Environment

The High Cost of Cash for Clunkers

The $1 billion set aside for the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), or "Cash for Clunkers," ran out quickly this summer. CARS aims to encourage the purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles by offerin…

Starting the Energy Technology Revolution through Competition

Energy use is the largest source of greenhouse gases released by human activities.  CO2 emissions from energy use - including transportation, electric power, heating and cooking - account for 82 perce…

Getting the Lead Out Kills Small Businesses, Doesn't Save Children

Products intended for use by children may not contain lead amounts greater than 100 parts per million (ppm) starting in 2011. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has ordered manufacturers, d…

Oil from Stone: Securing America’s Energy Future

Rising prices and security concerns raise important questions about America's energy options. Currently, the United States imports 66 percent of its oil - about 4.7 billion barrels per year or 9,000 b…

Removing the Political Shortage of Water

About 82 percent of Americans receive drinking water via publicly-owned water systems, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Many of these municipal and regional systems operate at…

Turning Coal into Liquid Fuel

First developed by Germany during World War II, the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process offers America a chance to utilize its vast domestic coal supply, increase refining capacity, and produce a cost-effici…

Carbon Offsets: No Sure Bet to Prevent Climate Change

Congress should consider carefully the high costs of carbon offset schemes, and the problems of measuring and verifying reductions of greenhouse gas emissions under such systems, before including simi…

Lights Out for Thomas Edison

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will soon ban the most common light bulbs in the United States.  New efficiency standards will require manufacturers to produce incandescent bulbs that…