What waters can be regulated as “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act? This seemingly simple question has been anything but simple, with decades of federal overreach by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers. As property owners, from farmers to homebuilders know all too well, there is massive confusion. This confusion is largely due to the government applying vague and subjective definitions of regulated waters, including what is meant by “waters of the United States” or WOTUS. In many instances, property owners may unwittingly violate the government’s often changing and inconsistent application of the CWA, and this can lead to harsh civil and criminal penalties. The good news is the U.S. Supreme Court could provide some clarity in a case called Sackett v. EPA. In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, Daren Bakst, host of the PowerCast and Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Policy and Regulation, is joined by Charles Yates, an attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, the organization representing the Sacketts, to help explain the WOTUS issue, the Sackett case, and recent developments, including the Biden administration publishing yet another final WOTUS rule.


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In the last decade, U.S. energy production has soared thanks to the shale revolution. By generating natural gas through shale, we can lower energy prices, create jobs, and reduce emissions. What will American energy production look like in 2023? For centuries, energy use has been correlated with strides in human wellbeing.

Learn more as Chris Wright, Liberty Energy CEO, joins Heritage to discuss the shale revolution and potential for human betterment provided by energy-intensive fuels.

Since 2014, Colorado Congressmember Ken Buck has emerged as a conservative champion in the fight against Big Tech. He has been on the frontlines against the unchecked influence and predations of Silicon Valley—as a victim of Big Tech censorship himself and through exposing tech giants’ anticompetitive practices and monopolistic behavior.

In Crushed: Big Tech’s War on Free Speech, Congressman Buck’s most recent book set to release on January 17, Rep. Buck provides a firsthand account of how Big Tech censors U.S. citizens, warps the free market, and stymies the true engines of innovation in the tech world. Critically, the Congressmember also provides a blueprint for how the American people can fight back. The book’s unique insights into the inner workings of both Silicon Valley and Washington make Crushed a must-read.

Sam Gregg discusses his new paper for The Heritage Foundation “American Individualism, Properly Understood” which considers how Individualism in America is rooted in Biblical, Classical, and Scottish Enlightenment sources. All of these provide a foundation for freedom and virtue rooted in God and human nature. But they have been challenged now by egalitarianism, and also by expressive individualism. These ideologies locate individualism in either sameness of result or moral anarchy. Sam Gregg urges us to return to the sturdy ground of freedom and virtue that supports individual flourishing.


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The Biden administration has contracted and collaborated with non-profit organizations and corporations to plan and carry out the largest border crisis in American history. Texas Rep. Lance Gooden and The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project have investigated and exposed this corrupt and dangerous scheme. Hear about the oversight and investigations into this illegal immigration machine that the Biden administration tries to hide.


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Nuclear power is an underutilized form of energy production that is safe, reliable, and provides emissions-free electricity. It has potential to help provide much-needed affordable electricity to people all over the world. Unfortunately, it is also deeply misunderstood, and scare tactics and myths are prevalent. In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, Daren Bakst, host of the PowerCast and Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Policy and Regulation, is joined by Ed McGinnis, former acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy, and currently CEO of Curio, and Jack Spencer, Senior Research Fellow, Energy and Environmental Policy at The Heritage Foundation, to discuss nuclear power, including its importance and challenges.


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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shaken up 30 years of European climate and energy policy and blown up the green consensus. Energy bills are skyrocketing with warnings that millions of households will struggle to heat their homes this winter. European nations are returning to burning coal, building more pipelines and LNG terminals to import oil and gas from elsewhere.

What can we learn from this green energy disaster? Dr. Benny Peiser, director of the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), joins Heritage’s Dr. Nile Gardiner and Diana Furchtgott-Roth to break down the economic and political lessons

Should the government be able to tell Americans what they can and cannot say? Or should artists be forced to express messages they don’t believe? What happens when public accommodation laws and free speech collide? These questions are at the heart of one of the Supreme Court’s biggest cases of the term, 303 Creative v. Elenis. In that case, graphic artist and website designer Lorie Smith has asked the Court to decide whether the state of Colorado can force her to create custom websites that violate her beliefs about marriage. At the heart of the controversy is Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act—the same law that the state used to target Christian cake artist Jack Philips of Masterpiece Cakeshop. Like Jack, Lorie simply wants the freedom to create and promote messages she believes. A win for Lorie in this case is a win for all Americans—because no one should be forced by the government to say something with which they don’t agree.

Alliance Defending Freedom will defend Lorie before the Supreme Court of the United States on the morning of December 5, 2022. Please join us after oral argument to learn more about Lorie, how arguments went, and what this landmark case means for the free speech rights of all Americans.

Fiscal year 2022 was the worst year for military recruiting in terms of meeting numerical goals since the start of the All-Volunteer Force, and 2023 is shaping up to be even more challenging. All the military services are experiencing challenges, but the Army—especially since they need the greatest number of volunteers—is having the most difficulty. Indeed, it’s not the Army’s problem, but rather America’s since a recruiting shortfall translates to a weaker overall U.S. national defense.

