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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) comprises an area of about 19 million acres in Alaska’s North Slope region. While estimates vary, a large number of jobs will directly and indirectly result from exploration, development, and production in the area.
Cap & trade policies harm the economy and reduce the number of jobs. It is not a market-based solution. It relies on a political scheme to increase costs, and can therefore be justly viewed as a tax, stealthy or otherwise, on energy – the lifeblood of our economy.
Carbon tax proposals are surfacing in Congress that threaten to completely derail any hope of a true economic recovery.
In 2010, China surpassed the United States in energy consumption. This section will examine China’s rise and what it means for the United States.
Choosing the responsible path to meet our energy and climate challenges requires making decisions based on solid facts.
A new study from the Institute for Energy Research finds that electricity from new wind and solar power is 2.5 to 5 times more expensive than electricity from existing coal and nuclear power. This innovative study relies on data from the Energy Information Administration and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to find the levelized cost of electricity from existing plants, not just the cost of electricity from new power plants as is typical with many studies.
The Energy Information Administration produces forecasts of energy supply & demand using the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS). All sectors of the energy system are represented in NEMS, including the electric power generation, transmission, & distribution system.
Regulations that mandate improvements in energy efficiency now affect many markets. Even if improved energy efficiency “pays for itself,” the savings promised by efficiency advocates will often fall short of expectations.
Green jobs created by government actions disappear as soon as government support is terminated, a lesson the German government and the green companies it supports are beginning to learn.
This report evaluates information gathered from 31 utility companies around the country who offer “opt-in” Green Pricing Programs to their customers.
The Gulf moratorium has killed jobs and destroyed economic productivity in a community already reeling from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Learn the facts on the unintended consequences of this disastrous executive order.
Keystone XL pipeline would have no marginal effect on climate or oil and gas development in the Alberta oil sands. Congress should approve Keystone to ensure more jobs and a stronger energy future.
While headlines have reported a boom in US oil and gas production, that boom has been related exclusively to exploration and development on private and state lands and waters.
The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) is the submerged area between a continent and the deep ocean. It is a rich natural resource for the United States, containing an estimated 86 billion barrels of oil and 420 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Impact of EPA’s Regulatory Assault on Power Plants: New Regulations to Take More than 72 GW of Electricity Generation Offline and the Plant Closing Announcements Keep Coming…
The Renewable Fuel Standard mandates that increasing amounts of biofuel are blended into motor fuel. This law was based on false assumptions about America’s energy potential.
How does policy and production determine energy affordability right in your home state?
The federal wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) is a substantial subsidy that has provided the wind industry billions of taxpayer dollars and is working to harm reliable, affordable sources of electricity generation such as natural gas, coal, and nuclear power.
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