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ICYMI: There’s Nothing Conservative About a Carbon Tax

Ignore the ‘free market’ bells and whistles: A tax is a tax is a tax. By Thomas Pyle Published on March 23, 2017, in National Review Online C onservatives have long been the voice for limited government, lower taxes, free markets, and individual liberty. But recently, a small but persistent group of Republicans are trying to persuade conservatives to abandon these principles and embrace a national energy tax. The idea of taxing carbon isn’t new. Bill Clinton and Al Gore tried to...
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Key Vote: BLM Planning 2.0 CRA

The Senate is set to consider H.J. Res. 44, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s “Planning 2.0” rule. This regulation would redefine the “multiple use” concept for federal lands laid out in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA). It would also diminish state and local officials’ roles in managing lands within their communities by consolidating more power in the federal government. We urge Senators to vote YES...
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ICYMI: Give affordable energy a seat at table

American Energy Alliance President Tom Pyle recently penned an op-ed for the Coloradoan titled, “Give affordable energy a seat at table.” The text of the piece follows: The Coloradoan Give affordable energy a seat at table By Thomas Pyle There’s an old and unfortunate truth about Washington, DC: “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.” For the past eight years, the Obama administration’s “keep-it-in-the-ground” policies have kept...
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AEA Congratulates Secretary Perry

WASHINGTON — American Energy Alliance (AEA) President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Governor Rick Perry as the Secretary of Energy: "AEA congratulates Governor Rick Perry on being confirmed as the next Secretary of Energy. As the longest-serving Governor of Texas, Perry has a proven track record as an effective manager. We are confident that under Secretary Perry’s leadership, the Department of Energy will harness the intellectual power...
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House Science Subcommittee Holds Hearing on the Social Cost of Carbon

This week, the House Science Committee Subcommittee on the Environment held a hearing exploring the social cost of carbon (SCC) and its use in policy-making. The Subcommittee sought to discover what, precisely, carbon dioxide emissions cost the economy. Unsurprisingly, the panel reached a verdict that there was no consensus. The SCC is an arbitrary metric and should not be used in federal rulemaking. AEA has noted the unscientific, flawed nature of the SCC in the past. The metric fails on...
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With Zinke Finally Confirmed, Let's Get to Work Unleashing America's Potential

WASHINGTON – The American Energy Alliance (AEA) congratulates Ryan Zinke on being confirmed as the next Secretary of the Interior. AEA President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement: "I am confident that Secretary Zinke will follow through on President Trump’s campaign promises to put America’s onshore and offshore energy resources back in the game. We are an energy-rich nation with some of the greatest natural gas, oil, and coal resources in the world—much of which are...
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Coalition Opposes Carbon Tax; Requests Meeting with White House 

WASHINGTON – Today the American Energy Alliance (AEA) and a coalition of free-market and conservative organizations sent a letter to White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn to request a meeting with the Administration on the issue of a carbon tax. The signers of the letter include Thomas Pyle of AEA, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, Michael Needham of Heritage Action for America, Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks. The...
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Key Vote: Senate BLM Methane CRA

  • 02/14/17
  • AEA
  • Blog
Several weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulation for methane venting and flaring. We urge Senators to vote YES on this CRA resolution. The Congressional Review Act allows for Congress to halt certain regulatory actions. Congress can pass a joint resolution of disapproval for a rule within 60 legislative days of publication and prohibit agencies from enacting any substantially...
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AEA Applauds Congress for Passing Stream Rule CRA Resolution

WASHINGTON – The American Energy Alliance (AEA) applauds Congress for passing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to repeal the previous administration’s costly Stream Protection Rule. AEA President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement: "We applaud Congress for taking swift action to halt this costly and duplicative regulation. This midnight regulation from the Obama administration was a direct attack on responsible coal production and would have threatened tens of...
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EPW Democrats Should Do Their Job

WASHINGTON – American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement after Senate Democrats boycotted the Environment and Public Works Committee’s vote on Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the EPA: "The EPW Democrats should stop their political grandstanding and do their job. President Trump should be afforded the same long-honored tradition as previous first-term presidents to quickly assemble his cabinet and execute the policies that he promised and that the...
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