Industry advocates: Jobs will be lost if Congress doesn’t act

Michael Giberson My title is taken from the subtitle of a story in the Arizona Republic, the headline is: “Solar supporters link future to subsidies.” The “solar supporters” and “industry advocates” referred to are the Solar Energy Industries Association and the American Wind Energy Association, both actively lobbying Congress for extension of the so-called 1603 … More Industry advocates: Jobs will be lost if Congress doesn’t act

“Economizing on Virtue” research bleg

Michael Giberson Quick question for academics in moral or political philosophy or political economy: Is it worth a little extra effort to turn up the Geoffrey Brennan/Alan Hamlin article “Economizing on Virtue”? The article appeared in Constitutional Political Economy Vol. 6, no. 1 (1995): 35-56. My library has easy electronic access to CPE back to … More “Economizing on Virtue” research bleg

Hotel rate price gouging during snowstorm

Michael Giberson Or maybe I should title this post, “Hotel charged peak prices during peak demand period,” or better still: “Hotel price gouging promotes public safety.” A Sea-Tac Airport area hotel raised its rates dramatically as it filled up during a snowstorm one night last month, and several patrons were shocked by bills from almost … More Hotel rate price gouging during snowstorm

EPA acts on a natural gas drilling groundwater case

Michael Giberson From the EPA news release: (DALLAS – December 7, 2010) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered a natural gas company in Forth Worth, Texas, to take immediate action to protect homeowners living near one of its drilling operations who have complained about flammable and bubbling drinking water coming out of … More EPA acts on a natural gas drilling groundwater case

Speed blogging

Michael Giberson Speed blogging = copying a Zetland trope so I can clear these items off my “to blog” list: Robert Rapier on the Renewable Fuels Association‘s wild efforts to hold onto all possible subsidy and policy advantages that it can grab.  Elsewhere, the Wall Street Journal reports the emergence of a left-right coalition in … More Speed blogging

What scientific information or data does the Department of Interior intend to rely upon in fracking policy actions?

Michael Giberson U.S. House Republicans sent a short note over to the U.S. Department of the Interior, inquiring as to Interior’s plans for regulatory or policy changes with respect to hydraulic fracturing on public lands.  My favorites from among the questions asked: What scientific information or data does DOI intend to rely upon to form … More What scientific information or data does the Department of Interior intend to rely upon in fracking policy actions?