William Yeatman

William Yeatman is an energy policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

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The New York Time’s Sensationally Incorrect Headline And Other Climate Notes

 

The silliest news items are those that belie their headlines, as is the case with a sensational front-page story in Tuesday’s New York Times, titled “Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees.’” From the eye-popping title, one would think that the subjects of the article are refugees fleeing the impacts of climate change. This would indeed […]

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NYT’s Sensationally Incorrect Headline and Other Climate Notes

 

The silliest news items are those that belie their headlines, as is the case with a sensational front-page story in Tuesday’s New York Times, titled “Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees.’” From the eye-popping title, one would think that the subjects of the article are refugees fleeing the impacts of climate change. This would indeed […]

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EPA Growth Knows No Limits

 

Last week, President Obama rolled out a climate plan fit for a king. In his speech at Georgetown University, the president declared that since Congress won’t enact climate policies, he’s just going to impose them — much as would a king. Simply put, the president is using Congressional inaction as a pretext for a climate […]

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Our Hero Barbara Boxer

 

We’ve spent a lot of time and, well, energy warning against costly carbon controls, yet we must admit the fruits of our earnest labors pale in comparison to those of Senator Barbara Boxer. That’s odd because Boxer is an avowed environmentalist and chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Her honest job description might […]

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John Kerry’s Big Business Buyoff

 

When Senator John Kerry lent his name to a climate bill last fall, he probably didn’t expect it to sink so fast. Opponents successfully branded “cap-and-trade” as a “cap-and-tax,” and Kerry’s co-sponsor, Barbara Boxer, proved singularly inept at pushing the bill though the Environment and Public Works Committee that she chairs. The bill never even […]

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You Stay Classy, Sacramento

 

In many countries, electric utilities struggle to keep up with demand, and often fail. The World Bank estimates that almost 1.5 billion men, women, and children lack reliable access to electricity. They want it, but they can’t have it. In new-agey   California, it’s the other way around. The centerpiece of California’s energy policy is really […]

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Kerry Looks for a Legacy

 

After cap-and-trade energy legislation cleared the first test in the House of Representatives this summer, it stalled in the world’s most deliberative body. Then, John Kerry decided to jumpstart a compromise bill among his colleagues. Ever since Kerry came up short in the 2004 presidential election, he’s been casting about for a legacy and seems […]

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ACES Up Her Sleeve

 

Well before Barack Obama brought hope to the White House, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was adamant that something new and different and wonderful had arrived. In 2006, the incoming Speaker pledged that hers would be the “most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history.” At the time, we were skeptical — to say the […]

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Farmer Brown Fights Back

 

To all appearances, green special interests are on a roll. They have managed to get committed environmentalists appointed to key congressional committees and regulatory positions. They have a president in the White House who agrees on the broad contours of their agenda. They have already won increased fuel economy regulations, restrictions on drilling for oil […]

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O’Malley’s Hot Air

 

This January, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley proposed legislation that he promised would fight climate change and “grow” the economy. This week, the state Senate passed the bill, with one of those “Who could disagree with it?” titles the “Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act.” If it becomes law, voters will slowly begin to see how reducing Maryland’s […]

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