Magazine article USA TODAY

Federal Meddling Hurts Energy Output

Magazine article USA TODAY

Federal Meddling Hurts Energy Output

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The 110th Congress is introducing new energy proposals that include a package of tax increases on businesses and subsidies for certain renewable energy sources. The benefits of these proposals are questionable, and experts are cautioning law-makers against passing legislation that would raise costs for small businesses and consumers while stifling innovation, notes Tom Tanton, vice president of the Institute for Energy Research, Takoma Park, Md., adding that some policies being advocated on Capitol Hill are detrimental to the overall goal of reducing the burden of energy costs and securing a robust American supply.

Members of the House of Representatives are championing legislation that increases taxes on energy companies and mandates which energy alternatives the U.S. should promote. Tanton points out that California voters already have rejected mandates that would create an artificial market for less efficient alternative energy sources. Such policies are counterproductive to reaching lower gas prices and maintaining energy interdependence. Raising taxes on energy companies encourages outsourcing of America's energy supply and increases U. …

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