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The Multiple Distortions of Wind Subsidies

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, wind subsidies cost $52.48 per one million watt hours generated; the same amount of electricity from nuclear power costs $3.10 per one million watt hours...

The Wind Production Tax Credit: Corporate Welfare at Its Worst

The Production Tax Credit designed to promote wind power distorts price signals in the wholesale electricity market by giving wind producers an incentive to sell electricity at a loss to earn enormous tax subsidies...

Gushing about America's Energy Future

The International Energy Agency projects that U.S. oil production will exceed Saudi Arabia's production by 2020...

The Impossibility of Rapid Energy Transitions

Three different types of momentum are necessary when talking about making energy transitions: technological, labor-pool and economic...

The Failure of Wind Power

Princeton, Massachusetts' Municipal Light Department's wind-energy project has lost nearly $2 million...

Exporting Natural Gas a Boon to United States despite Price Hikes

America's new energy bonanza is the natural gas found in shale rock, and there's a heavy push to build terminals where it can be liquefied and exported...

Renewable Fuel Standard Costs Chain Restaurants Billions Annually

A new study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the National Council of Chain Restaurants estimates the federal Renewable Fuel Standard could cost quick service restaurants an additional $2.5 billion in 2015...

The Impact of Agrochemicals

The Centers for Disease Control found that widespread spraying to control mosquitoes carrying West Nile during 1999-2002 only caused two definite cases of health impacts...

Expensive Oil Weighs Down the Economy

Driven by higher oil prices, U.S. consumers will spend about $600 billion more on petroleum fuels in 2012 than they did in 2002...

The Streetcar Fantasy

The cost of operating one streetcar mile is three to four times higher than operating one bus mile...


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