Heritage Foundation on Energy & Oil
Environmental fracking via local decision on Marcellus Shale
Saving the environment and producing shale oil and gas by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) are not mutually exclusive. The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) [proposes this] model:
This is how Americans solve problems--not from top-down regulations or one-size-fits-all rules, but individuals working to find ways to solve them.
Source: Katie Tubb on 2013 campaign website blog.heritage.org
, Mar 26, 2013
- The program is voluntary and requires concessions from
both parties with benefits for both as well. The most successful environmental policies have been accomplished when the freedom of individuals is preserved.
- The CSSD was put together using the expertise of people directly and geographically connected
to the Marcellus shale development. Nothing can replace the experience and knowledge of those who stand to gain (or lose) the most by success.
- The CSSD aims to meet the unique concerns and conditions of the Appalachian region, rather than tackle shale
development across the nation.
Carbon tax would hurt economy but not reduce global warming
An anti-carbon tax amendment [is in the Senate]. It is important to stress why enacting a carbon tax would be economically devastating and environmentally meaningless. A carbon tax that starts at $25 and rises by 5% per year would:
Proponents of a carbon tax may argue that's a small price to pay to save the planet, but the reality is
that it's an exorbitant price to pay to not have any impact on climate change whatsoever. Unilaterally reducing greenhouse gases would not make a dent on global emissions and only moderate temperatures a few tenths of a degree.
Source: Nicolas Loris on 2013 campaign website blog.heritage.org
, Mar 21, 2013
- Cut the income
of a family of four by $1,900 per year in 2016 and lead to average losses of $1,400 per year through 2035;
- Raise the family-of-four energy bill by more than $500 per year (not counting the cost of gasoline);
- Cause gasoline prices to increase by up
to $0.50 gallon, or by 10 percent on an average gallon price; and
- Lead to an aggregate loss of more than 1 million jobs by 2016 alone.
CO2 restrictions threaten property rights & economic freedom
A major threat to private property rights and economic freedom today arises from policies that restrict CO2. A colorless, odorless, nontoxic gas and a byproduct of, or necessary nutrient for, all living organisms on Earth, CO2 has none of the
characteristics of conventional pollutants. The list of enacted and proposed constraints on emissions of CO2 is long, and the costs are certain and enormous for the economy, individual liberty, and the environment. Yet the benefits are uncertain and
the expected impact on climate negligible.
As environmental problems become ever more complex, the limitations and vast costs of political solutions centered in Washington will become ever more apparent. The most promising solutions to environmental
challenges will arise from a greater reliance on local knowledge and property rights. These would encourage a more efficient use of resources, responsible and effective stewardship, and technological innovation.
Source: 2013 campaign website heritage.org, "Commentary"
, Jan 25, 2013
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