Browsing All posts tagged under »The Daily Signal (Nick Loris)«

Tax Incentives Are No Way To Drive Energy Innovation. Here’s Why.

March 24, 2021 by

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By Adam Michel and Nicolas Loris ~ The best ways to tame environmentally harmful emissions is to allow the private sector to innovate cleaner and more efficient ways to produce, distribute, and use energy. Unfortunately, government subsides, mandates, and other regulations largely fail to spur such developments, and instead bolster government-favored technologies. The latest example […]

Reasons For Texas Blackouts And How Best To Avoid Them Going Forward

February 20, 2021 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ As millions of Texans suffer from a lack of electric power, heat, and water, the “never let a crisis go to waste” crowd is in full swing on both sides of the political aisle. Half-truths and misinformation have flooded social media outlets and policy discussions, blaming specific fuel sources, the deregulated structure […]

If Biden Tightens Fuel Economy Standards, Consumers Will Be Squeezed

February 2, 2021 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ On Day One of his presidency, President Joe Biden started to reverse course on U.S. energy and environmental policy with a slew of executive orders. His decisions to reenter the Paris Agreement and cancel the Keystone XL pipeline received much attention. But his order telling his agencies to review the Trump administration’s […]

Why California’s Natural Gas Appliance Bans Are Bad Economic And Environmental Policy

October 9, 2020 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ California Gov. Gavin Newsom made headlines a few weeks ago when he signed an executive order to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars in the state by 2035. While the order is concerning for a number of reasons, there’s a more imminent threat of restrictions on affordable, reliable energy. Several cities […]

The Facts About Climate Change And California Fires

September 21, 2020 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Despite some progress made by heroic firefighters, wildfires continue to tear through the West. Tragically, the fires have taken more than 30 lives (with many more missing), destroyed thousands of structures, and burned millions of acres. Here are answers to some of the commonly asked questions on causes for the wildfires and obstacles […]

In Responding To Low Oil Prices, Patience Is A Virtue

May 23, 2020 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Sometimes the preferred policy solution is to do nothing at all. Take the oil industry, for instance, where many of the proposals from federal and state policymakers would have done far more harm than good by distorting markets and harming consumers. America’s oil producers are by no means out of the woods […]

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 […]

Why Eco-Warriors’ Bid To Ban Natural Gas Appliances Is Wrongheaded

May 2, 2020 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Could the 80-year-old phrase “Now we’re cooking with gas” soon become a relic of the past? Several cities are studying proposals to restrict the use of natural gas in commercial and residential buildings as a way to combat climate change. In the latest push to ban natural gas appliances in homes, a […]

Energy Bailouts And Handouts Don’t Belong In Coronavirus Packages

March 24, 2020 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Social distancing policies at the state and federal level have forced businesses to close temporarily, which has led millions of Americans to worry about their financial situation.  Policymakers must offer focused, temporary solutions that specifically help people who are unable to work or whose businesses have been adversely affected by the closures. […]

Senate’s ‘Energy Innovation’ Bill Wasteful, Redundant

March 1, 2020 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Katie Tubb ~ When you think of the word “innovation,” what comes to mind? Maybe it’s something new and inventive—or something cutting edge, original, and creative. Or, if you’re in Washington, “innovation” is trotting out the same, stale approaches to policy that have done less to empower innovators and families and […]

Fracking Ban Would Hurt Environment

February 21, 2020 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ If a policymaker proposed banning cars and trucks or reducing the speed limit to 5 mph to reduce traffic fatalities, he or she would be laughed off the stage. Such a policy ignores the benefits of driving and disregards how people accept risk and trade-offs in their lives. So why should we […]

How The Shale Revolution Became The MVP Of US Energy Production

February 8, 2020 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Coleman Raush ~ America’s oil and gas production is like Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes. Defies expectations. Continually amazes. Sets new records. Makes a lot of people very happy. Within the past decade, the United States has seen remarkable benefits as a result of the shale revolution. Fueled by innovation and American entrepreneurial grit, the U.S. […]

French Protesters Didn’t Want Macron’s Gas Tax. They Should Reject His Climate Agenda.

