Environmental and Energy Regulation

Energy production is the key building block for economic growth and opportunity. But instead of allowing the industry to flourish, the federal government and its agencies, most notably the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), undermine the energy sector by imposing rules and regulations intentionally designed to limit its growth – for little to zero environmental benefit.

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Environmental and Energy Regulation

Background: In the last few decades, innovative technologies dramatically expanded the amount of available oil reserves in the United States. U.S. natural gas reserves have…

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Congress Pushes Back Against Midnight Regulations

Last month, Republicans in the House of Representatives sent a letter to the federal heads of President Obama’s regulatory agencies calling for an end to…

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Three Key Reforms for Federal Water Policy

By Daren Bakst, Research Fellow in Agricultural Policy at the Heritage Foundation For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of…

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The Federal Regulations That Affect Your Thanksgiving Foods

By Diane Katz, research fellow in regulatory policy at the Heritage Foundation This being the fourth Thursday of November, we turn our attention to the…

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The Pathway Out of Paris

By Nicolas Loris and Steven Groves, The Heritage Foundation As climate negotiators work out the details of the Paris Agreement on global warming in Marrakech,…

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Significant Policy Changes Possible under a Donald Trump Presidency

With the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency along with Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress, significant and positive policy changes could be…

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Heritage Action Opposes Special Tax Breaks for Renewable Energy

Members of Congress will return to Washington, D.C. after the Presidential election on November 14th for a lame-duck session of Congress. Historically speaking, politicians use…

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Rising Red Tape Near Top of Small Business Fears

By Jessica McBirney and James Gattuso, The Heritage Foundation Far from equipping small businesses “with the tools and resources they need to succeed,” government actions…

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Obama’s New Fuel Efficiency Standards Hurt Small-Business Truckers the Most

Last month, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation finalized new fuel-efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles including 18-wheelers, pick-up trucks,…

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Unleash America’s Energy Resources

The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in the month of August, roughly 30,000 less than the 180,000 jobs many economists predicted. The unemployment rate was…

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Obama shows what not to do on climate policy

By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation Energy & Environmental Expert President Obama sets off for his final Asia trip as commander in chief this week, and…

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Federal Regulation cost economy $4 trillion since 1980

Guest Blog: Gloria Taylor A new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University demonstrates just how destructive regulations are on the U.S. economy.…

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Should the Federal Government Regulate Greenhouse Gases?

Heritage Action recently joined energy groups and other conservative organizations in sending a letter to Representative Evan Jenkins (R-WV) thanking him for introducing his latest…

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Business Owners “Did Build That”

Guest Blog: Mark Adamson As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I know what it takes to run a successful company. I own and operate…

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House Passes Bill Forcing Companies to Label GMO Products

The House of Representatives voted 306 to 117 in favor of a recently passed Senate bill creating a new federal labeling requirement on GMO products…

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Congressman Challenges Regulators to “PROVE IT”

Last week, Representative Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced legislation named the Providing Retrospective Observations Validating the Economic and Increasing Transparency or PROVE IT Act. Rep. Graves’…

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House Republicans Outline Proposal to Reduce Energy Regulations

Today, a task force of House Republicans released a regulatory policy agenda outlining what policies Congress should enact to help jumpstart the economy. Entitled “A…

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Federal Regulations Cost over $62 Billion so far in 2016

As of January 1, 2016, federal regulators finalized 112 new rules totaling $62.73 billion in compliance costs and over 14 million hours in paperwork. Last…

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Senate Fails to Defund Waters of the U.S. Rule

Last week, the Senate failed to pass an amendment preventing the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from using federal funds…

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Waters of the U.S. Rule under attack in House Committee Hearing

This week, the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing discussing the new Waters of the U.S. rule…

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