Mark J. Perry

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[i]Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the University of Michigan–Flint. He holds two graduate degrees in economics from Virginia’s George Mason University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. Readers may write him at 2111 Riverfront, Flint, MI 48502.[/i]

Most Recent Articles by Mark J. Perry:

Trump should dump EPA’s onerous MPG mandate

Dec 18, 2016 — Mark J. Perry

FLINT, Michigan — One of the boldest chapters in American policymaking is about to begin.  It appears that the Trump administration is going to roll back President Obama’s energy and environmental agenda.

One of the first measures likely to go is Obama’s lofty fuel economy standards that call for 54.5 miles per gallon for new cars built in 2025.

Wind is an even bigger boondoggle than ethanol

Oct 24, 2016 — Mark J. Perry

FLINT, Michigan—Before we become too hopeful about the prospects of using offshore wind power as a fuel source of the future, let’s not forget that government data shows that offshore wind power cannot survive in a competitive environment without huge taxpayer subsidies.

Today wind power receives subsidies greater than any other form of energy per unit of actual energy produced.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), a key member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, says that public subsidies for wind on a per megawatt-hour basis are 26 times those for fossil fuels and 16 times those for nuclear power.

Nuclear power is our safest, most efficient energy form

Feb 1, 2016 — Mark J. Perry

FLINT, Michigan—Despite competition from cheap natural gas and taxpayer-subsidized wind and solar energy, nuclear power has no equal.

Among sources of electric-power generation, it dominates the production of carbon-free power, and is likely to do so well into the future.

Market-driven clean energy trumps ham-handed EPA rules

Nov 7, 2014 — Mark J. Perry

FLINT, Michigan—Is there any doubt there are already simply too many environmental regulations? 

A recent government report found that the total regulatory costs in the United States amount to almost $2 trillion annually, twice as much as all individual income taxes collected each year.

Huge subsidies give American taxpayers high-voltage shocks

May 24, 2012 — Mark J. Perry

FLINT, MI. —It’s tempting to call the shameful taxpayer subsidy for electric cars — vehicles that are unaffordable for all but a small, elite number of wealthy Americans — this nation’s costly little secret.

Obama’s misguided strategy is costing millions of jobs and sabotaging an economic recovery

Jan 12, 2012 — Mark J. Perry

FLINT, Mi. —Kicking the can down the road, as President Obama did in delaying a decision on construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, certainly pleased the green lobby.  But it did absolutely nothing for jobs creation.  Nor did blocking access to new federal offshore areas for oil and natural gas drilling produce any jobs.

Pipe (Line) Dreams

Sep 16, 2011 — Mark J. Perry

FLINT, Mi — While European and Asian countries have become increasingly dependent on oil imported long distances from politically-volatile regions of the world, the United States has its own supplier right next door in Canada.

Big Oil is an easy scapegoat, but it has little to do with pump prices

Jun 13, 2011 — Mark J. Perry

FLINT, Michigan — Every time the price of gasoline shoots up, the U.S. finds itself in the same plight, yet we never learn from it.  Before we make the mistake of blaming oil companies for high prices, we should consider who the real culprits are.

Funding electrics is a battery-dead idea

Jul 27, 2010 — Mark J. Perry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the current hype about electric vehicles, too little attention has been paid to the checkered history of subsidizing alternative energy technologies.