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The Marshall Institute’s Energy Policy program focuses on examining the political, economic and social ramifications of energy policy in the United States and the world. The Institute supports research into all aspects of current and future energy use; society benefits when all technological options are fully evaluated and decisions can be made on an informed basis.

Latest Energy Policy Articles

Supporting Energy Means Investing in America’s Future

Late last month, the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) released the fourth installment of its annual report outlining the top companies investing in America today. But despite their overall findings that we are still suffering from a significant lack of investment and business capital spending, there are those who are still “betting on America’s future,” especially […]

Gimme Three Steps Toward the Renewable Energy Door

A TV meteorologist named Greg Fishel (WRAL, Raleigh, NC) posted an article yesterday on their WRAL Weathercenter Blog entitled Choose science, stewardship in understanding climate change. In the blog post Mr. Fishel claims — I hope I am not putting words in his mouth — to have finally accepted human-caused climate change, and therefore encourages […]

Solar Flim Flam and More Snake Oil

The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan once observed that we are all entitled to our own opinions, not just our own facts. Proponents of solar energy are long on opinions and pseudo-facts, just not real ones. What are some of those? It is claimed that 2015 is “on a pace to be the hottest year the […]

Don’t Buy the Environmental Hype Against Crude Oil Exports

Allies of our nation’s environmentalist movement are not about to let facts get in the way of swaying public opinion in their efforts to garner support for its overreaching agenda.  Case in point: a recent column by the Center for American Progress (CAP) attacking efforts to lift the ban on U.S. crude oil exports. The […]

What We Are Reading

Has renewable energy hit hard times?

Just last summer, renewable energy was considered a booming industry. Stock prices were on an upswing, investors like Hewlett-Packard, Berkshire Hathaway, and Dow Chemical were coming to the table, and President Barack Obama announced a plan to triple renewable energy capacity in federally subsidized housing and make wind and solar energy more accessible to low- and middle-income households. But optimism is fading alongside sinking oil and gas prices.

Russia’s Move in Syria Threatens Energy Deals With Turkey

Extracurricular activities in Turkish airspace have brought the once promising relationship to a standstill. Not that Russia was ever a slouch, but there’s no denying the recent uptick in activity. As we approach the juicy middle of President Vladimir Putin’s third term, Russia is extending, and fighting for, its interests in nearly every corner of the globe. Somewhat lost amid the bombing in Syria – though hardly unaffected – is Russia’s Turkish gambit.

UA To Lead New Cybersecurity Center to Protect Nation’s Energy Grid

Thanks to a multimillion dollar award from the U.S. Department of Energy, the University of Arkansas will lead a new national center that will focus on upgrading and protecting the nation’s energy grid from cyber-attacks. University officials said the new educational venture is made possible by a $12.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, augmented by $3.3 million in matching funds from research partners.

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