Environment

Banning Roads, Burning Forests

The fires that swept through Los Alamos National Laboratory during June 2000 illustrate much of what is wrong with federal land management. A series of bad decisions the United States Forest Service m…

Clearing the Air About the Bush Environmental Record

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush's environmental record as Texas governor has come under heightened scrutiny for two reasons. First, his record could indicate the types of po…

Let States Manage National Forests

The United States Forest Service (USFS) is under fire from both fiscal conservatives and liberal environmentalists - two groups not often on the same side of issues. Fiscal conservatives decry the age…

The Endangered Species Act: First Step toward Fixing a Costly Failure

Declaring that "The Endangered Species Act works," Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt has announced that within the next two years the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will remove…

Misconceptions About Environmental Pollution, Pesticides and the Causes of Cancer

Various misconceptions about the relationship between environmental pollution and human disease, particularly cancer, drive regulatory policy. In this paper, we highlight 10 such misconceptions and br…

Who's Afraid of CO2?

For the past 10 years, carbon dioxide (CO2) has gotten a bad rap. Despite the fact that 95 percent of the CO2 emitted each year is produced by nature, environmentalists started referring to CO2 as a p…

The EPA's Dirty Little Secrets

Do the nation's current clean air standards need to be made more stringent to save the lives of asthmatic children? President Clinton and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) say yes. But many ma…

Will Minivans Become an Endangered Species?

A casual glance at the nation's highways shows that much has changed in the last 25 years. The changes include fewer large family cars on the road, a dramatic increase in the number of light trucks an…