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Access to abundant, affordable energy is a key factor in economic growth, whether supplying the manufacturing plants of the 20th century or the server farms of the 21st century. Unfortunately, the federal government has placed unreasonable restrictions on domestic exploration and development, and  foreign sources are sometimes actually hostile to our own interests.

New discoveries and innovative technologies have made possible the extraction of enormous new energy resources within the United States. The U.S. possesses not only enormous natural energy resources but also the technology to extract those resources in a responsible manner.

IPI believes that the United States should become as energy self-sufficient as possible, drawing upon a diverse energy base comprised of all possible energy resources. We believe that free people operating within a free economy using voluntary risk capital will out-innovate government-directed central planning funded by taxpayer dollars. The key to energy innovation is abundant capital, a tax system that rewards rather than punishes success, an intellectual property system that allows innovators to own the fruits of their research, and a regulatory environment that balances the needs of our economy with the protection of the environment.

August 8, 2017

Energy Independence Is Close, but Not Close Enough


The U.S. is becoming a net natural gas exporter, which is one step closer to energy independence.

August 1, 2017

Why So Many Americans Ignore (Fake) Science


The public is increasingly immune to doom-and-gloomers who use fake science, or fad science, to make outlandish claims because the "experts" so often reverse themselves within a few years.

August 1, 2017

United States Is Still World's Largest Oil and Natural Gas Producer; EIA Reports


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Merrill Matthews Jr., Ph.D., a resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, credits two factors with driving U.S. energy dominance: property rights and technology.

July 19, 2017

When Trump Touts 'Made in America' He Should Talk Energy Too


There is at least one sector where “Made in America” means a stronger economy — not a weaker one.

July 11, 2017

Agency to Drop Royalty Rates for US Gulf Lease Sale


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece Sunday, Merrill Matthews of the conservative think tank Institute for Policy Innovation highlighted the differences in production and royalty rats between federal and state lands.

July 9, 2017

Mineral Rights Can Make You Rich


“So much of our land was closed to development,” President Trump observed in a recent energy speech. “We’re opening it up.” If he makes good on that promise, it will give the economy a major boost, along with millions of royalty owners.

June 29, 2017

Trump Agenda Would Unleash U.S. Energy


The Trump administration’s ambitious agenda for unleashing, rather than obstructing, U.S. energy is a game-changer for not only promoting the U.S. economy and creating jobs, but a stabilizing factor for peace around the world, said IPI's Merrill Matthews, Ph.D.

June 28, 2017

How US Natural Gas Will Help Countries Meet Their Paris Commitments


As countries try to reduce their carbon emissions in accord with their Paris agreement commitments, transitioning to natural gas power generation may be one of their first steps. 

June 4, 2017

EDITORIAL: Finding Hope After Trump's Climate Retreat


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

This weekend the Trib has devoted a generous amount of ink and paper to differing views on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate accord. Those opinions range widely, from Washington Post journalist Ben Adler’s concern for both environment and economy, increasingly dependent on renewable energy and green initiatives, to conservative Texas scholar Merrill Matthews’ fears that the accord made too many demands of developed nations for environmental change, which he suggests (and with strong evidence) is already being positively affected by free-market forces. 

May 24, 2017

Senate Deserves Right of Refusal on Paris Agreement


The decision on whether to remain in the Paris Agreement should lie with the Senate, which is empowered by the Constitution to ratify treaties.

 

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