Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

An idea whose time has come: raise the federal gas tax. Also, an important, new-ish trend.

December 16th, 2014

Here’s an argument–raising the federal gas tax that’s been stuck at $0.18/gallon since 1993–that IMHO should be highly resonant right now with progressives, environmentalists, fiscally responsible types, those with common sense, and anyone else I’ve left out. Anyway, it’s over at PostEverything. There’s even some bipartisan support for the idea. Let me add two pictures… Read more

Sunday Snippets: Three News Stories that Catch the Eye

December 14th, 2014

The Cruz Paradox: Senate hits a level of dysfunction that actually somehow turns back on itself and gets things done. As far as I can tell, this is a new phenomenon in the space-time continuum of political science: In their negotiations over the CRomnibus spending bill, a couple of conservative senators—Sens. Cruz and Lee—insisted on… Read more

Falling oil prices and Keystone: that goop might stay in the ground after all…

November 13th, 2014

Back when the idea for the Keystone XL pipeline first came out, I wrote numerous pieces suggesting that while I worried about the environmental impact of extracting and refining oil from tar sands–a particularly dirtier process–I figured that it was likely coming out of the ground, regardless of whether it ultimately went south through the… Read more