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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.

December 9, 2016

On Fracking, EPA Should Stand With the Science


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

In a piece authored for The Hill’s Congress Blog, Merrill Matthews argues that EPA’s final hydraulic fracturing study should keep the conclusion set out in the report’s 2015 draft, in which the agency said it found no evidence fracking has led to “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.”

December 8, 2016

Rethinking the Ethanol Standard


We don’t need to eliminate the ethanol industry, just the mandate to use it. Let consumers decide at the gas pump if they want ethanol in their gasoline.

December 7, 2016

The EPA Will Likely Conclude Fracking Doesn't Affect Drinking Water


The EPA is confirming what scientists have known for years: Fracking poses no harm to water supplies. 

December 6, 2016

Cold, Hard Facts About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests


If Dakota Access pipeline protesters think North Dakota's cold, wait until they experience the chilly reception from the new administration. 

November 9, 2016

U.S. Carbon Emissions Down to 1991 Levels


The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently announced that energy-related carbon emissions for the first six months of this year are down to their lowest level since 1991.

November 7, 2016

Fossil Fuels A Bedrock In Trump's Plan To "Make America Great Again"


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Matthews said the push for renewable fuels envisioned by Clinton "is a drain on the federal coffers." 

October 31, 2016

No End in Sight for Standing Rock Protest Against Dakota Access Pipeline


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Protesters say the pipeline that would carry crude oil across four states to Illinois is a threat to sacred land, and to the Missouri River. But Merrill Matthews says since the government and company reached out for input, brought in archaeologists to produce cultural surveys involving land and rerouted the pipeline in different areas to avoid "certain sensitive areas," the environmental community sees fighting pipelines as a next major way to be able to try to essentially hinder the fossil fuel industry. 

October 26, 2016

Obama's Surprise Economic Legacy: Energy Exports


President Obama’s most important economic legacy has come at the end of his eight-year term.  By ending the 40-year ban on U.S. crude oil exports and permitting the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the U.S. is on its way to becoming an energy exporting powerhouse, says a new IPI publication. 

October 25, 2016

Exporting Oil and Gas Will Import Economic Growth


Opening up the export of crude oil and natural gas has been one of the Obama administration's few pro-growth policies, because it will increase fossil fuel production, growing jobs and helping our energy-dependent allies.

October 25, 2016

Native Americans Condemn the Dakota Pipeline, the Law Doesn't


Raising concerns about threats to Indian historic sites is simply a tactic the Left is using to achieve its larger goal: ending the use of fossil fuels. It successfully employed similar tactics when fighting the Keystone XL pipeline.

 

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