Joining Heritage to offer their insights on the causes and possible solutions to the problem are two thought leaders: Major General Johnny Davis, the newly assigned leader of Army recruiting, and Dr. Beth Asch, author of many of the foundational studies on military recruiting. You won’t want to miss this session to get a better understanding of what is happening and how we can all help to solve this national problem.

Unfortunately, too many people assume that to address environmental issues, there needs to be one-size-fits-all federal solutions. This is a harmful fallacy. To achieve genuine positive environmental outcomes, policymakers need to respect state and local solutions, and they definitely need to respect private citizens who are using many innovative ideas to improve the environment.  In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, Daren Bakst, host of the PowerCast and Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Policy and Regulation, is joined by Todd Myers, Environmental Director of the Washington Policy Center in Seattle, to discuss how private innovation is making a real difference to address environmental challenges.


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Susan Hanssen, Associate Professor of History at the University of Dallas, joins the Defining Conservatism podcast to discusses what American patriots must love and be loyal to as we try to uphold our nation against the anticulture of the left and the forgetfulness bred by social media and our mediocre educational system.


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Cultural Marxists have taken over key U.S. institutions. They are now deeply entrenched in the sectors and industries that create meaning and values in America. How did this happen? What is the history behind this NextGen Marxism? How can it be defeated and America’s freedoms preserved?


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The Biden administration recently released its Nuclear Posture Review, which sets forth a strategy intended to address the growing nuclear threat from China since the “strategic breakout” of its nuclear forces was revealed to the public in summer 2021. China has surpassed its historic nuclear strategy of minimum deterrence and can now execute any nuclear employment strategy, according to U.S. Strategic Command. Meanwhile, the U.S. nuclear arsenal has not significantly changed and remains designed around the 2010 New START Treaty. Whether this posture is sufficient to deter the growing Chinese nuclear threat while still deterring Russia’s expanding arsenal at the same time is uncertain.

Given the Nuclear Posture Review’s long-awaited release, join us to learn what China’s nuclear expansion means for the U.S. and what options policymakers should consider in response.

The soaring price of energy concerns all Americans, from high costs at gasoline pumps to exorbitant electricity bills. The solution is under our own feet. The United States has energy reserves of oil and natural gas that would allow us to lower prices by increasing production of energy and pipelines, which are needed to move the resources across the country.

So, what might the next Congress do to lower energy prices? Join us as Heritage’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth and energy experts Trisha Curtis and Lucian Pugliaresi share their predictions for the 118th Congress.

Steven Hayward, Joseph Postell, and Emina Melonic join Richard Reinsch for a discussion of how the common good should shape political debate in a constitution of divided and limited powers.


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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, violence has erupted across the country. At least 73 crisis pregnancy centers have been vandalized and 86 churches have been attacked. Jane’s Revenge—a militant pro-abortion group—has claimed responsibility for many of the attacks, often leaving their signature graffiti: “If abortion’s not safe, then neither are you.”

Although the FBI claims to be investigating these incidents, no arrests have been made. The FBI has, however, arrested 12 pro-life activists, who have been charged with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

Critical minerals such as lithium, copper, and cobalt are everywhere in today’s world, from the batteries that power our cellphones and electric cars to the metals that enable our military to defend the U.S. Yet, America is heavily import-reliant for many of these minerals, while our competitors like China and Russia hold the world’s largest proven reserves for some of them.

Given its rich natural resources, Africa could be an alternative source of supply for the U.S. Yet Chinese companies already dominate much of the supply chain for key minerals harvested there.

The namesake of the lecture—the eminent jurist Joseph Story—became the youngest Associate Justice ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court when he was appointed by President Madison in 1812. Story made a significant mark on American law in his thirty-three years on the bench, but his greatest contribution to jurisprudence is his renowned Commentaries on the Constitution, in which he set forth a philosophy of judicial restraint. This lecture series celebrates his legacy.

Previous Joseph Story Lectures have been delivered by Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Anthony Kennedy, then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Judge Robert Bork, Professor John Harrison, Judge A. Raymond Randolph, Judge Alice Batchelder, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, Judge Janice Rogers Brown, Judge Carlos Bea, Senator Orrin Hatch, Judge Edith Jones, Former Attorney General Ed Meese, and Judge William Pryor.

Europe is undergoing its own versions of the “culture wars.” The validity of conservative principles at the individual level, such as traditional family-oriented values, and at the national level, such as the defense of sovereignty, are subjects of increasingly intense debate in the European community.

Please join us as Judit Varga, Minister of Justice of Hungary, provides a timely perspective on protecting and representing conservative values in modern politics and the future of European conservatism.

The left will have you believe the American rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer. But the reality is that income inequality in our country is lower today than any time since World War II.

Former Texas Senator Phil Gramm has the data to prove it. In The Myth of American Inequality: How Government Biases Policy Debate, he, along with co-authors Robert Ekelund and John Early, shows that the American Dream is still alive and well despite pervasive liberal lies about our economic well-being.