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EPA Mandates New Volume Requirements for Unicorns and Pixie Dust
05/29/15
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Press Releases
Actually, it was for Cellulosic Ethanol, but those Projections are Equally Unrealistic WASHINGTON -- American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement on EPA's proposed volume requirements for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard: "Once again, EPA has deluded itself into thinking it can simply mandate the commercial cellulosic biofuel industry out of thin air. EPA's unrealistic projections for cellulosic biofuel underscore the incompetence of...Continue Reading...
WOTUS Rule Infringes on Private Property Rights
05/27/15
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Press Releases
WASHINGTON -- American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle released the following statement on EPA's finalized "Waters of the United States" rule: "EPA’s Waters of the United States rule is an attack on individuals' private property rights under the guise of protecting our country’s waterways. In reality, the rule isn't about protecting waterways or wetlands. It's about increasing the size and scope of the federal government and giving Washington bureaucrats more control over what...Continue Reading...
Why Congress Should Fully Repeal the RFS
Introduction The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is broken. The problems with the RFS are legion— it is based on incredibly mistaken assumptions about domestic oil production, it gives EPA control over the fuels we use, and increases the cost of fuel. Congress could soon consider two types of reforms to the RFS—either a full repeal of the entire program, or a partial repeal that only would affect corn-based ethanol.[1] A partial repeal of the RFS does not fix the biggest problems...Continue Reading...
WSJ Op-Ed: Taxing for Highways, Paying for Bike Lanes
05/26/15
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Energy Development
Last week, Mac Zimmerman penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal  lambasting Congress for considering legislation to raise the federal gasoline tax to save the broken Highway Trust Fund (HTF) from insolvency. As the Policy Director for Americans for Prosperity explains, HTF wouldn't need saving if it hadn't been grossly misappropriating funds for years. But most importantly, Zimmerman makes clear that America - and especially the middle class - simply can't afford any increases in...Continue Reading...
A Free Market Blueprint for American Energy Reform
05/26/15
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Energy Development
The House and Senate energy committees are currently considering a variety of energy reform proposals. Given the poor track record of broad “energy bills” such as Energy Policy Act of 2005 (which created the Renewable Fuel Standard) or the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (which expanded the RFS), it is paramount to focus on pursuing policies in a broad energy bill that promote free markets, expand domestic energy development, and reform broken regulatory schemes. Below are a...Continue Reading...
IMF’s Disingenuous Attempt to Tax Energy Use
05/22/15
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Energy Development
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its estimate of global fossil fuel subsidies for 2015 at $5.3 trillion—almost ten times higher than the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) calculation of $548 billion for 2013.[i] The difference is not the change of a 2-year span, but the methodology. The IEA uses a “price-gap” methodology, which is the difference between end-use prices and supply costs that include shipping costs, margins, and value-added taxes. In other words, the...Continue Reading...
WSJ Op-Ed: RFS Drives Up Costs at The Pump & On The Plate
This week, food industry leaders Mike Brown and Rob Green penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal encapsulating the numerous, costly flaws of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  Mr. Brown, president of the National Chicken Council, and Mr. Green, executive director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants, explain how this broken mandate is forcing American taxpayers to fork it over at the pump and for the food on their plate. Below is an excerpt from the piece:
Consider: Between...
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The Hidden Threat to America’s Energy Boom
05/13/15
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Energy Development
In December, the Obama administration released revised Draft Guidance to examine the impacts of climate change under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA requires that federal agencies look at the environmental impact of their major actions. The administration’s new greenhouse gas guidance would make an already costly and time-consuming process even more onerous without providing any new and actionable information.

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This administration’s proposal is the latest move by the...Continue Reading...
Pyle: Let's Put An End to Wind Welfare
05/12/15
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Wind
This week, AEA President Tom Pyle penned an op-ed in The Hill decrying the wind industry's dependence on taxpayer-funded corporate welfare. Below is the text of the op-ed:
imgres Does wind lobby care more about keeping word or handouts? By Thomas Pyle As the 2016 presidential race takes shape, here’s an idea Republican and Democratic contenders alike can get behind: let’s put an end to corporate welfare. Unfortunately, right out of the gate, many of the candidates have chosen to...
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Squirrelly Taxes
05/08/15
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Cartoons
Squirrely Taxes 600 AEA