Top Reasons Congress Should Reject a Gas Tax Hike

Congress created the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) in 1956 to fund construction of the Interstate Highway System. The HTF is funded primarily though an 18.4-cent per gallon federal excise tax on gasoline. Funding for the HTF expires May 31, and with the HTF facing a budget shortfall, some in Congress have proposed raising the federal […]

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How the Ethanol Lobby 'Celebrates' Mandates on Americans

On the sixth anniversary of the expansion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2007, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) issued a “celebratory” document explaining why they were so thrilled with the mandates on American refiners. The funny thing is, we don’t need to consult outside sources to see what’s wrong with the RFS or […]

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RFS: Windfall for Ethanol, Burden on American Families

As we have explained on these pages before, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) amounts to a massive subsidy for the ethanol industry. By forcing refiners to purchase and blend rising volumes of biofuels, regardless of whether it makes economic sense, the RFS provides ethanol producers guaranteed demand for their product. To protect their mandate, the […]

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Big Brother Black Box for Your Car?

A recent story in the LA Times explains that government officials at various levels are keen on putting little black boxes in everyone’s vehicle. Civil liberties groups are concerned—and rightly so—about Big Brother being able to track everyone’s movements. Yet even the official reason is ominous: It will allow the government to tally a citizen’s […]

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