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Russia And China Just Signed An Energy Deal. Why You Should Be Scared.

June 1, 2014 by


By Stephen Moore ~ Is anyone else scared to death about this week’s announcement out of Beijing that China and Russia have agreed to a 30-year natural-gas deal? The agreement means the building of hundreds of miles of pipelines to feed cheap Siberian gas to China. President Xi Jinping of China and President Vladimir Putin […]

Michelle Obama Is Ignoring The Problems Her New School Lunch Standards Have Caused

May 31, 2014 by


By Daren Bakst ~ Yesterday in an op-ed, First Lady Michelle Obama attacked the House of Representatives for considering giving some schools a one-year reprieve from complying with the new school lunch requirements. In a New York Times column on her Let’s Move initiative, Obama addressed several issues but sidestepped acknowledging key problems that have been […]

The Obama Administration’s Hypocritical Environmental Policy

May 29, 2014 by


By Katie Tubb and Nicolas Loris  ~ Congress and the federal government have enacted policies and made decisions in the name of protecting the environment. The problem is, now those decisions have backfired — and made us worse off environmentally. Here are five examples: 1. Keystone Delay Means More Rail: Stating concern for the environment, […]

Europe’s Energy Dependence On Russia Can’t Last

May 28, 2014 by


By Ariel Cohen Ph.D ~ Vladimir Putin is the father of the most significant energy mix shift in Europe. Ukraine may be the straw that broke the back of the energy camel. As a result, Russia is about to lose a lot of revenue. Talk about the unintended consequences. Even before Putin occupied the Crimea […]

Are Our Energy Sources Moral?

May 27, 2014 by


By Stephen Moore ~ Energy is the master resource, as the late, great economist Julian Simon used to say. You can’t produce much of anything if you don’t have affordable electric power. My children learned that lesson the hard way when we lost our electricity due to a blizzard several months ago. Welcome, I said […]

Will Ukraine’s New President Be Able To Stop Russia’s Imperial Ambitions?

May 26, 2014 by


By Rob Bluey ~ Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire candy tycoon, declared victory with about 56 percent of the vote, according to exit polls. The “Chocolate King,” as he’s known, finished well ahead of Yulia Tymoshenko, a former Ukrainian prime minister, who had about 13 percent. Under Ukrainian law, presidential candidates who receive more than 50 […]

The Future Of Cars: Electric, Natural Gas, Driverless, And More

May 25, 2014 by


By Ariel Cohen Ph.D ~ Ten years from now, electric (EV), hybrid and natural-gas powered cars will make some, albeit not yet decisive, inroads in our lives. There are economic, lifestyle and technological reasons for this. First, it is the technology of hydraulic fracturing, and improved 3-D seismic and imaging techniques, which provides us with […]

Putin Is Outwitting The West With A Soviet-Era Bag of Dirty Tricks

May 18, 2014 by


By James Carafano Ph.D.~ George Kennan was the State Department‘s top hand on Moscow. As the U.S.-Soviet alliance unraveled after World War II, no one seemed to understand the Kremlin better than Kennan. One of his most insightful observations was cautionary: Do not think about the standoff with the Soviet Union as principally a military […]

Thune Seeks To Prevent Trillion-Dollar-Per-Year EPA Regulation

May 13, 2014 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moves forward with more stringent ozone regulations, it could be the costliest EPA regulation in history. Senator John Thune (R–SD) wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. In 2011, President Obama asked then-EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the agency’s draft for more stringent National […]

The Benghazi Select Committee Has Been Established. Why That’s A Good Thing.

May 10, 2014 by


By Helle Dale ~ On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, 232-186, to establish an investigative Select Committee on Benghazi. The committee, which will consist of seven Republicans and five Democrats, is a welcome if overdue step toward getting to the truth about the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012, which left four Americans […]

Why It’s A Lousy Idea To Curtail Our Freedoms By Adding Amendments

May 4, 2014 by


By Rich Tucker ~ At the beginning of the movie Lincoln, the president is focused on amending the Constitution to bar slavery. That seems unnecessary to some. After all, he’s already issued an Emancipation Proclamation. But Abraham Lincoln takes the Constitution seriously. He wants major changes enacted through the proper amendment process, not by presidential […]

Congress Is Voting On Efficiency Legislation Next Week. Here’s Why It’s Bad News

May 3, 2014 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ The Senate is expected to vote on the Energy Savings and Industrial and Competitiveness Act, sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D–N.H.) and Rob Portman (R–Ohio). Here are six reasons why it should concern you. 1.   Federal Paternalism Makes Us Worse Off. When the government forces efficiency measures on people, it takes […]

