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Image of the Day: U.S. Internet Speeds Skyrocketed After Ending Failed Title II "Net Neutrality" Experiment

CFIF often highlights how the Biden Administration's bizarre decision to resurrect failed Title II "Net Neutrality" internet regulation, which caused private broadband investment to decline for the first time ever outside of a recession during its brief experiment at the end of the Obama Administration, is a terrible idea that will only punish consumers if allowed to take effect.

Here's what happened after that brief experiment was repealed under the Trump Administration and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai - internet speeds skyrocketed despite late-night comedians' and left-wing activists' warnings that the internet was doomed:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Internet Speeds Post-"Net Neutrality"[/caption]

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91 The Elusive Apocalypse: Global Warming’s Doomsday Keeps Getting Delayed

Harold Camping is one of those figures who embodies Andy Warhol’s dictum that, “in the future, everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes.” If Camping’s name sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because the radio evangelist briefly garnered national headlines a few years ago with his prediction that the world would come…

92 The Imperial Presidency Goes Green

Three words from Barack Obama’s presidency sum up the President’s casual relationship with constitutional law: “We can’t wait.” That was the tag line used as the theme for the White House’s policy agenda beginning back in the autumn of 2011. Had it simply been a rallying cry for the public to pressure members of…

93 N.Y. Times Concedes on Global Warming

With tornadoes in the news lately, here’s a timely gem from the climate change hysteria vault.  On April 28, 1975, Newsweek ran an article entitled “The Cooling World” that blamed global cooling for “the most devastating outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded.”  It’s worth quoting at length, to note the conspicuous…

94 “A Sensitive Matter” – Flat Temperatures Flummox Climate Scientists

“Over the past 15 years, air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat, while greenhouse-gas emissions have continued to soar.  The world added roughly 100 billion tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere between 2000 and 2010.  That is about a quarter of all the CO2 put there by humanity since 1750.  And yet, as James…

95 Reefer Madness: The Obama Team at Sea

From oysters in California to red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, federal regulators acting in the name of the environment are actually harming both the environment and human interests. Is it any wonder why so many people think federal government involvement in most areas of life is far worse than no federal involvement at all? Let’s start with…

96 Another Blowout in Eco Suit Against Chevron

Enough is enough is enough. It’s long past time for the Obama administration, just once, to actually stand up for the interests of a U.S. corporation against the ravages of foreign, left-wing shakedowns. A Fortune Mag/CNN Money article out this week reports the latest, overwhelming evidence of horrendous skullduggery in a long-running environmental…

97 Inconvenient Truth: Antarctic Sea Ice Grows to Record Size

Last month, we noted that 2012 data shows that global temperatures stopped warming 16 years ago.  As reported by Britain’s Daily Mail, data from over 3,000 worldwide measuring sites on both land and sea “reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.”&…

98 Global Temperatures Stopped Rising 16 Years Ago, According to 2012 Data

Following this week’s presidential debate, CNN moderator Candy Crowley conceded that Mitt Romney had been correct on substance during his celebrated confrontation over Libya with Barack Obama.  Crowley went on to lament that time constraints prevented her from introducing other audience questions, specifically emphasizing “global…

99 U.S. Green Building Council: An Unchecked Taxpayer-Supported Monopoly

Something called the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) enjoys de facto authority over government green building standards.  Many would be surprised, however, to learn that it is not a government agency.  Rather, the USGBC is a non-profit environmental advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that sets the standards for the Leadership…

100 Time to Punish Ecuador’s Stock in Trade

For years, now, I have been arguing that Ecuador’s horrendous maltreatment of the California-based Chevron Corp. merited not just victories for Chevron in courts of law and the court of public opinion, but also a change in U.S. trade policy vis-à-vis that nation’s left-wing regime. As far back as 2008, members of Congress…

101 America’s Energy Future: Scarcity or Abundance?

The American left is uncomfortable with affluence. In the zero-sum world of liberalism, one person’s gain is always perceived to come at another’s expense. So it is that when the conversation turns to the consumption of natural resources, the default assumption of the liberally inclined (particularly among radical environmentalists) is…

102 Blaming “Oil Speculators” Is Like Scapegoating Gamblers for the Super Bowl Result

Gasoline cost $1.84 per gallon in January 2009 when Barack Obama entered the White House.  Today, that cost has more than doubled to almost $4.00 per gallon.  In fact, U.S. News observed this month that gas prices have increased even more under Obama than under Jimmy Carter, he of late-‘70s gas line infamy:  “Obama has…

103 Transparently Corrupt: Links between Obama’s Campaign Donors, Stimulus, and Energy Loans

Multiple independent investigations into the Obama Energy Department’s failed loan program reveal a pattern of corruption involving 2008 campaign bundlers, stimulus funds and sweetheart loan deals.  The reports confirm the suspicion that Solyndra’s $535 million boondoggle was only the tip of the iceberg.  The Role of Bundlers…

104 EPA’s New Rule Kills Coal, Makes Natural Gas King

Move over, Steven Chu and the Department of Energy.  The Environmental Protection Agency’s Lisa Jackson wants a crack at being the Obama Administration’s latest energy sector dictator. Recently, Energy Secretary Chu distanced himself from remarks he made in 2008 that “somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline…

