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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

    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

    How the EPA Plans to Kill Jobs and Reduce Your Income

    How’s your heating bill? If you feel like you’re not paying enough, you’re in luck. President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing new regulations on power plants—regulations that will kill jobs, jack up your energy costs, and even end up reducing families’ income because of the impact on the … More

    EPA Science Advisers Raise Concerns over Climate Regulations

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) planned greenhouse gas regulations for both new and existing power plants would effectively act as a bureaucratically managed cap-and-trade plan that would drive up energy costs across the country. Lamar Smith (R–TX), chairman of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee, sent a letter this … 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’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

    House Pushes Back Against White House Carbon Measures

    Before the House dismissed for August recess, it sent two important messages related to regulating (or not) carbon dioxide. The House decisively passed an amendment to the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act raised by Representative Steve Scalise (R–LA) that would require congressional approval for a … More

    Carbon Tax: Van Hollen's Latest Version

    Representative Chris Van Hollen (D–MD) is expected to soon introduce a new rendition of his cap-and-dividend carbon tax. Like earlier versions, Van Hollen’s bill would require carbon-dioxide-emitting industries (such as electric utilities) to buy emission permits. Some of the money raised would be divvied up to energy consumers to make … More

    Eliminate Advanced Manufacturing and Alternative Fuel Programs

    There are sound market ideas that address issues of high energy prices. Throwing money at corporations is not one of them. The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations released its report language on the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill for 2014. While the House deserves credit for scaling back … More

    Climate Change: White House Confuses Myths with Realities

    Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the President for energy and climate change, took to the White House blog to defend the Administration’s climate-change plan in a “myths vs. reality” post. What she calls “claims” from those expressing concerns with the President’s plan—that regulating carbon will increase energy prices, hurt the … More