California’s Utopian Renewable Energy Mandates Already Threatening Power Shortages and Higher Utility Bills

While Al Gore ridiculously compares his global warming crusade to the battle against Nazism and Congress hastily debates a behemoth 1,200-page climate change bill, recent news from the test laboratory known as the state of California presages troublesome times ahead for American power consumers...[more]

CFIF Joins 186 National and State Leaders on Letter Opposing Waxman-Markey Cap-and-Trade Bill

In a letter sent this week to all Members of Congress, the Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) joined with a coalition of 186 state and national leaders to urge opposition to H.R. 2454, “The American Clean Energy and Security Act,” also known as the Waxman-Markey Cap-and-Trade bill...[more]

The Tiny, More Dangerous Cars in Your Future

When we saw the headlines this week revealing a new crash test dummy study that shows little bitty cars are not safe, our first thought was, “Gee, what human dummy needed a study to know that?...[more]

Obama Plan Would Repeat the Follies of the Great Depression

Only two months into its existence, the Obama Administration has already earned a reputation for being among the world’s finest manufacturers of Trojan horses....[more]

Obama Stabs Automakers with One Hand, Offers Taxpayer Subsidies with Other

"The government’s view of the economy can be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."...[more]

Not So Fast the Electric Cars, Buried Study Says

Contrary to popular belief, all useful information does not emanate exclusively from the United States. Likewise, governments other than ours can, on occasion, be as guilty as ours in suppressing useful information that is inconvenient for governments, not to mention advocates of and special pleaders for suspicious causes...[more]

“China for a Day” in America?

Thomas Friedman Openly and Shamelessly Advocates Authoritarian Implementation of Environmentalist Agenda...[more]

Americans Say “No” to Google’s Energy Plan

The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today announced that its activists and supporters have flooded Members of Congress with more than 25,000 letters during the past week expressing outrage over an expensive, dubiously beneficial energy plan being peddled by Internet titan Google...[more]

Let's declare 'energy freedom' on Oct. 1

By Sen. Jim DeMint: Did you know that in just a few short weeks on Oct. 1, Americans could be celebrating American Energy Freedom Day? That's the day the bans on oil shale and offshore drilling for oil and natural gas will expire...[more]

Will Sarah Palin’s Energy Wisdom Be Contagious?

Nowhere is this more true than with regard to the critical matter of energy policy. After all, despite burdensome fuel prices and ever-increasing dependence upon foreign oil, both major candidates continue to oppose domestic drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), they both bow to the false prophets of human-caused climate change and they both favor destructive carbon cap-and-trade legislation...[more]

Fiction: Domestic Drilling Won’t Have Impact for Ten Years or More

Recent Moves toward Greater Domestic Drilling Have Dramatically Reduced Energy Prices in Just One Month...[more]

CFIF Joins Coalition of 60 Groups In Opposition to “Gang of Ten” Energy Plan

Letter Warns That the So-Called Compromise Plan Raises Energy Taxes and Doesn’t Do Enough to Increase Domestic Energy Production...[more]

FreedomCast: How Higher Energy Costs Slow our Economy

Recently, Myron Ebell, Director of Global Warming and Energy Policy for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, joined CFIF’s Renee Giachino to discuss U.S. energy policy, including expanded oil and gas exploration and drilling. …[Read more and listen to the interview here.]

Inflated Tires Are Not a National Energy Policy

Now that John McCain has ever so slyly maneuvered Paris Hilton into the Presidential race to drain feminist votes from Barack Obama, we can only hope her stunning announcement video - delivered pool side in a stylin' leopard print swimsuit - will elevate the debate...[more]

Democrats Impede U.S. on Energy

By Rick Santorum: Every politician knows Americans want relief at the pump for their own sake and the sake of the broader economy. The Senate's continued inaction on this issue provides an insight into how the two parties hope to appeal to anxious voters and, more important, how they view high energy prices...[more]

CFIF Joins Coalition Urging Congress to Permit More Domestic Energy Production

With every American feeling the pinch from high prices at the pump, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) this week joined a coalition of 40 organizations, representing millions of American consumers, urging Congress to permit more domestic energy production...[more]

Congress Plays the Blame Game, Does Little Else for Energy

By Robert Taylor: Although Congress may not be doing much to solve the energy crisis, they are managing to point a lot of fingers. Its target du jour to paint as the hapless scapegoat for the now record-high oil prices: oil speculators...[more]

CFIF Applauds Effort to Increase Domestic Oil Production

Last week, President George W. Bush announced new efforts to relieve burdensome fuel costs and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil by finally tapping oil sources available right here in the United States. Center for Individual Freedom President Jeffrey Mazzella released the following statement applauding the President's announcement...[more]

FreedomCast: Americans Want Fewer Restrictions on Domestic Drilling

Recently, Princella Smith, Chief Advocate of the Platform of the American People, joined CFIF’s Renee Giachino to discuss and analyze the crucial issue of domestic drilling, as well as a platform of other issues and concerns which unite a large majority of Americans, regardless of political persuasion…[Read more and listen to the interview here.]

