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Obama's Carbon Rule Still a Bad Deal for Americans
08/03/15
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Blog
WASHINGTON -- American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement following the Obama administration's announcement of their final carbon rule:
"The final version of President Obama's 'Clean Power Plan' is somehow more harmful than the proposed rule. It forces states to make even steeper cuts, it guts natural gas in favor of costly renewables, and it still has no effect on climate change. While the EPA touts these adjustments to the rule as a sign of...
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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...
If Wind Energy is "Strong" Why Does it Need Subsidies?
07/29/15
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Blog
Last week, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released its second quarter 2015 U.S. wind energy market report. In a press release , AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan hails the report as indicative of a vibrant wind energy industry: “With a near-record amount of wind capacity under construction, this looks to be a strong year for American wind power.” However, Kiernan quickly changes tone, stating that “…to create longer term stability for the industry the full Senate and the House of...Continue Reading...
Congress Moves to Revive Obama's Green Energy Piggybank
07/28/15
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Energy Development
As the battle over the Senate’s objectionable tax extenders package continues, another fight over special interests and corporate welfare is building in Congress—namely, the reauthorization of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. After Ex-Im’s mandate expired on June 30, senators voted Sunday to revive the Bank. The U.S. government runs the bank as its “official export credit agency .” It provides a way for the government to back up projects that the private sector is purportedly...Continue Reading...
Coalition to Congress: Support PTC Elimination Act
07/27/15
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Wind
The American Energy Alliance joined this week with 19 other organizations in opposition to the wasteful wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). In a letter to the House of Representatives, the coalition encourages Members to support H.R. 1901, a bill introduced by Congressmen Marchant and Pompeo earlier this year to eliminate the wind PTC. Below is an excerpt from the letter:
Ending the wind PTC is an important initiative for several reasons. First, it is pro-taxpayer. Since it was created...
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ICYMI: Mississippi Gov. Rejects EPA Rule
WASHINGTON--Yesterday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant joined a growing list of Governors who are exercising their right to reject the EPA’s carbon regulations, which would cripple America's existing fleet of coal-fired power plants. In a letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy, Governor Bryant cited cost increases for his citizens and threats to grid reliability among his chief concerns with the sweeping regulation. The governor stated, "we do not see how it will be possible to reasonably...
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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...
Senate Tax Extenders Nightmare
07/23/15
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Wind
With little debate and no opportunity for amendments, the “world’s greatest deliberative body” this week rushed a package of tax breaks through the Senate Finance Committee. The bill, called a tax extenders package, is an affront to the American taxpayer. Only Senators Toomey (R-PA), Coats (R-IN), and Enzi (R-WY) opposed the package. They should be commended for their bold leadership, especially in light of the failure of so many of their colleagues. In an unfortunate sign of...Continue Reading...