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Free Market Institute Praises Bush Energy Plan

Friday, 18 May 2001 12:00 AM

"The long-range shift from forcing Americans to use less energy to allowing the nation's suppliers to produce more energy is good news for America's working families," said Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy at CEI.

"The administration should be congratulated for not giving in to the all-too-common idea that using energy is a sin, something to feel guilty about," said CEI President Fred L. Smith Jr. "While no one wants to see energy being wasted, the safety and comfort that Americans enjoy every day depends on allowing a steady flow of affordable energy to Americans."

CEI says that while the structural reforms that the plan proposes for utility regulation are extremely encouraging, not every aspect of the plan is compatible with free-market ideas. CEI believes that the proposal to increase subsidies for inefficient fuels and research designed to benefit particular industries are both the least effective and the most costly aspects of the plan.

"A successful energy plan must concentrate on removing barriers to production across the board and leave the relatively expensive alternatives to those Americans willing to pay for ineffective, feel-good toys," said Christopher C. Horner, a CEI policy analyst.

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