Energy and the Environment

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Something momentous happened last week: the leadership of the European Union agreed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 40% or more below 1990 levels by 2030.

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Plummeting oil prices strain faltering Maduro regime in Venezuela.

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High Speed Rail

Fifty years after the first rapid train began its scheduled service, this comfortable, safe, and efficient mode of transport still has not caught on in North America.

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Politics is the art of wealth redistribution, an eternal truth illustrated well by the various machinations employed by bureaucrats and politicians to force goods and services uncompetitive but favored politically upon the market, despite adverse economic pressures.

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Texas' Barnet Rock Shale Pipeline, one of the biggest producer of natural gas in the US.

Despite turning the U.S. into the world’s largest producer of natural gas and driving a 3 million barrel per day surge in U.S. oil production in just the last three years, the shale revolution still has its doubters. They couldn’t be more wrong.

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People take part in a march against climate change in New York September 21, 2014.

The U.N. is denying the prediction trends of the IPCC climate models, denying the IPCC discussions of the evidence, and denying the IPCC modeling evaluation of the Obama policies if adopted by the entire world. Why?

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Arguments that predict high carbon emission from the Keystone XL pipeline rest on incorrect economic assumptions. Even if they were true, the resulting environmental impact would be negligible. 

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The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2014 is a misguided effort to combat the exaggerated anthropogenic climate change threat. It will lead to massive wealth redistribution that would hurt the consumer and decrease aggregate wealth.

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Refinery workers walk inside the LyondellBasell oil refinery in Houston, Texas March 6, 2013. LyondellBasell Industries NV's 268,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Houston refinery is boosting its capacity to process heavy Canadian crude oil by 115,000 bpd in an overhaul of a coking and a crude distillation unit currently underway.

It would be easy to look at the dramatic 35% increase in America’s oil and natural gas production since President Obama took office and think the administration deserves much of the credit. But the energy boom has happened in spite of him.

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