“Automakers must be allowed to fail if they are to succeed.”

Michael Giberson Chris Davis at Discovery News: Powrtalk: Automakers must be allowed to fail if they are to succeed. To date they’ve been supported just enough to muddle somewhere above the line of failure. But failure at least allows concrete recognition that the current model does not work. Creating the possibility for new models, new … More “Automakers must be allowed to fail if they are to succeed.”More “Automakers must be allowed to fail if they are to succeed.”

A subsidy-free policy for green energy and innovation

Lynne Kiesling Reason’s Shika Dalmia has been making some libertarian-friendly Cabinet recommendations, and in her discussion of possible candidates for Secretary of Energy, she reminds us of a great idea floated jointly by Ed Crate of the Cato Institute and Carl Pope of the Sierra Club a few years ago, in 2002: But there is … More A subsidy-free policy for green energy and innovationMore A subsidy-free policy for green energy and innovation

Attorneys general, not attorney generals

Lynne Kiesling All of this Eric Holder gossip today unfortunately creates an opportunity for me to pick a grammatical nit: the plural of “attorney general” is “attorneys general”, not “attorney generals”. The “general” in “attorney general” is an adjective that modifies the noun “attorney”. The plural attaches to the noun, not the adjective. Bet you … More Attorneys general, not attorney generalsMore Attorneys general, not attorney generals

Zone pricing ban coming to New York, will the results affirm policymakers’ hopes or economists’ analyses?

Michael Giberson New York is about to find out whether zone pricing in gasoline markets is as bad for consumers as some people believe. Zone pricing is “a gasoline industry practice of selling the same brands and grades of fuel to retail sellers at different prices depending on the ‘price zone’ in which the retail … More Zone pricing ban coming to New York, will the results affirm policymakers’ hopes or economists’ analyses?