• Heritage Action
  • More
  • WebMemo posted July 14, 2010 by Ben Lieberman A Rational Post-Spill Policy That Allows Offshore Drilling

    The people of Louisiana are speaking loudly and clearly as to what they want in response to the oil spill. Louisianans are the ones bearing the brunt of the environmental and economic damage from Deepwater Horizon, yet they overwhelmingly support continued offshore oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.[1] Even Louisiana fishermen and shrimpers harmed by the spill…

  • Play Movie Ben Lieberman on Offshore Drilling on FNC Video Recorded on July 6, 2010 Ben Lieberman on Offshore Drilling on FNC

    Ben Lieberman discusses President Obama's shifting stance on offshore drilling.…

  • Play Movie Ben Lieberman on the Reversal of the Moratorium on Offshore Drilling on FBN Video Recorded on June 22, 2010 Ben Lieberman on the Reversal of the Moratorium on Offshore Drilling on FBN

    Ben Lieberman discusses the legal and economic implications of the administration's attempts to ban offshore drilling entirely.…

  • Commentary posted June 18, 2010 by Ben Lieberman $7-a-Gallon Gas?

    President Obama has a solution to the Gulf oil spill: $7-a-gallon gas. That's a Harvard University study's estimate of the per-gallon price of the president's global-warming agenda. And Obama made clear this week that this agenda is a part of his plan for addressing the Gulf mess. So what does global-warming legislation have to do with the oil spill? …

  • Commentary posted June 18, 2010 by Ben Lieberman Tying Our Hands on Energy

    "We're running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water," President Obama said in his Oval Office address. Fortunately, it's not true. Yet his effort to use the oil spill to justify moving away from oil entirely and replacing it with alternatives is a bad idea for the American people. Now, if the president meant "running out of places that we haven't…

  • Lecture posted June 16, 2010 by Ben Lieberman The Economics of Global Warming Policy

    My name is Ben Lieberman and I’m the Senior Policy Analyst for Energy and Environment at The Heritage Foundation. I’m proud to say that I’ve either participated in, or attended, all four of the Heartland Institute’s global warming conferences. If there’s a fifth and a sixth, I’ll be there, too. I have gotten a lot out of all of them. What has impressed me most about…

  • Commentary posted June 16, 2010 by Ben Lieberman Balance is Crucial in Global-Warming Policy Prescription

    At the same time we are learning that global warming is far from an environmental crisis, we are also learning that ill-advised efforts to address it would make us noticeably poorer. What is needed is balance. We must weigh the risks of global warming against the risks of global-warming policy. Otherwise, we may impose a radical environmental "cure" far worse than…

  • Special Report posted June 15, 2010 by Nicolas Loris, Claude G. Berube, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Ben Lieberman, Jack Spencer, Matt A. Mayer Stopping the Slick, Saving the Environment: A Framework for Response, Recovery, and Resiliency

    Executive Summary On April 20, 2010, the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in a mas­sive, continuing release of underground oil. Washington must develop a comprehensive response to the crisis that mitigates damage, promotes economic and environmental recovery, and delivers solutions to ensure resiliency in the face of…

  • Heritage in Focus, June 7: The Gulf Coast Oil Spill, 50 Days Later, with Ben Lieberman Audio Recorded on June 7, 2010 Heritage in Focus, June 7: The Gulf Coast Oil Spill, 50 Days Later, with Ben Lieberman

    Fifty days after the start of the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster, Ben Lieberman discusses the government reaction and what could have been done better.…

  • Backgrounder posted May 25, 2010 by Curtis S. Dubay, Nina Owcharenko, James Sherk, Ben Lieberman, Robert Rector, David C. John Routine Tax Extenders Package Contains New Irresponsible Spending and Tax Hikes

    Abstract: Congress cannot kick its spending habit. This time it is using the extension of long-overdue tax-reducing provisions to increase spending $174 billion and add $134 billion to the deficit. Even worse, Congress has crammed a job-destroying tax hike and other detrimental policies into an otherwise necessary bill. Congress should stop the spending madness and…

  • Commentary posted May 21, 2010 by Ben Lieberman America's Energy Future: The Answer Isn't Blowin' in the Wind

    Think Washington can't get any more out of touch? Well, Congress is considering measures that would raise our electric bills and kill more than 1 million jobs. Sounds like hyperbole. But that's exactly what a renewable electricity standard (RES) would do. An RES (imbedded in legislation already approved by a Senate committee and part of the House global warming bill…

  • WebMemo posted May 20, 2010 by Ben Lieberman Senate Should Reject EPA’s Regulatory Overreach on Global Warming

    The Clean Air Act was never intended to address global warming, and regulations attempting to do so would be very troublesome for the economy. Fortunately, the Congressional Review Act was enacted to stop just such bad regulations. S.J. Res. 26, sponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–AK) would use the act to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing…

  • WebMemo posted May 18, 2010 by Ben Lieberman The Federal Response to the Oil Spill: Lessons to Be Learned

    America’s current system for responding to oil spills was largely shaped by the reaction to the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill off Alaska. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 set up new procedures for offshore cleanups, one significant change being that the federal government, led by the U.S. Coast Guard, was put in charge of such activities. The Deepwater Horizon spill…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted May 5, 2010 by David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D., Karen Campbell, Ph.D., William W. Beach, Ben Lieberman, Nicolas Loris A Renewable Electricity Standard: What It Will Really Cost Americans

    Abstract: Renewable energy—harnessing the power of the wind and the sun—sounds wonderful until confronted with the facts. While wind and sun are indeed free, turning their energy into consumer-accessible electricity is not. Nor is it easy. Wind power must be used at the moment the wind is blowing— which it generally does not do during blazing-hot summer days, the peak of…

  • WebMemo posted May 5, 2010 by Ben Lieberman Gulf Oil Spill: Washington’s Response Should Not Preclude Future Exploration

    America’s most serious offshore oil spill in 20 years is currently unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, and massive cleanup efforts are underway to cap the leak and contain the oil. This comes at a time when Washington had been considering expanding domestic oil production, including the Gulf and other offshore areas. For the most part, President Obama’s initial…