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America First Energy Conference 2018

Join Heartland in New Orleans for AFEC 2018 on August 7 for a conference promoting America's Energy Freedom.

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August 7, 2018
All Day
Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel
2 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

On August 7, The Heartland Institute will host our second America First Energy Conference (AFEC 2018) in New Orleans, Louisiana, one of the key states for America’s energy and refinery industry. The conference will feature approximately 30 speakers from government, industry, academia, and other think tanks speaking on 10 panels and three plenary sessions. We expect between 300 and 400 people to attend (INCLUDING YOU!), and we aim to attract state legislators, congressional staff, state think tank leaders, and private sector government relations professionals and policy analysts.

The purpose of this event is to promote and expand energy freedom in the United States, as outlined in President Donald Trump’s bold America First Energy Plan, a proposal first released during the 2016 presidential campaign. The president’s plan marks a decisive change in direction from the Obama administration’s “war on fossil fuels” and focus on the theory of catastrophic man-caused climate change.

Celebrating Energy Victories, Reaching for More

One and a half years after his inauguration, the Trump administration has already accomplished much of its ambitious agenda. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has rolled back regulations on ozone, small particles, and other air pollutants that are based on discredited epidemiology and toxicology.

Pruitt has also canceled the preliminary approval of higher CAFE standards, rescinded the “social cost of carbon” as a chief factor in regulatory decisions, pulled the United States out of the energy-killing Paris Climate Accord, canceled Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and ended the use of “secret science” to set wide-ranging and expensive regulations. President Trump has also vastly expanded energy exploration on U.S. lands and offshore.

But what else remains to be done? And how permanent will these victories be? What scientific and economic evidence is there that the plan is putting the nation on the right path toward economic growth, environmental protection, or both?

We will explore those questions (and more) at the America First Energy Conference 2018 in New Orleans.

Preliminary Schedule

The #AFEC2018 schedule is still in the planning stages and subject to change, but our current line-up of proposed panels carry the following working titles:

  • Why CO2 Emissions Are Not Creating a Climate Crisis
  • REINing in the Regulators
  • Fueling Freedom and Prosperity
  • Fiduciary Malpractice: The ‘Sustainable’ Investment Movement
  • Reforming EPA: Lots of Progress, More to Do
  • The Future of Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas
  • Carbon Taxes, Cap & Trade, and Other Bad Ideas
  • Climate Lawsuits Against Energy Companies and the Government
  • Real Collusion: Russia and the Green Movement
  • Reversing the Endangerment Finding

Stay tuned for updates on the schedule in the coming weeks.

Conservatives and libertarians who have worked so hard to develop the ideas and market-based solutions key to the plan have much to celebrate, can play a role in ensuring the victories continue, and must be certain they are not reversed in the future. We are already witnessing positive results from the energy freedom agenda. Now is the time to consolidate and expand these gains.

We hope you will join us for in New Orleans on August 7 for this important and informative event. Go to for more information on the conference (we're always updating the site) and register today!

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