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  • Commentary posted June 11, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb ND Schools DC on Appetite Management

    In a really pale American economy, a shale oil and gas bang has been a pretentious china lining. And nowhere has it shined brighter than in North Dakota. Last year, North Dakota surpassed both California and Alaska in oil production. It now trails usually Texas in that category. What gathering North Dakota adult a state ranks is shale oil, now permitted by advancements…

  • Commentary posted February 19, 2013 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The Energy Potential of Fracking

    Say you were a politician and there was a clean and abundant domestic energy source — one that has the potential to create jobs and revitalize local economies. Would you do more to encourage it? Silly question, you may be thinking. Why wouldn’t you do more to encourage it? Well, this scenario is more than hypothetical. I’m talking about natural gas, which is proving in…

  • Commentary posted November 19, 2012 by Robert Gordon Carbon Tax is Being Floated, But No One's Biting - Yet

    For the first time since its 1988 debut in the vice presidential debate between Lloyd Benson and Dan Quayle, climate change—or global warming as it was then known—was entirely ignored during the national debates. In an April interview with Rolling Stone, President Obama indicated that he expected it would be a campaign issue and that he would “… be very clear in voicing…

  • Commentary posted November 1, 2012 by Lachlan Markay Out-of-State Enviros Boost Michigan Ballot Measure as Local Businesses Resist

    A proposed Michigan ballot initiative that would require the state to generate 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025 has pitted out-of-state environmentalist groups against the local businesses that will bear the brunt of the economic burdens the measure would impose. Proposal 3 would amend the state's constitution to incorporate the "25…

  • Commentary posted October 24, 2012 by Derrick Morgan Energy Renaissance Wasn't Created in Washington

    “If it moves, tax it if it keeps moving, regulate it and if it stops moving, subsidize it.” President Ronald Reagan’s axiom about how Washington deals with the economy accurately describes the current administration’s approach to energy production. The United States has the world’s largest reserves of traditional fuels, and our energy sector is booming. Domestic…

  • Commentary posted September 12, 2012 by Nicolas Loris Let States Oversee the Energy Revolution

    Dismal jobs reports and high unemployment continue to weigh down the U.S. economy, but there are a few bright spots. Most notable among them: energy production, particularly the shale oil and shale gas revolution. The technological one-two punch of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has created a remarkable energy boom and created hundreds of thousands of…

  • Commentary posted June 19, 2012 by James M. Roberts Rio +20: Saving the Earth, One Resort Meeting At a Time

    Delegates from around the world will descend on Rio de Janeiro, this week for a major United Nations meeting on the environment. Dubbed "Rio+20," the event, will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first “Earth Summit.” But, you might say, didn’t 15,000 or so of these same bureaucrats and environmental activists gather at another world class beach resort—in…

  • Commentary posted June 7, 2012 by Nicolas Loris High Fuel Prices Hit Small Business Hard

    Oil prices are falling, but gasoline still costs about $3.60 a gallon. High pump prices drain the wallets of all consumers, particularly small-business owners. In March, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll of small-business executives found 24 percent citing gasoline prices as a top concern, up from just 10 percent in January. Collectively, small businesses are America’s…

  • Commentary posted May 1, 2012 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Behind ‘Fakegate’

    What could be more American than encouraging a robust debate on one of the most controversial issues of the day? The answer - for some on the left, anyway - is: Lie about your opponents, and make a pathetic effort to discredit them. That, at least, is what an activist named Peter Gleick decided to do in a backward attempt to promote his view that global warming is…

  • Commentary posted April 3, 2012 by James M. Roberts Obama’s ‘Green’ Policies Punish the Poor

    The environmental movement has flexed its lobbying might through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for decades. But never has it been more muscular than under the current administration. The green lobby’s influence has been the stuff of headlines in recent months. Even as gasoline prices soared, it persuaded President Obama to block the Keystone XL pipeline,…

  • Commentary posted February 7, 2012 by Nicolas Loris Bureaucrats Didn't Create the Gas Boom

    President Obama has been on a kick to promote natural-gas production. Unfortunately, he seems to think the key to doing this is more government involvement. "It was public research dollars, over the course of 30 years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock," he said in his State of the Union address last month,…

  • Commentary posted January 26, 2012 by Nicolas Loris No Energy is Good to the Greens

    For all of President Obama’s talk Tuesday night of boosting US energy production, he has a huge problem: The American left — a vital part of his political base — seems determined to force us down the opposite path. Indeed, the “Big Green Extreme” fights energy even when it means harming the environment. Take Obama’s decision last week to halt the Keystone XL…

  • Commentary posted January 17, 2012 by Nicolas Loris As Gulf Recovers, Economy Still Suffers

    For almost two years now, microorganisms have been hard at work ridding the Gulf of Mexico of oil spilled from the Macondo well explosion. But that’s just about the only thing working there, thanks largely to the administration’s effective moratorium on drilling. First, the good news. A federally funded study recently published by the National Academy of Sciences found…

  • Commentary posted December 5, 2011 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Tapping Our Energy Potential

    Imagine a place where jobs are plentiful and the housing market is thriving. A place where even low-paying service jobs come with signing bonuses and other benefits. Sound too good to be true? No. It’s real, and it’s right here in the United States. The scenario described above can be found in Williston, N.D. The secret to its newfound prosperity: oil. The state is…

  • Commentary posted November 23, 2011 by Nicolas Loris Stuffed with CO2 Regulations

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson recently announced that her agency would proceed with twice-delayed regulations targeting power plants that emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Mrs. Jackson’s decision ignores three vital pieces of information that should make it easy for Congress to prevent unelected bureaucrats from regulating…