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Articles by Benjamin Zycher

In Defense of Price Gouging and Profiteering Thursday, August 7, 2014
If you don’t like price rationing, please explain how limited supplies of a good are to be allocated.
California’s New Solar Plant: Burning Up Taxpayer Money, Land, and Wildlife Wednesday, May 21, 2014
While the federal government receives net payments for electricity-related oil and gas production on federal land, the net subsidy for the new Ivanpah solar ...
LNG Exports: 'A Good-Faith Test' for President Obama Tuesday, April 8, 2014
For the environmental Left, pursuit of their policy goals requires neither consistency nor evidence.
Keystone XL: Sachs Strikes Back Thursday, February 20, 2014
Fact-free he began and fact-free he remains.
The Fact-free Opposition to Keystone XL Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Contrary to opponents of Keystone XL, the pipeline would have virtually no effect on global warming, and the world is not experiencing more frequent and ...
The Efficiency of a Carbon Tax: Broadly Accepted and Broadly Wrong Friday, January 31, 2014
The standard assumption about the superior efficiency of a carbon tax relative to bans and energy consumption standards is deeply problematic for both ...
‘Cleantech’ Gets Clocked By 60 Minutes, and the Usual Suspects Try to Make Lemonade Thursday, January 23, 2014
Despite massive taxpayer-funded subsidies, ‘clean energy’ is a failure because it remains far too expensive to compete in the marketplace.
The Climate Change Climate Keeps Changing, but the Carbon Tax Is Eternal Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Confronted with more data that contradict climate change orthodoxy, climate change alarmists still advocate a carbon tax, but with new rationales.
The Unbearable Lightness of the Climate Change Industrial Complex Thursday, November 14, 2013
The scientific and policy certainties claimed by the global warming/climate change industrial complex are pervasive — and deeply misguided.
The 'Science' of Global Warming, Part 2 Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Context and clarity are needed to understand the UN IPCC's latest report on climate change.
Limitations on Natural Gas Exports and the Brownsville U-Turn Thursday, September 12, 2013
A bit of history demonstrates the folly of recent calls to limit natural gas exports.
A Fascinating Report from the Government Accountability Office Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The bureaucracy’s analysis of green jobs leaves a lot to be desired.
The President’s Broken Window Fallacy: Carbon Policies and Jobs Wednesday, July 10, 2013
It is time to expose the flawed jobs reasoning behind President Obama’s new carbon plan.
'Carbon Pollution' and Wealth Redistribution Wednesday, June 26, 2013
President Obama’s recently proposed policies will do little to combat climate change — but they will do much for his political and economic objectives. ...
35 Years after Prop 13, Has It Worked? Thursday, June 6, 2013
Often described as the opening shot in the Reagan-era tax revolt, Prop 13 limited California’s property tax rates, but has it yielded greater fiscal ...
Increasing Distortions and Feeding Leviathan: The Internet Sales Tax Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A policy shift that weakens the link between taxes imposed and benefits received by definition yields wealth transfers, and the vast array of perverse ...
Earth Day and Four Decades of Fear Monday, April 22, 2013
A vast array of blatherings have accumulated over the years, warning the end is nigh.
Would a Carbon Dioxide Tax Be ‘Efficient’? Thursday, August 30, 2012
Is it reasonable to predict that the adoption of a carbon tax would yield economic improvement relative to current policies?