The Keystone pipeline continues to draw broad support from the American public, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Overall, 61 percent of adults support the project. There is more support among Republicans at 84 percent and independents at 61 percent, but even Democrats are divided with 49 percent in favor of the project and only 38 percent opposed.
Interestingly, Democrats with incomes of at least $100,000 are the least likely group to support the pipeline at 36 percent. Those with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 are divided, and those with incomes less than $50,000 show greater support.
In light of Russia’s recent aggression toward Ukraine, the Heritage Foundation has identified a critical way of helping free Ukraine: liberalize global energy markets.
The Senate is poised to act on legislation that would provide Ukraine with economic assistance and authorize sanctions against Russia when they return from recess next week. Specifically, they plan to provide Ukraine with $1 billion in loan guarantees and other economic assistance. But Heritage experts offer advice that would allow Congress address the root of the problem:
Much of Russia’s power in the region is the result of its control over energy supplies and distribution systems. Diminishing Russia’s economic leverage over the region should be a key component of America’s response. This could be largely accomplished simply by liberalizing global energy markets. The U.S. has antiquated and unnecessary restrictions on exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude oil, and Congress should make lifting these restrictions a priority.
“Increasing domestic energy production and lifting bans on energy exports,” they conclude, “would help the U.S. economy and Ukraine. And by increasing energy supplies to the global market and diversifying global supplies, these reforms would diminish the ability of any nation, including Russia, to use energy as a weapon to impose its will in the future.”
Monday night, Democrat senators concerned with “climate change,” “global warming,” and “carbon pollution” shared their thoughts all night on the Senate floor, emitting more CO2 with every word.
Democrats had plenty of time to show their true colors during the nearly 15-hour event. The Senate majority leader Harry Reid showed how intolerant they truly are. They showed how oblivious they are to what is a truly pressing issue today: dealing with the burgeoning debt that is so harmful to the U.S. economy. They showed how desperate they are to convince Republicans they’re wrong to focus on energy production and job creation. They showed that they have no idea what Americans really care about: the economy and jobs.
In 2013, the federal energy tax subsidies cost the taxpayers more than $16 billion, up from only $5 billion in 2005. The transfer of this much money, most of which goes to green energy, allows the government to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.
That’s why Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) 82% introduced the Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act (EFEPA) (H.R. 259). EFEPA would eliminate all current energy subsidies in the tax code, enabling lower corporate tax rates to encourage investment and spur economic growth.
Rhea Suh is a long-time green community operative.
In October, President Obama nominated her to serve as the next Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks for the Department of Interior. A vote on her nomination has been held up in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee – and for good reason.
While two committee hearings on Suh’s nomination have raised significant concerns about her qualifications, Suh’s recorded sentiments are the real concern. For example, prior to her work at Interior, Suh facilitated environmental grants with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and later the David and Lucille Packard Foundation where she opined :