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The Oil Industry Is Ready To Fight President Biden In Court

Yves here. It appears that the Biden Administration, even in taking what would seem to be a modest step, curtailing new energy leases on Federal lands, is trying to do some things via executive authority that actually require legislation. By Julianne Geiger, a veteran editor, writer and researcher for Oilprice.com. Originally published at OilPrice Reeling from the effects of the pandemic, the oil industry is in no mood to fool around. When newly inaugurated President Joe Biden canceled the...

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A Less Trumpy Version of Trumpism Might Be the Future of the Republican Party

Yves here. Democratic-party adjacent media keep declaring the Republican Party dead. Wishing does not make it so. By Morgan Marietta, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell and David C. Barker, Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University School of Public Affairs. Originally published at The Conversation Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, but his populist ideas may continue to animate...

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“I’m Sorry,” Says Ro Khanna, “An Unelected Parliamentarian Does Not Get to Deprive 32 Million Americans the Wage Raise They Deserve.”

Yves here. The Biden Administration is showing its true colors. Not only does it bomb Syria, but it is not hiding that it is pleased that the proposed minimum wage increase to $15 is hitting obstacles, this one in the form of a bizarre ruling by the Senate’s parliamentarian. As many have pointed out, Kamala Harris could ignore this advice, but not surprisingly, she is pretending to be missing in action. It appears the only time she uses her power is to throw people in jail. Now there are...

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Eviction Moratorium Deemed Unconstitutional by Federal Judge in Texas

Judge J. Campbell Barker of the Eastern District of Texas, sided with plaintiffs who challenged the CDC’s eviction moratorium on Constitutional grounds. We’ve embedded the opinion for Terkel v. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the end of this post. Even though some will be inclined to dismiss the ruling as politically-motivated (Barker was a Trump nominee), recall that it was the Trump Administration that first launched the eviction freeze. It initially ran through December 31,...

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America Needs New Infrastructure to Survive, But Will Biden Deliver?

Yves here. It looks as if Tim Conway was hung a bit out to dry by the Biden Administration. This post launched yesterday, which was supposed to be the day when Biden filled in the details of his Build Back Better. Biden had promises lots of infrastructure goodies, with emphasis on green projects. But the Administration has dithered a month with its $1.9 trillion stimulus package in trying to make it a bi-partisan project, and has since given up and is now pursuing it as a Democratic party...

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The Climate Crisis, Rationing and Conscription

Yves here. It’s telling that none of the key climate change interest groups have recommended rationing as an answer. It would quickly focus minds on how much energy was being spent and on what. By Thomas Neuburger. Originally published at DownWithTryanny! Let’s take a trip to fantasyland, to a world in which the U.S. addresses climate change in a meaningful way. What does a meaningful response to climate change entail? Among other things, it means enacting the following two policies — energy...

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Why Black and Hispanic Small-Business Owners Have Been So Badly Hit in the Pandemic Recession

Yves here. The financial crisis wiped out a tremendous amount of black wealth. Now we have the pandemic hitting the entrepreneurial members of minority communities disproportionately hard. One of the first restaurants to close here was one I very much liked….and ironically I took out dinner the last night it was open for sit-down service, the very day Birmingham announced that non-essential businesses would close (with very little warning; the policy was presented in the late afternoon and...

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Is the Post-COVID Boom Going to Bust?

Yves here. As long-standing readers know, we’ve never exhibited much interest in economic forecasts since even macroeconomists admit they are horrifically unreliable once you get beyond 6 months. Forecasts seemed particularly uninteresting in the post crisis era when a lot of people were trying to paint happy faces on what was eventually declared to be secular stagnation. The much more interesting stories were things like how if evah would the Fed back out of ZIRP, the continuing rise of...

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This Obscure Energy Treaty Is the Greatest Threat to the Planet You’ve Never Heard Of

Yves here. An ugly trade treaty that included corporate-profit guaranteeing “investor-state dispute settlement” mechanisms is again getting the bad press it deserves. We mentioned the 1994 Energy Charter Treaty in our 2013-2015 opposition to the TransPacific Partnership and its Atlantic sister, the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership because it had become notorious in Europe for undermining clean energy initiatives. From a November 2013 post, quoting Public Citizen: Vattenfal, a...

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Housing and the American Dream: Is A House Still a Home?

Yves here. This post takes a contrarian view of the preoccupation with home ownership and argues that single family homes increase inequality and the rate of climate change. Its authors contend that the idea that home ownership reduces inequality is largely a conservative myth. I strongly encourage you to read it in full, with an eye to the notion that knee-jerk reactions against some of its arguments are likely to reflect a personal attachment to the notion of homeownership….which as this...

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