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DLC | New Dem Dispatch | October 18, 2020
Don't Gut Environmental Protection to Boost Refineries
Temporary refinery logjams, like the one we are experiencing today, are the result of supply-and-price manipulation by OPEC, not regulatory restrictions on refinery construction. And the solution is not to gut environmental protections, but to finally embrace a national energy policy that both diversifies sources of oil and promotes alternative energy technologies.

PPI | Front & Center | May 27, 2020
The High Price of U.S. Oil Addiction
By Ronald E. Minsk
The primary causes of higher oil prices are Saudi decisions to constrain output in the face of growing demand for oil and President Bush's failure to successfully engage with OPEC in order to ensure that it provided enough oil to the market to support moderate prices.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 23, 2020
Tailpipe Revolution
By Roger Ballentine and Jan Mazurek
Stop stalling! Instead of haggling over CAFE standards and a distant hydrogen future, we should use strong market incentives like tailpipe emissions trading to put more clean cars on the road today.

PPI | Policy Report | March 19, 2020
Clean Cars: Kicking America's Oil Habit
By Roger Ballentine and Jan Mazurek
With bold and practical changes, we can meet the challenges of the decade at hand while building a better future in decades to come.

PPI | Front & Center | October 9, 2020
Will Federal Legislation Fix the Grid?
By Peter Fox-Penner
While legislation is absolutely essential to improving reliability and electric industry performance in general, it is nowhere near a complete solution.

DLC | New Dem Daily | September 16, 2020
Bush's Unclear Skies for Utilities
In an appearance at the Monroe Edison coal-fired power plant south of Detroit yesterday, President Bush showed once again that he can talk the talk on the environment, while actually walking backwards.

PPI | Front & Center | August 28, 2020
Ending the Gridlock
By Robert D. Atkinson
The recent Northeast blackout, caused by a system overload, is endemic to our nation's entire transportation and transmission infrastructure. Whether it's transmitting electrons, moving people, or shipping freight, much of our nation's infrastructure is at overcapacity.

PPI | Policy Report | June 6, 2020
Natural Gas: Bridge to a Clean Energy Future
By Chuck Alston
Natural gas is an important case in point for how public policy can realize a "clean growth" strategy that is consistent with progressive goals of abundant and affordable energy, economic prosperity, and across-the-board improvements in environmental quality.

PPI | Policy Report | January 22, 2021
FreedomCAR and Fuel Cells: Toward the Hydrogen Economy?
By Daniel Sperling
If we take these recommendations to heart, FreedomCAR could be the first step toward transforming our automotive and energy industries, and creating a more sustainable transportation and energy system.

PPI | Policy Report | January 22, 2021
Toward Tomorrow's Energy: Speeding the Commercial Use of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen
By Peter Hoffmann and Robert Rose
The private sector is showing a strong interest in hydrogen and fuel cells as the dominant fuel source of the 21st century. But concerted government action is necessary to speed the commercial use of these new technologies.

PPI | Backgrounder | August 23, 2020
Clear Skies, Cloudy Climate
By Roger Ballentine and Jan Mazurek
Despite being touted as a key piece of his pro-growth environmental policy, President Bush's "Clear Skies" legislation (S. 2815) is both a step backward on global warming and a disservice to the very energy companies it is designed to appease.

PPI | Policy Report | June 13, 2020
Domestic Oil and Gas Production: Pursuing a Principled Approach
By David J. Hayes
The United States should not pursue a policy that seeks to maximize short-term oil and gas production opportunities from public lands without regard to other important criteria.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 25, 2020
Don't Drain America First
By Ronald E. Minsk
True energy independence means reducing the role of oil in our economy.

PPI | Briefing | February 8, 2021
Climate Change and Energy
By David J. Hayes
The energy debate cannot logically proceed without a discussion of the impacts of energy use on the earth's environment.

PPI | Policy Report | January 30, 2021
Ending Oil Dependence As We Know It
By Ronald E. Minsk
The true road to oil independence is not found in reducing our reliance on imported oil but is instead found in reducing the nation's reliance on oil -- period.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 22, 2021
Cap 'n' Trade
By Jan Mazurek and Byron Swift
Now's the time to use market mechanisms to boost the battle for cleaner air.

PPI | Policy Report | October 5, 2020
Clean Growth: A Balanced Energy Policy for the 21st Century
By Peter Fox-Penner
With innovative and balanced policies and the political will, we can create a clean, productive energy system worthy of global leadership in the 21st century.

Office of Rep. Anna Eshoo | Editorial | May 21, 2020
Bush's March to Folly: A Shortsighted Energy Policy
By Rep. Anna Eshoo
A credible national energy policy should contain three critical components: generation, conservation and price relief. While none of these is sufficient alone in meeting our nation's needs, together they can provide both short-term relief for consumers and a sustainable future in the long-term.

DLC | New Dem Daily | May 9, 2020
Time For Some Compassionate Conservationism
The President's narrow message on both energy and environmental issues since he took office has done some real damage to his reputation as a "different kind of Republican."

U.S. Senate | Testimony | April 3, 2020
National Energy Policy Regarding Development of Domestic Oil and Gas Resources
By David J. Hayes
A balanced energy policy is needed -- one that continues to address supply side needs by promoting responsible oil and gas development on public and private lands in the United States and encouraging the development of renewable energy sources, and a policy that gives equal weight to demand side issues by addressing energy efficiency and energy conservation.

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