105 Obama Ignores Scandal of Bogus Oil Case

The Obama administration’s animus against American energy companies doesn’t stop at the water’s edge. As the administration continues to stifle domestic fossil-fuels production on a number of fronts, it also refuses to lift a finger diplomatically to support an American company being shaken down for billions of dollars by the hard…

106 Obama’s "Cold Fusion" Presidency

In 1989, two scientists named Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons turned the world on its ear with the announcement that they had pioneered "cold fusion," a process by which it was hoped that mankind would usher in a new era of clean, cheap and abundant energy. There was only one problem: It didn’t work. Scientific researchers were…

107 Obama Plays Politics with America's Energy Future

After three years of waging a war to shut down America’s domestic energy producers of petroleum and coal, President Barack Obama has now refused to approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the United States, sacrificing thousands of jobs and millions in economic activity, all to shore up his liberal base at the expense of the rest of the…

108 Keystone Pipeline Delay Compounds America’s Energy Decline

The core economic fallacy of modern liberalism is the belief that government is superior to the private sector in directing markets.   This was the undoing of the stimulus package, which was predicated on the belief that nearly $800 billion centrally distributed from Washington would do more to steer the economy toward growth than that same…

109 New Round of “Climategate” Leaks Deal Another Blow to Global Warming Orthodoxy

“Climategate, Part II” has arrived.  Back in 2009, “Climategate” dealt a crippling blow to the global warming syndicate’s credibility.  And now, just in time for the latest annual climate charade in Durban, South Africa, environmental alarmists face a new round of embarrassing emails leaked anonymously over…

110 Yes, $2 Gasoline is Possible

On gasoline prices, maybe Michelle Bachmann was right. The House member and presidential candidate made waves about a month ago, and received significant criticism, when she promised that a Bachmann presidency could bring gasoline prices down below $2 per gallon. Her detractors said it was a wildly reckless promise because it supposedly is an unachievable…

111 Green Jobs, Red Ink: The Economic Folly of Obama’s Enviro-Meddling

Modern liberalism is a faith defined by the belief that reality is whatever the state says it is. Thus has President Barack Obama often stated his intention to make “clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America.” Over time, the American public has become so anesthetized to this sort of rhetoric that it has assumed an air of plausibility…

112 Mutiny: Even Liberal Democrats Blast Obama’s New Auto Mandates

For the dictatorial Obama Administration, things are deteriorating from bad to borderline catastrophic.  It’s hardly news that Obama’s support among political moderates and conservatives has gradually evaporated since his inauguration.  But now, even hard-core liberals are now warning him that he is simply going overboard. …

113 “Green Jobs” from Government Subsidies Wither on the Vine

When it comes to taxpayer money, economic development bureaucrats like to pretend they’re venture capitalists.  But when government gambles fail, it’s the average citizen – not some wealthy investor – who’s left to pay the bill.  The latest government subsidized fad is promoting “green jobs” with…

114 Only a Partial Win at Supreme Court Against Globaloney Environmental Lawsuit

The Constitution and the concept of judicial restraint each won one huge victory on Monday in an environmental lawsuit out of Connecticut, but only by confirming an earlier encroachment on both the Constitution and right reason. That earlier encroachment still bedevils both constitutional law and public policy. The case decided Monday, American Electric…

115 Gas Prices Reach Historic Highs, Yet Liberals Insist on Raising Taxes on Domestic Oil and Gas Producers

Is now really the time to raise taxes on domestic energy producers?  Gasoline prices are already near historic highs, and we haven’t even reached peak summer driving season.  One year ago, the national average stood at $2.86 per gallon, and the price was just $1.84 when Barack Obama entered the White House in January 2009, according…

116 Obama Tilting at Oil Companies, Propping Up Windmills

In Cervantes’ Don Quixote, the title character repeatedly makes a fool of himself with well-meaning crusades against common sense.  With U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder riding along as Sancho Panza, President Barack Obama is mounting his own quixotic quest: lowering gas prices by increasing the cost of doing business.  One of Don…

117 Obama After BP: Beyond Pathetic

One year to the day after the dreadful BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration’s responses to the crisis continue blowing holes in the regional and national economies. President Obama’s choices make George W. Bush’s responses to Hurricane Katrina seem like the epitome of competence and wisdom. Gulf…

118 Biofuel: Sowing Hunger Wherever It Grows

With the cost of living climbing to new heights, the world’s poor are tasting the bitter reality of market-distorting government policies.  Biofuels, and the subsidy chasers who love them, damage not only America’s wealth – they make the simple act of eating exponentially more expensive.  From October 2010 to January 2011…

119 Running on Empty with a Full Tank: The Incoherence of Obama’s Energy Policies

Though Barack Obama is a polarizing politician, there’s one thing that his friends and critics seem to agree on: He’s a canny politician. So if the president had the ability to bring down the nation’s staggering gas prices, create new American jobs and decrease the country’s reliance on foreign energy sources without spending…

120 Obama Charts Middle Course of Failure on Libya, Energy

Economic sanctions against Libya are crippling that country’s revenues, and the Libyan conflict is raising the price of gasoline worldwide.  With America barreling toward $5 per gallon gas if the situation gets worse, President Barack Obama continues to chart a middle course of failure between two coherent options for dealing with the Libyan…

 
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