Environment

A Clean Air Regulation Hazardous to Health

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new federal standard for ozone air pollution that is much stricter than the current limit.  If the proposal is adopted, the EPA will reclassify…

Bad for Species, Bad for People: What’s Wrong with the Endangered Species Act and How to Fix It

The Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed in 1973, was designed to recover species to a level at which they are no longer considered endangered and therefore do not require the Act's protection.  Unfor…

Electricity Deregulation: Taking the Next Step

A new technology called "smart" metering and innovative residential pricing plans have the potential to revolutionize the electric power industry and reduce monthly electricity bills for many consumer…

The Environmental Costs of Ethanol

There is growing bipartisan political support for increased use of ethanol.  An energy bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate would increase mandated ethanol use in blended fuels from 8 billion gallo…

Increasing America's Domestic Fuel Supply

High gasoline prices and concern about energy security are driving entrepreneurs to explore a variety of ways to produce transportation fuels.  For example, researchers are experimenting with technolo…

Ocean Fisheries: Common Heritage or Tragic Commons?

For centuries, North America's coastal fisheries ranked among the most bountiful on the planet.  For instance, five hundred years ago the English explorer John Cabot reported the waters off Newfoundla…

Breathe Easy on Air Quality

Most of what Americans "know" about air pollution is false.  A recent NCPA study by air researcher Joel Schwartz shows, air pollution across the United States has been declining for decades - and was…

Protecting the Environment Through the Ownership Society — Part II

The United States was founded on the principle of private property ownership as the ultimate guarantor of individual liberty and prosperity. Yet, more than 40 percent of the land is owned by governmen…