May 24, 2012
Washington, D.C., May 24, 2012--Nicolas (Nick) Loris, an economist at The Heritage Foundation, has been named the leading think tank's new Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow. Loris focuses his research and writing in Heritage's Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies on energy issues and the economic effects of environmental policies and regulations.
"Nick's work on energy has been crucial to advancing understanding of the need for reliable supplies of domestic energy, unfettered by reams of government red tape," Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner said in announcing the appointment. "The influence of our research is multiplied by Herb Morgan's commitment to stopping overregulation and overreach by Washington bureaucrats."
"From reshaping oil spill liability policy to charting the facts about natural gas fracking, Nick became a leading voice in pushing for market-based energy solutions," Roe Institute Director Alison Acosta Fraser said.
As Morgan Fellow, Loris succeeds Ronald Utt, who held the position for over a decade until his retirement this past winter. The fellowship was endowed by Herbert Morgan and his late wife, Joyce, of Arlington, Va., longtime proponents of free enterprise and limited government. Mrs. Morgan passed away in 2009.
An Air Force veteran, Herb Morgan capped a career in real estate as president and owner of Real Title Co. Inc. He was born in Jackson, Tenn., and received his law degree from American University in Washington, D.C. He served one term in the Virginia House of Delegates. He held leadership posts with the Arlington and Virginia state chambers of commerce, Arlington Rotary and the Salvation Army's Arlington Corps.
In the months before he was named Morgan fellow, Loris made the factual case for constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline and consistently argued for eliminating government subsidies to the energy industry. "With high gas prices and the administration's refusal to open up access to more oil and gas exploration, his work is as important as ever," Fraser said.
A policy analyst for the past year, Loris joined Heritage as a research assistant in June 2007. An Arlington resident, he received a master's degree in economics from George Mason University and a bachelor's degree in economics, finance and political science from Albright College.
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