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ENERGY FREEDOM SCORE CARD

Mission Statement: Affordable, reliable, and plentiful energy enables us to protect the environment while also creating jobs and the goods and services we need. Expensive and unreliable energy, like the kind produced by ethanol and commercial wind and solar companies, destroys jobs and harms the environment.

Fossil fuels are the foundation of economic growth and prosperity. Taxing them or making them more scarce causes economic growth to slow, makes food and other essential goods more expensive, and many of the good things we take for granted are lost.

We owe it to future generations to leave the world a better place than we found it. Renewable energies don’t protect the environment. They actually harm it by being less efficient and more land-intensive than fossil fuels.

StatusHeartland’s Recommendations

1. Rein in EPA

Repeal unnecessary regulations affecting air and water quality and energy production, end the abuse of science, end subsidies to leftist groups.

DONEWithdraw implementation of the Waters of the U.S. rule.
DONE
Pruitt announced an end to “sue-and-settle”
End the “sue and settle” scam that allows bureaucrats and environmental activists to negotiate behind closed doors and profit from getting regulations approved without congressional approval.
STARTED

Some regs on coal-powered generation have been removed or delayed. Others are up for review.

Signed a proposed rulemaking for a two-year stay on Methane Admissions Standards for the oil & natural gas industry.

Issued a final rule postponing compliance deadlines relating to FGD wastewater and bottom ash transport water under Steam Electric Effluent Limitations Guidelines.

Announced intent to reconsider several substantive provisions of CCR rule.

Intends to convene an NSR Reform Task Force.

Formed the Ozone Cooperative Compliance Task Force, which will review administrative options to enable states to enter into cooperative agreements with EPA to provide regulatory relief and meaningfully improve ozone air quality.

Plans to streamline SIP approvals.

Roll back recent EPA regulations on ozone, small particles, and other air pollutants that are based on discredited epidemiology and toxicology.
STARTED
Trump ended terms of many long-time members of science advisory boards with conflicts of interest.
End conflicts of interest on scientific review boards.
STARTED
Pruitt’s withdrawal of the CPP said there are no health effects below EPA’s standard for PM-2.5.
Formally end the use of the “linear no-threshold assumption” in determining safe levels of exposure to pollutants.
STARTED

Trump said Obama’s preliminary approval of higher CAFE standards will be reviewed.

Published formal notice of reconsideration and issued a request for public comment.

Roll back Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which result in the deaths of thousands of car and truck passengers every year, needlessly increase the price of new cars, and favor foreign car manufacturers.
NOT DONEEnd the use of (secret science( by EPA and other regulatory agencies.
NOT DONEEnd reliance on near-zero risk ratios.
NOT DONEEnforce the Data Quality Act with respect to the junk science promoted and funded by EPA on air pollution and toxicology.
NOT DONECongress should repeal the Delaney clause, which essentially commits the FDA and other government agencies to an impossible zero risk standard.

2. Repeal Global Warming Regulations

End the war on fossil fuels by withdrawing from the Paris and FCCC, the endangerment finding, the social cost of carbon, Clean Power Plan, and other regulations justified by global warming alarmism.

DONEWithdraw from the Paris Accord and stop funding the Green Climate Fund.
DONERetract and rescind “social cost of carbon” estimates and stop including them in required cost-benefit analysis of new regulations.
DONEWithdraw/repeal the Clean Power Plan.
STARTED
Pruitt has announced plans for a Red Team, progress has been slow.
Create a President’s Council on Climate Change charged with cutting through the politics and bias that infected climate science and policymaking during the Obama administration and advising the President on what policies to repeal and what policies to pursue.
STARTED
At least some research grants are being cancelled, the president’s budget called for a 30% cut to EPA budget.
Dramatically reduce government funding of climate change research pending the findings of the new President(s Council on Climate Change. When funding for such research resumes, require that equal amounts go to studying natural and manmade climate change.
NOT DONEWithdraw from the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.
NOT DONEStop basing military planning and strategies on the predictions of flawed climate models.
NOT DONESupport legislation repealing Obama’s Executive Order 13693, which requires the Department of Defense to create a number of climate change programs and policies.
NOT DONEEnd funding for the United Nations( biased climate change programs, in particular the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

3. End Climate Profiteering

End subsidies, tax credits, feed-in tariffs, regulatory carve-outs, and mandates that benefit wind, solar, and ethanol producers yet produce no environmental benefits.

STARTED
Some states have frozen renewable energy mandate targets, some have considered repealing existing mandates, but progress is slow.
Repeal state Renewable Power Mandates (RPMs) where they exist and oppose their option in states that don’t currently have them.
STARTED
A DOE proposal to FERC would start to level the playing field between coal and renewables.
Have FERC grant higher rates to coal generation to recognize the important role they play in provide base-load energy.
STARTED
Trump’s budget proposed moving forward with Yucca Mountain.
Remove regulatory obstacles to the expansion of nuclear power and open the nuclear waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain.
STARTED
Trump froze current ethanol production minimum rather than raising it.
Abolish the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program, which mandates that refiners add ethanol to gasoline.
NOT DONEEnd federal tax credits to wind and solar producers.
NOT DONEConvince state PUCs not to implement “zombie” Obama-era regulations and subsidies that lead to the premature closing of coal-powered generation.
NOT DONEHold solar and wind power producers to the same environmental protection standards as are applied to coal and natural gas power generators.

4. Use It, Don’t Lose It

Achieve “energy dominance” by maximizing U.S. production of fossil fuels. End excessive restrictions of exploration, development, and production of fossil fuels on public lands as well as private lands.

DONEApprove Keystone XL and other pipelines blocked by President Obama.
STARTED

Some restrictions have been withdrawn, Interior is reducing size of some national monuments.

Withdrew an information collection request (ICR) to more than 15,000 oil & gas owners and operators, requiring them to provide information on equipment inventories and methane emissions.

Established the Executive Committee for Expedited Permitting.

Secretarial Order 3348 (DOI): Removed the moratorium on the Federal coal leasing program.

Secretarial Order 3349 (DOI): Directs bureaus to

examine specific actions impacting oil and gas development and  review actions taken regarding rescinded executive orders related to climate change.

Secretarial Order 3350 (DOI): Enhances opportunities for energy exploration, leasing, and development on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Secretarial Order 3352 (DOI): Review and revision of the Integrated Activity Plan at NPR-A in ANWR.

Secretarial Order 3353 (DOI): Established a Sage-Grouse Review Team  to review the 2015

Sage-Grouse Plans and associated policies.

Secretarial Order 3354 (DOI): Ensures that quarterly oil and gas lease sales are consistently held.

Roll back unnecessary regulations on hydraulic fracturing, mining, and oil and gas exploration offshore and on federal lands.
STARTED
Trump ended an Obama-era anti-fracking rule, states are debating restrictions on fracking.
Repeal unnecessary restrictions and state bans on fracking.
STARTEDExpand U.S. exports of coal, liquefied natural gas, and oil as a way to reduce the reliance of allies and other countries on energy imports from Russia and other bad actors in the international community.