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  • Throwing Caution to the Wind on Wind Power

    25 by 2025. That’s the target proposal for a federally mandated renewable portfolio standard RPS (also called renewable electricity standard RES) in which the federal government would mandate to have 25 percent of the nation’s electricity from renewable energy by 2025 – primarily wind, solar and hydro. During the Congressional … More

    Real Green Jobs

    It’s not 5 million jobs, but they are real, well-paying jobs, and they’re not going anywhere: “Toshiba America Nuclear Energy will add 194 jobs in Mecklenburg County after receiving a grant from state officials this morning worth as much as $4.88 million over nine years. The company will open a … More

    Concerns Loom Large over Global Warming Bill

    Republicans and Democrats alike are voicing their concerns over the Clean Energy and Security Act that includes a renewable portfolio standard, federal spending for clean energy technology, and above all else, a cap-and-tax program that would attempt to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Introduced by Chairman Henry Waxman (D–CA) of the … More

    Green Job Creation is Not the End All Goal

    Pepperdine economist George Reisman reminds us, and hopefully our policymakers, that we shouldn’t be creating jobs for the sake of creating jobs: Indeed, advancing the goals of environmentalism is capable of creating a virtually limitless number of jobs. Big-rig trucks and their “polluting” emissions might be done away with by … More

    Al Gore, You've Truly Outdone Yourself

    Speaking at a Congressional hearing in support of a massive, costly energy bill that would attempt to slow global warming by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, Al Gore likened climate change legislation to some of the largest events in U.S. history: I believe this legislation has the … More

    A Time for Giving Thanks

    Usually the time to give thanks is, well, Thanksgiving. But on Earth Day, economist Don Boudreaux had plenty of reasons to be thankful: “My son, Thomas (a sixth grader), has a homework assignment today: write an essay entitled “What Earth Day Means to Me.” I will help him out with … More

    Earth Day Update: From Splitting Wood to Splitting Atoms

    Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner’s message, written five years ago, is still very much relevant today: Almost all the settlers who arrived here hundreds of years ago were subsistence farmers. They cleared hundreds of millions of acres of trees. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, “A … More

    Earth Day Update: Life, Liberty and Property

    Before Thomas Jefferson penned in The Declaration of Independence, writing that we are endowed with “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” it was philosopher John Locke who believed “no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.” Indeed, … More

    It's Time to Discuss Cap and Trade

    This week, beginning today, Waxman and Markey are holding Congressional hearings to discuss the draft of a massive energy bill that includes clean energy investment, energy efficiency mandates, a cap-and-trade program, and protectionist policies that will supposedly help the consumer cope with higher energy prices. The logic behind the hearing … More

    Global Warming Support Falling Faster Than Ice Shelves

    The numbers don’t lie; support for global warming policies are eroding, faster than polar ice caps, as it turns out. Moreover, a new poll shows just how much the political elite are losing touch with the American public when it comes to global warming. According to a Rasmussen poll released … More