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  • Testimony posted March 25, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Department of Energy Oversight: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    Subcommittee on Energy Committee on Science, Space, and Technology U.S. House of Representatives March 24, 2015 Nicolas D. Loris Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow The Heritage Foundation My name is Nick 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 March 25, 2015 by Nicolas Loris The Antiquated Act: Time to Repeal the Antiquities Act

    President Barack Obama recently designated three national monuments in Colorado, Hawaii, and Illinois.[1] Under the Antiquities Act,[2] the President can designate areas as “national monuments” without congressional approval. Both Democratic and Republican Administrations have unilaterally used the Antiquities Act to restrict land use without input from Congress, the…

  • Commentary posted February 18, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Economic Freedom can alleviate energy poverty

    Almost every activity that improves our quality of live requires energy. We don’t question how the lights stay on, or how groceries get to the stores where we need them. But it happens. Without a doubt, the adage, “You don’t know what ya got ‘til it’s gone” applies to energy. We get upset when our power goes out for an hour and we can’t get on the Internet or watch TV.…

  • 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 February 17, 2015 by Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D., Nicolas Loris, David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. The Obama Administration’s Climate Agenda Will Hit Manufacturing Hard: A State-by-State Analysis

    In an earlier study, we examined the economic impact of climate change–related regulations at the national level and found devastating job losses over the course of the next two decades. In this study, we quantify this impact by state and congressional district. Not surprisingly, we find that all states would suffer from this policy. Given these results and the…

  • Commentary posted February 13, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Clean coal is dead, but the war on affordable energy is alive and well

    FutureGen is dead. Again. Last week, the Department of Energy pulled the plug on this $1.1 billion project in Illinois: a “clean coal” power plant that would capture carbon dioxide and store it underground. President George W. Bush proposed the carbon-free power plant in 2003 but shelved the project five years later because of cost overruns. President Obama’s Energy…

  • Issue Brief posted February 3, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Methane Regulations Add to the Price Tag of the Administration’s Climate Plan

    The Obama Administration recently announced plans to regulate methane emissions from the energy industry. The goal of the proposal is to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector 40 percent to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. The federal government’s proposed methane regulation is yet another costly climate proposal that will drive up energy costs and drain…

  • Commentary posted January 14, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Enough Is Enough: Obama's Keystone Obstructionism Must End

    Last week, President Obama vowed he would not let the Keystone XL pipeline project go forward until the process played out. Days later, it did again (and not just in the Congress). The White House had seized on a court challenge to the project, working its way through the Nebraska court system, as its latest excuse for obstructionism. On Friday, the Nebraska Supreme…

  • Issue Brief posted January 8, 2015 by Nicolas Loris More than Six Years Later, Keystone XL Is Still a Good Idea

    It was 2008 when TransCanada initially filed an application with the U.S. government to construct the multibillion-dollar Keystone XL pipeline to carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. Illinois Senator Barack Obama had just secured the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party. Hurricane Ike made landfall, Usain Bolt set…

  • Commentary posted January 6, 2015 by Nicolas Loris States should just say no to climate initiatives

    Climate change regulations imposed by federal bureaucrats now give state governments a new opportunity to extract money from their citizens. In the interest of protecting American families and businesses from higher energy prices devoid of any meaningful climate benefit, states should just say no. A large component of the Obama administration’s climate-change agenda is…

  • 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…

  • Backgrounder posted November 13, 2014 by Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D., Nicolas Loris, David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. The Obama Administration’s Climate Agenda: Underestimated Costs and Exaggerated Benefits

    W‌hen his climate cap-and-trade bill was defeated in the Democrat-controlled Senate, President Barack Obama noted there were other ways of “skinning the cat.”[1] Now we know that his chosen way is an onslaught of mandates, regulations, and possibly taxes directed primarily by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The indicator…

  • Backgrounder posted October 31, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Free Markets Supply Affordable Energy and a Clean Environment

    Energy production has been one bright spot in the economy over the past few years, driving job creation and creating opportunities for Americans across the country. Increased energy supplies have saved consumers money directly on their energy bills and indirectly through lower prices for goods and services. The energy boom has also revitalized parts of the country where…

  • Commentary posted September 25, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Lift the Ban

    It’s a simple policy change that would create jobs, boost energy production, lower gas prices, help our reliable trading partners and ease geopolitical tensions around the world. Larry Summers, formerly President Obama’s top economic aide, recently said, “The merits are as clear as the merits with respect to any significant public-policy issue that I have ever…

  • Backgrounder posted September 4, 2014 by Nicolas Loris What Contributes to Gas Prices and Solutions to Help

    Drivers recently received a bit of welcome news when the Energy Information Administration projected that gasoline prices would likely decline throughout the rest of 2014 to around $3.30 per gallon after reaching a high of $4 per gallon in March.[1] For several years, paying more than $3.50 for a gallon of gasoline had been the new normal, and for many drivers that price…