July 31, 2020
The Trump administration’s recent changes to the National Environmental Policy Act would reduce the years of red tape and litigation that frequently blocks job-creating energy projects such as new oil or natural gas pipelines. They would also give a greater voice to the local communities that are positively impacted by such projects.
June 26, 2020
The House of Representatives’ $1.5 trillion dollar infrastructure package is being sold to the public as a post-coronavirus job creation bill. It now includes the sweeping renewable energy subsidies, including measures extending the investment tax credits for wind and solar energy. This is both bad energy policy and bad jobs policy.
June 15, 2020
Today the Supreme Court handed down a 7-2 decision allowing the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile project bringing natural gas produced in West Virginia eastward into Virginia and North Carolina. The case represents a big win for energy dominance, jobs, affordable energy, and most importantly the rule of law.
June 1, 2020
On June 1, the EPA issued a final rule clarifying that the Clean Water Act cannot be used by states to block energy projects based on climate or any other grounds unrelated to water quality. This rule should help remove roadblocks to many such projects that both create jobs and keep energy affordable for homes and businesses.
May 29, 2020
On May 27, the IRS issued a notice expanding the tax relief for renewable energy developers seeking to qualify for tax credits. Ironically, this announcement comes as the Energy Information Administration announced that renewables have surpassed coal as an electricity source in the U.S. This undercuts a key rationale for the renewable tax credits, which is that renewables they are an infant industry.
May 11, 2020
The Trump administration indicated this week it will adjust tax credit deadlines to help renewable energy investors to help their businesses survive the economic crisis. This means that wind and solar projects begun in 2016 or 2017 will be eligible to receive the credits over a period of five years instead of four.
May 1, 2020
On April 29, five members of Congress sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that nicely summarizes why the energy infrastructure approval and construction process must go on unimpeded by the coronavirus emergency.
April 24, 2020
Planet of the Humans, the new documentary film from director Jeff Gibbs and executive producer Michael Moore, contains a stunning evisceration of so-called green energy and the people profiting from it.
April 9, 2020
Green groups oppose efforts to deal with the coal refuse problem that plagues many coal mining communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The EPA is doing the right thing by ignoring this opposition and addressing the problem.
April 2, 2020
New York City made it through another winter without any serious natural gas shortages, but it may not be so lucky next year. National Grid is one of two companies that unsuccessfully sought approval for a new pipeline to bring much needed additional natural gas into the city. However, its project was rejected by the state in 2019, largely on climate change grounds.