Tim Benson

Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.

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Book Review: The Plastics Paradox or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bag

The book The Plastics Paradox demonstrates the immeasurable benefit plastics have provided humankind over the 75-plus years since the end of the Second World War.

New Study Details How Vital Domestic Oil and Gas Production is to the Economy

A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers reports the oil and natural gas industries directly or indirectly supported over 11 million jobs across the country in 2019.

Counties and Towns Fighting Industrial Wind and Solar Projects, Says Report

Residents in rural states and in more densely populated coastal states are increasingly adopting regulations to block large-scale industrial renewable energy projects, within or near their jurisdictions, says a recent study by the Center of the American Experiment.

EPA Finds Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Decline as Oil, Natural Gas Production Soars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2021 Greenhouse Gas Inventory , released in early April, revealed total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States decreased by 1.7 percent from 2018 to 2019.

Washington State Cap-and-Trade Bill Will Increase Energy Costs, Won’t Reduce Emissions

A proposal in the Washington Senate, the Climate Commitment Act, would create a cap-and-trade scheme designed to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions in the state to “net zero” by 2050. It would make everything more expensive.

No Justification for a Worthless, Regressive Carbon-Dioxide Tax in Washington State

Ignoring the express will of the voters, legislators in the Washington Senate have offered a bill to establish a carbon-dioxide tax of $25 per-metric-ton on use and sale of most fossil fuels in the Evergreen State beginning in 2022.

Establishing Carbon-Dioxide Tax Is a Bad Idea for New York

Legislation being considered in the New York State Legislature would establish a carbon-dioxide tax and create a “carbon dioxide emissions fund” in the Empire State. The tax would result in higher energy prices for no environmental benefit.

A Carbon-Dioxide Tax Is Still a Bad Deal for Massachusetts Residents

Legislation in the Massachusetts Senate would implement a carbon-dioxide tax beginning in 2023 beginning at “not less than” $15 per ton in the first year, and rise by $5 per ton annually until reaching a $60 per ton cap.

Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act Would Significantly Increase Energy Costs, Studies Indicate

Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act would increase energy costs in the state by forcing state utilities to produce 45 percent of their electricity generated from “renewable” sources by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050.

A Fracking Ban Would Devastate the U.S. Economy and Threaten National Security, Says Energy Department Report

A report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy says banning fracking would cost millions of jobs, result in trillions of in lost gross domestic product and labor income, dramatically increase gasoline prices and electricity bills, and increase emissions of carbon dioxide and various pollutants.

Tim Benson

Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.

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