‘The Point Is We Should Have Tried’—Brigadier General On Failure To Rescue Americans In Benghazi

May 2, 2014 by


By Helle Dale ~ Dominos are falling in the Benghazi cover-up. Today, explosive and emotional testimony from Brig. Gen. Robert Lovell (Ret.), former Intelligence Director of U.S. Africa Command, rocked the House Government Oversight Committee. Lowell held his post at the time of the Benghazi attack, which fell into his area of command. From the […]

It’s Time For Congress To Take Back The Power To Make Laws

April 28, 2014 by


By Rich Tucker ~ Every senator, it is said, looks in the mirror and sees a president. But many of those senators are acting as if they work for the civil service bureaucracy, instead of the other way around. The Washington Post recently reported on several senators who are trying to bolster their 2014 reelection […]

7 Reasons Nothing Should Stand In The Way Of The Keystone XL Pipeline

April 26, 2014 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ The Washington Post slammed the Obama administration’s continued delay of a Keystone XL decision, calling it “absurd” and “embarrassing.” And for good reason—in fact, many good reasons. Below are seven of the most compelling. Jobs and economic growth. Opponents will minimize the job numbers, saying that the pipeline will create only […]

Market Pricing, Solving Problems

April 21, 2014 by


By Rich Tucker ~ In medical care, you have to get the diagnosis correct. But if you want to solve the problem, you’ve also got to get the treatment right. At the Vox website recently, reporter Sarah Kliff posted a blog titled: “Our Health Spending Problem is All About Prices.” That diagnosis is only partially […]

3 Areas Where Government Needs To Get Out Of The Way

April 20, 2014 by


By Amy Payne ~ America has a jobs problem. And we don’t need more economic “stimulus” packages or government solutions. We need Congress and the Obama administration to stop dragging their feet. In a new report, Heritage’s Rachel Greszler says that “The problem with today’s labor market is not that too many people are being […]

Al Gore In Hawaii: Carbon Polluters ‘Immoral, Unethical, Despicable’

April 19, 2014 by


By Havilah Steinman ~ Al Gore was “fired up” at the University of Hawaii in sharing his message on climate change, according to a local TV news report of a speech in which the former vice president bashed unnamed “carbon polluters” as being ”immoral, unethical, and despicable.” Gore, wearing a bright lei around his neck, […]

Department Of Energy: Working Hard To Give Away Your Money

April 18, 2014 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ This week the Department of Energy announced that it will make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for renewable and energy efficiency projects that reduce, avoid, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions. The federal government needs to stop playing banker in an attempt to build the energy economy it […]

The War On Cows: From Methane To Meat Taxes

April 17, 2014 by


By Daren Bakst ~ Last month, the President released a climate action plan designed to cut methane emissions. If you are a cow, be afraid. Be very afraid. The same goes for humans. The plan outlines voluntary measures, such as a “Biogas Roadmap,” to reduce dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. […]

Sebelius Resigns As HHS Secretary After Obamacare’s Shaky Start

April 11, 2014 by


By Ken McIntyre ~ Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, nine days after President Obama trumpeted the news that 7.1 million Americans had signed up for Obamacare by the first deadline despite a near-calamitous rollout of the health care law under her leadership. Some White House watchers noted at the time that […]

Cooling The Warming Worries

April 7, 2014 by


By Rich Tucker ~ Runners in Washington’s annual Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run this weekend will enjoy some beautiful views, as the city’s famous cherry trees bloom along the race course. Luckily, they’ll probably be spared another, almost annual event: news reports bemoaning that the blooms are occurring earlier and earlier because of climate change. […]

Q And A On Ukraine: After Losing Crimea To Russia, What Next?

April 6, 2014 by


By Amy Payne ~ Russia essentially took over part of Ukraine and still reportedly has troops along the country’s border. We asked Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Fellow, Luke Coffey, what the situation is like and what the U.S. should be doing. The Foundry: So Crimea voted to leave Ukraine and become part of Russia again. Was […]

The EPA May Be About To Destroy Wisconsin’s Economic Recovery

March 31, 2014 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ Wisconsin’s economy has been on the upswing, but Washington’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations could change all that. The Environmental Protection Agency’s prospective crackdown on new and existing power plants will drive up energy prices across the nation, but the proposed regulations will hit Badger State families and businesses particularly hard. The […]