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Bob Murphy spins shallow "Blockbuster study" by coal lobby on cap and trade bill by TokyoTom

The coal- and utility-funded "free-market think tank" Institute of Energy Research has a just released another study that tells us the obvious about the regressive consequences of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill and the benefits likely...

Note to William Anderson: Limited liability is a key to understanding the Great American Ponzi scheme by TokyoTom

William Anderson (an adjunct scholar of the Mises Institute and economics prof. at Frostburg State University) has a thoughtful New Year's Day post , pointing out how Paul Krugman fails to understand the causes of ouir economic stagnation and financial...

Bush's Advent message on Appalachian coal: "Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low" by TokyoTom

Just in time for last Sunday's readings at Advent liturgies of Isaiah 40:4, on December 2 the White House and EPA approved the final issuance by the Department of the Interior of industry-backed changes in the 25-year-old stream "buffer zone"...

Almost levelled, West Virginia: Crooked justice allows mountain-top removal practices to freely injure homes and health by TokyoTom

... with the federal government, state and union all firmly in the pocket of coal firms. This seems to be a classic case, on a huge scale, of the difficulties individual property owners and communities face when confronting clearly wrongful acts by large...