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Finding middle ground in the battle between drillers and renewersMay 13, 2011
Given the red-team/blue-team dynamic of American politics, it was probably inevitable that discussion of energy policy would degenerate into a debate between drillers and renewers - between those who want more domestic oil exploration to the exclusion of other power sources, and those who want the U.S. to kick its petroleum habit entirely. But as A. Barton Hinkle argues, both sides are being unrealistic.
A policy that free marketeers and militant greens can agree onNovember 16, 2010
It’s a very rare occasion when a free marketeer like me agrees with the green fanatics over at Friends of the Earth, but they are right about one thing: It's time to let ethanol subsidies die.
Fuel made from corn is expensive, inefficient—and undrinkable.September 21, 2010
Last year, U.S. ethanol makers produced 11 billion gallons of the corn-based biofuel encouraged by $6 billion in federal tax credits. Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey, after a visit to a South Dakota bioethanol plant, finds the subsidies unpalatable. He also discovers that he wouldn't want to drink the stuff.
Farm energy pork wastes money and harms the environmentJanuary 13, 2009
If Congress decides that greenhouse gases are a big problem, it should stop trying to pick energy technology "winners" by subsidizing favored sectors, and instead end all subsidies and put all energy technologies on a level playing field. Congress should then set a price on carbon dioxide, and let the most affordable and most efficient energy technology win—be it wind, solar, clean coal, nuclear, or whatever.
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