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  • Backgrounder posted August 20, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Why Congress Should Pull the Plug on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    After the Arab oil embargo and the creation of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in the 1970s, the United States and countries around the world felt a need to hold more oil inventories for emergencies. The U.S. joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) in November 1974 to coordinate a multi-lateral response to oil supply shocks. As part of that…

  • Backgrounder posted August 5, 2015 by Jack Spencer, Katie Tubb Fooled Again: The Nuclear Waste Administration Act Preserves Futile Status Quo

    The federal government has failed to meet its legal obligations to manage and dispose of America’s spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. Once again, progress seems possible only after federal courts ended years of delay caused by the Obama Administration’s refusal to follow the law under the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act, as amended.[1] A new bill introduced by Senators…

  • Testimony posted March 25, 2015 by Nicolas Loris Department of Energy Oversight: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    Subcommittee on Energy Committee on Science, Space, and Technology U.S. House of Representatives March 24, 2015 Nicolas D. Loris Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow The Heritage Foundation My name is Nick Loris. I am a senior energy policy analyst and the Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my…

  • Backgrounder posted December 8, 2014 by Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb Six Easy Energy Reforms for Congress to Take Up

    With a new Congress set to take office in January, policymakers will be eager to prove that they can move good policy forward. In energy policy, plenty of bipartisan opportunities exist for Congress to implement free-market reforms to remove government interference and create opportunities. Six Reforms While certainly not all-encompassing, the following six energy…

  • Backgrounder posted November 13, 2014 by Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D., Nicolas Loris, David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. The Obama Administration’s Climate Agenda: Underestimated Costs and Exaggerated Benefits

    W‌hen his climate cap-and-trade bill was defeated in the Democrat-controlled Senate, President Barack Obama noted there were other ways of “skinning the cat.”[1] Now we know that his chosen way is an onslaught of mandates, regulations, and possibly taxes directed primarily by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The indicator…

  • Backgrounder posted December 5, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D., 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…

  • Commentary posted October 28, 2013 by David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. Feds' energy 'micro' management goes too far

    Have you ever gone to the kitchen in the middle of the night without turning on the lights, looked at your microwave’s digital clock and said, “Man, that is bright! How much energy does that thing use anyway?” If so, you were either hung over or an employee of the Department of Energy. In reality, that clock uses hardly any energy at all — an average of 4.5 watts on the…

  • Testimony posted September 5, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Green Energy Oversight: DOE’s Bad Bet on Fisker Automotive

    Green Energy Oversight: Examining the Department of Energy’s Bad Bet on Fisker Automotive Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs  April 24, 2013 Nicolas Loris Herbert & Joyce Morgan Fellow The Heritage Foundation My name is Nicolas Loris. I am an energy policy analyst and the Herbert and Joyce…

  • Testimony posted September 5, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Spurring Investment in America’s Clean Energy Technology

    Spurring Investment in America’s Clean Energy Technology U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resource July 18, 2013 Nicolas Loris Herbert & Joyce Morgan Fellow The Heritage Foundation My name is Nicolas Loris. I am a senior energy policy analyst and the Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my…

  • Backgrounder posted September 3, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Advanced Energy Trust Fund: Tying a Good Idea to a Bad One

    Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–AK) recently released draft legislation outlining her idea of an Advanced Energy Trust Fund. The trust fund would create a new stream of revenue for the Secretary of Energy to spend on basic and applied research for new energy technologies—with funding coming predominately from oil and gas production on federal lands currently off-limits to…

  • Backgrounder posted June 7, 2013 by Nicolas Loris The Shaheen–Portman Energy Efficiency Bill: A Costly, Inefficient Use of Taxpayer Money

    Deep divisions within Congress have the American public and politicians alike wondering what Congress can accomplish—on any issue. One issue consistently mentioned is energy efficiency. To that end, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH) and Rob Portman (R–OH) have introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. Known as Shaheen–Portman, the act relies on…

  • Issue Brief posted April 8, 2013 by Baker Spring, Jack Spencer Mixed Oxide Fuel Facility in South Carolina Needs Congress’s Support

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is constructing a facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to produce mixed oxide (MOX) fuel, which consists of uranium oxide and plutonium oxide, for use in nuclear power reactors. This building project follows from a 2000 agreement with Russia to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus weapons plutonium by each country. The DOE…

  • Issue Brief posted April 8, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Jack Spencer, Katie Tubb 10 Questions for DOE Nominee Ernest Moniz

    Dr. Ernest Moniz, if confirmed by the Senate as next Secretary of Energy, will be taking over a Department wrought with controversy from the past four years. During a time when energy development should be driving the economy forward, pernicious subsidy policies, missing leadership on nuclear waste disposal, and unnecessary limits on conventional fuel development on…

  • Issue Brief posted March 28, 2013 by Jack Spencer Nuclear Waste Management: Minimum Requirements for Reforms and Legislation

    Senator Ron Wyden (D–OR), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, is expected to put forth a bill to reform nuclear waste management in the U.S. According to media reports, the bill under consideration maintains the same basic structure of America’s current, failed system for waste management.[1] While such a bill might meet some near-term…

  • Issue Brief posted March 14, 2013 by Nicolas Loris Energy Efficiency, Not Efficiency Mandates

    In order to compel American businesses and consumers to act in a manner that suits the federal government, various federal agencies have created mandates and energy-efficiency programs for vehicles, homes, manufacturing processes, appliances, and more since the 1970s. Proponents of those programs argue that they save consumers and businesses money, reduce energy use, and…