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    Let States Oversee the Energy Revolution

    Dismal jobs reports and high unemployment continue to weigh down the U.S. economy, but there are a few bright spots. Most notable among them: energy production, particularly the shale oil and shale gas revolution. The technological one-two punch of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has created a remarkable energy boom … More

    Watchdog Recommends Revocation of $9 Million EPA Stimulus Award

    The chief watchdog for the Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that the agency recoup $9 million in grant funds given to an Oregon non-profit – the entirety of the award – citing uncompetitive procurement costs, shoddy financial management, and inadequate reporting of information to the federal government. EPA awarded the … More

    The Second Coming of Cap and Trade?

    The Obama Administration, at this sensitive time, is playing down its expansive regulatory agenda, but some insiders are predicting a new onslaught of costly rules—including the imposition of cap-and-trade schemes on industry. Although Congress rejected cap-and-trade legislation in 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remains intent on effectively rationing the … More

    Obama's Regulatory Agenda Goes Undercover

    Throughout President Obama’s tenure, the number and cost of major regulations has approached record levels—exceeding $46 billion in new annual costs during his first three years. The impact has been economically crippling, of course, notwithstanding the administration’s boasts of regulatory benefits. Yet the White House seems rather shy of late … More

    When Chemical Security Regulation Fails, Call for More… Regulation?

    In a New York Times op-ed yesterday, Christine Todd Whitman, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), called for greater regulation of the U.S.’s chemical sector, claiming that the current Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards (CFATS) program isn’t doing enough to protect the American people: The policy bars the Department … More

    Morning Bell: Can Conservatives Be Environmentalists?

    Efforts to protect the environment in America have ignored the most powerful force for improving the environment: free people. The results of these misguided policies have been higher energy prices, lower incomes, less access to resources, and technological stagnation—often failing to produce tangible environmental benefits. It doesn’t have to be … More

    Economically Significant Regulations On the Rise Under Obama

    President Obama claims he’s overseen the creation fewer regulations than his predecessors. But his administration has actually issued far more expensive and economically costly regulations, adding billions of dollars in compliance costs for businesses and job creators. The red tape is documented in a new report by the House Oversight … More

    Morning Bell: The Energy Revolution and Its Discontents

    With all the gloomy economic news coming out of late, one bright spot flew under the radar last week: the United States is poised to be the proverbial center of the energy universe. A recent study by Harvard Research Fellow Leonardo Maugeri found that the United States’ incredible shale reserves represent “the … More

    Inspector General to Investigate EPA Enforcement

    The Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency will begin an investigation into the consistency and fairness of the agency’s enforcement actions, according to a letter drafted on Friday. The IG will focus on EPA Region 7, which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. The investigation will address three questions, … More

    Pulling the Plug on Obama’s Energy Scheme

    The Senate will soon be called upon to disallow a multibillion-dollar regulation at the core of the Obama Administration’s twisted green energy regime. If allowed to stand, the so-called Utility MACT rule threatens to produce energy shortages, raise electricity rates, and destroy a multitude of jobs. Concocted by the Environmental … More