A Brief Primer on Energy

First came fire. Then the wheel. Then, shortly thereafter in relative terms, the internal combustion engine, the light bulb, airplanes, air conditioning, the Internet, really cool kitchen equipment and lots of other good stuff...[more]

Want Higher Energy Costs, Higher Taxes and More Bureaucracy? Then the Boxer-Lieberman-Warner Climate Bill is for You

Senate Debates a Climate Bill that Has Already Failed in Europe that would raise gasoline prices, which are already surpassing $4 per gallon...[more]

Trying Her Best to 'Save the World' ... Illegally

It might not be as colorful as Alanis Morissette's "black fly in your chardonnay," but Nancy Pelosi's television turn in a climate change advertisement is ironic in so many ways -- not the least of which is that, in the process, the Speaker of the House may have violated the very campaign finance "reform" laws she has long supported...[more]

Four-dollar-a-Gallon Gas? Put Nitrogen in Your Tires. Maybe.

Seeking a brief, warm-weather respite from the overheated yelping of politicians, we have become intrigued with the latest automotive commodity, guaranteed to, well, you decide...[more]

31,000 Scientists Shatter the Myth of a "Scientific Consensus" on Global Warming

Environmental extremists routinely assert a "scientific consensus" that global warming is occurring, and that human activity somehow causes it. This week, however, over 31,000 scientists spoke up and reduced that myth to a smoldering rubble...[more]

Obama and Clinton Vote Against Oil Independence - Again

Liberal political leaders, including two who happen to be running for President, constantly claim to seek American oil independence. Invariably, however, they turn around and thwart measures to achieve precisely that...[more]

Greenpeace Founder: We Must Go Nuclear

Speaking before an audience in Boise, Idaho last week, Greenpeace Founder Dr. Patrick Moore confirmed that there is no proof that humans are causing global warming, and he wisely advocated a dramatic shift toward reliance upon nuclear power...[more]

API Chief Economist Discusses Oil Prices, Fuel Choices, Taxes and Supply and Demand

Recently, John C. Felmy, Ph.D., Chief Economist with the American Petroleum Institute, joined CFIF’s Renee Giachino to discuss gas prices, global energy demand, the environment and energy security, among of issues…[Read more and listen to the interview here.]

An Inconvenient Announcement

Al Gore Equates Global Warming with World War II and Civil Rights Movement, While Europe Announces Cap-and-Trade Failure...[more]

McCain Should Reject Dangerous Cap-and-Trade Legislation

Despite a slowing economy that may slump toward recession, unrelenting global warming alarmists continue to press carbon cap-and-trade proposals...[more]

Climate-Change Lunatics' Latest Target: Hanukkah Menorah Candles

Just when you thought that global warming lunatics couldn't descend any deeper into their morass of absurdity, they proceed to pioneer new realms of insanity...[more]

"HillaryCare" for Cars: Render Them Less Safe and Punish American Automakers

On Monday, Hillary Clinton ostentatiously demanded that automakers increase their fuel efficiency standards some 60% by 2020, and to a preposterous 55 miles per gallon by 2030, merely 23 years from now...[more]

Nobel Peace Prize Continues Its Slow Self-Degradation

By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore, the Nobel Committee confirms its long, slow transformation into little more than a boilerplate political outburst...[more]

Is America Preparing to Surrender on Kyoto?

If at first you don't succeed, make matters even worse and try, try again. At least, that appears to be the logic of self-described "global-warming diplomats" who met last week in Austria to concoct their latest scheme to damage world economies in pursuit of a sham solution to a fabricated climate crisis...[more]

An Open Letter to the President and Congress:
Taxpayers Oppose Hike in Federal Gas Tax

In an open letter to President Bush and Congress, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) this week joined 55 other national and state organizations in opposing any increase in the federal excise tax on gasoline...[more]

Leo DiCaprio, Expert Climatologist

No longer satisfied playing the role of vacuous teen dreamboat, actor Leo DiCaprio now presumes to play the role of meteorological expert on all things climate-related...[more]

Nuclear "Doomsday Clock" Hijacked by Climate Change Alarmists

Radical Environmentalists Continue Politicization of Doomsday Clock, Literally Equating Climate Change to Nuclear Weapons...[more]

The 'Making Energy Less Affordable Act'

As the U.S. House of Representatives considers numerous legislative proposals on a national energy policy, more than two dozen state and federal organizations, including the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF), this week expressed "grave concerns" about specific proposals and the direction of the debate...[more]

CFIF Urges Congress to Oppose Extreme New Mileage Regulations

In a letter to all Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, the Center for Individual Freedom this week joined with the American Conservative Union, Frontiers of Freedom and America's Independent Trucker's Association in urging Congress to oppose increases in Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. …[Read the letter here (.pdf).]

