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  • Issue Brief posted April 25, 2016 by Justin Bogie, Daren Bakst, Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb 2017 Senate Energy and Water Appropriations: Bill Falls Short on Key Policies

    This week, the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill is expected to be debated on the Senate floor. The first of 12 appropriations bills providing discretionary funding for the federal government, the bill provides funding for projects under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the Department…

  • Backgrounder posted April 22, 2016 by David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D., Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb, Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D. The State of Climate Science: No Justification for Extreme Policies

    Hysteria over global warming is now pervasive in the federal government, driving not just the Obama Administration’s energy and environmental policies, but also those of nearly every federal department and agency.[1] Throughout his term in office, President Obama consistently has said that policy action to combat man-made global warming is imperative and urgent. On the…

  • Backgrounder posted March 22, 2016 by Katie Tubb, Jack Spencer Real Consent for Nuclear Waste Management Starts with a Free Market

    Last December, the Department of Energy (DOE) finally announced the next step in its plan to manage nuclear waste, as roughly outlined in its 2013 Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste.[1] In what the DOE characterized as a “critical step,” it opened a public comment period to gather input on how a new consent-based…

  • Issue Brief posted December 15, 2015 by Katie Tubb Solar’s Future Is Brighter Without Investment Tax Credit

    Despite years of growth in the solar industry, lobbyists are hard at work to get an extension of a tax subsidy they have known for seven years would be expiring next December. Solar power added 5.5 gigawatts of installed capacity in 2014, a 54 percent increase from the previous year, and constituting nearly half of all renewable electricity capacity installed nationwide,…

  • Backgrounder posted December 4, 2015 by Paul Winfree, Daren Bakst, Rachel Sheffield, James Phillips, Diane Katz, Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb, Roger Severino, Sarah Torre, Lindsey Burke, James Sherk, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Brett D. Schaefer, David Inserra Important Policy Riders for the FY 2016 Appropriations Bills

    The Constitution unequivocally grants Congress the exclusive power to appropriate funds for the “necessary and proper” operations of government.[1] James Madison wrote in The Federalist No. 58 that providing budgetary powers to Congress was a critical element in maintaining individual rights: “The power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and…

  • Commentary posted August 17, 2015 by Katie Tubb Let nuclear industry, not bureaucracy, manage spent fuel

    America has a growing nuclear waste problem — and it’s all the government’s fault. By law, the Department of Energy is supposed to collect spent nuclear fuel and deposit it at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. Nuclear power customers in 33 states have paid billions of dollars into a federal fund to finance this service. Yet the DOE has never collected a single ounce of spent…

  • Backgrounder posted August 5, 2015 by Jack Spencer, Katie Tubb Fooled Again: The Nuclear Waste Administration Act Preserves Futile Status Quo

    The federal government has failed to meet its legal obligations to manage and dispose of America’s spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. Once again, progress seems possible only after federal courts ended years of delay caused by the Obama Administration’s refusal to follow the law under the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act, as amended.[1] A new bill introduced by Senators…

  • Backgrounder posted February 18, 2015 by Katie Tubb, Nicolas Loris The Federal Lands Freedom Act: Empowering States to Control Their Own Energy Futures

    One of the primary reasons the United States is now the world’s leader in both natural gas and oil production is that centuries’ worth of oil, natural gas, and coal resources lie beneath private property as well as under lands owned by individual states. While federally owned lands are also full of energy potential, a bureaucratic regulatory regime has mismanaged land use…

  • Backgrounder posted December 8, 2014 by Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb Six Easy Energy Reforms for Congress to Take Up

    With a new Congress set to take office in January, policymakers will be eager to prove that they can move good policy forward. In energy policy, plenty of bipartisan opportunities exist for Congress to implement free-market reforms to remove government interference and create opportunities. Six Reforms While certainly not all-encompassing, the following six energy…

  • Commentary posted November 7, 2014 by Katie Tubb The Keystone XL Pipeline by the Numbers

    Everyone has heard that the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline could deliver thousands of jobs on top of hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil per day. Here are some other numbers to consider when thinking about the pipeline: Two years — That’s how long it took the State Department to review and approve Phase 1 of the Keystone Pipeline System. Phase 1 stretches…

  • Commentary posted September 29, 2014 by Katie Tubb, Jack Spencer Green Energy and Red Tape

    Nuclear reactors are designed to withstand severe weather, earthquakes, even airplane crashes. But how much more handling from the federal government they can endure remains to be seen. Almost since the inception of the American commercial nuclear industry, presidents and politicians have taken a special interest in it. We would all be better off if they wouldn’t.…

  • Special Report posted October 24, 2013 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., David Inserra, Jonathan Lesser, Ph.D., Matt A. Mayer, Brian Slattery, Jack Spencer, Katie Tubb After Hurricane Sandy: Time to Learn and Implement the Lessons in Preparedness, Response, and Resilience

    Sandy Makes Landfall Hurricane Sandy lived up to expectations in October 2012, delivering a powerful punch with heavy rains, strong winds, and significant storm surges. After taking 69 lives in the Caribbean, Sandy hit the eastern United States, where it claimed 72 more lives.[1] Coastal communities in the Mid-Atlantic were among the hardest hit by the storm. Flooding…

  • Commentary posted June 11, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb ND Schools DC on Appetite Management

    In a really pale American economy, a shale oil and gas bang has been a pretentious china lining. And nowhere has it shined brighter than in North Dakota. Last year, North Dakota surpassed both California and Alaska in oil production. It now trails usually Texas in that category. What gathering North Dakota adult a state ranks is shale oil, now permitted by advancements…

  • Issue Brief posted April 10, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb EPA Administrator Nominee Gina McCarthy: In Her Own Words

    In announcing his nominee for the next Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, President Obama said Gina McCarthy “has focused on practical, cost-effective ways to keep our air clean and our economy growing. She’s earned a reputation as a straight shooter. She welcomes different points of views.”[1] The EPA needs to take an entirely different direction, and…

  • Issue Brief posted April 10, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Diane Katz, Katie Tubb 10 Questions for EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy

    If confirmed as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nominee Gina McCarthy will inherit an agency exceeding critical mass. This bureaucratic onslaught has decreased American freedom and the EPA’s ability to efficiently address real environmental challenges. Given that McCarthy has helped to build this epitome of regulatory excess, it is important…