Environment

Finding Sources of Rare Earths beyond China

The United States can create jobs, reduce reliance on foreign imports and improve national security by encouraging the domestic exploration and production of rare earth elements currently imported fro…

Will Green Energy Make the United States Less Secure?

Environmentalists have long cited the harms caused by fossil fuels as evidence of the need to move to green energy sources, such as wind and solar power. Recently, some conservatives have joined their…

International Housing Affordability

Housing affordability has steadily decreased in the United States and abroad over the past decade. This decrease is due in large part to strict land use regulations-- known by a variety of names, such…

The EPA’s New Air Quality Regulations: All Pain, No Gain (Part Two)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to expand its reach, creating a host of new regulations at a high cost to the economy.  This is especially true of two new EPA initiatives:…

The EPA’s New Air Quality Regulations: All Pain, No Gain (Part One)

Over the past two years the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed or finalized a number of air quality regulations that could seriously retard the economic recovery. Economists esti…

Green Technology Mandates Are Bad for Consumers and the Environment

Recent government promotion of 'energy efficient' consumer products has increased sales of various household appliances, such as washing machines and toilets, and light bulbs. These products have been…

Distributed Solar Power

Producing electricity close to the point of use — called distributed generation -- eliminates the need for long-distance transmission lines. Solar photovoltaic technology ('solar') generates power…

The Housing Crash and Smart Growth

There is general agreement the financial crisis that began with the failure of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008, was worsened by the bursting of the U.S. housing price bubble. It is also generall…