Propagandistic Research and the U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Efficiency in Ordinary Life and Renewables in Electricity Production

Originally published in Econ Journal Watch

I treat two cases of what I believe can be characterized as research propaganda attributable to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The first concerns the extent to which Americans are mindful of energy efficiency in their cars, appliances, homes, and machinery, and the second concerns the mandating of the use of renewable fuels in electricity production. I contend that the DOE-based research is unsound and that the unsoundness amounts to propaganda. The DOE should bear material responsibility for its research, its dissemination of research, and its influence over the research of others.