The Standoff Between Big Oil and Big Corn

The New York Times Sept. 17, 2016 By David Gelles A decade ago, lawmakers in Washington tried to address a trifecta of thorny challenges with one simple fix that has turned out to be anything but easy to assess. The problems: an overreliance on foreign oil, rising greenhouse gas emissions and tepid economic growth. The […]

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Merchants ask Congress: why tilt the scales against fair and free markets?

The Hill Sept. 13, 2016 By Mallory Duncan When huge companies first began appearing in the 19th century, Americans worried these companies were growing so big that they could squash competition and control entire industries. Those people were right. Giant trusts appeared controlling sugar, oil, steel, railroads, and others industries. Those days are gone thanks […]

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Jeb Hensarling’s big bank bonanza bill

The Hill Sept. 12, 2016 By Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s (R-Texas) Financial CHOICE Act, which is scheduled for action this week in the House Financial Services Committee, would be the largest gift to the banking industry since the big bank bailout of 2008. The bill’s 500 pages are stuffed full of provisions […]

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New renewable fuels rules will crush Tennessee

The Commercial Appeal – Memphis Aug. 25, 2016 By Michael James Barton The Environmental Protection Agency has released its renewable fuel rules for 2017. Private energy companies will be required to produce at least 18 billion gallons of renewables next year, over half a billion more than this year. This is a step in the […]

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A Court Ruling That Could Save the Planet

Bloomberg View Aug. 12, 2016 By Cass R. Sunstein A federal court this week upheld the approach that the government uses to calculate the social cost of carbon when it issues regulations — and not just the cost imposed on Americans, but on people worldwide. It’s technical stuff, but also one of the most important climate […]

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As Corn Devours U.S. Prairies, Greens Reconsider Biofuel Mandate

Bloomberg July 27, 2016 By Jennifer Dlouhy Environmentalists who once championed biofuels as a way to cut pollution are now turning against a U.S. program that puts renewable fuels in cars, citing higher-than-expected carbon dioxide emissions and reduced wildlife habitat. More than a decade after conservationists helped persuade Congress to require adding corn-based ethanol and […]

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