In the Pipeline: 6/27/13

A little more Tom Pyle hype you can believe in. Breaking Energy (6/24/13) reports: “The Washington, DC-based Institute for Energy Research’s message is clear: Government intervention in energy markets is counter-productive. The organization believes this to be the case even in dealing with climate change. The IER is a think tank with an emphasis on a free market approach to energy. Its papers cover issues ranging from carbon taxes to power plant closures to the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, and invariably find that policy efforts to shape the US energy landscape are more costly than beneficial. ‘If you look at what’s going on in Washington, DC there’s sort of a major effort to reorganize where we get our energy sources from, how we get our energy sources and how we should be enlightened to choose alternatives to what has historically worked pretty well for various policy reasons,’ IER President Tom Pyle told Breaking Energy.”

David Banks: surrender monkey. But at least he is not yet publicly in favor of a carbon tax, like his mentor, Jim Connaughton. Politico (6/25/13) reports: “Republican lawmakers may be irate over President Barack Obama’s climate change plans, but there may be little that Congress can do to stop the push for new landmark Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut emissions from power plants. Since the previous Congress, House Republicans have exercised their majority power to pass measures calling for expanded oil and gas production, restricting EPA and cancelling other Obama environmental and energy initiatives.”

Kish cuts through the chatter:

ICYMI: Whitfield Stands Up for Jobs, Responds to President’s War on Coal. The Wall Street Journal (6/25/13) reports: “President Obama’s climate speech on Tuesday was grandiose even for him, but its surreal nature was its particular hallmark. Some 12 million Americans still can’t find work, real wages have fallen for five years, three-fourths of Americans now live paycheck to check, and the economy continues to plod along four years into a quasi-recovery. But there was the President in tony Georgetown, threatening more energy taxes and mandates that will ensure fewer jobs, still lower incomes and slower growth. Mr. Obama’s “climate action plan” adds up to one of the most extensive reorganizations of the U.S. economy since the 1930s, imposed through administrative fiat and raw executive power.”

When the palace guards start calling things by their true names, you know it is bad. The Washington Post (6/25/13) reports:



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