Business Consumer Energy Report

  • Oil subsidies: Surprise! Liberals are fans, too.

    When asked if the federal government should eliminate subsidies for oil companies, most would respond with a resounding 'yes.' But such a policy would have unwelcome unintended consequences, and not just for billionaire oil tycoons.

  • The big money of environmentalism

    Climate change is a huge concern, but misguided attacks won't solve the issue, and the environmental movement is more financially motivated than some of its proponents would like us to think.

  • Why America needs high-speed rails

    As the US population grows, more transportation options will become vital in densely packed sections of the country. High speed rail (HSR) may be the best answer.

  • 'Race for the Arctic' exposes need for US to ratify UN treaty

    As the world continues to seek out new energy sources, the Arctic Ocean is becoming a hot bed of activity. The US must ratify the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in order to secure exclusivity rights to the lucrative area.

  • Wishful thinking: If we only had a stable energy policy

    In this column energy expert Rapier provides three examples — originating with both Democrats and Republicans and impacting both renewable energy and fossil fuels — of how constantly shifting legislation makes it very difficult to plan and execute energy projects.

October 21, 2014

Photos of the day 10/21

Former football player Mark Batchelor speaks on his mobile phone, bearing a photo of the late Reeva Steenkamp, as he sits in court after Oscar Pistorius' sentencing in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius was given a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide for the killing of his girlfriend, Ms. Steenkamp, last year.

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