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  • Five Myths About Extreme Weather and Global Warming

    There is broad (though not unanimous) agreement, even among skeptic scientists, that the earth has warmed moderately over the past 60 years and that some portion of that warming can be attributed to anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. However, despite the hoopla surrounding the recent report on the economic impacts of … More

    Members of the ‘Independent’ EPA Advisory Committee Got $180 Million from EPA

    How “independent” can an advisory committee be if 15 of its 20 members received an aggregate $180 million from the agency it is advising? That’s the question Ron Arnold raises in his recent Washington Examiner piece, which looks at the EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee’s Ozone Review Panel. It … More

    Building on Quicksand: The Social Cost of Carbon

    In the recent State of the Union address, President Obama promised to act alone on his political agenda if Congress didn’t go along, and he is indeed relying on unilateral executive action as he focuses on carbon-based energy. A major weapon in this attack on the most affordable energy sources … More

    The War on Coal: Collateral Damage Will Hit Non-Coal States, Too

    The combination of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules could likely end coal-fired power in the next 30 years. While the coal industry will be directly affected by the EPA’s proposal, many other industries will also feel the impact, and the economic pain will spread across the country. If the … More

    A How-To for Economic Growth: North Dakota's Surge

    A modern retelling of “The Little Red Hen” would include ducks and pigs that not only didn’t help grow the wheat and bake the bread, but who wanted to eat the bread after hobbling the Red Hen while she did the work. Politicians in both Washington and New York want … More

    We Are Drilling, Baby! U.S. Passing Saudi Arabia in Oil Production

    What do you know—“Drill, baby, drill” is working. Thanks to new smart-drilling and production technologies (including hydraulic fracturing), the U.S. is the leading liquid fuels producer in the world and will soon be the world’s largest producer of petroleum. And we would be even further in the lead if we … More

    Heritage Contributes to the Reopening of the White House's Social Cost of Carbon Discussion

    The White House has stated that it will open its estimate of the social cost of carbon (SCC) for public comment. Administration officials who are responsible for this decision should be commended for recognizing the need to revisit this issue. We at Heritage are proud to say that we contributed … More

    Scrutinizing the Social Cost of Carbon: Comment to the Energy Department

    On September 16, Heritage analysts David Kreutzer and Kevin Dayaratna sent a request to the Department of Energy requesting that a recent rule incorporating an updated Social Cost of Carbon be opened for additional comments. The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is a monetary value measuring the purported damages from … More

    Green Jobs: Surely You're Joking, Mr. President

    In his speech at Knox College, President Obama laid out his plan for the Detroitification of America: higher taxes, higher spending, increased minimum wages, more mandates, and rerouting the path of upward mobility through tried-and-failed social programs. He blames unfettered markets for taking America away from the halcyon days of … More

    Great Green Fleet = Big Red Ink

    It seems that Washington has a mandate, subsidy, or loan program for every bad idea. Today’s example is military biofuels. Just this spring, the Defense Department issued another multimillion-dollar set of contracts for firms to develop refineries whose biofuels, in theory, would not be that much more expensive than conventional … More