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Building More Energy Infrastructure Is in Our Best Interest | Commentary

When the United Stated entered World War II in 1941, oil was an essential part of military operations around the world. The U.S. was rich with the abundant natural resources it needed to protect the homeland and help its allies, but there was one problem. Transportation bottlenecks restricted movement to vital distribution points along the East Coast, and German U-boat attacks along the Eastern seaboard and in the Caribbean were successfully cutting off the resources the allies needed to fight. Losses mounted until August of 1941, when the federal government and industry leaders partnered to protect U.S. resources and find a better, safer and faster way to transport oil. The result was the largest pipeline construction project the nation had ever seen. The Inch Pipelines — the Big Inch and Little Inch — were each 1,200 miles long, running from Texas to New Jersey. By the end of the war in 1945, the Inch Pipelines had safely delivered more than 350 million barrels of oil to the East Coast. The rest is history.

Difficult Questions for Advocates of Independent Air Traffic Control Operations | Commentary

By Kevin DeGood

Congress Should Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge | Commentary

By Steve Barker

Voters Need to Tell Presidential Candidates That Responsible Budgeting Is a Priority | Commentary

As former — and maybe reformed — elected officials, we know how much politicians like to talk about good news: tax breaks, infrastructure improvements, job growth announcements.

LNG Exports Can Power America?s Economic Recovery | Commentary

During the darkest days of the Great Recession, one of the lone bright spots was America’s energy industry. Increased oil and natural gas production powered the manufacturing renaissance that pulled our economy back from the brink.

Solving the Password Problem | Commentary

By Michael Jones

Working Together: The Only Approach to Prescription Abuse | Commentary

Prescription drug abuse is a pervasive public health problem that transcends age and ZIP code. No one sets out to be an addict and every person has a unique story — a grandmother with chronic pain who slowly and unwittingly becomes dependent on her medication, the teenager who steals from a parent’s medicine cabinet and misuses or even sells their medicines, or the war veteran who simply seeks to overcome incomprehensible pain that never stops.

Congress Can't Dodge Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund's Approaching Insolvency | Commentary

As if stirring, like Rip Van Winkle, from a 20-year snooze, Congress is finally awakened to the teetering finances of the Social Security’s disability program. Better late than never, but policymakers have known for years that this day would arrive — and it has.

How to Save Ukraine: Accelerate NATO Military Modernization

By Benjamin Jensen

Parsing the Difference Between Conventional and Dynamic Scoring | Commentary

By Robert G. Lynch

Payday Loans Entrap the Most Vulnerable | Commentary

By Galen Carey

Obama’s War on Arctic Energy | Commentary

By David Hunt

Connecting Americans With Much-Needed Dental Care | Commentary

By Steve Pollock

Payday Lending: The Lie That Binds | Commentary

By Reilly Morse

More U.S.-Turkey Cooperation Vital to Counterterrorism Efforts | Commentary

By Halil Danismaz

The Benefits of a Diverse Workforce on Capitol Hill | Commentary

By Bradford Fitch

Separating Coal Miners from Their Jobs Is No Solution for Coal Communities | Commentary

By Hal Quinn

Obama and Cruz: Unexpected Directions on Filibuster | Commentary

By Jason Grumet

Valentine's Is Not so Sweet for Florists | Commentary

Florists count on Valentine’s Day revenues much like other retailers count on Christmas — a good holiday can make or break a shop’s financial year. To capitalize on an expected increase in business every February, many florists will rent vans or moving trucks to supplement their fleets, move extra stock and make deliveries. Unfortunately, when they do so, florists are forced to pay discriminatory taxes on the trucks they rent.

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