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  • Commentary posted September 21, 2016 by Nicolas Loris A Workable Blueprint For Energy Freedom

    “Keep it in the ground." That mantra of the Greens encapsulates the restrictive energy policies imposed by the Obama administration. But there's a better approach: one that relies on the ingenuity of free enterprise to produce abundant, reliable and affordable energy for all. That approach, rather than the restrictive, bureaucratically directed model favored by the…

  • Commentary posted September 21, 2016 by Nicolas Loris Misguided Energy Mandates Fueling Higher Prices

    Have you noticed how food prices have climbed over the last few years? A good portion of the blame for that goes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The RFS, which recently turned 11, perfectly illustrates why government shouldn’t centrally plan energy decisions. President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law and expanded it in 2007. The RFS, which…

  • Commentary posted September 21, 2016 by Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb Getting sucker punched by energy efficiency regulations

    You have houseguests and you may not even know it. Indeed, they can be found in virtually every room of your home. We’re referring to federal regulators. They’re determined to reduce your energy use, no matter how much it costs you or takes decisions out of your hands. Take a look around your kitchen. Many appliances are regulated by the federal government, from the…

  • Executive Summary posted September 21, 2016 by Daren Bakst, Scott Lincicome, Nicolas Loris, Josh Sewell, Brian Wright Farms and Free Enterprise: A Blueprint for Agricultural Policy

    The farm bill, which comes before Congress every five years or so, continues to provide costly and harmful subsidies to agricultural producers.  Farms and Free Enterprise gives legislators a clear choice before the next farm bill is debated, likely in 2018: Support a free-enterprise alternative to the farm bill or maintain the status quo.  This major report proposes…

  • Legal Memorandum posted September 9, 2016 by Paul Larkin, Nicolas Loris The Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Land: Wyoming v. Department of the Interior

    The Controversy Over Hydraulic Fracturing Over the past two decades, vast deposits of oil and gas have been unlocked in the United States by a late-20th-century extraction-process innovation known as hydraulic fracturing (also known as hydrofracking or fracking). That process has enabled industry to recover oil and natural gas resources from shale buried deep…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2016 by Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D., David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D., Nicolas Loris Time to Unlock America’s Vast Oil and Gas Resources

    In March 2012 President Barack Obama stated, “We can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.”[1] He said the same thing earlier that year on the campaign trail.[2] He said it a lot.[3] Perhaps the line polled well, but it was not true. The U.S. did drill its way to lower gas prices over the past several years (for both natural gas and gasoline) and broke the back of the…

  • Special Report posted August 30, 2016 by James M. Roberts, William T. Wilson, Ph.D., Diane Katz, Anthony B. Kim, Bruce Klingner, David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D., Nicolas Loris, Joshua Meservey, Ambassador Terry Miller, Bryan Riley, Brett D. Schaefer 2017 Global Agenda for Economic Freedom

    Foreword The promotion of economic freedom at home and abroad is essential not only for a genuine and sustained revitalization of the U.S. economy, but also to strengthen U.S. national security. In 2010, the United States fell from the highest category of economically free countries (those with overall scores above 80) in the Index of Economic Freedom. It has been stuck…

  • Backgrounder posted August 17, 2016 by Katie Tubb, Nicolas Loris, Paul Larkin The Energy Efficiency Free Market Act: A Step Toward Real Energy Efficiency

    The federal government has embarked on a troubling regulatory path, with the goal of making energy use and lifestyle choices on behalf of American families and businesses. Since the 1970s, Congress has empowered agencies to micromanage Americans’ energy use and override personal preferences through energy-efficiency mandates. With ever-shifting goals to forestall…

  • Backgrounder posted July 25, 2016 by Nicolas Loris Eliminate Favorable Treatment of Biofuels

    The federal government provides a wide range of subsidies to boost the production and consumption of biofuels. Throughout the years, Congress has enacted special tax breaks, direct grants, government-backed loans and loan guarantees, and a mandate to generate a larger biofuel and biodiesel market.[1] To justify biofuels programs, policymakers have promised reduced…

  • Issue Brief posted July 13, 2016 by Justin Bogie, Diane Katz, Nicolas Loris 2017 House Interior and Environment Bill Makes Policy Strides, Still Spends Too Much

    This week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. This will be the sixth discretionary spending bill considered by the House this year. The bill would provide $32.1 billion in discretionary budget authority for fiscal year (FY) 2017, about $64 million less than current…

  • Commentary posted June 21, 2016 by Nicolas Loris, Brett D. Schaefer The U.S. Should Withdraw from U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change

    The U.S. has wasted tens of billions of dollars on an ineffective approach to addressing man-made global warming. Unfortunately, the organization behind these efforts shows little interest in changing tactics. And now it has granted membership to the Palestinians. For practical as well as political considerations, it's time for the U.S. to get out. The U.S. and most…

  • Commentary posted June 9, 2016 by Nicolas Loris Let Freedom Be the North Star for Energy Policy

    When it comes to energy policy, lawmakers should let freedom be their North Star. Freedom to extract and develop all resources that provide affordable, reliable energy. Freedom to sell those resources in every market — at home and abroad. Freedom from job-crushing federal regulations that provide little or no meaningful environmental benefits. And freedom from corporate…

  • Backgrounder posted June 9, 2016 by Nicolas Loris, Brett D. Schaefer, Steven Groves The U.S. Should Withdraw from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    On April 22, 2016, the United States, along with over 170 other nations, signed the Paris Agreement on climate change. Negotiated in December 2015, the agreement contains both binding and non-binding commitments intended to combat global warming by shifting the global energy economy away from the use of natural resources such as coal, natural gas, and oil, and toward…

  • Commentary posted June 7, 2016 by Nicolas Loris Coal's Competition Shouldn't Include the Federal Government

    Who can deny the value of competition? In sports, the world’s greatest athletes go toe-to-toe and make each other better. In business, competition rewards innovative ideas and helps entrepreneurs flourish. In both instances, consumers benefit. But not when the federal government skews the rules. That’s what’s happening with U.S. energy policy right now — to the detriment…

  • Issue Brief posted May 23, 2016 by Justin Bogie, Daren Bakst, Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb House Energy and Water Appropriations Bill: Makes Progress but Could Do More to Cut Spending

    This week, the Energy and Water appropriations bill is expected to be debated on the House floor. The second of 12 appropriations bills providing discretionary funding for the federal government, the bill provides funding for projects under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Energy,…