November 27, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Douglas Blair ~ A year ago this month, the “yellow vest” protests began in France. More than 300,000 men and women took to the streets of Paris, Lyon, and Toulouse dressed in bright yellow safety vests. They marched largely in opposition to a proposed fuel tax, arguing that gas prices in France […]

The Green New Deal Isn’t Just Expensive. It’s Also Bad Environmental Policy.

November 15, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ We’re not hearing much about the Green New Deal these days, but it’s still a priority for some candidates, as anyone who’s attended a recent Bernie Sanders rally can attest. Criticism of the Green New Deal tends to center on cost and rightly so. It would be extremely expensive. Researchers estimate […]

Breathe Free: Capitalism Helps Protect The Environment

October 23, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ A recent Rasmussen poll found 20% of voters feel we should eliminate capitalism to protect the environment. That’s like saying we should eliminate teachers to improve education. Truth be told, capitalism has helped cleanse our planet—improving living standards while protecting the environment. Rather than eliminate capitalism, policymakers need to unleash it. […]

More Ethanol Means Higher Prices, And Not Just For Gasoline

October 19, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Over the summer, President Donald Trump tweeted that his administration was working on an ethanol package that would be “Great for all!” Now that we have the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft proposal, we can see he was half right. It’s great, all right—for the politically connected. It’s costly for everyone else. […]

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 […]

Automakers’ Flip-Flop On CAFE Standards Kicks Car Buyers To The Curb

August 31, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ After advocating for the Trump administration to relax former President Barack Obama’s stringent fuel economy mandates, several major automakers have rebuked the administration’s proposed rule for freezing the mandate at model year 2020. Now, the automakers are siding with California, voluntarily agreeing to increase the average fuel economy of their fleets […]

The Green New Deal: Less About Climate, More About Control

August 22, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Kevin Dayaratna ~ If someone asked you to describe the Green New Deal, what would you say? According to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., it’s a “bold idea” that would “create millions of good-paying jobs” and help “rebuild communities in rural America that have been devastated.” Oh, you thought the Green New Deal […]

EPA’s Reversal On Alaska’s Pebble Mine A Victory For Regulatory Process

August 12, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Patricia Patnode ~ For more than a decade, the owners of Alaska’s Pebble Mine just wanted a shot at going through the permitting phase of the project. But before the mine’s owners could even submit a permit application, the federal government in effect said, “Don’t bother.” The Environmental Protection Agency, however, announced […]

What Drives Gas Prices Up, And How We Can Steer Them Down

May 29, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ As Memorial Day kicks off the summer season, hotdogs, cold beers, and pool openings aren’t the only things on the minds of Americans. AAA expects a record 37.6 million Americans to hit the road and drive more than 50 miles for the long weekend, which means gas prices are also on […]

On Earth Day, Gloomy Predictions Haven’t Come To Pass

April 23, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ This Earth Day, it almost feels like we should be carving some turkey. Why? Because we have a lot to be thankful for since the first Earth Day event occurred 49 years ago. We should be thankful that the gloom-and-doom predictions made throughout the past several decades haven’t come true. Fearmongering […]

Democrats Want To Rejoin The Paris Accord. Let’s Recall Why It Was Such A Bad Deal.

April 17, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ When the Obama administration negotiated the Paris climate agreement, conservatives argued that it should move through the proper treaty process and be sent to the Senate, where elected senators could weigh in and potentially reject the deal. President Barack Obama didn’t do that. Instead, he unilaterally signed the deal, making it […]

Green New Deal Would Barely Change Earth’s Temperature. Here Are The Facts.

February 8, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Here’s the most important fact about the Green New Deal: It wouldn’t work. Ultimately, fully implementing the Green New Deal would have no meaningful impact on global temperatures. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., released their much-anticipated blueprint for a Green New Deal Thursday. And make no mistake: […]