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May 18, 2022
By Tim Benson
https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/research--commentary-new-study-details-damage-done-to-vulnerable-avian-populations-by-wind-and-solar-energy
A study published in March in Royal Society Open Science, a peer-reviewed journal claims that wind turbine and solar farms in California are making life significantly worse for nearly half of the “vulnerable” bird species that fly over them. According to the study, 11 of 23 bird species, including barn owls, golden eagles, roadrunners, and yellow-billed cuckoos, “were either highly or moderately vulnerable [to wind and solar farms], experiencing a greater than or equal to 20% decline in the pop...
September 2, 2022
By Tim Benson
https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/research--commentary-new-report-details-how-to-strengthen-america-weaken-putin-and-make-the-world-safer-via-increased-american-energy-production
American Experiment North Dakota has released a report detailing how American leadership on energy concerns, and a ramping up of domestic energy sources, can reduce Russia’s strategic leverage over European countries and help make the world a safer place. In Energy Leadership: How American Energy Production Can Make the World Safer, Isaac Orr and John Phelan of the Center of the American Experiment note that Russia currently is one of the largest producers of energy on the planet, as the third-...
August 29, 2019
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/new-ohio-energy-law-emphasizes-subsidies-mandates
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a bill legislators say will save Ohioans money on their power bills and ensure electric power reliability in the state. The law provides subsidies to encourage companies not to close coal and nuclear power plants that supply much of the minimum baseload power necessary for reliable, proper operation of the electric power grid. The law also subsidizes six solar power facilities in rural areas, reduces the amount of electricity renewable energy sources in the...
March 10, 2022
By H. Sterling Burnett
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/democrats-cant-solve-energy-related-problems-because-they-dont-understand-they-are-causing-them
With oil prices topping $125.00 per barrel and gasoline prices averaging $4.17 per gallon nationwide for regular as I write, the White House and Democrats in Congress persist in the delusion that the economy can rapidly transition completely to green energy. Their belief that wind, solar, batteries, and electric vehicles can effectively and cheaply power the nation while ending the use of energy sources that emit greenhouse gases in their use is foolish and belied by the evidence. Biden et al. ...
May 28, 2021
By Tim Benson
https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/research--commentary-report-details-the-local-pushback-against-renewable-energy-projects
The Center of the American Experiment (CAE), a think tank located in Golden Valley, Minnesota, released a new report in late April detailing how concerned residents in rural states, and rural areas in more densely populated states along the coasts, are fighting back against large-scale renewable energy projects like wind farms and seeking to block these projects from their municipalities. The report, Not in Our Backyard, was authored by Robert Bryce, a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Rese...
August 13, 2021
By Tim Benson
https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/research--commentary-study-highlights-the-massive-importance-of-gas-and-oil-industries-to-the-ohio-economy
A new report commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has found the oil and natural gas industries directly or indirectly supported over 146,000 jobs in Ohio in 2019, or 5.3 percent of the total share of state employment. Further, the oil and gas industries produced $9.2 billion in labor income, which was 5.9 percent of the state total share, and had a statewide economic impact of $23.9 billion, for 8.5 percent of the state total share...
January 5, 2021
By Tim Benson
https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/research--commentary-report-on-shale-investment-details-importance-of-fracking-to-ohio
The latest annual report on shale-related investment in Ohio by researchers at Cleveland State University (CSU) found a $9 billion increase from 2018 to the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019, showing once again the importance of the natural gas industry and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to the Buckeye State economy. The report, released in October 2020, found “total investment [in shale] from July through December 2019 was approximately $3.06 billion, including upstream, midstream and downstream....
February 15, 2019
By Arianna Wilkerson
https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/the-leaflet-the-high-cost-of-green-energy
In state capitols across the nation, lawmakers are proposing stringent environmental regulations that are mollifying environmentalists and galvanizing their opponents. Most of these proposals are intended to reduce carbon dioxide, which is emitted when fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil) are burned. To curb these emissions, activists have pressured politicians to pass rigid restrictions on fossil fuels. Politicians have responded by drafting legislation that would institute renewable energ...
February 3, 2017
By H. Sterling Burnett
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/legislative-pulse-fighting-rising-energy-costs-in-ohio
Editor’s Note: State Rep Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) has served in the Ohio Legislature as a state representative (2001–07, 2017) and state senator (2007–16). Seitz currently serves as chair of the House Public Utilities Committee. Burnett: The Ohio legislature passed your proposed freeze on the state’s renewable power mandate in 2016. Gov. John Kasich vetoed the bill. Why did you offer the bill, and why do you think Kasich vetoed it? Seitz: Actually, the bill we passed did not extend the freez...
March 19, 2020
By Tim Benson
https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/research--commentary-banning-fracking-would-be-bad-news-for-ohioans
A report released in November 2019 by the Global Energy Institute at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce details how a ban on hydraulic fracturing (colloquially known as “fracking”) would have devastating consequences for the Ohio economy and would displace “hundreds of thousands of jobs” throughout the state. According to the study, if a fracking ban took place, the Buckeye State would experience the cumulative loss of 700,000 jobs thanks to higher residential and business energy costs and upstream p...