Entries by Larry Bell

EV Truck Rule Highly Inflationary

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With consumer appetite for plug-in electric vehicles tanked and manufacturers making up for huge losses by charging more for gasoline cars and trucks that they actually want, EPA has just raised central-government-knows-best green zealotry to draconian heights. On Good Friday, when news outlets were relatively quiet, the agency rolled out a new de facto EV […]

Zero Net EV Economic Or Climate Benefits And Government Admits It

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Buried deeply in the bowels of a 56,342-page Federal Register Volume 88 — along with an environmental assessment accompanying the Department of Transportation’s newly proposed fuel standards — are some candid admissions that electric vehicle- (EV) promoting bureaucrats and subsidy beneficiaries aren’t anxious for any of us to know about. One is that “Net [social-economic] benefits for passenger cars […]

No Current, Viable Alternative to Fossil Fuels

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During his State of the Union Address, President Biden blamed high U.S. energy prices on greedy oil companies despite as former presidential candidate Biden having virtually pledged to put them out of business. During a Democratic primary debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Biden said, “No more subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. No more drilling […]

Biden Family Connections to U.S. & China Energy Deals

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Here’s a head-scratcher. Weren’t we told by President Joe Biden that the release of a million barrels of oil a day from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR) from April onward, “will help address supply disruptions caused by Putin’s further invasion of Ukraine and the Price Hike that Americans are facing at the pump?” Why […]

SCOTUS Message to EPA, Agencies: You’re Not Legislatures

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A landmark June 30 Supreme Court ruling in favor of plaintiff states in West Virginia v. EPA will have enormously profound and far-reaching separation of powers implications limiting de facto lawmaking powers of executive branch-controlled regulatory agencies. Whereas certain special interest groups are vehemently criticizing the court’s 6-3 vote determination as “anti-environmental,” this is a grossly […]

Germany’s Green Energy Fixation Should Teach U.S. a Lesson

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Germany’s new Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government vice chancellor and economic minister Robert Habeck, a leading member of his country’s Green Party, has experienced a rude lesson regarding the disastrous consequences of his years of naïve opposition to fossil fuels. After tasking his top officials to assess the energy security implications of Germany’s dependence on Russian supplies […]

Biden Pledges His U.S. Penalized Energy to Europe

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Biden’s energy policies are even worse than gunning acceleration of a car in stop-and-go traffic … more like trying to move forward with one foot jamming the gas pedal and the other simultaneously clamping down on the brake. What you wind up with is lots of smoke, a burned-out engine, and a vehicle destined to go […]

America Can Loosen Europe’s Russian Energy Noose

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Western Europe’s self-inflicted abandonment of its own energy resources resulting in dependence on Russian oil seems to generally follow Lenin’s playbook when he reportedly quipped that “capitalists will sell us the rope by which we hang them.” The main editorial clarification to add here is that applies most directly to the crony capitalist green energy […]

Beijing Power Players Poised To Pull Plug On Prospects To Go ‘All-Electric’

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Editors’ Note:  Even if one accepts the dubious proposition that carbon emissions cause global warming, it seems to us almost insane to wreck America’s energy infrastructure, while giving China a free pass on coal-fired plants until 2030. All of the U.S. sacrifices would do nothing to improve the situation as China is the main contributor […]