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  • Backgrounder posted December 5, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D., David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. EPA Power Plant Regulations: A Backdoor Energy Tax

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has re-proposed its desired regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for future power plants. The agency also plans to finalize standards for existing plants by summer 2015. If implemented and combined with other proposed and newly implemented regulations, these GHG regulations would significantly…

  • Commentary posted October 28, 2013 by David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. Feds' energy 'micro' management goes too far

    Have you ever gone to the kitchen in the middle of the night without turning on the lights, looked at your microwave’s digital clock and said, “Man, that is bright! How much energy does that thing use anyway?” If so, you were either hung over or an employee of the Department of Energy. In reality, that clock uses hardly any energy at all — an average of 4.5 watts on the…

  • Testimony posted September 5, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Green Energy Oversight: DOE’s Bad Bet on Fisker Automotive

    Green Energy Oversight: Examining the Department of Energy’s Bad Bet on Fisker Automotive Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs  April 24, 2013 Nicolas Loris Herbert & Joyce Morgan Fellow The Heritage Foundation My name is Nicolas Loris. I am an energy policy analyst and the Herbert and Joyce…

  • Testimony posted September 5, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Spurring Investment in America’s Clean Energy Technology

    Spurring Investment in America’s Clean Energy Technology U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resource July 18, 2013 Nicolas Loris Herbert & Joyce Morgan Fellow The Heritage Foundation My name is Nicolas Loris. I am a senior energy policy analyst and the Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my…

  • Backgrounder posted September 3, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Advanced Energy Trust Fund: Tying a Good Idea to a Bad One

    Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–AK) recently released draft legislation outlining her idea of an Advanced Energy Trust Fund. The trust fund would create a new stream of revenue for the Secretary of Energy to spend on basic and applied research for new energy technologies—with funding coming predominately from oil and gas production on federal lands currently off-limits to…

  • Backgrounder posted June 7, 2013 by Nicolas Loris The Shaheen–Portman Energy Efficiency Bill: A Costly, Inefficient Use of Taxpayer Money

    Deep divisions within Congress have the American public and politicians alike wondering what Congress can accomplish—on any issue. One issue consistently mentioned is energy efficiency. To that end, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH) and Rob Portman (R–OH) have introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. Known as Shaheen–Portman, the act relies on…

  • Issue Brief posted April 8, 2013 by Baker Spring, Jack Spencer Mixed Oxide Fuel Facility in South Carolina Needs Congress’s Support

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is constructing a facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to produce mixed oxide (MOX) fuel, which consists of uranium oxide and plutonium oxide, for use in nuclear power reactors. This building project follows from a 2000 agreement with Russia to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus weapons plutonium by each country. The DOE…

  • Issue Brief posted April 8, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Jack Spencer, Katie Tubb 10 Questions for DOE Nominee Ernest Moniz

    Dr. Ernest Moniz, if confirmed by the Senate as next Secretary of Energy, will be taking over a Department wrought with controversy from the past four years. During a time when energy development should be driving the economy forward, pernicious subsidy policies, missing leadership on nuclear waste disposal, and unnecessary limits on conventional fuel development on…

  • Issue Brief posted March 28, 2013 by Jack Spencer Nuclear Waste Management: Minimum Requirements for Reforms and Legislation

    Senator Ron Wyden (D–OR), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, is expected to put forth a bill to reform nuclear waste management in the U.S. According to media reports, the bill under consideration maintains the same basic structure of America’s current, failed system for waste management.[1] While such a bill might meet some near-term…

  • Issue Brief posted March 14, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Energy Efficiency, Not Efficiency Mandates

    In order to compel American businesses and consumers to act in a manner that suits the federal government, various federal agencies have created mandates and energy-efficiency programs for vehicles, homes, manufacturing processes, appliances, and more since the 1970s. Proponents of those programs argue that they save consumers and businesses money, reduce energy use, and…

