Energy and Natural Resources

Climate Science: Climate Change and Its Impacts

Scientific debate continues regarding the extent to which human activities contribute to global warming and what the potential impact on the environment might be. Importantly, much of the scientific e…

Taxing Profits, Draining Energy

Gasoline prices last year never reached the inflation-adjusted peak of the 1980s, but due to a variety of factors they were much higher than Americans have become accustomed to recently. These include…

Farm Subsidies: Devastating the World's Poor and the Environment

Subsidized agriculture in the developed world is one of the greatest obstacles to economic growth in the developing world. In 2002, industrialized countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperatio…

Protecting the Environment Through the Ownership Society — Part I

President George W. Bush has promoted the 'Ownership Society' as a solution to a variety of public policy issues including health care, housing and retirement.  This concept can be extended to environ…

The Physical Evidence of Earth's Unstoppable 1,500-Year Climate Cycle

The Earth currently is experiencing a warming trend, but there is scientific evidence that human activities have little to do with it.

Subsidizing Disaster

Hurricane Katrina has focused attention on the increasing cost of natural disasters. Some federal programs unintentionally contribute to those losses. Federal flood insurance and U.S. Army Corps of En…

An Ill Wind for Consumers: The Energy Bill

One of the most important differences facing a congressional conference committee reconciling the Senate and House versions of the 2005 energy bill is a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that appears…

Dispelling the Myths About Nuclear Power

The manifest benefits of nuclear technology - from radiological medical screening and treatments, to smoke detectors, to electric power generation - have not dispelled the common belief that it is und…