Energy, like other goods and services in the economy, should be left to consumers and entrepreneurs in the market, not “planned” by governmental bodies. In fact, the long history of U.S. oil, gas, and electricity regulation, taxation, and subsidization makes abundantly clear that shortages and energy crises are engendered by government intervention, not market failure.

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Commentary

Piecemeal Sanctions Won’t Deter Russia

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By Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger. USA Today. September 23, 2014.

Our Weird Energy Politics

By Patrick J. Michaels. National Review (Online). August 4, 2014.

Cato Studies

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By Randal O’Toole. Policy Analysis No. 740. October 28, 2013.

License to Drill: The Case for Modernizing America’s Crude Oil and Natural Gas Export Licensing Systems

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Humanity Unbound: How Fossil Fuels Saved Humanity from Nature and Nature from Humanity

By Indur M. Goklany. Policy Analysis No. 715. December 19, 2012.

Articles

CBO Report Underestimates Costs of the Corn-Ethanol Tax Credit: Four Compelling Reasons Why the CBO Should Update Their Study

Jerry Taylor and Harry de Gorter. Future Science. Vol. 2. No. 1. 2011.

An Economic Critique of Corn-Ethanol Subsidies

Jerry Taylor. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: Regional Economic Development. Vol. 5. No. 1. 2009.

The Energy Security Obsession

Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren. The Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy. Vol. 6. No. 2. Summer 2008.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Looking Back to Move Ahead

Sofie E. Miller. Regulation. Fall 2014.

Regressive Furnace Fans

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Reforming Texas Electricity Markets

Andrew N. Kleit and Robert J. Michaels. Regulation. Summer 2013.

Events

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Featuring Patrick J. Michaels. November 21, 2014. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Boom to Bust? How Export Restrictions Imperil America’s Oil and Gas Bonanza

Featuring Daniel J. Ikenson and Scott Lincicome. February 10, 2014. Policy Forum.

The Impact of Cartel Behavior on Global Oil Prices and the Challenge to Free Markets

Featuring Jerry Taylor. April 25, 2013. Policy Forum.

Downsizing the Federal Government

Energy Subsidies

By Chris Edwards. February 2009.

Energy Intervention Today

By Peter Van Doren and Jerry Taylor. February 2009.

A Brief History of Energy Regulations

By Peter Van Doren. February 2009.

Books