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    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

    Obama’s “War on Coal” Hits American Families Hard

    Regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Interior, and the Department of Labor have been labeled President Barack Obama’s “war on coal.” A more precise label would be a “war on American families, businesses, and jobs.” Unnecessarily and artificially eliminating coal as a reliable, affordable energy source … More

    Offshore Wind: The New Math

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management (BOEM) recently provided some statistics on NRG’s Bluewater Wind project off the coast of New Jersey that show what a bad deal this project will be for taxpayers and consumers. NRG paid about $24,000 to lease 96,000 acres, which works out to about … More

    The Outrageous Statements of Obama's EPA Nominee

    Today the Senate held a confirmation hearing for Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Heritage has provided its own questions for nominee McCarthy. If confirmed, and if her past statements are indicative of future actions, McCarthy’s tenure at the EPA will continue to lead … More

    Obama to Lead on Climate Change, but Only Through Back Door

    During his 2013 inaugural address, President Obama told Americans that the United States “will respond to the threat of climate change” and will take the lead for other countries to follow suit. This commitment is a willful rejection of reality. Congress has been unwilling to enact legislation to unilaterally address … More

    New York’s Fracking Opportunity

    Some would say there is only one choice between energy or the environment. But energy and environmental interests are often not the archenemies people make them out to be. This has been the case with hydraulic fracturing (fracking), where state and local governments have effectively regulated the process and have … More

    Interior Secretary Salazar Still Bullish on Solar Despite High-Profile Setbacks

    At a Friday visit to the Golden, Colorado, campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar characterized the bankruptcies and delays that have plagued the solar manufacturing sector as “just minor (and expected) blips for the industry.” Salazar told Denver’s alt-weekly Westword, “Any time you’re dealing with an … More

    Production of Oil, Gas and Coal on Federal Lands Sinks to Nine-Year Low

    Last fall the U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration reported a 40 percent decline in oil and natural gas production on federal lands compared to 10 years ago. The White House and a prominent liberal in Congress protested. They said EIA, a trusted source for reliable energy information, was wrong. They … More

    Scribecast: Sen. David Vitter on Drilling, Jobs and the Deficit

    Few people have been more vocal about the challenges facing offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico than Sen. David Vitter. As a Republican from Louisiana, Vitter has firsthand knowledge of the Obama administration’s slow pace of permitting since last year’s oil spill. Louisiana has yet to fully recover from … More

    Offshore Drilling Plan Lacks Something: More Drilling

    Yesterday, the Department of Interior released its new five-year offshore drilling plan. Unfortunately, the program is far less expansive when it comes to opening areas to access, exploration, and drilling than it should be. The plan schedules 15 possible lease sales in the 2012–2017 time horizon—10 in the central and … More