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James Taylor, JD Biography

Senior Fellow of Environmental Policy at the Heartland Institute
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“Despite what activist groups and the renewable power industry may tell you, alternative power mandates will not create jobs or boost the state’s economy. Simple common sense tells us that if a product makes economic sense, you don’t have to subsidize it to make people produce it, and you don’t have to pass a law to force somebody to purchase it. The unavoidable reason why renewable and alternative power comprises such a small percentage of U.S. power generation is because it is significantly more expensive to produce than conventional power generation. If indeed it were otherwise, rather than coming here with their hats in their hands lobbying for government intervention, activist groups and the renewable power industry would raise their own money and go make a killing in the electricity production business.

Real-world data support such common-sense wisdom. According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average retail price of electricity in states with renewable power mandates is 42% higher than the price of electricity in states without such mandates. That’s 42%. It is one thing to produce sketchy, unreliable estimates of what some people think renewable power might cost, it is another thing to have hard, indisputable data regarding what people know renewable power does cost in the real world.”

Testimony Regarding S.B. 221 before the Ohio Senate Energy & Public Utilities Committee,Oct. 23, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Environmental Policy, Heartland Institute
  • Managing Editor, Environment & Climate News, Heartland Institute
  • Former Managing Editor, Disability Law Publications series, CCH Inc.
  • Former Legal Analyst, Defenders of Property Rights
  • Former President, Local Chapter, Federalist Society
  • Founder and Former Editor-in-Chief, Federalist Voice
  • JD, Syracuse University College of Law
  • BA, Dartmouth College
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  1. Is Large-Scale Wind Power Production Environmentally Friendly?