Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at Heritage about his new energy policy. Photo: Steven Purcell

Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at Heritage about his new energy policy. Photo: Steven Purcell

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal unveiled a new energy platform for America in a speech today at The Heritage Foundation.

Noting that the United States has the largest natural energy resources in the world, even larger than those in Russia and Saudi Arabia, Jindal argued for expanded energy production to create jobs and strengthen the economy.

The oil and gas industry employs millions of Americans, and “millions of more jobs could be created if the federal government simply stays out of the way,” Jindal said. Continue Reading »

Economist Thomas Piketty made headlines earlier this year–and gave comfort to liberals–with a provocative new book predicting permanently-rising inequality and recommending massive wealth transfers.

The problem is, Heritage Foundation economists Curtis Dubay and Salim Furth write in a new report, Piketty’s claims rest on dubious premises. In fact, “almost nothing in Capital in the Twenty-First Century can be usefully applied to policymaking.”

You can use this chart to rebut liberals who use Piketty to defend their claims:

What do you think are the best arguments you use when debating liberals?

EPA Clean Water Act opposition

Wisconsin farmers fight against the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ proposed rule. (Photo: American Farm Bureau Federation via Facebook)

Earlier this year, the EPA announced that it would unilaterally expand its authority under the Clean Water Act, vastly extending the scope of regulated waters. Fortunately, the House of Representatives has now passed legislation to stop the EPA, and The Heritage Foundation helped make this victory happen.

The EPA’s proposal would give the agency unprecedented power in regulating water on private property. Ranchers, farmers, and private property owners across the nation were alarmed to hear that everything from navigable rivers down to man-made ditches and dry creek beds would now be subject to EPA scrutiny under the CWA.

Heritage Foundation expert Daren Bakst has taken the lead in educating Congress and the public about the negative effects of the EPA’s broad redefinition of its authority. Over the past several months, he has written numerous issue briefs, hosted discussion panels, and presented policy solutions to lawmakers. He explained the core of the problem in a report this summer:

This water (and land) grab is an attack on property rights. Private property owners would need to obtain permits from the federal government far more often than they already do now when seeking to use and enjoy their land. There has been widespread opposition to the rule from everyone from farmers to counties, which are concerned that the rule will impose costly new requirements on them.

The House of Representatives agreed. The new bill, if adopted by the Senate and signed into law, will prohibit the EPA from moving forward with its power grab and ensure that private property owners are not subject to burdensome government over-regulation. Do you think the House was right to limit the EPA’s powers?

Fox News’ Doug McKelway credits both The Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal and investigative reporter Sharyl Atkisson for breaking the news about a Benghazi coverup.

A former State Department official told lawmakers that Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff ordered politically damaging documents to be scrubbed before turning over files to the investigation of the Benghazi terror attack, Atkisson reported this morning.

This is just one way that Heritage’s Daily Signal is driving the debate. It’s where the news goes to gets its news.

Export-Import Bank Chairman Ed Hochberg

Export-Import Bank Chairman Ed Hochberg

Early next week, Congress is expected to pass a short-term funding bill that would include an extension of the charter for the Export-Import Bank. While most news media has focused on the timing of the bill and how it affects the likelihood of the death of Ex-Im, Heritage Foundation expert Bryan Riley points out that the bank is “a classic case of cronyism.”

He outlines his common-sense argument for why the agency needs to be allowed to expire in a new report:

Reauthorizing the Ex–Im Bank would do absolutely nothing to encourage other countries to reduce their export subsidies. A better approach would be to encourage China, the United States, and the European Union to adhere to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, which limit the use of all export subsidies.

Ex-Im supporters are attracted to retaliatory export credit subsidies to counter those in place by other countries. This means that if China subsidizes their auto and aerospace industries, then it makes sense for America to do the same in order to level the playing field. But Heritage’s Bryan Riley points out that these export credit subsidies are in and of themselves destructive, calling it “a classic case of cronyism.”

Read more about why Riley thinks Ex-Im should expire.

Do you think the Ex-Im bank should expire? Tell us in the comments.

 

Do you think the Ex-Im bank should expire? Tell us in the comments.

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