PowerCast

PowerCast

An audio program from Heritage’s Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment.

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The Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s (CECE) PowerCast brings together leading experts to discuss a wide range of timely and critical issues in energy, climate, and the environment. If you support unleashing abundant and affordable domestic energy, combatting climate alarmism, and advancing environmental policy that respects federalism, property rights, and sound science, then the PowerCast is a must-listen program.

West Virginia v. EPA: Initial Insight and Analysis (July 6, 2022)
The United States Supreme Court, in a 6-3 opinion, held that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan wasn’t authorized under the Clean Air Act. Under this rule, the agency was trying to dictate how the entire country generates electricity, mandating a shift from conventional energy to renewable energy. In this debut edition of the Center for Energy, Climate and Environment’s PowerCast, leading experts discuss the case, its implications on energy and regulation, the major questions doctrine, and restoring representative government.

Dispelling Myths About Gas Prices: Lessons from Across the Oil Supply Chain (July 20, 2022)
Major costs and obstacles impacting the entire oil supply chain, from oil producers, refiners, to gas stations, are driving up gas prices. Understanding the oil supply chain and its challenges helps to better understand the causes of high gas prices. In the latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, leading experts discuss issues such as onshore and offshore leasing, pipelines, refining, and basic economics affecting prices. They dispel harmful myths about gas prices, such as alleged price gouging, and also identify some of the Biden administration policies driving up gas prices.

Energy, Climate, and the Inflation Reduction Act (August 4, 2022)
The Senate is expected to consider a reconciliation bill misleadingly named the Inflation Reduction Act. The overall spending for the climate and energy provisions of the bill is a whopping $369 billion. The legislation, which is an effort to centrally plan energy use and production, promotes a Green New Deal wish list for far-left extremists, from their favored electricity generation, vehicles, to agricultural practices. In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, leading experts discuss what’s in the bill, its harmful policies, and why the bill wouldn’t help with inflation but would in fact make matters worse.

Conservative Energy Policy After the Inflation Reduction Act (Aug 17, 2022)
The so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” has now become law, with the House and Senate passing the legislation on purely partisan lines. No Republican voted in favor of the bill, which includes a Green New Deal wish list, spending $369 billion on energy and climate programs. What does the left get wrong with this bill and its energy and climate agenda? What should conservatives do to have a bold and proactive agenda that gets things right? In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, leading energy experts answer these questions and help to lay out key principles that should inform conservative energy policy.

Government Efforts to Dictate What You Drive: What You Need to Know (Sept 1, 2022)
For decades, many conservatives have warned that environmental extremists are trying to use the government to dictate, among other things, how you live, where you live, what you eat, and what you drive.  Recent developments have certainly shown they want to dictate what you want to drive.  From the so-called Inflation Reduction Act and its push for electric vehicles, California’s efforts to ban new gas-fueled cars, to the extreme federal fuel efficiency standards, the far left wants Americans to stop driving gas-powered cars, with little to no regard for the harm such policies will impose upon Americans.  In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, leading experts discuss these recent developments, the harmful impact of these efforts, and the elitism and arrogance of some who think they know better than Americans themselves as to what they should drive.

Energy Cautionary Tales from the EU and UK: Lessons for the United States (Oct 4, 2022)
U.S. policymakers don’t need a crystal ball to get a good idea of the impact from Green New Deal-type policies and a war on conventional fuels.  We are seeing these impacts now right here in the U.S.  But lessons can also be learned from the experiences of the EU and UK, who are further down this misguided path of attacking reliable and abundant energy, all in the name of climate change and other alleged environmental objectives.  In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, leading experts discuss EU and UK energy policy, what has been the result of these policies (including the horror stories), and what lessons the U.S. should take from their experience.

An Unauthorized Campaign Against the Internal Combustion Engine (Nov 1, 2022)
California has adopted regulations that would ban new internal combustion engine vehicle sales beginning in 2035. If EPA grants a waiver from Clean Air Act preemption to California to implement these regulations, then in 12 years, say goodbye to buying new gas and diesel-powered cars in the Golden State. But this campaign against the internal combustion engine isn’t all about California. The EPA through its motor vehicle emission standards and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through its fuel economy standards are trying to transform the nation’s vehicle fleet, shifting it away from gas and diesel-powered vehicles and towards electric vehicles. Even worse, Congress hasn’t authorized the agencies to take such action. In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, Daren Bakst, host of the PowerCast and Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Policy and Regulation, is joined by Justin Schwab, former Deputy General Counsel at the EPA, and the founder of CGCN Law, and Derrick Morgan, Executive Vice President of the Heritage Foundation, to discuss these critical threats to freedom, consumer choice, and separation of powers.

Embracing Private and Local Solutions to Environmental Challenges (Nov 16, 2022)
Unfortunately, too many people assume that to address environmental issues, there needs to be one-size-fits-all federal solutions. This is a harmful fallacy. To achieve genuine positive environmental outcomes, policymakers need to respect state and local solutions, and they definitely need to respect private citizens who are using many innovative ideas to improve the environment. In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, Daren Bakst, host of the PowerCast and Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Policy and Regulation, is joined by Todd Myers, Environmental Director of the Washington Policy Center in Seattle, to discuss how private innovation is making a real difference to address environmental challenges.