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Report: Money for Green Groups Tied to Russian Oil Interests
01/27/15
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AEA|
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A forthcoming report claims that a foreign firm funding U.S. environmental groups opposed to America’s domestic energy boom is tied to a state-owned Russian oil company with a financial interest in halting U.S. energy production. As The Washington Free Beacon reports:
A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money...
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Senate Should Tackle Wasteful Green Building Programs
01/26/15
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Daniel Simmons|
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Today, the Senate will vote on amendment #103 by Senator Flake, which would address duplication in the federal government concerning green building initiatives. The Senate should approve the amendment. In 2011, a report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) on duplication, overlap, and fragmentation found 94 different initiatives across 11 different federal agencies focused on fostering “green” building in the non-federal sector. GAO could not identify how much...Continue Reading...
What is the State of Wind Energy in America?
01/23/15
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AEA|
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This week the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan published an op-ed at The Hill's Congress Blog titled "The State of the Wind Industry is Strong." We noticed that Mr. Kiernan's piece omitted several important points about the state of American wind energy, so we took it upon ourselves to make those additions for him, our edits in red.

The state of the wind lobbying industry is strong

The strength of the U.S. wind industry is attracting the notice of a mirage...

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Red Tape
01/23/15
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Mike Morrison|
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LNG Reform Deserves Swift Senate Approval
01/22/15
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Daniel Simmons|
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Sen. Cruz is proposing an amendment to the Keystone XL bill that will require that the Department of Energy to expedite all approvals for LNG export to any World Trade Organization (WTO) country. This would be a major improvement over the status quo. Currently the LNG export approval process is too slow and cumbersome. LNG exports require two different permits from the federal government. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews an application for an LNG export terminal and...Continue Reading...
NREL Survey Fatally Flawed; Past Time to Repeal RPS
01/22/15
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AEA|
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More than half of U.S. states have established Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) requiring electric utilities to generate a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable sources. These mandates raise energy costs by forcing households and businesses to use more wind and solar energy, which are more expensive and less reliable than traditional energy sources like nuclear, natural gas, coal, and hydro. Faced with these facts, some states are considering repealing or reforming...Continue Reading...
White House Threatens to Veto American Infrastructure
01/21/15
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Chris Warren|
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In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama emphasized the importance of infrastructure while at the same time making a not-so-subtle quip about the Keystone XL oil pipeline:
21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure – modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest internet. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this. So let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline. Let’s pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could...
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Durbin's Petcoke Amendment Will Drive Up Cost of Energy
01/21/15
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Daniel Simmons|
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Today the Senate is voting on an amendment offered by Sen. Durbin to increase the regulation of petroleum coke or “petcoke.” This is another example of the administration and its allies trying to drive up the cost of domestic energy production and domestic energy use. What is Petcoke? Like gasoline and diesel, petcoke is produced in oil refineries. Once viewed as a byproduct, petcoke is now an important internationally-trade commodity and is helping to grow many developing...Continue Reading...
Obama’s SOTU: The Good, the Bad, and the Forgotten
01/21/15
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AEA|
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On Tuesday, President Obama delivered his sixth annual State of the Union address. The address was peppered with references to low gas prices (which are good but he has nothing to do with) and booming energy production (also good but happening despite his policies), part of an agenda he described as “middle-class economics.” The address was also notable for what the president didn’t say. While the president declared that “no challenge poses a greater threat” than climate change,...Continue Reading...
Obama's Methane Plan Whiffs on Climate Change
01/20/15
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AEA|
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As we explained last week, President Obama’s proposed methane scheme is an attempt to fix a problem that does not exist. Methane emissions are declining as natural gas production is booming—and it’s happening all without federal intervention because natural gas producers have an economic incentive to reduce methane emissions. The proposal also fails to accomplish its stated purpose to “curb climate change.” A new report from the Cato Institute explains:
The amount of methane...
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