William Murray

Virtue signaling won’t save the planet, but state compacts might

Senior U.S. climate officials arrived Monday in Bonn, Germany, a week into the latest meeting of the United Nations-sponsored climate change project known as the Conference of Parties-23 …

House energy tax break cuts don’t go far enough – yet

A glance at the House Ways and Means tax plan published at the beginning of November shows some promising movement toward eliminating costly tax breaks and special tax provisions that …

Landing Amazon is a fine fantasy, but Alaska banks on resources

The mood is pretty sour in the state of my birth. Job creation in Alaska is 50th among U.S. states so far in 2017, and the partisan divide …

Congress has narrow window to level energy tax playing field

For the first time in more than 30 years, Congress and the White House are moving in one direction toward major changes to the tax code. For months …

House subcommittee clears plans to unclog hydropower pipeline

With a 14-minute Oct. 26 markup session, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy sent a pair of deceptively simple bills to the full Energy and Commerce Committee, each …

EPA ends ‘sue and settle’ era

A new directive handed down Oct. 16 by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt pledges to put an end to the controversial practice of settling lawsuits with special …

Perry questions value of ‘free market’ in energy

Shakespeare’s adage about those who "doth protest too much" seems an appropriate response to Energy Secretary Rick Perry's recent testimony on an administration proposal to change the way …

Puerto Rico can move forward, without the Jones Act

The Jones Act has come in for some blistering criticism over the past several weeks, and for good reason. The 97-year-old protectionist maritime law was waived for a 10-day-period by …

How to make private investment in infrastructure really work

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump—like his opponent Hillary Clinton—spoke glowingly about infrastructure spending, alluding to Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and Dwight Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System …

Things are getting weird in pipeline country

In an environment that only a lawyer looking for billable hours could love, federal courts are making a mess of executive branch guidance concerning whether federal agencies need …

Sen. Graham has a good idea on climate change: Here’s how to do it

Sen. Lindsey Graham certainly likes to be in the middle of things. The South Carolina Republican took time away from Washington D.C., where he had been trying to …

97-year-old law may be the cause of higher gas prices

It's become typical for gas prices to spike before and after major hurricane landfalls. The national average gasoline price jumped more than 30 cents per-gallon in the week …

Obama’s fuel-economy mandates are creating an octane shortage

Government energy policies are haunted by the ghosts of unintended consequences. Despite the fracking and alternative-energy revolutions of the past decade, legislation put in place during the 1970s …

DOE grid study shows how regulatory state disadvantages hydro, nuclear

The U.S. Energy Department’s recently issued study of the electric grid quickly is gaining notice as perhaps the most well-reasoned domestic policy document to come out of the …

DOE study proves regulation puts hydro, nuclear power at a disadvantage

The U.S. Energy Department's recently issued study of the electric grid quickly is gaining notice as perhaps the most well-reasoned domestic policy document to come out of the …

Hurricane Harvey shows electrical grid resiliency is key to swift recovery

The similarities are striking between Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005, and this week's strike of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and Southeast Texas. Many residents of …

Why we need to kick our foolish ethanol addiction

Bad news arrives slowly to some U.S. political circles. The failure of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program to achieve its policy goals over the past decade is one …

Trump’s ‘energy dominance’ strategy starting to crack Eastern European markets

The U.S. Energy Department announced Aug. 21 that a cargo ship full of Pennsylvania coal would be sailing out of Baltimore, 5,600 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean, …

Coal Subsidies: America’s worst policy idea?

If someone produced “America’s Worst Policy Idea” as a weekly televised contest with Simon Cowell as a judge, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s most recent proposal on coal …

U.S. steel requirements for pipelines undermines American energy, trade

The United States is a free-trading nation, regardless what President Donald Trump says on any given day. Any doubters about current U.S. trade policy should look no further …

End protectionism in the shipping industry

In the annals of economic protectionism, few laws surpass the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. For almost 100 years, the act has created monopolies for …

Using the CPP to boost coal is just as bad

President Donald Trump has spoken repeatedly of his support for coal mining, pledging publicly that “we will put our miners back to work.” It probably should not be surprising, …

Welcome to Climate Junior High

The new kid in the class is glib and loud, while the gal in charge of the “cool kids” pretended he hadn’t even entered the classroom. At least, …

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