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  • Monthly Archives: November 2012

    Michigan's Rejection of Renewable Energy Mandate Avoids Higher Costs

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    Michigan voters rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment last week that would have imposed a mandate requiring the state’s utilities to source 25 percent of their electric sales annually from renewable energy by 2025. Proposal 3, dubbed “25 by 25,” called for more renewable energy from wind, solar, biomass, and … More

    Energy Independence the Free-Market Way

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    It was clear in pre-election discussion that Americans want energy independence. The most successful means to this end has been the free market—and the release of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) annual World Energy Outlook proves it. IEA projects that while global energy demand will climb, America will emerge as … More

    The Sergei Magnitsky Act and Human Rights

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    Senators Ben Cardin (D–MD) and Jon Kyl (R–AZ) have joined together to sponsor a modern piece of human rights legislation, the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. The legislation is designed to punish gross violators of human rights while allowing the U.S. to extend permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) … More

    IEA Says U.S. to Become Energy Independent by 2030; Obama Administration Says Not So Fast

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    The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its Annual World Energy Outlook this week with the headline that the U.S. could become a net exporter of natural gas by 2020 and essentially energy independent by 2035. This transformation is a direct result of the private-sector innovation and investments to develop new … More

    Free Trade Leadership: Not Made in America

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    Later this month, China and 15 other nations will begin negotiations for a possible new trade agreement. This agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, could encompass 28 percent of the global economy, to the benefit of all nations involved. These negotiations reflect a worldwide trend of bilateral and multilateral trade … More

    WATCH LIVE: Heritage Hosts Gathering of House Conservatives

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    Heritage will host Conversations with Conservatives, a gathering of House conservatives on Capitol Hill at 11:30 AM today. Members will discuss a range of issues before the Congress, including the Fiscal Cliff, impending tax hikes, the state of Obamacare, the lame duck agenda, and other timely topics. Feel free to … More

    Mark Levin on the Election and Constitutional Government

    The event is now over. We will have an archived video as soon as it is available. Now that the people have spoken, it is time to hear “the Great One,” Mark Levin. As the concluding event in our Preserve the Constitution series, Heritage is honored to host talk-radio legend … More

    Morning Bell: Do You Trust the Government with Your Computer?

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    Do you trust the federal government to keep your personal data safe? What about your business’s records and trade secrets? If you answered “no,” you have good reason—the federal government has had 13 breaches and failures of its own cybersecurity just in the last six months. Yet the President and … More

    Left and Right Have Irreconcilable Views on Carbon Tax Proposals

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    Prominent right-of-center groups and individuals have floated the idea recently of backing a carbon tax that uses its revenue to offset other taxes or pay down the national debt. But a new industry report casts doubt on the viability of that policy, and the contradictory proposals of carbon tax proponents … More

    What Are Economists Really Saying About Tax Rate Increases?

    Beware of comparing apples to oranges when it comes to tax rate studies.

    On Friday, Representative Pete Sessions (R–TX) and House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) ran afoul of Glenn Kessler’s “Fact Checker” blog regarding a study of President Obama’s proposed tax increase. Before deciding on a tax change, policymakers are wise to look at the economic impacts of the change. Two Studies In … More