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The New Congress and Energy Policy

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 5, 2011

As the 112th Congress convenes today, the new majority in the House of Representatives is putting its priorities in order and considering actions that could alter the nation's energy policies. 

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Energy Policy's Impact on U.S. Consumers

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 30, 2010

As the nation approaches the New Year, reporters around the country are writing about the energy outlook for 2011. There are quotes from analysts predicting oil and gasoline prices; opinion leaders discussing energy policies likely to be considered by the 112th Congress; and professors explaining the relative merits of fossil fuels and alternatives. 

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Does EPA Have the Authority to Levy Taxes?

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 27, 2010

Did you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to levy taxes? If you're scratching your head over this tidbit of information, you're not alone. 

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EPA's GHG Regulations Should Be Delayed

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 2, 2010

In mid-November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took another step toward its plan to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources starting Jan. 2. It issued documents, commonly known as the Best Available Control Technology (BACT) guidance, for state and local permitting programs charged with regulating GHG emissions under the Clean Air Act. 

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Voters Reject Energy Taxes

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 30, 2010

American voters understand that higher taxes are the wrong prescription for domestic oil and natural gas development. In an election-night poll conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by API, 60 percent of voters opposed a tax increase on the oil and natural gas industry, and 54 percent said an increase could destroy jobs. 

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Don't Force-Feed E15 into the Marketplace

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 24, 2010

Here is a prime example of what can happen when Congress and the administration tamper with the free market system to impose their will on the American public. Simply put, their meddling can create major headaches for consumers. 

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