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    The War on Cows: From Methane to Meat Taxes

    Last month, the President released a climate action plan designed to cut methane emissions. If you are a cow, be afraid. Be very afraid. The same goes for humans. The plan outlines voluntary measures, such as a “Biogas Roadmap,” to reduce dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by … More

    How the Media Misrepresents What Scientists Really Think About Climate Change

    Skepticism is a hallmark of good science and good journalism. Yet, time after time, scientists and journalists make giant leaps of faith in their desire to fight climate change by regulating greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. This phenomenon was recently on display in a February 16 segment of Meet the Press that … More

    Climate-Change Busyness

    Rather quietly, the Obama administration is putting together a climate action plan that it intends to implement without legislative approval. It’s a creative approach to governing. But the plan will drive up energy prices for American families and businesses without making a dent in global temperatures. When Congress refused to … More

    Generating German Energy Poverty

    What began as a daring endeavor to bring Germans more renewable energy and wean the country off nuclear energy by 2022 has turned German energy into a luxury good. The project began in 2000 with the German Renewable Energy Act. During her reelection campaign this summer, Chancellor Angela Merkel promised … 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

    Concerns over the Social Cost of Carbon

    The following comment was submitted to the Department of Energy by Nicolas Loris. U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program Mailstop EE-2J, Room 1J-018 1000 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20585-0121 EERE-BT-PET-0043 Kathleen B. Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. I am writing out … More

    Great Green Fleet = Big Red Ink

    It seems that Washington has a mandate, subsidy, or loan program for every bad idea. Today’s example is military biofuels. Just this spring, the Defense Department issued another multimillion-dollar set of contracts for firms to develop refineries whose biofuels, in theory, would not be that much more expensive than conventional … More

    The Outrageous Statements of Obama's EPA Nominee

    Today the Senate held a confirmation hearing for Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Heritage has provided its own questions for nominee McCarthy. If confirmed, and if her past statements are indicative of future actions, McCarthy’s tenure at the EPA will continue to lead … More

    Environmental Protection Agency: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to furlough all of its employees and shut down for three days this year to absorb sequestration’s spending cuts. But the sequester cuts do not have to lead to shutdowns. The Heritage Foundation recently pointed out that prioritized cuts at the National Institutes … More

    A Year Later, Keystone XL Still a Good Decision

    After being sworn-in this weekend, President Obama will soon receive a second shot at approving the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring oil down from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. Last year the President rejected the permit application at a time when America desperately needed jobs, and when his own … More