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September 3, 2014
By Taylor Smith
In 2002, New Mexico implemented a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requiring investor-owned utilities to procure from renewable sources 10 percent of the electricity they sell. Utilities were supposed to have met that mandate by 2011. In 2007, then-Gov.
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Energy
Environment
September 3, 2014
By Taylor Smith
On July 17, 2014, Wisconsin Gov.
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Education
August 19, 2014
By Taylor Smith
EDITOR: Sen. Julie Lassa is correct in stating Common Core State Standards were created by national committees that included representation from Wisconsin. But a review of the people listed on those committees, 135 in total, shows only one from Wisconsin.
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Education
August 17, 2014
By Taylor Smith
REGARDLESS OF one’s view on carbon dioxide emissions, using the tax code to influence the behavior of individuals or businesses, rather than as a efficient way to charge people for the cost of government, should be concerning to everyone (“Carbon tax:
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Environment
July 29, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, was first synthesized in 1874 and discovered to be an effective insecticide in 1939.
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Environment
July 28, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Chicago City CouncilCommittee on FinanceJuly 28, 2014Testimony of Taylor SmithPolicy Analyst, The Heartland Institute Good afternoon, Chairman Burke, Vice Chairman O’Connor, and members of the committee. I thank you all for the opportunity to speak today.
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Energy
Environment
July 25, 2014
By James Taylor, Taylor Smith
The Finance Committee of the Chicago City Council on Monday is expected to take up an ordinance that would require gasoline stations to provide the so-called E15 blend of fuel, which is 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline.
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Environment
July 24, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Some 1.3 billion people around the world do not have access to electricity, and 2.
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Energy
Environment
July 14, 2014
By Taylor Smith
On June 2, 2014, the Obama administration mandated a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030 from power plants’ 2005 levels.
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Energy
Environment
June 10, 2014
By Taylor Smith
In 1970, Congress passed the Clean Air Act, a law that granted authority to the federal government to control air pollution across the nation.
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Environment
June 10, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Compared to other areas of the economy, the U.S. energy sector (except for the electricity industry) historically has been lightly regulated and relatively free.
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Energy
Environment
June 2, 2014
By Joseph Bast, Jay Lehr, S.T. Karnick, Taylor Smith, John Coleman (1934-2018), Marita Noon, James H. Rust, Alan Caruba (1938-2015)
The Obama administration today mandated a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions at power plants by 2030. The 645-page rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can be made final next year after a period of public comment.
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Environment
June 2, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Like all other multicellular organisms, human beings have endocrine systems.
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Environment
May 28, 2014
By John Nothdurft, James Taylor, Taylor Smith, Isaac Orr
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Environment
May 25, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Re: “Which mistake would be worse?,” May 19 letter to the editor.A letter from a solar industry executive displayed a rare form of candidness that usually isn’t tolerated from other industries.
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Environment
May 19, 2014
By Taylor Smith
The federal environmental regulatory system is broken. Thousands of pages of flawed environmental rules and regulations exist, with no reasonable chance they’ll ever be reformed given the entrenched special interests that benefit from them.
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Environment
May 14, 2014
By Joseph Bast, Taylor Smith
Many legislators are told they must enact climate change legislation because an alleged “scientific consensus” holds that man-made climate change requires urgent action.
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Climate Change
Environment
April 25, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Anti-fossil-fuel activists have long advocated federal and state governments should impose carbon taxes.
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Energy
Taxes
Environment
Climate Change
April 18, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Since Gov.
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Environment
April 13, 2014
By Taylor Smith
CHICAGO — When Mother Nature’s supposed greatest defenders call for replacing our reliable, affordable energy sources with unreliable, expensive sources that occupy more land and destroy more wildlife habitat, something might be afoot.
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Environment
April 11, 2014
By Taylor Smith
The State of Maine is considering two proposals to provide greater incentives for solar power.
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Energy
Environment
March 24, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Legislators in many states have blamed high-profile regional weather events on anthropogenic global warming and are proposing carbon taxes as a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and thereby—they hope—to mitigate severe weather.
