Everyone knows the economy is lousy, and has been for the last several years. But our liberal friends ask us what, exactly, the Republicans will do to make it better. The answer is complex, of course, and includes several long-term issues. But I always say that there are two obvious areas of low-hanging fruit: energy policy and regulation. A new administration could give our economy a quick and substantial boost by encouraging, rather than blocking, the development of America’s vast energy resources, and by stopping the promulgation of endless regulations that burden business and, by imposing needless costs, make us all poorer. The Obama administration has been destroying wealth through irrational regulation at an unprecedented, and accelerating rate, as depicted in these charts from an earlier post:
All of which is by way of introducing a new web site, American Products, American Power, which is produced by the American Energy Alliance. The purpose of the site is to focus attention on the administration’s attacks on the energy production industry, particularly through six major sets of regulations — greenhouse gases, CAFE standards, renewable fuel mandates, emissions standards, MACT and Tier 3 standards. The site is brand new, but already full of useful (and sometimes infuriating) information. You might start with The Plan to Make Electricity Prices Skyrocket. Then, too, there is Correcting Krugman on Ozone. Correcting Krugman is a tedious job, somewhat along the lines of the Augean Stables, but someone has to do it.
So: check out American Products, American Power. It looks like a valuable resource.