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Working on an economic story today? Here’s the latest from AEI experts on today’s economic stories.

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If American political leaders turn the nation’s increased energy production into power, the United States will have good strategic options to deal with any new Chinese challenge. This strength is the safest, best way to persuade China to choose comity over rivalry.

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The more you intertwine business and government, the more opportunities you create for cronyism. And green energy is fertile ground for such problems.

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The score after a decade: Kyoto Protocol 9, Climate Deniers 0.

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Retiring the Jones Act – the nearly century-old legislative relic of the past that drives up energy prices and conflicts with the U.S. goal of achieving greater energy independence – is long overdue.

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The impact of the shale revolution in the United States on global energy markets has been huge.

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Several new energy milestones were reached recently that reflect America’s emerging status as an energy superpower.

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While there is smoggy political discourse on the threat of climate change versus terrorism to America, public opinion on this issue is as clear as day.

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Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), gestures during the session "Closing the Climate Deal" in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 22, 2015. Reuters

The happy story promoted by the climate industry — much gain, little pain — is inaccurate. Reducing greenhouse emissions will require fundamental transformative changes.

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The recent EPA comment on the State Department analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline is nonsense, arguing that the pipeline would increase global greenhouse gas emissions. In reality, the Canadian oil will be produced, and the only questions are where it will be refined and at what higher cost.

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