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    DOE Sitting on Taxpayer Dollars Due to Negative Publicity

    Despite billions of dollars in unused loan authority remaining under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office, negative publicity surrounding the loan guarantee programs (which offer taxpayer dollars to government-approved companies) has tampered with applications, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. More than $51 billion in … More

    Carbon Tax: House Republicans and Policy Groups Join Forces

    House Republicans and various policy groups gathered on Capitol Hill this week to oppose a tax on carbon. “This is not a carbon tax,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Carbon doesn’t pay taxes. People pay taxes. This is a tax on the American people.” A carbon … More

    Profitable or Not, Loan Guarantee Program Is a Failure

    Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) is receiving criticism for including two solar-generation projects in his budget plan as “failed” projects despite the fact that Mesquite Solar 1’s project in Phoenix is generating electricity and SolarReserve’s project is under construction and recently entered a contract to sell power to California’s largest utility. … More

    Heritage Experts' Reaction to Senate Continuing Resolution

    The massive spending bill, or continuing resolution, released by the Senate this week continues spending on programs which are inappropriate or wasteful and fails to adopt good policies in many areas. Here’s a rundown of some of the worst offenders in the Senate bill: Obamacare. The CR fails to stop … More

    Keystone XL: Parallels to the Alaska Pipeline

    As the U.S. commemorates the 40th anniversary of passage of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline Authorization Act of 1973, it is worth remembering the challenges the project overcame and how they mirror the challenges facing the Keystone XL Pipeline today. An 800-mile engineering marvel, the Alaska Pipeline was completed in two years … More

    The EPA: An Impediment to Economic Recovery

    The rapid pace and severity of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on the energy sector during the past four years illustrates an ongoing problem—the government’s impediment to an economic recovery. The EPA’s mandates have discriminated against certain sectors of the energy industry, most notably coal, killing needed jobs. On top … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Administration Buries Good News on Keystone Pipeline

    In Washington, a presidential Administration releases news it doesn’t like at 5 p.m. on Fridays. So it pays to pay attention when everyone is leaving work for the weekend. Late last Friday, the State Department released a positive environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama has been delaying … More

    Keystone XL Pipeline Déjà vu

    Today the State Department released yet another positive environmental review for the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline project. The State Department approved the original pipeline route through Nebraska, which was supposedly less environmentally friendly, without any problems. It is no surprise, then, that the State Department also seems … More

    Bankruptcy Filings Allege Abound Solar Aware of Defective Panels

    Recent filings by a customer of bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Abound Solar allege the company knew its panels were defective before the company collapsed last year, according to documents made public in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware: Citing confidential documents, Green Choice Solar LLC says the Colorado-based Abound knew … More

    Department of Energy: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    President Obama is touring the country and campaigning against the spending cuts under sequestration, such as cuts to energy research. The Department of Energy (DOE) itself has claimed that it may have to “curtail vital programs” and furlough employees in light of sequestration. The Heritage Foundation has already identified wasteful … More