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  • Backgrounder posted August 15, 2011 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Baker Spring, Richard Weitz, Ph.D. Before the Lights Go Out: A Survey of EMP Preparedness Reveals Significant Shortfalls

    Abstract: An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) over the United States could end modern life in America overnight. Whether caused by an enemy attack (a nuclear device detonated above the atmosphere) or by a natural phenomenon (a geomagnetic storm), an EMP can cause entire regions of the country to lose electricity—permanently. Despite the EMP Commission’s recommendations in 2004…

  • WebMemo posted July 1, 2010 by David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D., John L. Ligon The Economic Impact of an Offshore Drilling Ban

    Responding to the BP oil leak, President Obama instituted a moratorium on deepwater (over 500 feet) drilling. Though a judge ruled against the moratorium, drilling has not restarted. In addition, though no official moratorium was issued for drilling in shallower water, the permitting process has slowed considerably.[1] The President has raised questions about the…

  • WebMemo posted December 16, 2010 by Jack Spencer Yucca Mountain and Nuclear Waste Policy: A New Beginning?

    Senator Harry Reid’s (D–NV) re-election campaign against Sharron Angle provides a historic new opportunity to establish a new Yucca Mountain policy that benefits Nevadans and the U.S. Unfortunately, the omnibus spending bill currently under consideration would de-fund the program. While Reid’s staunch opposition to the project has brought it close to the point of…

  • Backgrounder posted February 11, 2013 by Nicolas Loris U.S. Natural Gas Exports: Lift Restrictions and Empower the States

    Technological advancements in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing have led to an abundance of natural gas production in the United States that is fundamentally changing the energy landscape. The result has been more jobs, economic growth, and consistently low domestic natural gas prices in what has been known to be a historically volatile market. In fact, the…

  • Backgrounder posted December 5, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D., David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. EPA Power Plant Regulations: A Backdoor Energy Tax

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has re-proposed its desired regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for future power plants. The agency also plans to finalize standards for existing plants by summer 2015. If implemented and combined with other proposed and newly implemented regulations, these GHG regulations would significantly…

  • Testimony posted September 5, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Spurring Investment in America’s Clean Energy Technology

    Spurring Investment in America’s Clean Energy Technology U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resource July 18, 2013 Nicolas Loris Herbert & Joyce Morgan Fellow The Heritage Foundation My name is Nicolas Loris. I am a senior energy policy analyst and the Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my…

  • Issue Brief posted March 14, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Energy Efficiency, Not Efficiency Mandates

    In order to compel American businesses and consumers to act in a manner that suits the federal government, various federal agencies have created mandates and energy-efficiency programs for vehicles, homes, manufacturing processes, appliances, and more since the 1970s. Proponents of those programs argue that they save consumers and businesses money, reduce energy use, and…

  • Backgrounder posted September 3, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Advanced Energy Trust Fund: Tying a Good Idea to a Bad One

    Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–AK) recently released draft legislation outlining her idea of an Advanced Energy Trust Fund. The trust fund would create a new stream of revenue for the Secretary of Energy to spend on basic and applied research for new energy technologies—with funding coming predominately from oil and gas production on federal lands currently off-limits to…

  • Testimony posted August 31, 2010 by Jack Spencer Introducing Market Forces into Nuclear Waste Management Policy

    Statement to the Reactor and Fuel Cycle Technology Subcommittee of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future August 30th, 2010 My name is Jack Spencer. I am a Research Fellow for Nuclear Energy Policy at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this statement are my own, and should not be construed as…

  • WebMemo posted May 12, 2011 by Nicolas Loris, Curtis S. Dubay What’s an Oil Subsidy?

