The 2nd America First Energy Conference (AFEC 2018), Louisiana, August 7

Heartland Institute will organize and sponsor again a big conference, the 2nd America First Energy Conference (AFEC 2018) in Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 7.

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The 1st AFEC 2017 was also organized by Heartland and was held at JW Marriott Houston, Texas on November 9, 2017. I attended that successful conference, seems I was the only Asian in the big room and I have written some proceedings in my column in BusinessWorld last year,

US energy policies and implications in Asia and Philippines
October 31, 2017, http://bworldonline.com/us-energy-policies-implications-asia-philippines/

US energy trading and implications for Asia and Philippines
November 16, 2017, http://bworldonline.com/us-energy-trading-implications-asia-philippines/

The conference also inspired me to further comment on the irrationality of carbon tax, coal tax, other watermelon (green outside, red inside) policies. Like these,

The Habito carbon tax distortion
December 7, 2017, http://bworldonline.com/habito-carbon-tax-distortion/

Energy favoritism under TRAIN
December 19, 2017, http://bworldonline.com/energy-favoritism-train/.

Website of AFEC2018 is http://americafirstenergy.org/
The agenda looks exciting, from the website:

BREAKFAST KEYNOTE
Opening remarks by Heartland Institute President Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., and a keynote address by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.

PANEL 1A. THE FUTURE OF COAL, OIL, AND NATURAL GAS
President Donald Trump has unleashed an Energy Freedom agenda for America with the aim of making the United States the world’s leading energy power. There is a lot of positive news on that front, and these speakers will talk about the bright times ahead for the future of coal, petroleum, and natural gas.

PANEL 1B. CARBON TAXES, CAP & TRADE, AND OTHER BAD IDEAS
Carbon taxes and “cap and trade” schemes, are NOT market-based conservative ideas. They are distortions of the market — a ruse embraced by the environmental left to enact command-and-control policies over our use of energy and the economy as a whole.

PANEL 2A. FUELING FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY
America’s freedom and prosperity is literally fueled by this country’s abundant and affordable fossil fuels — coal, petroleum, and natural gas. We’re finally going after it in ways that will fire the engine of America’s economy and still protect the environment.

PANEL 2B. FIDUCIARY MALPRACTICE: THE ‘SUSTAINABLE’ INVESTMENT MOVEMENT
Environmental activists are gaining voting power to convince corporations and universities to divest from fossil fuel companies “to save the planet.” Not only is that not scientifically necessary, publicly traded companies and organizations that divest do a grave disservice to public pensions, ordinary investors, and the American economy. You want a worthy #resistance? Resist this.

PANEL 3. WHY CO2 EMISSIONS ARE NOT CREATING A CLIMATE CRISIS
Burning fossil fuels lifted humanity out of squalor and created modern society. It also adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, which is now more than 400 parts per million. But is human-generated CO2 causing a catastrophic climate crisis requiring wholesale conversion of the world’s energy systems? Short answer: No, as three scientists will explain.

LUNCH KEYNOTE
Two VIPs will give speeches at this lunch.

PANEL 4A. REINING IN THE REGULATORS
The Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act) requires legislative approval of regulations that cost the private sector more than a set amount. A federal version sets the bar at $100 million. This is an essential effort that will finally put unaccountable federal and state regulators back in their place.

4B. CAFE STANDARDS: WHY THEY NEED TO GO
TBA

PANEL 5A. CLIMATE LAWSUITS AGAINST ENERGY COMPANIES AND THE GOVERNMENT
Environmental activists are losing the public debate, so (naturally) they run to the courts to get judges to enact their radical agenda. From the “climate trial” in San Francisco, to the case to preserve the planet on behalf of “the children,” the litigation seem endless. What’s the status of these cases? And will they succeed?

PANEL 5B. REAL COLLUSION: RUSSIA AND THE GREEN MOVEMENT
You want to see real Russian Collusion? Look no further than the nexus between the Russian government and radical environmental activists in the United States, the UK, and Australia. The Russians have funneled millions to groups in the West to oppose energy exploration, especially fracking. This panel will expose this woefully underreported story.

PANEL 6. REFORMING EPA: LOTS OF PROGRESS, MORE TO DO
Three members of President Trump’s Transition Team for the Environmental Protection Agency evaluate the reform victories so far, and look ahead at what else needs to be done to reverse the overreach of the Obama administration. This is a moderated plenary discussion.

DINNER KEYNOTE
Two VIPs will give speeches.

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