Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Heritage Foundation

Diana Furchtgott-Roth

Heritage Foundation

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Diana:

Speedier Pipeline Approvals Needed for Oil and Gas Transportation

Fifty Northern Southern Railroad train cars derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, ten of them carrying toxic chemicals. With smoke billowing, residents on both sides of the Ohio-Pennsylvania border were ordered to evacuate. This frightening incident should lead us to reexamine our pipeline priorities. Although the chemicals on the train could not move by pipeline, pipelines are used for natural gas… → Read More

Biden Spending Billions on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Many Americans Will Never Use

It’s winter, with high temperatures well below freezing in Jackson, Wyoming, and barely above freezing in Wyoming’s capital, Cheyenne. Relying only on battery-powered electric vehicles in a cold climate takes courage because car batteries quickly lose their charge when temperatures are low. Yet the federal government wants to spend billions to build charging stations all across the… → Read More

Joint Ford-China Electric Vehicle Battery Plant Contrary to American Interests

When Gov. Glenn Youngkin decided to remove the commonwealth of Virginia from competing with Michigan for an electric vehicle battery plant owned by Ford Motor Co. but operated by a Chinese industrial giant, he acted both in Virginia’s and America’s best interests. His decision displays strategic insight, choosing American interests over the Chinese game plan. Virginia has the luxury of such a… → Read More

Do Chinese Donations Explain Biden’s Energy Policies?

With reports that classified documents were found at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, questions arise about the potential connection between the university’s receipt of $54 million in Chinese donations and President Joe Biden’s promotion of energy policies that are strengthening China’s economy at the expense of our own. → Read More

Planes Fly on Modern IT, Not Green Dreams

The recent failure of the FAA’s Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system, which resulted in the cancellation of thousands of flights on January 10 and 11, underscores the need for Congress to reorient U.S. Department of Transportation funding from climate change and social justice issues to information technology (IT) modernization. The NOTAM system is used to inform pilots of adverse conditions… → Read More

Corrupt Power Sector Strangles South Africa

When CEOs investigate corruption, including internal sabotage from suppliers who want more work, some may not want them around. Consider South Africa’s failed state power utility, Eskom, whose CEO André de Ruyter was treated for cyanide poisoning after drinking coffee in his office. It is now being investigated as an assassination attempt. The incident came the day after de Ruyter had tendered… → Read More

Yet More Problems for Ligado

In April 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave Ligado Networks LLC some unexpected good news. → Read More

Free Economies Are Clean Without Subsidizing Renewables

A new report issued this week by the environmental research group C3 Solutions provides data to show that countries with more economic freedom and higher GDP have cleaner environments. → Read More

Manchin’s Secret Plan To Shift Power to Washington

A new version of an energy permitting bill sponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) would effectively nationalize the electricity grid, raising electricity costs for millions of Americans and increasing American purchases of wind turbines and solar panels, currently made primarily in China. Updated on Dec. 7, Manchin’s Building American Energy Security Act of 2022 would, if passed, achieve this… → Read More

Higher Ethanol Mandates Are a Lose-Lose for Americans

This week the Environmental Protection Agency proposed higher mandated volumes and percentage shares for the amounts of ethanol and biodiesel used in America’s fuel supply, wi → Read More

Developing Countries Need Modern Energy, Not Climate Reparations

The new COP27 climate deal, in which the West proposes to transfer billions of dollars to developing countries as “reparations” for conventional fuel use, uses climate as an excuse for redistribution from rich countries to poor countries. It is difficult to draw a causal correlation between damages from specific weather-related disasters in developing countries and Western emissions. However, it… → Read More

China’s Cash Drives America Towards Electrification

This week Foxconn, a Taiwanese company under the influence of China, injected another $170 million in Lordstown Motors, the Ohio electric truck company. This follows Foxconn’s purchase of Lordstown’s plant and $50 million worth of stock in November 2021. Although America has achieved independence in oil and gas production, China is actively attempting to steer America in the direction of greater… → Read More

Biden’s Tales of an Economic “Recovery” Don’t Mesh With Reality

With the Commerce Department announcement that GDP had grown at a 2.6% real rate in the third quarter, President Joe Biden declared, “Today we got further evidence that our economic recovery is continuing to power forward.” But soft spots in the GDP report point to problems ahead. → Read More

U.K. Forbids Fracking After One Week

Fracking, a new technology to release oil and natural from shale rock, has transformed American energy production. But permission to frack in the U.K. lasted for only a week. In one of his first actions as Britain’s Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak reversed his predecessor Liz Truss’s permission, subject to local consent, to develop some of his country’s reserves of oil and natural gas through… → Read More

Tax Dollars Are Wasted on Alaska’s EV Charging Stations

Relying only on battery-powered electric vehicles in a cold climate takes courage. That’s one reason why, at the end of 2021, Alaska had 1,290 registered electric vehicles (EVs), compared to 563,070 in California and 95,640 in Florida, according to the Energy Department. → Read More

Washington’s New $6 Billion Metro Line Needs Simpler Solutions

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced that its long-awaited rail line connecting Virginia’s Dulles Airport with downtown Washington, D.C. is ready to open. But despite spending $6 billion to build the 30-mile Silver Line, about $200 million per mile, there’s one problem: Metro has no trains to take passengers from the airport in the Virginia suburbs to the Nation’s… → Read More

If You Like Your Uber, Can You Keep Your Uber?

Nothing has changed mass transit more than the app-based gig economy, which gives people the ability to call a ride from a mobile phone. Companies such as Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash, and Via Transit have used this technology to allow a network of independent drivers to provide rides and commercial deliveries all over America and in many other countries. → Read More

Biden Administration Desperately Cozies Up to Venezuela

Americans care about what they pay at the pump, and less oil means higher gas prices. America could preserve energy independence by ramping up its own production. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration has taken the opposite approach. Most recently, when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries announced it would cut oil production by 2 million barrels a day, the Administration… → Read More

Maryland Regulations Prevent Kids From Getting to School

At last, it’s fall. Kids are going back to school, waiting for morning school buses at street corners. But what if the bus doesn’t come? This is what is happening to Tracy and Miranda (not their real names), sisters in 10th and 12th grade who attend Meade Senior High School in Fort Meade, Maryland. The school bus is supposed to pick them up at 7:52 a.m. for their 8:30 a.m. class, but sometimes… → Read More

The Politics of Climate Change

Americans were sold an Inflation Reduction Act that was in reality a climate change bill, and the White House is rolling out Cleanenergy.gov for consumers to take advantage of the law’s new tax credits. Who are the winners and losers in climate change politics, and how much is it costing the U.S. economy? Join us as authors Jerome Corsi and Marc Morano discuss the real costs of climate change… → Read More