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  • Louisiana Senator Blocks NOAA Nominee Over De Facto Drilling Ban

    Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) announced today he would block the confirmation of Dr. Scott Doney to be chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration due to “concerns over scientific integrity at federal agencies and the White House.” These concerns stem from the recent Gulf offshore drilling moratorium and … More

    Government Speeds Permitting for Wind Farms as Gulf Drilling Continues to Lag

    Just one day after meeting with the oil and gas industry in Houma, La., last week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar unveiled the Obama administration’s “Smart from the Start” initiative to speed up the permitting process. Only this wasn’t permitting for offshore oil drilling, but wind farms off of the East … More

    Louisiana Senators to Interior Secretary: End Drilling Permit Logjam

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar traveled to Louisiana on Monday to meet with oil and gas executives whose industry has been suffering from a “de facto” drilling ban since the government’s moratorium was lifted. Both of the state’s senators said Salazar failed to adequately address the core issues causing the logjam. … More

    Supreme Court Is Asked to Strike Down Tobacco Settlement

    Last week the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based free-market advocacy group, filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to review the 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement on the grounds it violates federal antitrust laws and is unconstitutional. The tobacco MSA is the result of 46 state attorneys general striking … More

    Post-Moratorium: Where Are the Drilling Permits?

    The deepwater drilling moratorium ended three weeks ago, but it could be months before the federal government issues its first new permit. In a meeting last week with members of the National Ocean Industries Association, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich was vague when … More

    U.N. Climate Change Conferences Are Full of Hot Air

    With the 1997 Kyoto Protocol provisions set to expire in 2012, U.N. climate change officials are scrambling to hold nations to a renewal of the treaty, while developed countries continue to point to exemptions for developing countries as evidence of its worthlessness. This conflict between developed nations and developing nations … More

    Government Insourcing: Hurting the Economy and Wasting Taxpayers' Dollars

    Since the beginning of the Obama administration, the federal government has steadily increased the number of jobs transferred from private contractors to the civil service. Insourcing was supposed to save money, but the results tell a different story. The effort stems from a March 4, 2009, administration memorandum on government … More

    300 Economists Counter White House Claim on Taxes

    According to a recent White House video explaining the administration’s opposition to extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee claims: “If you ask objective economists and analysts around the country about what is effective you will find that everyone agrees that these giant … More

    No Relief for Jobs Killed by Drilling Ban

    Shallow-water rig workers and those in industries unrelated to oil drilling are losing their jobs and being denied access to relief funds because of what Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) calls a “de facto shallow-water drilling ban.” Nearly $1 billion is going to Gulf Coast industries that are suffering in the … More

    Spending Revolt Tours the Nation

    Rampant government spending is out of control. The federal government is spending at a rate of $112,000 per second. Billion dollar programs are driving up U.S. debt to unheard-of levels. Now average Americans are telling Washington to hit the brakes. Following the passage of Obamacare, a coalition of taxpayers, women, … More