Mounting Opposition to EPA's Carbon Rule
AEA Launches Initiative Detailing How States and the Public are Fighting Back WASHINGTON – Today, the American Energy Alliance is launching SmartPowerPlan.org—a hub for the latest information on how states and the public are fighting back against the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan. This one-stop shop provides the latest news, legal analysis, public comments, and state action against the EPA’s carbon rule. The site also includes a legislative tracker and an  interactive...Continue Reading...
5 Questions to Consider as EPA Issues Final Carbon Rule
The Obama administration is set to finalize its signature carbon rule, the so-called "Clean Power Plan", as early as next week. This regulation aims to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and is estimated to cost over $350 billion . To implement the rule, EPA is depending on states to do the heavy lifting by submitting their own state implementation plans. However, states and other interested parties have submitted a litany of comments and concerns about the rule, and a...Continue Reading...
Clinton’s Anti-Energy Pledge Would Make Electricity Rates Skyrocket
Hillary Clinton recently proposed a “comprehensive energy and climate agenda,” which includes increasing installed solar capacity to 140 gigawatts (GW) by 2020. She claims this would be achieved by installing 500 million more solar panels across the country, and doing so would increase the current solar capacity by 700 percent: a 32 percent annual growth rate. Installing 140 GW of solar panels is unwise for three reasons: 1) electricity from new solar panels is significantly more...Continue Reading...
10 Reasons States Should Not Submit a State Plan
The EPA is set to finalize its “Clean Power Plan”, or Climate Rule, in the next few months. The proposed rule will dramatically harm American families and businesses with little to no benefits to show for it—environmental or otherwise. Many also consider the proposed rule to be a federal takeover of the electricity system, traditionally an area left to the states to regulate. Now, states must decide how they should respond to best defend their sovereignty and protect their residents....Continue Reading...
Bradley Op-Ed: Obama Goes Scorched Earth on Oil and Gas
In a piece for Real Clear Energy, Dr. Robert Bradley, the founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research, examined the Obama administration’s misguided energy and climate policy. As the clock runs out on President Obama’s term, administration officials are rushing to impose additional rules on the oil and natural gas industry. As global demand for fossil fuels grows, the U.S. has become the world leader in oil and natural gas production. In spite of federal policies , oil and...Continue Reading...
Opponents of EPA Climate Regulations Should Reject the Wind PTC
This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will finalize its Climate Rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants—what EPA euphemistically calls its “Clean Power Plan.” The Climate Rule is the foundation of President Obama’s broader agenda to restrict the use of America’s natural energy resources. Also central to the president’s climate agenda is the Production Tax Credit (PTC), a federal tax subsidy for wind energy producers. These two policies—the...Continue Reading...
WSJ Op-Ed: Obama's Climate Agenda Fails Cost-Benefit Analysis
This past Sunday, writer Rupert Darwall published an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal detailing the economic and technological problems with the Obama administration's costly climate change agenda. In advance of the UN climate summit in Paris this year, President Obama has pledged to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions up to 28 percent by 2025. Mr. Darwall, author of The Age of Global Warming: A History , explained that the costs of the commitment would significantly outweigh any of...Continue Reading...
EPA's Disastrous Power Plan in One Minute

Boiling down the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” into a 1 minute video is no small task, but our friends at the Independence Institute did just that.

As they explain, the plan could shut down affordable, reliable power plants in favor of more expensive energy resources. While the EPA claims that CPP will increase public health and expand the economy, recent studies indicate otherwise. A study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce found that EPA’s climate...Continue Reading...
O'Malley Pledges to Power Country on Unicorns and Pixie Dust
In an op-ed for the Des Moines Register , presidential candidate Martin O’Malley claims that his “administration would call for 100 percent of our energy to come from renewable sources by 2050.” The former Governor of Maryland and long-shot Democratic hopeful stated “as president, I would use my executive power on day one to declare the transition to a clean energy future the number one priority of our federal government.” O’Malley’s statement amounts to an empty campaign...Continue Reading...
What Does It Cost to Fix Something That Isn't Broken?
The Obama administration is pursuing an aggressive plan of closing existing power plants and providing large subsidies of wind and solar electricity generation. Because of the administration’s regulations, 90 gigawatts (GW) of coal-generated power are projected to close. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tells us that power bills will go down as a result of its regulations, but a new report by the Institute for Energy Research shows why electricity rates will only skyrocket under...Continue Reading...