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    Reject All Energy Mandates: It’s Just Another Subsidy

    With cap and trade out of the realm of possibilities, Members of Congress have turned their attention to mandating so-called clean energy. Some Members hoped for a lame duck vote on a renewable electricity standard (RES), which would require that a certain percentage of our nation’s electricity production come from … More

    Fighting Gridlock: Barton Claims New Class will Not Back Down

    There has been much of speculation that gridlock will characterize the 112th Congress, but not according to Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Congressman Barton (R-TX) was first elected in 1984 as a part of the Reagan re-election class and “did not come to … More

    The Zombie Campaign for Higher Energy Prices

    The American people know that cap and trade energy policies will lead to higher energy costs and fewer jobs. That is why even Democratic candidates like Sen.-elect Joe Manchin (D-WV) famously shot President Barack Obama’s cap and trade bill in a television commercial this fall. But the progressive campaign to … More

    Guardian Reveals Failure of Kyoto Protocol

    Maybe international treaties do send perfectly good jobs overseas after all; it’s just that these treaties do so by regulating commerce at home rather than facilitating it abroad. The Kyoto Protocol is evidence of this fact. Less than a week ago, as the European Environment Agency was celebrating reducing carbon … More

    Environmental Skeptic Offers Fresh Perspective on Global Warming Debate

    If you take Al Gore and replace his global warming apocalypticism with a careful pragmatism and his insistence for energy taxes with a love for human innovation, research and creativity, you will end up with someone similar to Skeptical Environmentalist author Bjorn Lomborg.  At The Heritage Foundation Bloggers Briefing this … More

    Claim Check Needs to Do Fact Checks

    Claim Check, which supposedly fact checks public statements, employs the different-must-be-wrong-theory in dismissing a Heritage analysis because it is an “outlier.” It seems that many forecasters in Washington are more afraid of being alone than they are of being wrong. That is, they would rather be wrong with everybody else … More

    U.S. Could Learn from U.K.’s Global Warming Reversal

    Great Britain’s most prominent scientific body significantly softened its position on global warming after 43 of its members complained that the previous position did not take into account dissenting evidence. Although the Royal Society’s climate change guide still asserts that greenhouse gas gases resulting from human activity contributes to warming, … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) on Empowering Small Business

    Small business is the backbone of our economy.  They create new jobs, employ half of the private sector workforce, and represent 99.9% of the businesses in this country.  In recent years, small businesses have created 7 out of every 10 private sector jobs.  In tough economic times, the government should … More

    Renewable Electricity Standard: Same as a National Energy Tax

    The probability of cap and trade becoming law rapidly diminished as more and more people saw it for what it truly is: a national energy tax. Since 85 percent of our energy comes from carbon-emitting fossil fuels, and the goal of cap and trade is to reduce carbon dioxide, a … More

    What’s Scarier Than Cap and Trade? A Renewable Electricity Standard

    For the past year, the phrase “cap and trade” was as taboo as using Lord Voldemort’s name in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Wizards scared of the Dark Lord referred to Voldemort as “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.” For those hoping to pass cap and trade, it became “The-Energy-Policy-That-Will-Create-Jobs.” But opponents correctly labeled … More