Obama’s EPA to Cost Americans Billions of Dollars and Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs

Posted by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
U.S. House of Representatives
June 2, 2014 at 7:00 AM Filed Under: Discussions, Legislation And Rule-Making

As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, I’m continuing the fight against President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) overregulation of our nation’s power plants without any regard to the consequences for our economy and consumers.

This week, the EPA is expected to release its proposed rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing and modified electricity power plants. This effort is certain to result in a de facto cap and trade program, which Congress most recently rejected in 2009.  This regulation follows the proposed rule on new power plants, which essentially makes it illegal to build a power … [read more]

Clean Energy Poised for Market Domination or More Innovation Needed?

Posted by Matthew Stepp
Senior Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
May 30, 2014 at 11:15 AM Filed Under: Critical Policy Issues, Discussions

Clean Energy InnovationWhether or not the world has all of the clean energy technologies it needs to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions is an important ongoing debate among the climate policy community. Buoyed by steep cost reductions for wind and solar power technologies during the past decade, proponents argue political will is the major factor holding clean energy back from dominating the global energy market. Critics counter that even with recent cost reductions clean energy still isn’t realistically competitive with fossil fuels everywhere without the help of unsustainable subsidies and contentious government mandates.

The debate over whether clean energy is ready for … [read more]

Let Freedom Ring: Oil Companies, Capitalism and Fuel Choice

Posted by Marshall Kaplan
Fuel Freedom Foundation
May 22, 2014 at 5:21 AM Filed Under: Critical Policy Issues, Discussions

sign-43874_640Americans have many choices that are denied to citizens of other less-fortunate nations. But we forget how many decisions are made for us, sometimes out of necessity, such as paying taxes; sometimes out of greed, such as the monopolistic actions of oil companies in denying many Americans the ability to purchase alcohol-based fuels at their corner gas station.

Through various rules imposed on gas stations, oil companies limit many of us from using existing, safe, alternative fuels, like E85, and make available only more expensive, environmentally harmful gasoline. For example, gas stations owned or franchised by an oil company have … [read more]

Can Shale Gas Limit Air Pollution?

Posted by Richard Muller
Professor of Physics
University of Califoria at Berkeley
May 15, 2014 at 7:15 AM Filed Under: Critical Policy Issues, Discussions

PM 2.5 picture 1Some oppose shale gas because it is a fossil fuel, a source of carbon dioxide. Some are concerned by accounts of the fresh water it needs, by flaming faucets, by leaked “fugitive methane”, by pollution of the ground with fracking fluid and by damaging earthquakes. Although I believe that global warming is real, caused by humans, and a threat to our future, these concerns about shale gas are either largely false or can be addressed by appropriate regulation such as the controversial but ultimately positive developments in Illinois.

Shale gas can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but … [read more]

American Perspectives on Energy Efficiency

Posted by OurEnergyPolicy.org
May 9, 2014 at 1:38 PM Filed Under: Critical Policy Issues, Discussions

On April 30th, OurEnergyPolicy.org and The University of Texas at Austin co-hosted “American Perspectives on Energy Efficiency,” a panel discussion about energy efficiency at The National Press Club. The panel of thought-leaders provided insight into energy efficiency policy issues and explored the results of two recent sister surveys that reveal Americans’ and energy professionals’ perspectives on energy efficiency.

Please see below for an abridged version of the transcript and a full video recording of the event. You can view or download the full transcript here.

Opening remarks: Bill Squadron, President, OurEnergyPolicy.org

Presentation of survey results[read more]

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