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  • Chu Uses Power Marketing Administrations to Implement Green Agenda

    When it comes to finding alternate pathways to force their green agenda onto Americans, President Obama and his Administration know how to dream up creative solutions. In this latest installment, Energy Secretary Steven Chu is directing Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) to invest in a smart electrical grid that also serves … More

    Obama - For Keystone or Against It?

    The Obama Administration voiced its support Monday regarding TransCanada Corporation’s plans to construct the interstate portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that does not require presidential approval. Remember that President Obama rejected TransCanada’s permit application to construct a 1,700-mile pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Texas refineries just this January. Has … More

    Misguided: Tapping the SPR Just to Do "Something" About High Gas Prices

    Democrats are urging President Obama to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to avert “potential danger to the economy” and improve “the [P]resident’s reelection chances,” Politico reports. Tapping the SPR, which exists for moments of national crisis, would constitute playing politics with a national security asset in addition to being … More

    End—Don’t Extend—the Wind Energy Tax Credit

    The Hill reports that a bipartisan group of Senators is urging lawmakers to extend the wind energy production tax credit, which is scheduled to expire by the end of this year. Congress should let the tax credit expire and offset the resulting tax hike with reductions elsewhere. The wind energy … More

    Ryan House Budget Committee Leads on Process Reforms

    With debt and spending out of control, the good news is that the House Budget Committee is taking important steps toward focusing Congress on its most basic duty: budgeting. By speedily passing several budget process reform bills, Chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI) and others on his committee are moving Congress in … More

    EPA’s Attack on Coal Hits Electricity Bills

    The U.S. coal industry is facing a grim outlook in 2012, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pollution rules are one big reason. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule have contributed to the premature shutdown of several coal plants and the idling of coal … More

    Obama's Words Don't Match with Action on Oil and Gas

    At this State of the Union address, President Obama proudly stated that “American oil production is the highest it’s been in eight years” and declared that his Administration would “open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources.” While President Obama spoke favorably of the role … More

    Blocking Real Jobs for Green Fallacy Is No Way to Strengthen Economy

    Leading up to his third State of the Union (SOTU) address tonight, President Obama appears once again less interested in facilitating real job growth than in creating the mere appearance of job creation. In a SOTU preview video released over the weekend, Obama declared that American energy fueled by homegrown … More

    EPA's "Sustainability" Agenda: Vast Power Grab

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on a mission to further unilaterally expand its already vast regulatory powers in the name of “sustainable development.” Congress should take action to rein in the agency before it’s too late. An EPA-requested report issued in August by the National Research Council (NRC), a … More

    U.N. Climate Talks: Wealth Redistribution and a New Tax, Too

    Another year, another hopeless climate talk. This time, the annual U.N. climate change summit is taking place in Durban, South Africa. It looks painfully like another misguided attempt to convince developed countries to shoulder global emissions targets while redistributing wealth to developing countries. This approach, again, is likely to fail—despite … More