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    Yucca Mountain: NRC Takes First Step to Follow the Law

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) took a constructive step toward finishing the job on Yucca Mountain. Yesterday, the NRC announced its plan of action to complete the safety evaluation review of the site, calling it “an agency priority.” This comes three years after then-NRC chairman Gregory Jaczko controversially halted the … More

    Energy: What Works and What Doesn't

    President Obama told listeners during his weekly address that American energy is booming under his Administration. The reality is, however, that the private sector delivered the economic benefits America is enjoying from energy production—and the Administration’s policies are stunting that growth. The President highlighted that domestic oil production surpassed imports … More

    Heritage Contributes to the Reopening of the White House's Social Cost of Carbon Discussion

    The White House has stated that it will open its estimate of the social cost of carbon (SCC) for public comment. Administration officials who are responsible for this decision should be commended for recognizing the need to revisit this issue. We at Heritage are proud to say that we contributed … More

    Wasteful Spending Programs at the Department of Energy

    With the next budget battle looming, there will be attempts to undo sequestration, and proponents of a bloated budget will argue that very little if anything should be cut from the budget. But there are several programs within the Department of Energy (DOE) that can be cut or eliminated entirely. … More

    The Good and the Bad in the Shaheen–Portman Efficiency Bill

    Many of the provisions in the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, an energy-efficiency bill introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH) and Rob Portman (R–OH), create or promote taxpayer-funded corporate welfare programs that duplicate state efficiency initiatives. Government-mandated and subsidized efficiency programs reduce choice and empower Washington to make basic … More

    EPA Increasingly Neglects States’ Concerns with Regulations

    A new report from the Republican Environmental and Public Works staff details how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is damaging the relationship and effectiveness of state and federal government cooperation when administering and implementing regulations. Similar to what The Heritage Foundation espouses in its American Conservation Ethic report, the report … More

    Generating German Energy Poverty

    What began as a daring endeavor to bring Germans more renewable energy and wean the country off nuclear energy by 2022 has turned German energy into a luxury good. The project began in 2000 with the German Renewable Energy Act. During her reelection campaign this summer, Chancellor Angela Merkel promised … More

    Carbon Regulation: Time for America to Learn from Australia’s Mistake

    Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who won a landslide victory earlier this month, vowed to promptly scrap the nation’s tax on carbon emissions. He began to follow through at his first cabinet meeting. Also in line to be repealed are several commissions organized by the previous government to provide … More

    EPA’s New CO2 Regulations: Time for Congress to Step Up

    “Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.” That gem came from outside White House adviser Daniel Schrag when President Obama made his climate change speech in June. This morning, the Environmental … More

    Scrutinizing the Social Cost of Carbon: Comment to the Energy Department

    On September 16, Heritage analysts David Kreutzer and Kevin Dayaratna sent a request to the Department of Energy requesting that a recent rule incorporating an updated Social Cost of Carbon be opened for additional comments. The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is a monetary value measuring the purported damages from … More