Energy Subsidies: Part IV

Subsidies are a public policy question. That is a reasonable position to take. It seems odd that those who complain the most about the provision of subsidies to the new, renewable energy industries and for energy conservation programs are the current recipients of some of the richest, most far reaching subsidies ever given in the […]

Energy Subsidies: Part II

Ok, so we know that the tax code establishes subsidies. Some of the biggest recipients of tax subsidies has been the oil and gas industries (Nuclear will be discussed in a separate post). Thus, the renewable subsidies are certainly needed if for no other reason than to even the playing field with those energy industries […]

Energy Rationing and Conservation

On July 28, 2011, the New York Times published a detailed article entitled “Japanese, in Shortage, Willingly Ration Watts.” As a result of the power crisis caused by the Fukushima nuclear accident and earthquake, Japan faces a real energy shortage. Rather than complain (I know, it is a different culture) the country is working to […]


Federal energy subsidies, from ethanol to oil, are on the congressional chopping block with lawmakers on both sides of the fence arguing for their end. Rising national debt has put the spotlight on imprudent spending, and greens rejoice at the opportunity to curtail government support of dirty energy. Well, if only it was that simple. […]