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  • Backgrounder posted August 9, 1991 by Milton R. Copulos Securing America's Energy Future: A Primer on the National EnergyStrategy

    Introduction After eighteen high-level hearings, and a review of 29,000 pages of written material and hundreds of proposals, the Energy Department earlier this year released its National Energy Strategy. Known as the NES, this is a wide-ranging list of particular recommendations for every type of energy and just about every energy issue. The report comes at…

  • Backgrounder Update posted August 8, 1986 by Milton R. Copulos Why Reagan Should Give a Green Light to Private Space Launchers

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 8/8/86 WHY REAGAN SHOULD GIVE A GREEN LIGHT TO PRIVATE SPACE LAUNCHERS (Updating Backgrounder No. 500, "What Next for NASA,H April 4, 1986, and Backgrounder Update No. 12, "Private Launchers Can Ease America's Space Vehicle Crisis," June 5, 1986.) The Cabinet-level Economic Policy Council last week proposed sweeping changes in the…

  • Backgrounder Update posted June 10, 1986 by Milton R. Copulos Improving Toxic Waste's Superfund

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 6/10/86 14 INPRMNG TO)OC WAMS SUPEFFUND. (Updating Back_grounder No. 440,, "The Many Hazards of a Mega-Superfund.11 June 10, 1985.) As House and Senate conferees move toward final agreement on the legislation to reauthorize the Superfund toxic waste cleanup law, a number of key issues still need to be resolved. Among them: how…

  • Backgrounder Update posted June 5, 1986 by Milton R. Copulos Private Launchers Can Ease America's Space Vehicle Crisis

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 6/5/86 12 PRIVATE LAUNCHERS CAN EASE AMERICA'S SPACE VEHICLE CRISIS (Updating Backgrounder No. 500,, "What Next for NASA," April 4, 1986.) The loss of the Challenger Space Shuttle has resulted in such a severe shortage of space launch capability that U.S. companies are turning even to the People's Republic of China to launch…

  • Issue Bulletin posted July 10, 1985 by Milton R. Copulos Reagan's Tax Revolution: Fair Play for Energy

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 115 July 10, 1985 REAGAN'S TAX REVOLUTION: FAIR PLAY FOR ENERGY INTRODUCTION Ronald Reagan's tax reform proposal could affect the U.S. energy industry profoundly. It would go far to extend the rules of fair play to energy by untangling the jumble of preferences, subsidies, and penalties which have been choking the development of…

  • Issue Bulletin posted June 20, 1984 by Milton R. Copulos The Perils of a NASA Space Monopoly

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 109 June 20, 1984 THE PERILS OF A NASA SPACE MONOPOLY INTRODUCTION President Ronald Reagan signed an Executive Order this February designating the Department of Transportation (DOT) as the lead federal agency with responsibility for expendable launch vehicles (ELVs), the unmanned rockets used to put satellites in orbit. In…

  • Issue Bulletin posted June 12, 1984 by Milton R. Copulos H.R.4227: How to Keep Natural Gas Supplies Short and Prices High

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 108 June 12, 1984 H.R..4277: HOWTO KEEP NATURAL GAS SUPPLIES SHORT AND PRICES HIGH INTRODUCTION Congress has been embroiled for three decades in a bitter controversy over federal price controls on natural gas. Lawmakers believed in 1978 that they had resolved the gas dilemma with en- actment of the Natural Gas Policy Act (NGPA).…

  • Issue Bulletin posted April 6, 1984 by Milton R. Copulos H.R.3966: Reconsidering Energy Audits

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 105 April 6, 1984 H.R. 3966 RECONSIDERING ENERGY AUDITS INTRODUCTION Many programs passed by Congress with the best of motives produce unintended consequences. Next week the House of Represen- tatives has an opportunity to reconsider one such mistaken program, when the Committee on Ene.@gy and Commerce marks up legislation to…

  • Issue Bulletin posted February 9, 1984 by Milton R. Copulos CLEC: Hidden Agenda, Hidden Danger

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 26 February 9, 1984 CLEC HIDDEN AGENDA HIDDEN DANGER INTRODUCTION When Congress adjourned last year with the natural gas issue still unresolved, political analysts placed much of the blame for the legislative impasse on efforts of a group of activists which calls itself the Citizens/Labor Energy Coalition (CLEC). It has emerged…

  • Issue Bulletin posted August 18, 1982 by Milton R. Copulos Intangible Drilling Costs: A Tax on Risks

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 86 August 18, 1982 INTANGIBLE DRILLING COSTS: A TAX ON RISKS INTRODUCTION Tax hikes need not be huge to do great damage to the economy. In some instances, even very small tax increases can have effects far outweighing the marginal additional tax dollars they generate. A case in point is the minimum tax on so-called Intangible…

  • Issue Bulletin posted January 14, 1980 by Milton R. Copulos The Windfall Profits Tax Bill

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 57 January 14, 1980 THE WINDFALL PROFITS TAX BILL STATUS H.R. 3919 (the Windfall Profits Tax bill) has been adopted by both Houses of Congress. It was first enacted by the House of Representatives, which passed the bill on June 28 with a voice vote. The measure adopted in the House was actually an amendment in the form of a…

  • Backgrounder posted November 16, 1979 by Milton R. Copulos The Iranian Dilemma: Energy and Security Implications

    This report is currently available only in PDF format.…

  • Issue Bulletin posted May 3, 1979 by Milton R. Copulos Alaskan Lands Bill

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 39 May 3, 1979 ALASKAN LANDS BILLS STATUS Three bills concerning the disposition of Alaska's so-called D-2 lands are currently approaching floor action in the House of Repre- sentatives: H.R. 39, as passed by the House Interior Committee; H.R. 39 as amended by the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Com- mittee; and H.R. 3651,…

  • Issue Bulletin posted July 20, 1978 by Milton R. Copulos Nuclear Siting and Licensing Act (H.R. 11704 -S.2775)

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 2 BACKGROUND Although there was a brief stabilization of the use of electrical energy as the result of the Arab oil embargo's effects on the economy, the return of more normal economic activity witnessed a return of the growth of demand for electricity to historic levels. Since around 1950, this has hovered around 7 percent per…