Andrew P. Morriss

Andrew P. Morriss is the H. Ross & Helen Workman Professor of Law and Business Professor at the University of Illinois. Readers may write him at the Institute for Government and Public Affairs, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Champaign, IL, 61820, or e-mail him morriss at

Most Recent Articles by Andrew P. Morriss:

Clamor for climate change legislation foolish with Chinese, Indian economies at full-throttle

Dec 6, 2013 — Andrew P. Morriss

XIAN, China — Congress should not waste time debating a comprehensive climate change legislation in the coming year.

Billed as a swipe at Wall Street, it really socks it to retirees and small businesses

Mar 15, 2013 — Andrew P. Morriss

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Taxing financial transactions is the latest bad idea to capture politicians’ attention in Europe and the United States.

Ethanol scam drives up food prices and stifles economic recovery

Jan 10, 2013 — Andrew P. Morriss

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — For more than two decades, special interests have persuaded Congress to mandate Americans buy ethanol whether they want to or not.  As a result, 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop is now used for ethanol rather than food.

Autocratic EPA foolishly seeks to destroy nation’s vital coal industry

Aug 3, 2012 — Andrew P. Morriss

TUSCALOOSA, Al. — The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates the share of U.S. electricity generated from coal will fall from 42 percent in 2011 to 36.8 percent in 2013.

An energy policy that shuns Canadian oil will push America’s best ally into the arms of China

Jun 8, 2012 — Andrew P. Morriss

TUSCALOOSA, Al. — U.S. energy policies — specifically President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone Pipeline — are pushing Canada into a closer trading relationship with China.

More “bad-food” taxes by do-gooders will clog our economic arteries beyond repair

May 10, 2012 — Andrew P. Morriss

TUSCALOOA, Al. — Proponents of an American Nanny State have a plan to improve your health: tax sugar and “junk” food so you will eat less of it.  Subsidies for broccoli and beets are close behind.  These plans for bureaucrats and politicians to remake your diet are bad news for four reasons.

Obama’s “green energy” policies won’t work unless pump prices are rocketing upward!

Feb 2, 2012 — Andrew P. Morriss

TUSCALOOSA, Al. — Whenever gas prices start dipping — no matter how slightly — consumers start hoping it’s the start of a permanent downward spiral.

Obama’s desire to appease greens throws America’s blue-collar workers under the Keystone bus

Nov 23, 2011 — Andrew P. Morriss

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Obama Administration’s decision that it would not decide until after the 2012 election whether to allow construction of the Keystone Canada-U.S. pipeline is a cynical effort to preserve support by environmentalists for the president’s reelection — even at the price of killing jobs.

Nobel-Prize winner Chu deserves a booby prize for his naïveté in running the Energy Depart

Nov 14, 2011 — Andrew P. Morriss

TUSCALOOSA, Al. — Energy Secretary Steven Chu should resign as a result of the disastrous decision to guarantee $537 million in loans to failed solar panel manufacturer Solyndra.

Natural gas provides a third of our energy needs and “fracking” has EPA chief Lisa Jackson’s seal of

Jul 20, 2011 — Andrew P. Morriss

TUSCALOOSA, Al — Natural gas is a key part of America’s energy supply, providing nearly a quarter of our total energy needs.  That includes a third of the energy used by industry, homes and businesses and nearly 30 percent of the electricity we generate.

U.S. can’t afford to scrap nuclear power, must mandate tough safety rules, end taxpayer subsidies

Apr 15, 2011 — Andrew P. Morriss

TUSCALOOSA, Al. — Despite the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear power complex, eliminating the technology that provides 21 percent of the United States’ electricity and 14 percent of electricity worldwide would be dangerous and unrealistic.

With $6 per gallon gas looming, it’s time to unlock all of America’s vast resources

Mar 10, 2011 — Andrew P. Morriss

TUSCALOOSA, Al. — Oil and gas resources in the United States are growing. Surprised?  Many people are, because we usually think of oil and gas as fixed pools gradually being depleted.  But the combination of new technology and higher prices are making reserves available that were previously unknown or uneconomic.

Far making us safer, TSA’s x-rays and pat-downs are dangerous to passengers and democracy alik

Jan 28, 2011 — Andrew P. Morriss

TUSCALOOSA, Al. — The Transportation Security Administration provoked a nationwide furor late last year when it instituted a new security protocol of whole body x-rays and intrusive pat-downs of many airline passengers.

Obama’s long period of indifference to spill amounts to a toxic show of incompetence

Jun 22, 2010 — Andrew P. Morriss

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —Up to 60,000 barrels a day of oil have been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon rig since April 20, making the spill far worse than the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster.

The epa prodded by ethanol lobbyists, wants to put a time bomb in americas gas tanks

Nov 12, 2009 — Andrew P. Morriss

CHAMPAIGN, Il. — The federal Environmental Protection Agency is considering requiring use of a blend of ethanol and gasoline known as “E15.” This is a risky measure that threatens to damage our car engines and saddle car companies with soaring warranty costs.