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Taylor Smith was a policy analyst for The Heartland Institute specializing in energy, climate, and environmental regulation. He is coauthor with James M.

Taylor Smith was a policy analyst for The Heartland Institute specializing in energy, climate, and environmental regulation. He is coauthor with James M. Taylor of a previous Heartland Policy Brief titled “PricewaterhouseCoopers’ ‘Too Late’ Report: Poor Science, No Practical Solutions” (2012). He received a BA degree in American Studies, International Studies, and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2011.

He is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force. His work has appeared in several publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, and elsewhere.

Recent Articles and Publications

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January 21, 2016
By Tim Benson, Taylor Smith
According to the United States Geological Survey, nearly half the land in the Western United States is owned by the federal government. This includes 84.9 percent of land in Nevada, 64.9 percent of Utah, 61.6 percent of Idaho, 61.2 percent of Alaska, 52.
June 19, 2015
By Matthew Glans, Taylor Smith
The U.S.
June 4, 2015
By Taylor Smith, Nathan Makla
North Carolina is considering joining Ohio, West Virginia, and Kansas by rolling back its Renewable Energy and Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS), a law which arbitrarily requires utilities to generate 12.
May 26, 2015
By James Taylor, Taylor Smith
Exelon claims three of its Illinois nuclear power plants are uneconomical and has asked the Illinois legislature to allow it to force ratepayers to pay more to keep them operating. The authors of a new Heartland Policy Brief say that would be a mistake.
April 30, 2015
By H. Sterling Burnett, Taylor Smith
by H. Sterling Burnett and Taylor SmithClassrooms have emerged as a new front in the increasingly contentious debate over the causes and implications of climate change.
January 22, 2015
By James Taylor, John Nothdurft, Taylor Smith, H. Sterling Burnett
The West Virginia House today passed a bill that would repeal the state’s Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio by a vote of 95-4.
December 17, 2014
By H. Sterling Burnett, Richard J. Trzupek, Taylor Smith, Paul Crovo, Marita Noon, Mischa Popoff
The environmental commissioner of the state of New York today said he will ban hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” in his state following a study by the New York Department of Conservation.
December 15, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Pennsylvania law now requires state legislature approval of any state-developed carbon-dioxide reduction plan before it is submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under its proposed Clean Power Plan rule.

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