Nicolas Loris, an economist, focuses on energy, environmental and regulatory issues as the Herbert and Joyce Morgan fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

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January 7, 2016, 4:49 PM EST
TransCanada, the company that should have built the Keystone XL pipeline years ago, is filing a claim under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and is also suing the federal government in U.S. court because of the Obama administration’s rejection of the project.
December 16, 2015, 10:38 AM EST
What better time than Christmas to spend other people’s money and give presents to the environmental activists?
December 14, 2015, 12:45 PM EST
Although he probably didn’t mean to, Secretary of State John Kerry made a compelling case for why the U.S. and other countries should not go down the path of shutting down coal-fired plants, raising energy prices and stunting economic growth to combat global warming.
December 9, 2015, 5:30 PM EST
PARIS – Leaders from around the world, including President Barack Obama, have been saying that the COP21, also known as the Paris climate conference, is the last best hope to save the planet from catastrophic warming.
December 1, 2015, 10:09 AM EST
President Obama’s opening remarks at the Paris climate agreement were effectively an apology for industrial progress. At the kickoff of the talks Obama remarked, “I’ve come here personally, as the leader of the world’s largest economy and the second-largest emitter to say that the United States of America not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it.”
November 9, 2015, 1:30 PM EST
It took President Barack Obama only 2,604 days to reject the permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline.
October 27, 2015, 5:23 PM EDT
Delegates from around the world will meet in Paris in December to negotiate an international climate treaty with the goal of reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
October 15, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT
President Obama is determined to make a legacy for himself—so much so that he’s willing to go around America’s elected officials on climate change. Not once, but twice.
August 20, 2015, 11:37 AM EDT
The chief environmental regulator in the United States had some blunt words of reality regarding the administration’s climate change regulations.
August 19, 2015, 4:46 PM EDT
The Obama administration is proposing new regulations to reduce methane emissions for the oil and gas industry 40 percent to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. Here are four things you need to know.
August 4, 2015, 4:56 PM EDT
The Obama administration unveiled its climate change regulations for new and existing power plants, calling the plan “the biggest, most important step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change.”
February 13, 2015, 10:22 AM EST
In discussing infrastructure in his State of the Union last month, President Obama said “Let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.”
February 5, 2015, 5:21 PM EST
One would think you can beat a dead horse only so many times. Using low oil prices this time, the Environmental Protection Agency is urging President Obama and the State Department to reconsider Keystone XL’s climate impact.
December 4, 2014, 2:12 PM EST
A generous taxpayer-funded handout for the wind industry expired at the end of 2013—but it’s not going to the grave quietly.
December 2, 2014, 11:32 AM EST
As oil prices decline, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has decided not to cut oil production.
November 10, 2014, 3:44 PM EST
Conservatives tend to champion state and local government over big federal government. But that doesn’t always mean state and local governments protect American freedoms. Such is the case with Denton, Texas, and its recent ban on fracking.
November 6, 2014, 11:36 AM EST
The Environmental Protection Agency is fining Kia and Hyundai for underreporting greenhouse gas emissions for more than one million of their vehicles. In what the EPA is calling a “historic greenhouse gas enforcement case,” the EPA is fining Kia and Hyundai largely for the 4.75 million metric tons of GHGs that the companies failed to certify to the EPA. The automakers also over-reported the fuel efficiency of several vehicles and settled through a series of lawsuits creating a compensation program for buyers for misstating the mileage on cars.
October 2, 2014, 10:19 AM EDT
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has introduced what would be a costly, aggressive climate plan in a state that already has some of the most egregious climate regulations on the books.
October 1, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT
President Barack Obama told the United Nations General Assembly that nobody would get a pass when it comes to climate change. The President was referring to developing nations and the need for them to make emissions cuts, but his words hold true for those here in the U.S. as well. Nobody is going to get a pass from the economic pain felt by the Administration’s climate regulations.
October 1, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT
Sick of paying too much at the pump? If you are, there’s good news: There are policies Congress and the Obama administration could implement that likely would lead to lower prices.