Magazine December 19, 2011, Issue

Regulated Unto Death

An empty podium at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., July 11, 2018 (Ting Shen/Reuters)
How the EPA is killing America’s energy industry

Energy is a factor in everything we do, an input in everything made in the modern economy. When energy prices rise, so in tandem does the cost of virtually everything; and if energy prices rise only for America or a particular state, as is the case when cost is tied to a new environmental regulation rather than anything fundamental in an energy resource’s supply, the difference between the cost of production in our nation or a state and the cost for an economic rival elsewhere grows.

So at a moment when national competitiveness, middle-class wages, and the U.S. economy in general

To Read the Full Story
Travis Kavulla is director of Energy and Environmental Policy at the R Street Institute. He is a former president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners who held elected office as a Montana public service commissioner for eight years. Before that, he was an associate editor for National Review.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


The Gonzo Files

A review of Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson, edited by Jann S. Wenner.


The Week

The Week

The case for Newt is that he’s nothing like that guy who used to be governor of Massachusetts. The case for Romney is very similar.


The Latest