Backgrounder posted March 25, 2014
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…
Issue Brief posted March 13, 2014
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
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
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,” 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.…
Issue Brief posted February 4, 2014
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
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…
Issue Brief posted January 27, 2014
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…
Issue Brief posted December 11, 2013
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. 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
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
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.