Category Archives: Energy

Gasoline and Greed

By William B. Conerly, Ph.D. Why have gasoline prices come down so much? Certainly global prices for crude oil have dropped, but why did the local gas station operator drop prices that you and I pay? A year ago I … Continue reading

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When Are Energy-Efficiency Efforts Worth It?

When does “being green” make sense?  Perhaps not as often as you think. Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment at Washington Policy Center, recently noted in a Wall Street Journal article that a “key mistake people make when … Continue reading

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This Week in the Capitol: Marijuana, ODOT, and the Energy Trust of Oregon

While much of the media this week focused on gun control bills, Cascade’s John Charles and Steve Buckstein brought attention to government spending, marijuana, and the “Tax That Won’t Die,” aka the Oregon Public Purpose Charge. On Monday, John Charles … Continue reading

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Climategate 2: Don’t Give Greenpeace a Chance

By Nick Sibilla The United Nations (UN) has found itself entangled in yet another climate scandal. First, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was involved in “Glaciergate,” where it claimed that Himalayan glaciers would melt in 25 years. … Continue reading

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The Future? Higher Electricity Rates and More Oregonians on Assistance Programs

The Oregon Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue recently passed Senate Bill 863 (SB 863) which allows electric utilities to increase the amount of funds available for low-income assistance programs. The bill now moves to the Senate floor. Specifically, SB … Continue reading

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Misconceptions, myths and other assertions about renewable energy

Over my almost three years at Cascade Policy Institute, I have noticed that there are many misconceptions, myths and other assertions about renewable energy that need to be cleared up. This blog post is the first of many I hope … Continue reading

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Jimmy McMillan is back!

The man that made “The rent is too damn high” a catch phrase in the last election cycle is back…. this time gasoline is the target. Check out the website behind the video here, or the group behind it all … Continue reading

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Opening the door for more waste: House passes law to expand offset program

On Wednesday, the Oregon House voted to expand a 1997 law designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. On a 38-17 vote, twelve Republicans joined the chamber’s Democrats to pass the bill. In 1997, Oregon passed the nation’s first law (House … Continue reading

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The next step? Putting wind energy on trial?

The American Tradition Institute (ATI) is taking on renewable energy mandates in Colorado. Economic analyses have shown that renewable energy mandates like Senate Bill 838 passed in Oregon will have significant negative economic impacts. In addition, it is not the … Continue reading

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Did you know that Oregon has a carbon “tax”?

In 1997, Oregon passed the nation’s first law (House Bill 3283) regulating and attempting to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The law set up a carbon dioxide emission standard was established by HB 3283 which applies to baseload gas plants, non-baseload … Continue reading

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