Fractals of Change: January 2011

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13 posts from January 2011

January 31, 2011

We Can End Energy Subsidies

There is a growing non-partisan national consensus for an end to ALL energy subsidies. Washington Monthly, which is part of the Liberal Blog Advertising Network, published a brilliant article by Jeffrey Leonard titl More...

January 27, 2011

Response to Chinese Subsidies for Solar Panel Manufacturing

Most of the market for solar photovoltaic panels was artificially created by subsidies and mandates in the United States and way above-market rates paid to generators of solar electricity in places like Germany and Spain (now drastically reduced). Whoever makes such decisions in China noticed thi More...

January 25, 2011

Governor Shumlin’s Proposed Budget – First Impressions

Vermont Tiger editor Geoffrey Norman asked a bunch of us from across the political spectrum in Vermont to do quick commentaries on the budget address Governor Peter Shumlin gave today. Fortunately, he limited the questions to what'd we liked most, liked least More...

January 24, 2011

Where Can the Shumlin Budget Find $130 million?

"What do you think he'll cut?" asked Anne Galloway, editor of She pointed out that Governor Shumlin said last week at a press conference that wholesale elimination of programs is not on the table. I'm assuming this means no major p More...

January 23, 2011

Government Money Drives Out Private Capital

The damage that government subsidies to business do the economy is far worse than just the cost to the treasury; government money drives out private investment. Government money stifles innovation; government money destroys jobs. Government's role is to regulate; it can't do that effectively when More...

January 20, 2011

Challenges for Change: Post Mortem

Lately there has been a lot of talk about Challenges for Change, a joint legislative-executive exercise from last year which was supposed to result in $37.8 million of savings for the general fund in fiscal year 2011 and $72 million in FY12 – such savings to be achieved through greater effectiven More...

January 18, 2011

Natural Gas Disrupts the Energy Industry

Got an energy problem? Natural gas is the answer- unless you're in the coal, nuclear, alternative energy, or railroad industries. If you're in one of those industries, natural gas is very much the problem.

First the facts:

  • Widespread use of horizontal More...

January 14, 2011

Broad-Based Vermont Stealth Tax to Increase 19% February 1

Governor Peter Shumlin defines a broad-based tax as "any tax that affects all Vermonters" according to Burlington Free Press reporter Nancy Remsen. For good reason, More...

January 11, 2011

Verizon iPhone, at&t Androids – Mobile Data is the Winner

Today's announcement of the Verizon Wireless (VZW) iPhone and last week's announcements of Androids for at&t mean More...

January 09, 2011

The Tyranny of “No” – A Small Example

Whether the goal is to deploy rural broadband, build a factory, a bridge, or a railroad, environmental law and regulation has become twisted to allow a small minority of opponents to block projects by imposing unreasonable and unpredictable cost and delay. It's not a question of growth vs. th More...

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