The Good and Bad Approaches to Affordable Energy Policy

Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ben Lieberman

Research Area: Energy

Keywords: consumers; Energy and environment; energy; prices

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Good energy policy is easy to distinguish from bad energy policy: Good policy leads to more supplies of affordable energy, and bad policy leads to less. The recently rejected American Energy Production Act of 2008 (S. 2958), sponsored by Senator Mitch McConnell R-KY), sought for the most part to make it easier to access domestic energy supplies by undoing past constraints, including restrictions on domestic oil production.