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Energy
Taxes
Environment
Climate Change
Government Spending
March 24, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Under the pretext of climate change mitigation, energy portfolio diversification, and energy independence, the federal government and many state governments have implemented costly subsidies and mandate programs that benefit selected energy companies and
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Energy
Environment
March 12, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Among the most popular justifications for interventionist energy policies is pursuit of a government-imposed “diversified” energy portfolio.
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Energy
Environment
March 12, 2014
By Taylor Smith
In 1999, Wisconsin implemented a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) mandate requiring electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities to obtain from renewable sources 2.2 percent of the electricity sold to customers, by 2012. In 2006, former Gov.
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Energy
Environment
March 10, 2014
By Marc Morano, James Taylor, Taylor Smith, Jay Lehr
Senate Democrats have announced they will be launching an overnight “talkathon” tonight. The move is spearheaded by Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, avowedly to raise awareness about the new Senate Climate Action Task Force.
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Environment
March 3, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Nearly half the land of the western United States is owned by the federal government, including 82 percent of Nevada, 68 percent of Alaska, 64 percent of Utah, 63 percent of Idaho, 61 percent of California, 49 percent of Wyoming, and 48 percent of Oregon.
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Environment
February 26, 2014
By Taylor Smith
For more than a century, mankind has sought ways to convert the sun’s heat and light into electricity. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, enough energy from the sun hits Earth every hour to power the planet for an entire year.
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Energy
Environment
February 25, 2014
By Taylor Smith
In Georgia and around the country, use of solar panels is on the rise. During his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said, “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar.
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Environment
February 20, 2014
By Taylor Smith
The Washington Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee held a January 30 session to examine federal, state, and local incentives given to the solar power industry.
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Energy
Environment
February 13, 2014
By Taylor Smith
The United Nations estimates it would cost $30 billion a year to end world hunger.
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Environment
February 3, 2014
By Taylor Smith
In 43 states and the District of Columbia, utility customers who purchase their own generation source (also called distributed generation, most often a rooftop solar panel) can sell any excess electricity they produce to a utility for resale to other
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Energy
Environment
January 22, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Pennsylvania state Rep. Tommy Sankey has introduced a proposal that would repeal the state’s alternative energy portfolio standard (AEPS), which mandates utilities obtain a specified percentage of their power from renewable sources by a certain date.
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Energy
Environment
January 13, 2014
By Taylor Smith
ProblemHydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a decades-old well stimulation technique that recently has been combined with horizontal drilling and computer-assisted underground monitoring to make extracting from vast reserves of oil and natural gas more
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Energy
Environment
December 6, 2013
By Taylor Smith
Ohio currently does not require gasoline be blended with renewable fuel, but ethanol is still frequently blended with the state’s motor gasoline in compliance with the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates 36 billion gallons of renewable
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Energy
Environment
November 21, 2013
By James Taylor, Taylor Smith, Jay Lehr, Marita Noon, Kenneth Haapala, Walter Starck, Paul Driessen, Alan Caruba (1938-2015)
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced a reduction of the ethanol mandate in America’s gasoline supply for 2014, dropping it from 18.15 billion gallons to about 15 billion gallons.
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Environment
November 4, 2013
By Taylor Smith
America’s public parks are struggling financially and have become an expensive enterprise for governments to operate.
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Government Spending
Environment
Taxes
October 16, 2013
By Taylor Smith
ProblemOhio is ranked 23rd highest in electricity prices.1 Although this is due to many reasons, a big reason is the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS), signed into law in May 2008.
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Energy
Environment
October 7, 2013
By Taylor Smith
Coal, a black or brownish rock made from highly compressed plants that lived and died hundreds of millions of years ago, is the most plentiful fossil fuel in current use.
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Energy
Environment
September 12, 2013
By James Taylor, Taylor Smith
The Obama administration recently increased the federal government’s estimated social costs for carbon emissions.
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Economy
Environment
Climate Change
 

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