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    Baucus Continues Losing Streak with Energy Tax Reform Draft

    Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus (D–MT) released a draft bill to reform the way the tax code treats energy. This latest draft reform plan misses the mark, just like his earlier efforts on international tax and depreciation did. Baucus claims that his plan would stop the tax … More

    H.R. 3766 Wrong Approach to Global Commercial Nuclear Growth

    Last week Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R–FL) introduced H.R. 3766, resurrecting the supposed “gold standard” for commercial nuclear trade. However, the bill discourages the very behavior that could help to solve the problems it aims to address. The global expansion of commercial nuclear power does present new challenges. In response, H.R. … More

    As Navy Fleet Shrinks, Obama Administration Diverts Funds to Biofuels

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus continued to push for his “green fleet” this week, yet again championing an initiative that wastes millions of taxpayer dollars while providing no benefit to the Navy. The most recent effort to force the Navy to buy biofuels instead of much less expensive diesel involved teaming … More

    How the EPA Plans to Kill Jobs and Reduce Your Income

    How’s your heating bill? If you feel like you’re not paying enough, you’re in luck. President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing new regulations on power plants—regulations that will kill jobs, jack up your energy costs, and even end up reducing families’ income because of the impact on the … More

    Heritage Expert Analysis on the Ryan–Murray Budget Deal

    Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D–WA) forged a budget deal without even trying to address the key drivers of spending and debt in a meaningful way. Instead, the deal increases spending immediately while delaying deficit reduction until later and trades some spending cuts for more revenue. Below … More

    License to Kill: Unintended Consequences of Picking Winners in Energy

    The Department of Interior (DOI) on Monday published a final rule extending the time period energy companies can be permitted to kill, injure, or otherwise disturb eagles for up to 30 years. The rule has been in the works since 2012 and is an expansion of a similar 2009 rule … More

    We Are Drilling, Baby! U.S. Passing Saudi Arabia in Oil Production

    What do you know—“Drill, baby, drill” is working. Thanks to new smart-drilling and production technologies (including hydraulic fracturing), the U.S. is the leading liquid fuels producer in the world and will soon be the world’s largest producer of petroleum. And we would be even further in the lead if we … More

    EPA Science Advisers Raise Concerns over Climate Regulations

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) planned greenhouse gas regulations for both new and existing power plants would effectively act as a bureaucratically managed cap-and-trade plan that would drive up energy costs across the country. Lamar Smith (R–TX), chairman of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee, sent a letter this … More

    Let’s Work Toward Energy Subsidy Independence

      Why are taxpayers propping up struggling energy firm SolarCity? The company’s dependence on subsidies is a great illustration of why policymakers should remove subsidies for all energy sources. Company executives outlined how dependent the company is on the taxpayer in the company’s IPO document: “Our business currently depends on … More

    Court Decision on Nuclear Waste Fee Offers Chance for Reform

    The D.C. Circuit Court delivered a welcome conclusion this week in NARUC v. Department of Energy: The Department of Energy (DOE) cannot charge commercial nuclear power plant operators for a service it doesn’t provide. The decision creates a unique opportunity to fix America’s broken nuclear waste management system. Since 1982, … More