CFIF Joins Coalition in Airing Concerns About Senate Energy Legislation

In a letter sent to all U.S. Senators this week, the Center for Individual Freedom joined more than two dozen state and national free-market organizations to air concerns about S. 1419, the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Among other issues, the letter points out that the bill should be titled the "Making Energy Less Affordable Act." ...[Read the full text of the letter now (.pdf).]

Hey Congress: Don't Muck With Our Trucks

Recently, CFIF Director of Legal and Public Affairs Timothy Lee joined Renee Giachino, to discuss how increased fuel economy standards in bad public policy and what can be done by concerned drivers, auto enthusiasts and all who believe it is wrong for Washington to meddle with the rights of automobile owners to buy and operate the vehicles they want and need. ...[Read more and listen to the interview here.]

White House Caves on Climate Change, While China Thumbs Its Nose

Last week, President Bush issued a stunning and disheartening capitulation toward global warming hysterics by pledging to reduce America's "greenhouse gas" emissions.  "The United States takes this issue seriously," he said in announcing the disappointing reversal of White House policy...[more] 

CFIF Launches 'Free My Ride' Grassroots Campaign in Opposition to Extreme New Mileage Regulations

As Congress prepares to consider comprehensive energy legislation, including the imposition of extreme new mileage regulations, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) this week launched a massive new grassroots campaign called Free My Ride...[more]

President Caves to Environmentalists in Expanding Failed Fuel Economy Scheme

President Bush this week ordered increased Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, exacerbating an already-defective fuel economy program...[more] 

Want Energy Independence?  Drill Offshore, Go Nuclear. 

Politicians and commentators on the left incessantly seek cheap political points by advocating "energy independence."  The only problem is that they clearly don't mean it...[more]

Much More Than an Inconvenient Decision

In the first landmark decision of this term, a bare majority of the Supreme Court of the United States decided two weeks ago that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the "authority to regulate the emission of [greenhouse] gases from new motor vehicles."...[more]

Are Americans Snowed In or Snowed Over?
Debunking Global Warming Myths

Recently, Christopher Horner, Senior Fellow of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism,” joined CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino to discuss his book and dispel the “global warming” myths of the Left...[Read more and listen to the interview here.]

Western State Governors Succumb To Climate-Change Silliness

Pact to Reduce "Greenhouse Gases" Will Harm State Economies but do Nothing to Affect Climate...[more]

Turning Up the Heat on Global Warming Skeptics

The most recent target of the Al Gore Brigade is one George Taylor. Taylor is the "State Climatologist" of Oregon, a title created by Oregon State University (OSU) and not the state, although the state legislature created the state climate office at the school...[more]

Don't Tell Al Gore - It Just Snowed In Phoenix

Don't tell Al Gore, but it snowed in Phoenix, Arizona this past week. In fact, this month has been the coldest January in Phoenix since 1979...[more]

Al Gore and Company Bitterly Allege Conspiracy Over Teachers' Refusal to Push Radical Environmental Agenda on Schoolchildren

On Sunday, November 26, the Washington Post ran a hysterical opinion column by environmental activist Laurie David, the same woman who produced Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth," founded and serves as a Natural Resources Defense Counsel trustee...[more]

CFIF Joins Letter Applauding President's Environmental Plan

Innovation and technology, not cap and trade policies, will address environmental issues and protect the economy...[more]

Bush Conspiracy Forces Lower Gasoline Prices

If lowering taxes to stimulate the economy were not enough, just look at what President Bush has done for us now. In one of the widest ranging conspiracies in history, requiring a worldwide labyrinth of coordination with everyone who has anything whatsoever to do with the price of crude oil...[more]

Mars and Pluto Climates Warming, Al Gore Scours for Extraterrestrial SUVs

Mars and Pluto are undergoing their own periods of global warming, according to multiple scientific studies. This has important implications for our own planet, and for Al Gore and liberal environmentalists as well...[more]

Too Much Gore on TV

By Dan Gainor: It was the summer of love all over again. Only this time we didn't have hookah pipes, tie-dyed shirts and the Doors singing "People Are Strange." All journalists had was their love for one man - Al Gore - and this summer he and the media both proved the song was right...[more]

Environmentalists Ask Supreme Court to Impose Kyoto Agenda: Lawsuit Would Regulate what You Exhale

