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Archives: Environmental Stewardship / Articles

  • Wyoming State of the State: Fiscal Soundness Despite Setbacks in Energy Sector of Economy image

    Wyoming State of the State: Fiscal Soundness Despite Setbacks in Energy Sector of Economy

    Wyoming enjoys the 8th best economic outlook in the nation, according to Rich States, Poor States. This outlook has failed to translate into performance largely due to numerous macroeconomic factors and regulatory measures. The governor’s commitment to state regulatory reform, bureaucratic downsizing, and budget reform has resulted in the state weathering this storm with a strong balance sheet and low taxes. Rather than resort to higher taxes or centrally planned economic development, the continuation of a business-friendly climate is needed to incentivize further diversification and future growth of the economy.

  • Interior Highlights the Importance of Critical Minerals that Might Be in Your Christmas Gifts image

    Interior Highlights the Importance of Critical Minerals that Might Be in Your Christmas Gifts

    If you are doing last minute Christmas shopping, chances are the gifts you are thinking about buying depend on minerals. From the batteries and computer chips in smartphones and other …

  • The state policy “nuclear renaissance” image

    The state policy “nuclear renaissance”

    A state policy “nuclear renaissance” is underway. In 2007, states considered a total of 27 bills pertaining in some way to nuclear energy. By 2011, this number leaped to 204.

  • EPA strikes blow against federal overreach image

    EPA strikes blow against federal overreach

    It’s not often that the statement “EPA strikes a blow against federal overreach” can be accurately used, but today is finally one of those days. Today the Environmental Protection Agency …

  • Energy Innovation: A Key to All of the Above Jobs image

    Energy Innovation: A Key to All of the Above Jobs

    Conservative clean energy innovation that focuses on clean coal, nuclear, and hydro power is, “an economic opportunity, a huge job creator,” says conservative businessman Jay Faison.

  • Solar Panels, from Sea to Shining Sea? image

    Solar Panels, from Sea to Shining Sea?

    Whether or not a grand southern border wall solar installation can pay for itself through electricity sales is difficult to predict in the absence of clear, specific proposals and construction plans.

  • Opening The Door For Nuclear image

    Opening The Door For Nuclear

    Over the past two decades, many states have taken steps to include more “renewable” energy resources in their state portfolios. Ideally, states would simultaneously pursue environmental protection and economic vitality …

  • Secretary Zinke Shouldn’t Stop With Bears Ears image

    Secretary Zinke Shouldn’t Stop With Bears Ears

    On Monday, the Department of Interior announced the interim recommendation of its review process of the Bears Ears National Monument. In a victory for opponents of federal overreach, Secretary Zinke …

  • The Paris Climate Agreement is a Bad Deal for America image

    The Paris Climate Agreement is a Bad Deal for America

    Last year, candidate Trump campaigned clearly and forcefully in opposition to the Paris Agreement. Trump called the agreement “bad for business” and repeatedly pledged to cancel the agreement …

  • State of the State: California image

    State of the State: California

    The governor is right: we cannot “construct some alternate universe of non-facts that we find more pleasing.” California’s economic outlook currently ranks 46th nationally, according to Rich States, Poor States. Ignoring the impending fiscal collapse due to unfunded pension liabilities, failing to reduce the onerous tax burden, and pretending that a state carbon emissions crackdown will alter global climate only will force others to flee Governor Brown’s vision of the future.

  • Carbon Tax Straight Talk image

    Carbon Tax Straight Talk

    Shultz and Baker label a massive tax increase and economic meddling by the federal government as “embodying the conservative principles of free markets and limited government” but this carbon tax will needlessly further distort energy markets, harm consumers, expand government bureaucracy, and have minimal (if any) effect on global climate change. For these reasons, ALEC remains steadfastly opposed to “all Federal and state efforts to establish a carbon tax on fuels for electricity and transportation.”

  • The Stream Protection Rule Gets Axed image

    The Stream Protection Rule Gets Axed

    While traveling about the country on his post-election thank you tour, President-elect Donald J. Trump frequently remarked that he and his supporters had together “made history.” Just four weeks …

  • Climate Change: Who is in Denial, and About What? image

    Climate Change: Who is in Denial, and About What?

    President Trump’s nominees consistently stated climate change represents a risk; it is not a hoax; human activity contributes; the United States should be part of the conversation about global policy responses.

  • President Trump Seeks to Jumpstart Construction of Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines image

    President Trump Seeks to Jumpstart Construction of Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

    On Tuesday morning, President Donald J. Trump signed two memoranda seeking to jump start construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. This news should come as no surprise …

  • All of the Above Jobs image

    All of the Above Jobs

    "All of the Above Jobs" can create prosperity and improve environmental quality.

  • Policy for the Environment, Not Government image

    Policy for the Environment, Not Government

    Given a choice, the environmental left will choose government over solving what it claims are urgent environmental challenges. The case of Washington state’s recent, failed I-732 ballot measure demonstrates this …

  • President Elect Trump Should Allow Senate to Reject Paris Climate Agreement image

    President Elect Trump Should Allow Senate to Reject Paris Climate Agreement

    When it’s all said and done, the lasting legacy of the Obama presidency may end up being a clearer understanding of the risks associated with implementing a policy agenda largely …

  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt Selected to Run EPA image

    Attorney General Scott Pruitt Selected to Run EPA

    At a conference hosted by the North Dakota Petroleum Council this past May, then-candidate Donald Trump unveiled an ambitious “America First Energy Plan,” a slate of reforms designed to …

  • Everything is Coming Up Battery Storage image

    Everything is Coming Up Battery Storage

    Energy innovation has an equivalent of singularity: the day when affordable, scalable, reliable battery storage technology collides with intermittent generation sources like wind and solar to stabilize the availability of …

  • The Intersection of Climate Policy and the First Amendment image

    The Intersection of Climate Policy and the First Amendment

    One of the greatest risks to free speech today is the recent phenomenon of state attorneys general attempting to intimidate and silence groups that dare espouse “unacceptable” positions on matters …