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    Unplugged: Administration’s Energy Policies Don’t Match Its Own Rhetoric

    On Wednesday in Brussels, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged American leadership in making it more difficult for energy to be used as a geopolitical weapon. However, the Obama Administration’s policies have done little to free the energy market. For American actions to match Kerry’s rhetoric, the U.S. must enact … More

    The Chorus for LNG Exports Gets Bigger and Louder

    As Congress returns to work and focuses on a Ukraine aid package, exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) is getting all sorts of attention these days, and deservedly so. Liberalizing America’s energy markets by lifting restrictions on export capabilities should be a key component of Congress’s response. Over the weekend, 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

    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

    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

    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