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  • Commentary posted July 25, 2013 by Nicolas Loris How Daring is President Obama's New Climate Action Plan?

    President Obama’s climate plan would have a chilling effect on the economy, not the environment. If the Environmental Protection Agency moves forward on greenhouse gas regulations for new and existing power plants, which would particularly impact coal, it will cost more to heat and cool your home, to cook your meals, to light your home. Phasing out coal, electricity…

  • 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 April 22, 2013 by Jack Spencer Nothing Says Earth Day like a Nuclear Reactor

    Earth Day — celebrated by few, propagandized by many. The late Senator Gaylord Nelson founded the event in 1970 out of “concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes and air.” Back then, Earth Day was widely observed by participating in environmental clean-up projects — clearing streams of trash and debris, planting trees and so on. Unfortunately, that…

  • 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 October 8, 2012 by David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. The Benefits Are a Myth

    The problem with subsidizing wind and solar power is that subsidies don't make these unaffordable energy sources affordable, they just change who pays. Taxpayers foot a large part of the bill, instead of the producers and consumers of wind and solar power. And the costs that imposes on the economy aren't justified by any of the supposed benefits of these energy sources. …

  • 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 July 27, 2012 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D., Dean Cheng Nexen Deal is in America's Interests

    China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) this week offered to buy Calgary-based Nexen Inc. for US$15-billion. Nexen’s board is recommending the bid to shareholders. If completed, this would be the single-largest acquisition that Chinese companies have made in the outward investment splurge that started in 2005. It raises a series of issues for American policymakers to…

  • 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 March 27, 2012 by David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. Aren’t Energy Consumers Selfish Enough Already?

    While the folks in flyover country often view Washington as a power-crazed den of self-serving money grubbers, the view from Washington is quite different. Here, our leaders worry that the folks in the hinterlands aren’t nearly venal and self-serving enough. Not to worry. Lawmakers and bureaucrats have a ready solution to this perceived problem: simply adopt policies…