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‘Clean Coal’ Means No Coal

Two weeks ago, the Obama campaign quietly edited its website to highlight the president’s support for “clean coal.” In place of a section for “energy efficiency” with no mention of coal, BarackObama.com now boasts that the…

Obama’s Sunny Predictions

Most of my economics professors opened class with some variation of the old in-house joke: “Economists have correctly predicted nine out of the last five recessions.” Their scholarly modesty apparently exhausted, however, they proceeded to …

Paul Ryan’s Grand Compromise

Paul Krugman has called Representative Paul Ryan’s (R., Wis.) budget “the most fraudulent in American history.” He and fellow critics take issue with the fact that Ryan promotes balancing tax cuts with the elimination of tax credits a…

Cheney’s Energy Success

It’s hard to remember — after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Blackwater, etc., took turns dominating our collective consciousness — but the Cheney Energy Task Force was once among the gravest of the Bush administration’s sins. Created …

Save the Sand-Dune Lizard?

‘Lizards don’t hire,” read one sign. “Leave lizards on the commercials,” read another. These were the sentiments of the 300 residents who attended the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Rally in Midland, Texas, last April.
The attende…

Obama Flunks Math

During a speech two weeks ago at the Daimler Truck manufacturing plant in Mount Holly, N.C., President Obama bantered with an audience member over his administration’s proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards:

President Obama: N…

Obama’s Oil Bottleneck

‘When it comes to American energy production, President Obama is like a rooster who crows at the sunrise, then imagines that he conjured up the morning,” jokes Ben Cole of the Institute for Energy Research. The White House has been taking c…

Dr. Science vs. the Market

It’s hard to imagine a better candidate for the role of scientific technocrat than Steven Chu. After earning undergraduate degrees in math and physics from Rochester, he got his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1976 and then joined Bell Labs, where he did …