As the American economy transitions to more renewable forms of energy, federal and state subsidies for electric vehicles should be consigned to history. While electric vehicles (EVs) subsidies might appear to be a creative way to encourage consumers to shift away from petroleum-powered cars, these subsidies only act as handouts to the wealthiest Americans. Furthermore, […]
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 […]
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 […]
In the last decade, a multitude of ambitious programs to “bridge the digital divide” have been discussed and debated. Many of them have been implemented. Few of them have moved the needle, even as the coronavirus pandemic highlights the need to expand connectivity to unserved areas. In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expanded its […]
Today, ACI signed onto a coalition letter in opposition to the “Moving Forward Act.” The Act would renew investment/production tax credits and subsidize well-capitalized, politically connected corporations at the expense of struggling consumers. The full letter is available online.
COVID-19 has wrought havoc across the nation’s industries, and solar power has been no exception. While discussions about supporting renewable energy typically debate the merits of government intervention, little consideration has been given to existing onerous solar regulations. Slashing these costly regulations could springboard the solar power industry out of its COVID-19 slump and benefit […]
Initiatives to keep America online need to take into account the ways in which diverse communities access the net. Policy needs to be cognizant of intermodal competition of broadband services. However, a proposed spending bill does not do this, which makes it a scheme for lawmakers and not low-income consumers. You can read this op-ed […]
Wind power has gradually become the leading source of renewable energy in the United States. With strong consumer demand for lower carbon energy and new technology lowering the price of production, wind power now rivals solar and fossil fuels on cost. Despite wind’s success, conflicting federal policies are picking winners and losers in the industry while fleecing taxpayers through […]
If you’ve ever thought it’s cheaper to eat unhealthy than healthy, you’re not wrong. In 2016, Philadelphia passed a soda tax to curb sugar consumption with D.C. passing similar law earlier this month. But lawmakers should know that soda taxes don’t work, as people find ways around them and does little to promote public health. […]
For more than a decade, the federal government has picked winners and losers in the automobile market by heavily subsidizing electric vehicles (EVs). Now, with those subsidies set to phase out for the largest EV manufacturers, some lawmakers are now pushing to have the subsidies greatly expanded. To read this op-ed, visit Real Clear Energy.