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  • Backgrounder posted July 25, 2016 by Nicolas Loris Eliminate Favorable Treatment of Biofuels

    The federal government provides a wide range of subsidies to boost the production and consumption of biofuels. Throughout the years, Congress has enacted special tax breaks, direct grants, government-backed loans and loan guarantees, and a mandate to generate a larger biofuel and biodiesel market.[1] To justify biofuels programs, policymakers have promised reduced…

  • Issue Brief posted July 13, 2016 by Justin Bogie, Diane Katz, Nicolas Loris 2017 House Interior and Environment Bill Makes Policy Strides, Still Spends Too Much

    This week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. This will be the sixth discretionary spending bill considered by the House this year. The bill would provide $32.1 billion in discretionary budget authority for fiscal year (FY) 2017, about $64 million less than current…

  • Commentary posted June 21, 2016 by Nicolas Loris, Brett D. Schaefer The U.S. Should Withdraw from U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change

    The U.S. has wasted tens of billions of dollars on an ineffective approach to addressing man-made global warming. Unfortunately, the organization behind these efforts shows little interest in changing tactics. And now it has granted membership to the Palestinians. For practical as well as political considerations, it's time for the U.S. to get out. The U.S. and most…

  • Commentary posted June 9, 2016 by Nicolas Loris Let Freedom Be the North Star for Energy Policy

    When it comes to energy policy, lawmakers should let freedom be their North Star. Freedom to extract and develop all resources that provide affordable, reliable energy. Freedom to sell those resources in every market — at home and abroad. Freedom from job-crushing federal regulations that provide little or no meaningful environmental benefits. And freedom from corporate…

  • Backgrounder posted June 9, 2016 by Nicolas Loris, Brett D. Schaefer, Steven Groves The U.S. Should Withdraw from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    On April 22, 2016, the United States, along with over 170 other nations, signed the Paris Agreement on climate change. Negotiated in December 2015, the agreement contains both binding and non-binding commitments intended to combat global warming by shifting the global energy economy away from the use of natural resources such as coal, natural gas, and oil, and toward…

  • Commentary posted June 7, 2016 by Nicolas Loris Coal's Competition Shouldn't Include the Federal Government

    Who can deny the value of competition? In sports, the world’s greatest athletes go toe-to-toe and make each other better. In business, competition rewards innovative ideas and helps entrepreneurs flourish. In both instances, consumers benefit. But not when the federal government skews the rules. That’s what’s happening with U.S. energy policy right now — to the detriment…

  • Issue Brief posted May 23, 2016 by Justin Bogie, Daren Bakst, Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb House Energy and Water Appropriations Bill: Makes Progress but Could Do More to Cut Spending

    This week, the Energy and Water appropriations bill is expected to be debated on the House floor. The second 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 of Energy,…

  • Issue Brief posted May 16, 2016 by Nicolas Loris Congress Should Rescind Unused Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Funds

    In an era of record deficits, Congress should explore every opportunity to save taxpayer money. One funding stream Congress should cut immediately is Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs). The federal government uses a number of policy tools to favor the production of one energy source over or another and subsidize or mandate energy efficiency. One such mechanism,…

  • 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 April 13, 2016 by Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D., Nicolas Loris, David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. Consequences of Paris Protocol: Devastating Economic Costs, Essentially Zero Environmental Benefits

    During the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, President Barack Obama met with world leaders from around the globe to discuss plans to combat climate change. The general consensus from the summit was that the use of natural resources, such as coal, oil, and natural gas—which provide 80 percent of the world’s energy needs—should be avoided. Furthermore,…

  • Testimony posted March 17, 2016 by Nicolas Loris Examining the Renewable Fuel Standard

    The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Interior and the Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules March 16, 2016 My name is Nick Loris. I am the Herbert & Joyce Morgan Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing…

  • Issue Brief posted March 9, 2016 by David Inserra, Nicolas Loris U.S.–Canadian Summit: Issues to Watch

    Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau will visit President Obama on March 10 for a state dinner. This will be the first state visit by a Canadian prime minister to the U.S. in 19 years. As such, it is an important opportunity for both leaders to further deepen the strong relationship between Canada and the U.S. The two nations have collaborated on many issues in the…

  • Testimony posted March 7, 2016 by Nicolas Loris Examining the Department of Energy’s Loan Portfolio

    The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee on Oversight March 3, 2016 Nick Loris Herbert & Joyce Morgan Fellow The Heritage Foundation My name is Nick Loris and I am the Herbert & Joyce Morgan Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be…

  • Issue Brief posted February 12, 2016 by Nicolas Loris President Obama’s Budget Takes Wrong Direction with Energy Policy

    President Obama recently released his fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request. Although his budget is dead on arrival in Congress, the requests in it provide an important look into the progressive view on energy policy. Much like other proposals and actions put forward during President Obama’s Administration, the budget request would tax and regulate out-of-favor sources of…