Jack Rafuse

Energy, Mistruths and Tax Reform

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — America’s best-known tax policy wonk — delivered a speech in June to the National Association of Manufacturers in which he addressed the need for comprehensive tax reform, problems with the current tax code, its impact on U.S. manufacturers and a vision for enacting true reform. He concluded, “we are going to get this done in 2017.” 

Governors, Disinvestment and Climate Logic

In January, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, in State of the State addresses, vowed new climate change efforts. Governor Baker proposed initiatives on renewables to meet Bay State energy needs.  He cited Massachusetts’ $37 million investment in green energy projects last year.  His proposal has the law and logic behind it. […]

Greenlighting Crude Oil Exports through Omnibus Bill

America’s energy sector has undergone major changes since the early 1970s. We produced millions of barrels per day of oil, but our  fast-growing demand for gasoline and diesel fuel left us dependent on imports for nearly one-third of our daily supply. The Arab Oil Embargo of 1973 resulted in by long-delayed development of huge Alaskan […]