Browsing All posts tagged under »Department Of Energy (DOE)«

Don’t Expand Federal Energy Loan Programs. Unplug Them.

May 13, 2020 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Amid the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, some in Congress are calling for more stimulus programs to jump-start and sustain an economic recovery. Many policymakers are calling for it to be done in a climate-friendly way, which has renewed interest in the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office. The Loan Programs Office […]

DOE Should Revive The Office Of Policy Analysis

November 30, 2019 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Now that Rick “do nothing” Perry is quitting as U.S. Secretary of Energy, there is an opportunity do do something truly useful. My proposal is to re-establish the Office of Policy Analysis (OPA) in DOE’s massive Office of Science (SC). SC is the world’s biggest funder of physical science and […]

It’s Lights Out For Obama-Era Bulb Ban That Would Have Curbed Consumer Choice

September 6, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ The Department of Energy announced this week that it’s withdrawing the Obama administration’s energy-rationing mandate for certain lightbulbs. Opponents criticized the rule change, arguing that the move would be bad for consumers and the climate. The reality, however, is that families and businesses will be better off, and the change will have […]

Here’s The Dam Deal: Power America’s Dams

April 9, 2019 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ CFACT’s recent article “What’s the Dam Deal?” by Grace Cancelmo raises important questions about expanding the use of dams for hydropower and other useful purposes. The US Energy Department (DOE) has done some interesting research on this topic, because dams are already our biggest renewable energy source, by far. Increased […]

3 Takeaways From Trump’s Energy Budget Proposal

March 26, 2019 by

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By Katie Tubb ~ We can’t ignore the numbers when talking about the federal budget. Twenty-two trillion dollars in the hole is a scary place to be, and President Donald Trump’s budget proposes some good steps toward climbing up and out. But when we’re talking about the Department of Energy’s budget, there’s a lot more […]

The U.S. Government Is Still The UN’s Top Climate Alarmist

July 25, 2018 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ President Trump and Energy Secretary Perry are both vocal skeptics of climate change alarmism, but the US Energy Department is still running one of the top drivers of alarmist science for the United Nations. This engine of alarmism is obscurely named the Climate Model Intercomparison Project or CMIP. Climate change […]

How ‘Green’ Energy Subsidies Transfer Wealth To The Rich

July 19, 2018 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Bryan Cosby ~ When the Golden State Warriors, who won three of the last four NBA championships, signed All-Star Demarcus Cousins, sports pundits across the country offered the same opinion: The rich just got richer. In many respects, the same holds true for energy subsidies. Federal energy programs promise ambiguous policy goals […]

A Government Loan Program For Auto Manufacturers On Road To Repeal

May 10, 2018 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Among programs on the chopping block in the White House’s new plan to cut more than $15 billion in wasteful government spending is the Department of Energy’s loan program for certain automakers. Congress should drop the guillotine and rescind the $4.3 billion remaining in this Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program. The […]

Now Is Congress’ Prime Opportunity To Act On Nuclear Waste

March 8, 2018 by

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By Katie Tubb ~ Congress has pushed through a series of five stopgap measures to fund the government, and is now in final negotiations for a trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill to cover the rest of the fiscal year. For an hour on Monday night, a group of congressmen from both parties and from all across […]

5 Ways Energy Dominance Can Bolster Trump’s National Security Strategy

December 20, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ The Trump administration’s new national security strategy emphasizes the importance of a strong economy to enhance national security. “America’s central position in the global energy system as a leading producer, consumer, and innovator,” the report says, “ensures that markets are free and U.S. infrastructure is resilient and secure.” As a global […]

New Bill Would Stop Energy Department From Risking Taxpayer Money

October 13, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ This week, Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, introduced the DOE Loan Program Repeal Act, which would prohibit the Department of Energy from offering new government-backed loan guarantees for energy projects. Weber’s bill would not only protect taxpayers, but would also prohibit government intervention that enables industry dependence on subsidies and empowers Washington […]

New Study On Electricity Grid Suggests The Need For Market Reforms

September 1, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ The Department of Energy recently released its much-anticipated report on electricity markets and grid reliability. Much like the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match, the main event was compelling but completely overhyped. But despite the unnecessary politicization, the study does provide useful information that federal and state policymakers should leverage […]

