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    What’s Another Few Months for a Keystone XL Decision?

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The administration is delaying a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Despite the promise of construction jobs and a dependable source of Canadian oil for American refineries, last week the State Department announced an extension of the inter-agency comment period, likely pushing … More

    Q&A With Foundry Contributor Israel Ortega, NBC 'Meet the Press' Guest

    The Foundry’s Israel Ortega will make his debut on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday. Ortega will join the show’s roundtable to discuss and debate breaking news on Ukraine, the missing Malaysian plane, 2014 midterm elections, 2016 prospects and the Keystone XL pipeline. NBC’s David Gregory will host the show … More

    Salazar Joins Other Democrats in Supporting Keystone

    Add Ken Salazar to the list of environmentally concerned and Administration-connected Democrats who support building the Keystone XL pipeline. The former Secretary of the Interior remarked last week that he supports the project, which would create American jobs and increase economic activity in the communities supporting construction. He called it … 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

    Energy: What Works and What Doesn't

    President Obama told listeners during his weekly address that American energy is booming under his Administration. The reality is, however, that the private sector delivered the economic benefits America is enjoying from energy production—and the Administration’s policies are stunting that growth. The President highlighted that domestic oil production surpassed imports … More

    Americans Don’t Need More of Obama’s Stimulus Spending

    In a series of campaign-style speeches, President Obama has laid out recycled economic proposals, which include yet another tax increase to pay for $50 billion in new infrastructure stimulus spending. This after Washington already spent $70.6 billion under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009. The trouble is that … More

    Obama on Infrastructure: Wrong Again on Government “Investments”

    In yet another summer speech on the economy yesterday, President Obama trotted out familiar tax-and-spend ideas, this time pairing his latest call for a tax increase with his familiar call for increased government “investment” on infrastructure. He touched upon a host of wish-list projects: widening roads, dredging ports, repairing older … More

    Keystone XL Jobs vs. Subsidized Green Jobs

    President Obama criticized the job estimate numbers from the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in an interview with The New York Times over the weekend, but if the president wants to complain about job creation, he should really take a look as his failed green jobs programs. While there … More

    Keystone Pipeline: Shaheen–Portman Bill the Wrong Place for a Keystone Amendment

    The Heritage Foundation has already made the case that the Shaheen–Portman energy efficiency bill promises only more federal intervention and corporate welfare. Adding an amendment to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline project wouldn’t make the bill any better. The Shaheen–Portman bill would set up a “voluntary” national building code that … More

    Carbon (And Practically Everything Else) Just Got More Expensive

    The Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a rule at the end of May that mandates the amount of energy microwaves can use on standby mode starting in 2016. The DOE tries to legitimize the rule by saying that the alleged social cost of carbon (SCC) is more than it was … More