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  • Backgrounder posted July 23, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Energy Exports Promote Prosperity and Bolster National Security

    W‌ith the wealth of U.S. natural resources and the recent growth in domestic energy production, the United States is in a position to export more energy. Free trade is imperative to a free society because it fosters economic growth and improves human well-being. Policymakers should treat energy like any other good or service that is traded freely around the world by…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2014 by Brett D. Schaefer, Nicolas Loris Obama's Climate-Change Deceptions

    President Barack Obama again sought to make the case to the American people for “dealing with the rapidly growing threat of climate change” last Wednesday, in a speech to the League of Conservation Voters. Right up front he said that his speech would not have “a lot of spin, just the facts.” When a politician says that, you know to expect the opposite. Obama assured the…

  • Commentary posted June 5, 2014 by Nicolas Loris All Economic Pain, No Environmental Gain

    Interested in paying a massive new energy tax? Especially one that would bring no environmental benefit? Probably not, but that's what you can expect in the wake of draft regulations just released by the Environmental Protection Agency - ones that could cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent. President Barack Obama warned us it was coming.…

  • Issue Brief posted June 3, 2014 by Nicolas Loris EPA Proposes Next Step of Regulatory Cap-and-Trade

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its draft regulation to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Along with the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for new electricity generating units, the Administration is pursuing the regulatory equivalent of cap-and-trade that would drive up energy costs for families and businesses…

  • Commentary posted June 3, 2014 by Nicolas Loris The President's Bad Climate Math

    Critics of President Obama’s climate change regulations are often labeled by proponents as science deniers. While climate realists is a more accurate description, President Obama is clearly using denier math when he says that the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rules for existing power plants will drive down electricity prices. The EPA’s New Source Performance…

  • Issue Brief posted May 28, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Ending Ex–Im Would Remove Wasteful Energy Subsidies

    The U.S. Export–Import Bank (Ex–Im) provides government-backed loans, loan guarantees, and capital and credit insurance to foreign firms to enable them to buy U.S. exports. Producers of energy technologies and equipment have been a significant beneficiary of the Ex–Im Bank, accounting for 30 percent of the loans and guarantees Ex–Im made last year.[1] While Ex–Im was…

  • Backgrounder posted May 22, 2014 by Brian Slattery, Bryan Riley, Nicolas Loris Sink the Jones Act: Restoring America’s Competitive Advantage in Maritime-Related Industries

    The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly referred to as the Jones Act, is a protectionist measure that regulates domestic U.S. shipping practices. The Jones Act mandates that any goods shipped by water between two points in the United States must be transported on a U.S.-built, U.S.-flagged, and at least 75 percent U.S.-crewed vessel. Originally conceived to sustain…

  • Backgrounder posted May 15, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Time to Lift the Ban on Crude Oil Exports

    In a time of economic downturn, the sharp rise in crude oil production has been an important and remarkable wealth generator for the United States. As a result of technological advances in extracting and producing “tight oil,” also known as shale oil, the United States is now producing 8 million barrels per day, pushing the United States above 10 percent of the world’s…

  • Commentary posted May 12, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Climate change: A cure worse than the disease

    Man-made greenhouse gas emissions already are causing gloom and doom and adversely affecting our way of life. That's the conclusion of the National Climate Assessment just released by the Obama administration. But before we trade our Buicks for bikes, it's important to highlight the climate realities and show that the administration's proposed policy solutions will drive…

  • Issue Brief posted May 7, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Federal Regulations and Federal Ownership Limit Oil Production Potential

    Production of crude oil in the United States is up to 8.36 million barrels per day—the highest since January 1988.[1] The increased supply of oil has widespread economic benefits, but a new Congressional Research Service report shows that when the numbers are broken down by ownership it becomes clear that the situation could be even better. Although oil production overall…

  • Backgrounder posted March 25, 2014 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., Jack Spencer, Luke Coffey, Nicolas Loris Beyond the Crimea Crisis: Comprehensive Next Steps in U.S.–Russian Relations

    After three months of mass street demonstrations, the Ukrainian people succeeded in ousting their corrupt and incompetent president, the Kremlin-backed Viktor Yanukovych. On February 22, the Ukrainian parliament acted in favor of the people it represents by granting amnesty to all political prisoners, bringing back the constitution of 2004 (which reduces the powers of the…

  • Commentary posted March 22, 2014 by Nicolas Loris EPA's coal regs: all pain, no gain for Wisconsin

    Wisconsin's economy has been on the upswing, but Washington's proposed greenhouse gas regulations could change all that. The Environmental Protection Agency's prospective crackdown on new and existing power plants will drive up energy prices across the nation, but the proposed regulations will hit Badger State families and businesses particularly hard. The latest surge…

  • Issue Brief posted March 13, 2014 by Nicolas Loris, Jack Spencer Free Ukraine by Freeing Energy Markets

    Whether military, diplomatic, economic, or otherwise, the U.S. government has an array of policy options to bring to bear in response to Russia’s unacceptable aggression against Ukraine. However, one must not discount the impact that free markets and free trade can ultimately have on the situation. Much of Russia’s power in the region is the result of its control over…

  • Issue Brief posted March 12, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Energy Efficiency: Two Bills Aimed at Reducing Energy Consumption

    The House of Representatives and the Senate released separate energy efficiency bills to ostensibly save families, businesses, and government money and reduce energy consumption. The House recently passed Representative David McKinley’s (R–WV) Energy Efficiency Improvement Act (H.R. 2126), and Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH) and Rob Portman (R–OH) re-introduced the…

  • Issue Brief posted March 4, 2014 by Nicolas Loris, Filip Jolevski EPA’s Climate Regulations Will Harm American Manufacturing

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) forthcoming climate change regulations for new and existing electricity generating units have been appropriately labeled the “war on coal,”[1] because the proposed limits for carbon dioxide emissions would essentially prohibit the construction of new coal-fired power plants and force existing ones into early retirement.…