Should We Raise the Gas Tax?

January 28, 2015
The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, along with the Highway Revenue Act (1956) created the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) as a mechanism through which federal gasoline taxes would be used...
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What is the State of Energy in the Union?

January 15, 2015
On Tuesday, January 20th 2015, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address (SOTU), and energy and climate will likely play a prominent role. In last years’ SOTU,...
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Did EPA Get it Right on Coal Ash?

December 31, 2014
On December 22, 2008, a disposal cell at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ruptured, releasing an estimated 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash in eastern Tennessee. Fly ash is...
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California’s Solar Subsidies Have Little Impact On Adoption Trends

November 12, 2014
The rooftop solar market in the US, and especially in California, has experienced explosive growth in the last decade. At least in part this growth can be attributed to the...
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Is this the end of the line for wind and solar energy tax credits? Should it be?

November 7, 2014
The American wind energy industry has grown in spite of the “boom and bust” cycle of wind energy development fostered by the renewal-expiration-renewal cycle of the wind production tax credit...
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Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act

October 1, 2014
Along with my colleagues Reps. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ), I introduced the Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act (FCAPS, or H.R. 5107), a bill...
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Plenty At Stake: Indicators of American Energy Insecurity

September 25, 2014
As articulated in Energy 20/20, my blueprint for a new U.S. energy policy conversation, I believe there is a consensus that it is in our national interest to make energy...
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Protecting Our Climate and the Middle Class

August 4, 2014
Two of the most pressing issues facing us today are the need to address the economic costs and public health risks associated with climate change and strengthening the middle class. Over...
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Examining The FERC-NERC Relationship & Setting Grid Reliability Standards

July 16, 2014
Through the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Congress formed a hybrid system for setting electric grid reliability and security standards; a private corporation, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC),...
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A Standard That Makes Sense for Natural Gas Vehicle Customers

July 7, 2014
There is currently no national standard for dispensing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a motor fuel. In July, the National Conference of Weights and Measures (NCWM) will consider requiring retail...
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