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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

    EPA Gives Green Light for California's Costly Car Program

    Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a waiver to the state of California to move forward with its Advanced Clean Cars Program. The EPA waiver allows California to implement even tougher fuel efficiency standards than the White House announced last summer in an attempt to integrate more zero-emission … More

    Top 10 Heritage Blog Posts of 2012

    Heritage’s blog, The Foundry, turns 5 years old next week. Not only has it transformed how our think tank communicates, but it also features some of the most-read content that our team produces. Thanks in part to the addition of Scribe, our investigative blog, The Foundry nearly doubled the number of unique … More

    Managing Nuclear Waste

    Few think of a calm pool of water when they think of nuclear waste. While nuclear waste must be handled with skill and care, the problems with managing America’s existing and future nuclear waste are political hurdles, not ones of technology or safety. What is popularly termed nuclear waste is … More

    Why Wind Power Has Low Economic Value

    Michael Goggin, manager of transmission policy at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), posted a second response to my report “Wind Intermittency and the Production Tax Credit: A High Cost Subsidy for Low Value Power.” As before, Goggin does not respond to my analysis, leaving my main point unanswered. In … More

    7 Myths About the Wind Production Tax Credit

    The wind production tax credit (PTC) has created an industry that produces overpriced, intermittent power, and it will continue to produce overpriced, intermittent power so as long as there is a PTC to pay for it. Here are the top seven myths associated with the PTC: Myth #1: Wind power … More

    U.S. Carbon Tax to Shovel Dollars to U.N. Bureaucrats?

    It appears there will be an international dining section for hogs at the carbon-tax trough. Any new tax that promises hundreds of billions of dollars per year, as a carbon tax does, would bring out the special-interest hogs, and one of the interests likely to be fed by any federal … More

    Energy Independence the Free-Market Way

    It was clear in pre-election discussion that Americans want energy independence. The most successful means to this end has been the free market—and the release of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) annual World Energy Outlook proves it. IEA projects that while global energy demand will climb, America will emerge as … More

    How a Nuclear Power Plant Works

    The Fukushima nuclear reactor accident in March 2011 challenged the public’s perception of nuclear power. However, much of this disillusionment simply stems from a lack of understanding of how a nuclear power plant functions. Inside a Nuclear Reactor A nuclear power plant is a lot like most coal or natural … More

    Hurricane Sandy Causes Foggy Thinking on Climate

    Disappointed with the lack of global warming discussion in the current presidential campaign, tabloid climatologists have latched onto Hurricane Sandy as their vehicle for relevance. The more reserved among them use lines like “Though we cannot prove that global warming caused Hurricane Sandy, the scientists predict there will be more … More