Rick Perry’s Plans For US Energy Dominance

July 6, 2017 by

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By Fred Lucas ~ America is approaching energy independence, but still needs to remove obstacles, Energy Secretary Rick Perry says. “We are very close to being energy independent,” Perry told The Daily Signal in a brief interview. “Regarding our ability to retrieve energy, we don’t need anybody. Transportation may be our biggest impediment.” The United […]

Energy Department Looks At Green Impact On Power Grid

July 1, 2017 by

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By Fred Lucas ~ Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the upcoming Department of Energy study on power grid’s reliability is needed to address the facts after the Obama administration placed a premium on politics—but green energy is reportedly ready to push back. The study, set to be released in the coming weeks, will look at […]

A First Look At Energy Issues In Trump’s Budget

May 24, 2017 by

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By Katie Tubb and Nicolas Loris ~ President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal calls for a number of energy policy reforms, some good and some bad. Some of the highlights include opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling, selling off some government-controlled oil reserves, reinvigorating Yucca Mountain’s nuclear waste management activities, divesting […]

Government Funding Won’t Address Western Water Issues

April 1, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Sometimes, members of Congress have the memories of goldfish. One such example is a taxpayer-backed subsidy program for water infrastructure projects. The Bureau of Reclamation within the Department of Interior oversees water resource management in Western states for activities […]

Trump Eyes Politicized Climate, Energy Budgets

March 28, 2017 by

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Trimming the climate fat and refocusing on authorized agency missions By Larry Bell ~ The Trump Administration is taking a cool fiscal position on feverish global warming alarm-driven regulatory agendas. Politicized EPA, NASA, NOAA, and DOE programs will be targeted for special discipline. Curbing EPA overreach New EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is certain to withdraw […]

Trump’s Budget Takes A Cleaver To Cronyism And Waste At The Energy Department

March 17, 2017 by

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By Katie Tubb and Nicolas Loris ~ President Donald Trump released his budget blueprint today, and his proposal for the Department of Energy is a breath of fresh air. This proposal reflects the president’s priority of “[putting] America first by keeping more of America’s hard-earned tax dollars here at home.” Opponents have pilloried the draft […]

How Rick Perry Can Free Up US Energy From Government Favoritism

January 22, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently had his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. If confirmed, Perry should work with Congress to reduce the size and scope of the agency’s intrusive reach into energy markets. Here are three priorities: 1. Stop and eliminate taxpayer-backed loans and loan […]

When Energy Efficiency Rules Hurt The Public And The Environment

January 4, 2017 by

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By Arthur Corbin ~ Over the last several years, an extreme and ideologically-driven environmental agenda has hijacked our national energy policy. Whether its goal is to keep fossil fuels in the ground or to electrify America based on a naïve belief that all electricity will be renewable within 30 years, or some combination, this bias […]

What Rick Perry Could Do To Prevent Future Solyndras

December 22, 2016 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Departing Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has announced a conditional loan guarantee for a fossil fuel project—a blatant, taxpayer-backed subsidy of up to $2 billion for Lake Charles Methanol, LLC. Such federal government meddling in the energy sector is the exact wrong approach to America’s energy policy. By contrast, incoming Energy […]

What’s Wrong With The Government’s Mandating Of Energy Efficiency

August 24, 2016 by

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By Katie Tubb and Nicolas Loris and Paul J. Larkin Jr. ~ The Obama administration’s Department of Energy has churned through a list of energy efficiency regulations before the next administration. Just since June, the DOE has set or initiated standards for dehumidifiers, ceiling fans, battery chargers, and wine coolers. At issue isn’t health or […]

The Lifting Of This Oil Ban Could Add 800,000 New Jobs

July 7, 2016 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Since Congress lifted the long-standing ban on crude oil exports, U.S. companies are taking advantage and Americans are reaping the benefits. This example shows how free market reforms can transform the energy sector and provide a massive boon to consumers. In June, CNN reported that the U.S. reached a sevenfold increase […]

The Government Wants To Regulate Your Portable Air Conditioner

April 13, 2016 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Congratulations, portable air conditioner buyers and sellers. This product now qualifies for… government regulation! The Department of Energy (DOE) recently determined that portable air conditioners meet the criteria set under the Energy Policy Conservation Act (as amended) for efficiency mandates. Like all other efficiency regulations, mandated appliance standards remove choices from […]