Per-Mile Fee Might Fix America’s Poor Roads

Tucked away on page 508 of the 2,702-page bipartisan infrastructure bill is a proposal that could radically restructure how Americans use and pay for the nation’s roads. This radical proposal takes the form of a study that would assess the feasibility of establishing a “national motor vehicle per-mile user fee” and would have road users […]

NEPA: The Barrier to Developing America

$229.4 billion is the regulatory burden the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is currently imposing on 148 infrastructure projects undergoing review, according to an American Action Forum (AAF) analysis. Since its inception in 1970, NEPA has impeded America’s infrastructure improvements by significantly increasing costs, time, and red tape. It’s time for Congress to reform NEPA […]

The Economic Standard: Roll out Renewables before Biden’s Blackouts Roll in

Commuters in California will be familiar with radio ads that ask them to ration electricity when they get home from work. The campaign begs consumers to power down between 4 pm and 9 pm, when renewable energy generation dips and utilities struggle to power the grid. While most Americans don’t have to think twice about […]

Real Clear Energy: To Fight Climate Change, President Biden Needs to Retire NEPA

After 50 years in power, it’s clear that NEPA and its current regulatory process is outdated and needs to be retired. Ambitious decarbonization plans look good on paper, but without clearing the regulatory roadblocks that hinder renewable development, consumers will be left in the dark. Unless Joe Biden got a head-start on the EIS process […]

The Economic Standard: EV Subsidies are a Renewable Waste

As part of his recently released infrastructure plan, President Joe Biden has vowed to overhaul the American electric vehicle (EV) industry with $174 billion worth of spending. But in his rush to spread the cash around, President Biden appears to be doubling down on environmentally inefficient and socially regressive initiatives. Rather than wasting taxpayer money […]

Inside Sources: Keep Rails on Track for Consumers and Climate

After a full year of lockdowns and social distancing, Americans are understandably eager to once again get back to work and travel this summer. With hopes that economic activity is set to roar back in the wake of the ongoing vaccination drive, last week the House sub-committee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing on […]

Real Clear Energy: Unplug Tesla Tax on the Poor

Nonetheless, forcing lower income taxpayers and energy ratepayers to fund the rollout of EV charging stations constitutes a Tesla tax on the less-wealthy. When Marie Antoinette was told that the poor could not afford bread, she reportedly said to “let them eat cake.” For Americans who are struggling in the wake of the pandemic, House […]

Press Release: ACI Launches New Podcast Series

The American Consumer Institute (ACI) is excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series Policy-ish Talk hosted by Kris Pusok, ACI’s policy and research director.  Each episode of the Policy-ish Talk will treat you to an in-depth conversation with policy experts, industry leaders, and top academics to explore today’s toughest social, economic, and […]