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    Congress Should Permanently Waive the Ethanol Mandate

    Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected a proposal from a number of governors and federal legislators to partially waive the Renewable Fuels Standard, which mandates the production of 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022. This year, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires refiners to blend nearly … More

    The Carbon-Tax-Swap Fantasy

    To its credit, the Obama Administration has yet to endorse a carbon tax. Such a tax is promised as the one-two punch that will put a significant dent in America’s fiscal crisis and the supposed impending doom from manmade global warming. This “market-based” approach will, supporters promise, bring new revenue … More

    Michigan's Rejection of Renewable Energy Mandate Avoids Higher Costs

    Michigan voters rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment last week that would have imposed a mandate requiring the state’s utilities to source 25 percent of their electric sales annually from renewable energy by 2025. Proposal 3, dubbed “25 by 25,” called for more renewable energy from wind, solar, biomass, and … More

    IEA Says U.S. to Become Energy Independent by 2030; Obama Administration Says Not So Fast

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its Annual World Energy Outlook this week with the headline that the U.S. could become a net exporter of natural gas by 2020 and essentially energy independent by 2035. This transformation is a direct result of the private-sector innovation and investments to develop new … More

    New Zealand: Rivers Are People, Too

    Homer’s epic The Iliad tells the story of Achilles’s near-fatal encounter with the Xanthus River. After Achilles slays many Trojans in the river, the river rises up in the Trojans’ defense, nearly killing Achilles in the ensuing struggle. While Homer took poetic license in his personification of the river, New … More

    Debate 2012: Seven New Claims—True or False Quiz

    The second presidential debate was full of claims about the economy, taxes, and regulation. Many of the top 10 true and false claims made during the first debate were repeated during the second. But there were also new claims warranting a closer look. We’ve selected seven new claims in this … More

    Conservatives Outline Policy Agenda Following Presidential Debate

    DENVER — Members of The Heritage Foundation’s policy team joined experts from across the country at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Colorado. The event included a surprise visit from former Governor Mitt Romney and speeches by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and John Thune (R-SD). Heritage experts … More

    Senator Rand Paul Gets It Right on Overcriminalization

    Apparently, Members of Congress have not been reading our Overcriminalization blogs. How do we know this? Because the International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act (IFSEA) is the embodiment of much of what our blogs have highlighted is wrong with legislation. The Senate sponsors of IFSEA didn’t have the votes to … More

    Matt Damon's "Promised Land" Twists the Fracking Facts

    What happens when ideology and facts go their separate ways in Hollywood? Stick to the ideology — and that’s just what happened in Matt Damon’s newest anti-fracking film, “Promised Land,” according to documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer: So, according to sources close to the movie, they’ve come up with a solution … More

    The Conservationist's Case for Ending the Reign of Ethanol

    This past year, the USDA produced a couple of lengthy research reports (here and here) concluding what others have also documented: The federal government’s drive to increase ethanol use has created an environmentally hazardous production cycle in the name of renewable energy that is neither affordable nor clean. The Renewable … More