Nicolas Loris

Nicolas Loris

The House of Representatives rejected a big-government energy bill this week and approved an important reform to the Department of Energy’s national laboratories. Both conservative victories were inspired by Heritage Foundation research.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) had proposed legislation to “create a number of taxpayer-supported government programs to extract and recycle domestic rare earth minerals,” Heritage expert Nicolas Loris explains. A better solution than subsidies, Loris argues, would be to limit government restrictions on production and trade.

Thanks in part to Loris’ work to draw public attention to this proposal, and a key-vote against the bill by Heritage Action for America, Swalwell’s bill failed in the House.

Meanwhile, House lawmakers approved a bill from Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) that would pilot important reforms to the DOE’s national laboratories. Heritage experts have long been urging Congress to make these sorts of reforms (link in PDF) to enable the private sector to take advantage of basic research at these labs.

This is another example of how Heritage uses policy research and communications, as well as our partnership with the grassroots activists at Heritage Action, to win conservative victories.

Comments (16)

Jan - July 25, 2014

Thank you for keeping us abreast of the work The Heritage Foundation is doing to “save America.”

John Thomson - July 25, 2014

Congratulations on Heritage handling of both issues. Two more examples of why we are delighted to be Heritage supporters!

David Klinger - July 25, 2014

Nice work heritage foundation,I just hope that you and other conservative organizations can keep the hammer and sicle from being raised up the flag pole jn the next two and a half years until we get some leadership in the white house.

Donald Mugglin - July 25, 2014

It is this kind of action that inspired me to donate to Heritage monthly by credit card…Keep up the good work.
One of the problems facing gas drilling is people who have natural gas in their water claiming drilling is the cause
In the 1950’s I worked for a farmer 17 miles north of Syracuse, N Y who drilled a water well and got gas in the water. His brother was Lott Fuller, an engineer who patented the aircraft auto pilot. The got their heads together and built a simple collection system.and was able to do the cooking and hot water for the house with the gas from his water well.Somebody ought to be looking into how this was done and tell the complainers how to do it and maybe the will stop complaining…there were no gas/oil wells within miles of this farm.

Pyara Chauhan - July 25, 2014

This is a very important victory for Heritage as well as for America. We need to continue to restrain the subsidies the Department of Energy and the EPA get away with and hold America hostage with regulations that cripple us both in terms of energy independence and monetary losses resulting from implementation of those regulations. Right now we should be enjoying total energy independence if Clinton and Obama had listened to the voice of reason and allowed full scale exploitation of our oil and natural gas reserves. Thank heavens for private enterprise which enhanced our production of those commodities by exploiting private land. We need to continue to educate america and the world regarding the falsehoods perpetrated as facts by the EPA.

Jeff Dover - July 25, 2014

Guys…honestly, we have much bigger fish to fry. A Democrat bill in the house for something as “off the radar” as rare earth production would likely have been defeated by Republicans anyway.

You’re getting closer when you seek to “reform” the DOE. The problem there, however, is that “reform” is far too little. That redundant agency which does nothing — zero — to bring energy to American citizens, is a startling white elephant. It needs to be abolished. If it provides any value whatever to Americans, that value is enormously outstripped by its cost of operation and unfunded liabilities. But that’s only one agency, and a relatively minor one at that. The EPA and Dept. of Education are in desperate need of abolition too.

Strike at the heart of our problems and you’ll have my attention. Just singing the same old songs about reform and attacking these minor symptoms will put us to sleep, at best.

James Homer - July 25, 2014

Making certain “inventions” from these National Labs public, such as Lawrence Livermore and Sandia could endanger our national security by inadvertently disclosing very sensitive information.
Such legislation is completely unnecessary as these labs have always made information about their inventions releasable when security isn’t compromised. Advances in battery technology and solar cells come to mind.

gilbert Zinke - July 25, 2014

That as a step in the right direction.

Mark Christensen - July 25, 2014

These are the reason I make a monthly donation to Heritage, every time we defeat Liberals in their quest for power and spending everybody else’s money, America Wins. One of the most important things to do in these times, is SUPPORT GREAT FOUNDATIONS, DOING GREAT WORK.

Jon Mickley - July 26, 2014

I like to refer back to what President Dwight Eisenhower said in his farewell address. Not the much maligned “…military industrial complex…” words but the next comment that get’s scant attention from the “government knows and does best” crowd.

“The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present
• and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.”

It’s as if Ike saw the coming of the whole “green energy” and it’s bastard child “Solyndra”!

Stimmel, Marcie - July 26, 2014

Thank you for what you are doing, that’s the reason we contribute to you, and we appreciate access to you. I receive volumes of mail supporting Impeacment, but so far it seems only money going to nothing…what will be done, and do you have any comments on that…the Constitution supports the action for someone guilty of our president’s behaviors……..I would appreciate a comment…..Marcie Stimmel

Joanne E Bradford - July 26, 2014

Congress should obey the laws it passes ie..taxes,health
Congress should not be allowed to pass a law: of more than 10 pages and must take a law off the books for every
new law it passes

N.K.Hernandez - July 27, 2014

I think these are important wins for the House Republicans, however these bills will most likely be held up in the Senate by Harry Reid. He is the reason so little actually gets accomplished in Washington.

Renee Hicks - July 28, 2014

Great work! Thank you Heritage for continuing “Common Sense” solutions.

John Anders - July 28, 2014

great news:
Hats off to “The Heritage Foundation”.
It’s because of your fine work that we as a
nation have hope that our democracy
will continue.
John Anders

Susan Seaberg - July 31, 2014

Am very proud to be a supporter of your organization.Congratulations on your progress to keep our beloved country free. So many groups are soliciting funds and there is not enough to go around but Heritage ,Judicial Watch ,and Institute for Justice are all worthy causes. This present administration will just keep on on on trying to quietly take America down so we can’t quit . I agree with Joanne Bradford (July 26 comment).

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