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  • Commentary posted March 22, 2014 by Nicolas Loris EPA's coal regs: all pain, no gain for Wisconsin

    Wisconsin's economy has been on the upswing, but Washington's proposed greenhouse gas regulations could change all that. The Environmental Protection Agency's prospective crackdown on new and existing power plants will drive up energy prices across the nation, but the proposed regulations will hit Badger State families and businesses particularly hard. The latest surge…

  • Commentary posted March 20, 2014 by Stephen Moore The Sue-and-Settle Racket

    For four years now, radical environmental groups have teamed with the Obama administration’s Interior Department and hijacked the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to bottle up development in many areas out West. The big villain that the Left is trying to thwart, of course, is the oil-and-gas industry. The ESA is blocking drilling operations in many prime energy-rich…

  • Issue Brief posted March 4, 2014 by Nicolas Loris, Filip Jolevski 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,”[1] 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 28, 2014 by Daren Bakst Is the FDA Getting Out of Control?

    Acting on its own volition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is using the regulatory process to gain unprecedented control of food policy and remove dietary choices from Americans. Similar to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the FDA is pushing extreme policies to regulate in areas that have never been federally regulated. Recent examples highlight this…

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

  • Backgrounder posted November 21, 2013 by Kevin Dayaratna, David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. Loaded DICE: An EPA Model Not Ready for the Big Game

    The “social cost of carbon” (SCC) is a metric used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to quantify the economic impact associated with carbon emissions.[1] The EPA uses three statistical models to estimate the SCC: FUND (Climate Framework for Uncertainty, Negotiation and Distribution), DICE (Dynamic Integrated Climate-Economy), and PAGE (Policy Analysis of the…

  • Backgrounder posted April 12, 2013 by Derrick Morgan Boxer–Sanders Carbon Tax Would Empower EPA to Crush Booming Energy Economy

    In his 2013 State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama called on Congress to pursue a solution to climate change, or else he would do it on his own. The same week, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D–CA) and committee member Bernie Sanders (I–VT) introduced the first major bill that would institute a carbon tax, the Climate…

  • Issue Brief posted April 10, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb EPA Administrator Nominee Gina McCarthy: In Her Own Words

    In announcing his nominee for the next Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, President Obama said Gina McCarthy “has focused on practical, cost-effective ways to keep our air clean and our economy growing. She’s earned a reputation as a straight shooter. She welcomes different points of views.”[1] The EPA needs to take an entirely different direction, and…

  • Issue Brief posted April 10, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Diane Katz, Katie Tubb 10 Questions for EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy

    If confirmed as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nominee Gina McCarthy will inherit an agency exceeding critical mass. This bureaucratic onslaught has decreased American freedom and the EPA’s ability to efficiently address real environmental challenges. Given that McCarthy has helped to build this epitome of regulatory excess, it is important…

  • Issue Brief posted January 24, 2013 by Nicolas Loris, Brett D. Schaefer Climate Change: How the U.S. Should Lead

    During his 2013 inaugural address, President Obama told Americans that the United States “will respond to the threat of climate change” and will take the lead for other countries to follow suit. Even assuming the accuracy of climate change models, unilateral action by the U.S. is a costly symbolic gesture that would do nothing to successfully resolve climate challenges.…

  • Issue Brief posted January 8, 2013 by David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D., Nicolas Loris Carbon Tax Would Raise Unemployment, Not Swap Revenue

    Interested in raising revenue and reducing global warming, some policymakers in Washington are floating the idea of a carbon tax. In order to sway conservatives to support a carbon tax, proponents are pushing for either revenue neutrality or replacing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations. These proponents ignore three critical realities…

  • Issue Brief posted October 31, 2012 by Diane Katz Obama’s Regulatory Agenda: Calm Before the Superstorm

    After three years of unprecedented regulatory activity, the Obama Administration has noticeably slowed its rulemaking in recent months. A number of major rules remain under prolonged “review” by the White House, while publication of the regulatory agenda required by statute has not occurred. This flouting of the law is disturbing enough, but it is made worse by the…

  • Testimony posted September 25, 2012 by David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. Funding World Climate Initiatives

    Testimony Before The Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power United States House of Representatives September 11, 2012 My name is David Kreutzer. I am Research Fellow in Energy Economics and Climate Change at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own and should…

  • Issue Brief posted September 19, 2012 by Nicolas Loris War on Coal: A House Bill to Stop the Regulatory Assault

    Coal’s share of electricity generation in the United States has been shrinking, partly as a result of low natural gas prices. However, an undeniable reason for coal’s demise is the regulatory assault on the industry by the Obama Administration. Alpha Natural Resources recently announced that it would close eight coal mines and eliminate 1,200 jobs in part because of what…

  • Backgrounder posted July 23, 2012 by Nicolas Loris The Assault on Coal and American Consumers

    Abstract: For decades, coal has literally been the rock that has powered America with cheap, reliable energy. Yet the federal government is using every possible avenue to reduce coal’s role in American energy production by creating an environment in which coal production’s decline is inevitable. Congress should reform federal policies and regulations to enable the…