Environmentalists, repeatedly rejected by the democratic process and unable to pass the Kyoto Protocol or their radical agenda, are doing what liberals invariably do when defeated in the marketplace of ideas: turning to the courts...[more]

A New Low for 'Record' Highs

By Dan Gainor: Since Hurricane Katrina swept ashore on the Gulf Coast, we've heard seemingly countless reports of "record high" gas or oil prices. From the beginning of September last year, the big three networks - ABC, CBS and NBC - have told us about record high gas or oil prices close to 100 times...[more]

Nature Magazine Provides Latest "Inconvenient Truth" for Globetrotter Al Gore: Climate Change is a Natural Occurrence

On the heels of these embarrassing revelations, Nature magazine now obliterates the core assertion of Gore's new movie and globetrotting global warming crusade -- that climate change is an unnatural and irrevocable phenomenon...[more]

Understanding Prices at the Pumps (Part II)

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted 389-34 to make gasoline "price-gouging" a federal felony. The Wall Street Journal followed the vote with an editorial acknowledging that the "irony here is that if there is any extortion or swindling going on in the oil marketplace, Congress is the guilty party...[more]

A Layman's Guide to Understanding Gasoline Prices

These days it may be easier to predict with accuracy the weather for the next morning than the price of gasoline at the pumps. Indeed, if the price at the pump drops evens a penny it's newsworthy, as gasoline prices hover around $3 per gallon in many places across the country...[more]

Energy Expert Discusses Why Congress' Idea for a Windfall Profits Tax on Oil Companies Would Not be a Gift to Consumers

Yet that is not the case this holiday season, as gas prices have fallen substantially in recent weeks.  Nonetheless, Congress is debating a measure that would impose a multi-billion dollar windfall profits tax on U.S. oil companies, following the industry's recent good earnings announcements...[more]

CFIF Urges House Republicans to Reinstate ANWR Into Budget Bill

In a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert and 25 House Republicans, CFIF this week urged them to reinstate the provision to open ANWR to responsible oil and gas exploration into the House Budget Bill...[more]

How Long Could Your State Run on ANWR Oil?

Recent disruptions in oil production caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, coupled with America’s increasing dependence on foreign oil, have once again exposed the frailty of our nation’s energy supply...[more] 

‘No Comment’ from the Washington Post

Michael Getler, the ombudsman of the Washington Post, must not have liked the complaint we sent him two weeks ago...[more]

Who You Gonna Trust:  CFIF or the Washington Post?

On September 20, the Washington Post published “Alaska Natives Offer a Herd of Reasons to Block Oil Drilling” by Vanessa de la Torre...[more]

The “Truth” about ANWR:  Tell It All, Sarah James

Larry Schweiger, President of the National Wildlife Federation, has e-mailed supporters that Sarah James, spokesperson for the Gwich’in tribe of native Alaskans, is in Washington to tell Congress the “truth”...[more]

The Caribou Con: In Search of ANWR Truth

As Congress once again contemplates the wisdom, necessity and consequences of oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), one of the most persistent arguments against it has been the alleged potential threat to the Porcupine Caribou herd, so-named after the Porcupine River, which is within the herd’s range...[more]

ANWR Exploration Dies in the Senate

Against the backdrop of increased tension in the Middle East, political turmoil in Venezuela, the war on terrorism and soaring gas prices here at home, the Senate Thursday defeated a proposal that would have reduced America’s dependence on foreign oil...[more]

Raising Federal CAFE Standards: A Misguided and Costly Mandate

As the U.S. Senate prepares to debate energy legislation, lawmakers are wrangling over reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. Some of the more astute are advocating increased domestic production, including limited exploration in a tiny sliver of land in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) — an area specifically set aside by Congress for that purpose. Others, led by Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Fritz Hollings (D-SC) have proposed raising the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard, a mandate determining the minimum average miles per gallon (mpg) for vehicles sold in this country...[more]

The Daschle Energy Plan: 400 Pages and Still No Energy Independence

If the events of September 11 have taught us anything, it’s that a strong national energy policy reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil is essential to long term national security...[more]

Center Urges Immediate Senate Action on Comprehensive Energy Plan, Including ANWR Exploration

In a letter to Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), the Center for Individual Freedom urged immediate Senate action on the bipartisan comprehensive energy plan already passed by the House of Representatives, including provisions to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration. "There is no issue more important to our nation’s security than reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil."...[more]

Exploring ANWR:
Why Two Thousand Acres in Alaska Are a Matter of National Security

Americans are fast adjusting to the reality that the first war of the 21st Century will not be over quickly; it may take years. With that reality comes the responsibility to seriously reexamine long-term needs in light of new national priorities. First and foremost on anyone’s list must be national security...[more]

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