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    Moniz Finalizes Nuclear Loan Guarantee Subsidy

    Continuing the subsidy-first mentality of today’s energy policy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced the finalization of a $6.5 billion loan guarantee to Georgia Power and its partners, with an additional $1.8 billion pending for the Vogtle nuclear reactors, among the first being built after a 30-year dry spell in … More

    C'mon, Obama, Join the Energy Boom

    An energy project that would be good for the U.S economy, can be built without taxpayer help, and would have little to no environmental impact? That’s the Keystone pipeline President Obama keeps blocking. A new environmental impact statement released Friday said again that the Keystone XL pipeline is safe. >>> … More

    Keystone XL Pipeline: Still Environmentally Safe

    President Obama has punted on Keystone XL so many times, it seems like he could have covered the 1,700-mile route of the oil pipeline. With this afternoon’s release of  a positive “final environmental impact statement” by the State Department, though, he should do what he should have done a long … More

    7 Things It's Not Too Late For

    Presidents offer pie-in-the-sky visions in their State of the Union addresses. But if President Obama—and Congress—were willing to “roll up their sleeves” (another common State of the Union phrase) and work on some tangible good for Americans, Heritage experts have a few ideas. The President is calling this his “year … 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

    Taming the Regulatory Tax Monster

    Every American knows about the income tax, but how many are aware of the regulatory tax? That’s the cost of all regulations (good, bad and indifferent) imposed on Americans by the 60 or so government agencies that contribute to the 175,000-page (and growing) Code of Federal Regulations. The fact that … More

    Baucus Continues Losing Streak with Energy Tax Reform Draft

    Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus (D–MT) released a draft bill to reform the way the tax code treats energy. This latest draft reform plan misses the mark, just like his earlier efforts on international tax and depreciation did. Baucus claims that his plan would stop the tax … 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

    Heritage Expert Analysis on the Ryan–Murray Budget Deal

    Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D–WA) forged a budget deal without even trying to address the key drivers of spending and debt in a meaningful way. Instead, the deal increases spending immediately while delaying deficit reduction until later and trades some spending cuts for more revenue. Below … More

    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