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    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

    Salazar Joins Other Democrats in Supporting Keystone

    Add Ken Salazar to the list of environmentally concerned and Administration-connected Democrats who support building the Keystone XL pipeline. The former Secretary of the Interior remarked last week that he supports the project, which would create American jobs and increase economic activity in the communities supporting construction. He called it … More

    Absent Tax Credits, the Free Market Works for Wind Energy

    The wind production tax credit (PTC) expired again at the close of 2013, but Congress need not reconsider it. Although new power capacity installations were 92 percent below their 2012 levels, the wind industry still added 1,084 megawatts (MW) to existing production in 2013. American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom … More

    C'mon, Obama, Join the Energy Boom

    An energy project that would be good for the U.S economy, can be built without taxpayer help, and would have little to no environmental impact? That’s the Keystone pipeline President Obama keeps blocking. A new environmental impact statement released Friday said again that the Keystone XL pipeline is safe. >>> … More

    Keystone XL Pipeline: Still Environmentally Safe

    President Obama has punted on Keystone XL so many times, it seems like he could have covered the 1,700-mile route of the oil pipeline. With this afternoon’s release of  a positive “final environmental impact statement” by the State Department, though, he should do what he should have done a long … 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

    DOE’s Manufacturing Innovation Is $70 Million Corporate Welfare Giveaway

    The Obama Administration recently announced that $70 million of your taxpayer dollars will be spent over the next five years on a public-private manufacturing innovative initiative. If you’re asking why such an initiative can’t be fully funded by the private sector, move to the head of the class. The partnership … More

    10 Wasteful and Unnecessary Energy Spending Programs in the Omnibus

    We’ve written several times that the Omnibus legislation includes Department of Energy spending that needlessly squanders money away on activities that should occur in the private market. Of the $1.9 billion allocated for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy money will be a variety of wasteful projects: “Technology validation” and “market … More

    All the Energy Technologies You'll Be Propping Up in 2014

    Heritage experts worked through the night to comb through the massive spending bill Congress just released. One of the big disappointments they found is a whopping $10.2 billion for energy industries and government energy programs—much of which should be taken care of in the private sector. While Congress allocates billions … More

    Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently

    If your New Year’s resolution is to change your light bulbs, don’t worry—the federal government’s here to help. Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. The light bulb has become a symbol in the fight for consumer freedom and … More