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  • 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…

  • Commentary posted December 4, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Apologize for Bad Policies, Not Industrial Progress

    President Barack Obama's opening remarks at the Paris climate summit were effectively an apology for industrial progress. He said, "I've come here personally, as the leader of the world's largest economy and the second-largest emitter, to say that the United States of America not only recognizes our role in creating this problem; we embrace our responsibility to do…

  • Backgrounder posted December 4, 2015 by Paul Winfree, Daren Bakst, Rachel Sheffield, James Phillips, Diane Katz, Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb, Roger Severino, Sarah Torre, Lindsey Burke, James Sherk, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Brett D. Schaefer, David Inserra Important Policy Riders for the FY 2016 Appropriations Bills

    The Constitution unequivocally grants Congress the exclusive power to appropriate funds for the “necessary and proper” operations of government.[1] James Madison wrote in The Federalist No. 58 that providing budgetary powers to Congress was a critical element in maintaining individual rights: “The power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and…

  • Commentary posted November 30, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Crude Awakening: How Washington Is Bungling Common-Sense Energy Policy

    The House of Representatives recently voted to the lift a decades-long ban on exporting crude oil. Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate would do the same. Lifting the ban would generate more jobs for Americans, supply the United States and the world with more affordable energy and provide important geopolitical benefits for Washington and its allies.…

  • Issue Brief posted November 12, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Land and Water Conservation Fund: Wrong Solution for Public Land Management

    The federal government owns between 635 million and 640 million acres of land in the entire United States, nearly 30 percent of the country and nearly half of the western U.S.[1] This massive amount of federal ownership has resulted in land mismanagement, stifled opportunities for recreation and resource production, and poor environmental management. Rather than…

  • Backgrounder posted October 28, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Bipartisan Senate Energy Bill Full of Poison Pills

    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee recently passed its comprehensive 357-page energy bill out of committee.[1] The Senate is attempting to move forward with “non-controversial” legislation that, according to proponents, contains no “poison pills.” However, as with the last two major energy bills passed in 2005 and 2007, a few good provisions do not outweigh…

  • Issue Brief posted October 28, 2015 by Paul Winfree, Romina Boccia, Justin T. Johnson, Daren Bakst, Nicolas Loris, James L. Gattuso, Jason Snead, Rachel Greszler, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., David R. Burton, Curtis S. Dubay Analysis of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

    The federal budget is on a dangerous trajectory and immediate corrective action is required. The U.S. national debt is at $18.1 trillion. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), if the government remains on its currently planned course, it will spend $7 trillion more over the next 10 years than it will receive in taxes, piling on even more debt. Heritage…

  • Backgrounder posted October 9, 2015 by Nicolas Loris, Luke Coffey, Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D., James Phillips, Dean Cheng, Ana Quintana, Lisa Curtis, William T. Wilson, Ph.D. The Economic and Geopolitical Benefits of Free Trade in Energy Resources

    Given its abundance of natural resources and the recent growth in domestic energy production, the United States is in a position to export far more energy than American trade laws currently allow. Free trade is imperative to a free society, as it fosters economic growth and improves human well-being. Policymakers should treat energy like any other good or service that is…

  • Commentary posted September 30, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Eliminating the path to energy poverty

    With the pope visiting America, the Obama administration has been adamant in pushing the message that climate change will hit the poor the hardest. They're omitting one small but critical word, though. It's climate change policies that will hurt the most vulnerable citizens. And not just in the United States, but around the world. In the U.S., the federal government…

  • Backgrounder posted September 10, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Energy Policy Agenda for the Next Administration and Congress

    Energy policy will be a critical component of the agenda of the next Administration and Congress. Such an agenda should address, among other things, the Keystone XL and other pipelines, nuclear energy, renewable energy, climate change, offshore drilling, hydraulic fracturing and other energy technologies, energy exports, and more. A successful energy agenda would unleash…

  • Commentary posted August 26, 2015 by Nicolas Loris California green failure a warning for states facing Clean Power Plan

    In the eyes of the Obama administration, California is the gold standard for state energy policy. The feds lavishly laud the Golden State’s aggressive green energy mandates and stringent energy efficiency requirements. But few states have jumped on California’s green energy bandwagon — and with good reason. The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) raised…

  • Backgrounder posted August 20, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Why Congress Should Pull the Plug on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    After the Arab oil embargo and the creation of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in the 1970s, the United States and countries around the world felt a need to hold more oil inventories for emergencies. The U.S. joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) in November 1974 to coordinate a multi-lateral response to oil supply shocks. As part of that…

  • Issue Brief posted August 14, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Four Big Problems with the Obama Administration’s Climate Change Regulations

    A few years ago, cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions failed to reach President Barack Obama’s desk because constituents gave their Members an earful that cap and trade would amount to a massive energy tax. When the bill died in Congress, President Obama said that there was more than “one way of skinning a cat,” and here it is.[1] The Obama…

  • Backgrounder posted July 7, 2015 by Nicolas Loris The Many Problems of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Climate Regulations: A Primer

    This summer, the Obama Administration will finalize climate regulations for new and existing power plants under the Clean Air Act. While the regulations largely target coal-fired power plants, the costs of more expensive energy will be borne by all Americans. Higher energy bills for families, individuals, and businesses will destroy jobs and strain economic growth—and it…

  • Commentary posted July 6, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Supreme Court checks regulators, but there's work to be done

    The Supreme Court handed a victory to Americans concerned with unelected bureaucrats driving up energy costs by overturning a costly regulation that lacks any meaningful environmental benefit. Now Congress and the states must step up to reject overzealous regulators — not rely on the courts. The issue the high court considered was the Environmental Protection Agency’s…