A pair of powerful senators, Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and their allies in the House, are pushing to expand costly and ineffective federal subsidies for electric vehicles (EVs). However, the evidence finds that subsidizing electric vehicles is a bad idea for consumers, taxpayers and the environment. Read about this in Inside Sources.
Climate change emotions played a role in the leftward tilt of the House in the 2018 elections. Already some of the many Presidential contenders are on board for the Democrat’s climate change platform: “We believe America must be running entirely on clean energy by mid-century.” Yet few are embracing steps that are more radical. The […]
The billions of dollars spent on EV credits over the last decade have been ineffective and costly to low-income taxpayers. No wonder about two-thirds of voters oppose these subsidies. These credits shouldn’t be extended; they should be repealed. You can read this piece at The Morning Consult.
Unfortunately, the U.S. is not self-sufficient in petroleum and we have a way to go. We consume 19.96 million barrels of crude oil per day (Mbbl/day). Of that, we produce 13.134 Mbbl/day. We also export about 6 Mbbl/day, where prices and transportation costs are attractive. In 2017, we imported about 10.4 Mbbl/day from countries such […]
The Pilot Would Study the Feasibility of Replacing Federal Fuel Taxes WASHINGTON, D.C., January 30, 2019 – The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) released today a ConsumerGram that analyzes the use of an alternative funding mechanism for the Highway Trust Fund. America’s roads and highways are becoming increasingly congested and structurally deficient. […]
In the last two decades, we have been confronted with an avalanche of climate change reports. Some use more reliable data than others. Some employ hysterical projections of catastrophe. Almost all trigger opposing criticisms from those with doubts about the pace and consequences of global warming and from those who feel the reports understate the […]
Picking winners and losers in the marketplace should be business of consumers, not the job of the government. Perhaps one day advances in technology will make electric vehicles more affordable, reliable and convenient than internal combustion vehicles. When that day comes, electric vehicle makers will thrive because of market competition and consumer choice, not government […]
Environmental regulation must follow science, not blacklist chemicals based on incomplete information. This article discusses how some U.S. state policymakers are blindly importing the worst of the EU’s regulations without scrutinizing the underlying reasoning. In essence, they are perpetuating policies that damage our economy, hurt consumers, waste energy and cost lives. To read this article, […]
The Institute for Energy Research (IER) interviewed ACI’s Director of Policy and Research, Dr. Krisztina Pusok, on proposed plans to replace the current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards and the impact on consumers. The Interview can be heard online at IER.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards have governed automakers’ fleets since 1975when they were devised to prevent a repeat of petroleum shortages caused by the Arab Oil Embargo (’73-’74). While higher fuel economy is a vestigial theme in CAFE, the standard setting process is regularly hijacked by environmental […]