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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Featuring Robert L. Bradley Jr., Jack High, and Patrick J. Michaels. September 20, 2018. Book Forum.

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