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    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

    All the Energy Technologies You'll Be Propping Up in 2014

    Heritage experts worked through the night to comb through the massive spending bill Congress just released. One of the big disappointments they found is a whopping $10.2 billion for energy industries and government energy programs—much of which should be taken care of in the private sector. While Congress allocates billions … 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

    Wasteful Spending Programs at the Department of Energy

    With the next budget battle looming, there will be attempts to undo sequestration, and proponents of a bloated budget will argue that very little if anything should be cut from the budget. But there are several programs within the Department of Energy (DOE) that can be cut or eliminated entirely. … 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

    Carbon Regulation: Time for America to Learn from Australia’s Mistake

    Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who won a landslide victory earlier this month, vowed to promptly scrap the nation’s tax on carbon emissions. He began to follow through at his first cabinet meeting. Also in line to be repealed are several commissions organized by the previous government to provide … More

    Energy: As Mexico Finally Enters the 21st Century, Obama Parties Like It’s 1938

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto recently announced the first, very timid steps to take Mexico’s energy sector—famously nationalized in 1938 by then-President Lázaro Cárdenas—forward into the 21st century. Meanwhile, President Obama seems intent on taking U.S. energy back to 1938—the original heyday for New Deal big-government types. Peña Nieto’s proposal … 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

    Energy Budget Cuts Are Attack on Subsidies, Not Science

    House Members who are proposing cuts to the Department of Energy (DOE) budget are facing bogus criticism that the cuts are an attack on science. The reality is that the cuts are attacks on subsidies and duplicative spending and, in fact, do not go far enough. The lowest-hanging fruit for … More

    Climate Change: White House Confuses Myths with Realities

    Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the President for energy and climate change, took to the White House blog to defend the Administration’s climate-change plan in a “myths vs. reality” post. What she calls “claims” from those expressing concerns with the President’s plan—that regulating carbon will increase energy prices, hurt the … More