Energy & Environment

Let Gina McCarthy be confirmed as EPA head; She’s good for both business and the environment

As we move further into the 21st century, the question of whether to sustain our economy or care for an environment is clearly a false choice. The two can be mutually compatible. No one embraces that fact better than Gina McCarthy. McCarthy is a strong leader, with credentials spanning decades and crossing party lines. She has a proven record of combining environmental protection and economic prosperity.


Cuts to renewable energy programs show House misaligned with Americans

If you ask any American from any state (red or blue): “What do you see as the energy source of the future?” they will answer “green.”

Green energy saves money at the pump and on the monthly power bill, fuels economic growth, and cleans the environment. Polls shows that Americans believe renewable energy is the most promising energy source of the future, not just for its environmental benefits but because of its triple bottom line - jobs, more secure energy resources, and a more resilient and less damaging fuel source. Even more importantly, when you ask Americans what type of energy sources they want their policymakers to support right now, polls show that nearly 80 percent of Americans want their representatives to vote for policies aimed at strengthening American renewable energy.


Obama’s war on energy intensifies

Speaking at Georgetown University recently, President Obama made it clear that he plans to intensify his war against American energy producers. That’s right. The American economy may be limping along, with sustained unemployment at record levels; American foreign policy may be in shambles as the Middle East is in flames; and the administration’s domestic scandals may continue to simmer, but the president chooses to use his bully pulpit to announce that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will, in effect, be taking over the American economy to protect “humankind” from climate change.


Obama climate change initiatives: A decidedly mixed bag

President Obama, not content to have added thousands of pages of regulation and red tape to the federal code in his first term, recently announced that America’s energy and industrial sectors need to be saddled with new regulations including limiting greenhouse gases from new and existing power plants.  Other initiatives include new energy efficiency and renewable energy mandates and a continuation of the costly and inefficient renewable fuel standards.  This couldn’t have come at a worse time. America needs economic growth and job creation; the President’s plan will only have the opposite effects, while also failing to have any substantial impact on the environment.


American renewable energy Is powering the American energy transformation

More so than any other time in history, Americans are focusing their attention on energy issues. From the president’s recent call to action on climate change to the possibility of finally attaining energy independence by the end of the decade, America appears to be entering a new golden age of energy development - great news for our energy security and economy. But for some policymakers on Capitol Hill, there is a need for a much better understanding that renewable energy is a significant and rapidly growing catalyst driving the American energy transformation.


Raising prices behind closed doors

A quiet campaign to undermine one of the country’s most successful drivers of private-sector energy investment has slowly been gaining steam. Led by Illinois-based utility Exelon, the effort is designed to end public investment in the wind energy industry, while protecting taxpayer handouts to nuclear power and fossil fuels and raising consumers’ electricity prices.


Don't neglect the nation's nuclear energy option

Though the Obama Administration describes its energy policy as “All of the Above,” the country is in reality implementing a very different one: “Let Today’s Commodity Prices Rule.”

Inexpensive natural gas, produced by fracking and other innovative drilling technologies, is reshaping the country’s energy profile. Decisions on new electric power generation – which accounts for 65 percent of our industrial, residential and commercial energy use – are based largely on the low price of natural gas today. A decade ago, natural gas fueled less than 8 percent of our electricity. Now its use has increased by more than 170 percent, and it produces over 21 percent of our power.


Stop Obama's war on coal

Last week, President Obama rolled out his climate change plan in a speech at Georgetown University.  His initiative, which includes halting the Keystone XL Pipeline project and making cuts to coal energy, will wipe out American jobs and raise electricity bills for hardworking American families across the country.


Drilling for clean energy innovation

Washington’s approach to energy policy is at odds with reality. The right wants to expand oil and gas drilling, ignoring the threat of climate change and the nation’s need to reduce fossil fuel consumption. The left wants to quickly transition to a clean energy future to address climate change, overlooking the fact that clean energy is not yet cost and performance competitive with fossil fuels. The result is underfunded support for clean energy, perpetual bickering over drilling policy, and rising concentrations of greenhouse gases.


Time for DOE to follow the law and approve LNG export projects

When the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) processes liquefied natural gas (LNG) export applications, it does a superb job. However, in the three years since the first application for exporting LNG was filed with DOE in September 2010, the process for approving these projects has been bogged down by unnecessary procedural delays.