies, damned lies and statistics

Recent media reports have found a new number on which to hang crude-by-rail stories: 144. A recent San Francisco Chronicle editorial, titled “New rules on crude by rail transport fail to protect communities,” for example, stated that there were a record 144...

/ May 13, 2015

The road to nowhere: The US-China climate deal

The flaws in the US-China climate agreement were highlighted again in Congress last week, when Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) pressed EPA Administration Gina McCarthy on whether any binding agreements had been signed. Under repeated questioning McCarthy eventually told Congress that it...

/ March 3, 2015

The Twisted Logic of EPA

Friday, November 21 was a difficult day for EPA. Simply put, it decided not to decide on an issue that really required a decision. Confused? You’re not the only one: everyone – from the oil and gas industries, to the...

/ November 21, 2014