    In his fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget request, President Obama proposed to end subsidies for oil companies by eliminating tax breaks, including accelerated depreciation options. A growing number of policymakers have echoed that call. Though the President’s anti-subsidy rhetoric is on track, there are several fundamental problems with the Administration’s crusade. The…

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  • Backgrounder posted December 5, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D., David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. EPA Power Plant Regulations: A Backdoor Energy Tax

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has re-proposed its desired regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for future power plants. The agency also plans to finalize standards for existing plants by summer 2015. If implemented and combined with other proposed and newly implemented regulations, these GHG regulations would significantly…

  • Backgrounder posted September 3, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Advanced Energy Trust Fund: Tying a Good Idea to a Bad One

    Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–AK) recently released draft legislation outlining her idea of an Advanced Energy Trust Fund. The trust fund would create a new stream of revenue for the Secretary of Energy to spend on basic and applied research for new energy technologies—with funding coming predominately from oil and gas production on federal lands currently off-limits to…

  • Backgrounder posted June 7, 2013 by Nicolas Loris The Shaheen–Portman Energy Efficiency Bill: A Costly, Inefficient Use of Taxpayer Money

    Deep divisions within Congress have the American public and politicians alike wondering what Congress can accomplish—on any issue. One issue consistently mentioned is energy efficiency. To that end, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH) and Rob Portman (R–OH) have introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. Known as Shaheen–Portman, the act relies on…

  • Issue Brief posted April 8, 2013 by Baker Spring, Jack Spencer Mixed Oxide Fuel Facility in South Carolina Needs Congress’s Support

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is constructing a facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to produce mixed oxide (MOX) fuel, which consists of uranium oxide and plutonium oxide, for use in nuclear power reactors. This building project follows from a 2000 agreement with Russia to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus weapons plutonium by each country. The DOE…

  • Issue Brief posted April 8, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Jack Spencer, Katie Tubb 10 Questions for DOE Nominee Ernest Moniz

    Dr. Ernest Moniz, if confirmed by the Senate as next Secretary of Energy, will be taking over a Department wrought with controversy from the past four years. During a time when energy development should be driving the economy forward, pernicious subsidy policies, missing leadership on nuclear waste disposal, and unnecessary limits on conventional fuel development on…

  • Issue Brief posted March 28, 2013 by Jack Spencer Nuclear Waste Management: Minimum Requirements for Reforms and Legislation

    Senator Ron Wyden (D–OR), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, is expected to put forth a bill to reform nuclear waste management in the U.S. According to media reports, the bill under consideration maintains the same basic structure of America’s current, failed system for waste management.[1] While such a bill might meet some near-term…

  • Issue Brief posted March 14, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Energy Efficiency, Not Efficiency Mandates

    In order to compel American businesses and consumers to act in a manner that suits the federal government, various federal agencies have created mandates and energy-efficiency programs for vehicles, homes, manufacturing processes, appliances, and more since the 1970s. Proponents of those programs argue that they save consumers and businesses money, reduce energy use, and…

  • Backgrounder posted February 11, 2013 by Nicolas Loris U.S. Natural Gas Exports: Lift Restrictions and Empower the States

    Technological advancements in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing have led to an abundance of natural gas production in the United States that is fundamentally changing the energy landscape. The result has been more jobs, economic growth, and consistently low domestic natural gas prices in what has been known to be a historically volatile market. In fact, the…

  • Backgrounder posted March 23, 2012 by Nicolas Loris Department of Energy Budget Cuts: Time to End the Hidden Green Stimulus

    Abstract: Government spending has been spiraling upward—and spending by nearly all government agencies can, and should, be cut. President Obama has just submitted his 2013 budget request to Congress, providing fertile ground for spending cuts.The Department of Energy (DOE), with its many research, development, and grant programs offers many opportunities for savings.…

  • Backgrounder posted March 5, 2012 by Jack Spencer, Cornelius Milmoe Obama Administration: No Confidence in Nuclear Energy

    Abstract: A major public concern about nuclear reactors has been that the spent nuclear fuel could remain stranded at the reactor site indefinitely. In the 1970s, courts prohibited the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from licensing new reactors unless it assured the public that the waste would be removed—a requirement called the “waste confidence” rule. President Obama’s…

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