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  • 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.…

  • Commentary posted March 3, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Energy in America: From good to great

    America is in the midst of a tremendous energy surge. Smart drilling technologies are supplying cheap and abundant natural gas that is saving families money on their energy bill and will likely drive the United States to be the world’s top oil producer by 2015. Developing our natural resources is creating jobs and growing the economic pie — not just in our energy-rich…

  • Commentary posted February 26, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Time for Calm on Climate Change

    Skepticism is a hallmark of good science and good journalism. Yet, time after time, scientists and journalists make giant leaps of faith in their desire to fight climate change by regulating greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. This phenomenon was recently on display in a February 16 segment of Meet the Press that featured a discussion between actor Bill Nye (“The Science…

  • Issue Brief posted February 4, 2014 by Nicolas Loris 10 Ways the EXPAND Act Would Take the Energy Market in the Right Direction

    The federal government’s intrusions with onerous regulations, taxpayer-funded subsidies, and mandates have resulted in economic inefficiencies in the energy marketplace. Congressman Jeff Duncan’s (R–SC) Energy Exploration and Production to Achieve National Demand (EXPAND) Act would remove or prevent many of the federal government’s interferences and allow the energy…

  • Issue Brief posted January 30, 2014 by Nicolas Loris INNOVATES Act Creates a More Effective National Lab System

    Senators Chris Coons (D–DE) and Marco Rubio (R–FL) recently introduced the America Implementing New National Opportunities to Vigorously Accelerate Technology, Energy and Science (INNOVATES) Act, which would promote technology development at the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories. For far too long, DOE has attempted to use taxpayer money to drive…

  • Commentary posted January 28, 2014 by Nicolas Loris US is enjoying a cheap and safe energy boom

    America is enjoying a huge energy boom. Advancements in drilling and extraction technologies have the USA on track to be world’s top oil producer as soon as 2015. In addition to creating hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs, the shale oil and gas revolution has been a tax bonanza for state governments and the Obama administration. Yet the boom and its benefits have…

  • Issue Brief posted January 27, 2014 by Nicolas Loris, Daren Bakst West Virginia Chemical Spill: Learn Lessons and Let States Lead

    On January 9, a leak in an above-ground storage facility spilled chemicals into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia, contaminating potable water affecting nine counties. But environmental pressure groups and big-government proponents are using the spill to serve their own agendas. While the incident warrants investigation and thoughtful examination of the…

  • Commentary posted January 17, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Climate-Change Busyness

    Rather quietly, the Obama administration is putting together a climate action plan that it intends to implement without legislative approval. It’s a creative approach to governing. But the plan will drive up energy prices for American families and businesses without making a dent in global temperatures. When Congress refused to pass cap-and-trade legislation, intended to…

  • Issue Brief posted December 11, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Coal in the Global Energy Landscape

    An abundant, affordable energy resource, coal provides 30 percent of the world’s energy, 41 percent of the world’s electricity generation and factors into 70 percent of the world’s steel production.[1] While coal is by no means the only source of energy developed across the globe, it is a critical resource to driving economic growth all over the world and will continue to…

  • Backgrounder posted December 5, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Kevin Dayaratna, David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. EPA Power Plant Regulations: A Backdoor Energy Tax

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has re-proposed its desired regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for future power plants. The agency also plans to finalize standards for existing plants by summer 2015. If implemented and combined with other proposed and newly implemented regulations, these GHG regulations would significantly…

  • Issue Brief posted November 19, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Protecting the States’ Ability to Regulate Fracking

    The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is working to finalize a rule that would put in place more stringent federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) on federal and Indian lands. At the same time, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting a study on the potential impacts of fracking on groundwater. Implementing…