Carbon Emissions

Conservative Koch Brothers Urge Resistance As Trump Faces Pivotal Obamacare Vote Tomorrow

Donald Trump faces a Presidency-defining test in tomorrow's Obamacare vote.  Will the conservative elements of the party trust him with their political futures and unite the Republican party or will they instead stick with the deep-pocketed conservative advocacy groups that fund their campaigns?  The answer to that question will have far-reaching implications that could ultimately determine the fate of Trump's entire Presidency.

Frontrunning: March 1

  • Stocks Jump as Investors Eye March Rate Increase, Trump Speech (WSJ)
  • A softer side of Trump (Reuters)
  • Trump’s Softer Tone Masks Hard Road Ahead for Agenda in Congress (BBG)
  • President Asks Lawmakers to Unite Behind His Agenda (WSJ)
  • Left Out of Trump's Big Speech, Russia Wonders What It Means (BBG)
  • EU to Reject Trump's Protectionism at Summit, Draft Shows (BBG)

Carbon Taxes, Cow Farts, And Central Planning

In a centrally planned economy decisions on what to produce, how to produce, and for whom are taken primarily by the government. But not even Stalin or Roosevelt could come up with a rather exotic tool that can take central planning to a whole new level: carbon taxes.

Frontrunning: January 26

  • Trump heads to Philly to charm congressional Republicans (Politico)
  • Trump Set to Lay Out Plans for Safe Zones Inside Syria (WSJ)
  • Trump Wants to Build a Wall. Finding Workers Won’t Be Easy (BBG)
  • Sanctuary cities face huge cuts by Trump policy (Reuters)
  • Trump Faces Criticism Over Prospect of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (WSJ)
  • U.K. Commons to Complete Article 50 Bill Debate in Two Weeks (BBG)

Senate Democrats Prepare For Their 2017 Theatrical Debut As Confirmation Hearings Loom

Starting Tuesday Americans will be subjected to what will feel like endless hours of torture as Senate Democrats get their opportunity to question Trump cabinet appointees.  Given that Republicans control a 52-48 majority in the Senate and that Democrats eliminated the 60-vote threshold in 2013, the Democrat theatrical displays will ultimately amount to nothing more than an attempt to discredit and shame Trump's appointees but should be fun nonetheless.

As The Dust Settles: Goldman Q&A On Life In Trumplandia

Expect the election result to increase policy uncertainty, warns Goldman Sachs, as a result of an increased pace of legislative action in 2017 without clarity, so far, regarding which issues the administration will prioritize. Over the near-term, much will depend on how financial conditions respond to the policy positions of the new administration. Despite today’s favorable market reaction, investors may take a dimmer view on proposals to raise tariffs or otherwise restrict international trade.

French 'Shocked' As Power Prices Spike To 8-Year Highs On Nuclear Reactor Probe Shutdown

The scale of forced closures in nuclear power-reliant France - 19 reactors offline and 12 more due to shut - is the biggest since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, after French nuclear safety watchdog ASN warned its sprawling probe into forged quality control reports on reactor parts would turn up more irregularities. These deepening setbacks have sent French power prices soaring to 8 year highs and are expected to spike more into the winter...

The Fuel That May Halt The Electric Car Revolution

Electric cars are often touted as the nail in the coffin for gasoline-powered vehicles. However, there’s another fuel revolution in the developing world, which is changing the economics of electric cars. Whether it’s CNG, LNG, autogas, or propane, gaseous-hydrocarbon fuels turn conventional cars into dual-fuel vehicles, and limit the uptake of electric cars in these economies.