Environment

Capitalism, Democracy and Environmental Quality

Like many U.S. presidents, George W. Bush thought exporting democracy to developing countries was more important than exporting capitalism. Both capitalism and democracy improve a society's quality of…

Understanding Cap-and-Trade

There are a number of ways to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, if that is a worthwhile goal. Among the two most often discussed are a direct tax on carbon and "cap-and-trade." While economists g…

Green Jobs: Hope or Hype Redux

On the campaign trail in 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama announced a plan to create five million new "green collar" jobs. Since becoming president, he has repeatedly touted his support for green jobs;…

Nuclear Power Development: Removing Roadblocks

The use of nuclear power to generate electricity is growing worldwide. More than 100 nuclear power plants are under construction or in various stages of planning, and many existing plants are expandin…

Biotech versus Precaution in Europe and America: Killing the Golden Goose

The human population is growing - especially in countries where people are already malnourished - and will probably plateau sometime this century between eight and nine billion people. With approximat…

Nuclear Power and the U.S. Energy Future

More than two-thirds of states now require that a percentage of their electric power come from approved "renewable" energy sources. Federal legislation mandating a nationwide standard has also been pr…

Green Jobs: Hope or Hype?

In October, the unemployment rate in the United States reached 10.2 percent. Most economists consider about 5 percent to be full employment. Not surprisingly, job growth is a hot political issue.

Reasonable Responses to Climate Change

Many people are concerned that an increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere - due primarily to such human activities as burning fossil fuels for energy - is causing the Earth to w…