Environment

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…

Facts Not Fear on Air Pollution

Air pollution has been declining for decades across the United States, yet most Americans still believe air pollution is a growing problem and a serious threat to their health.

Protecting Property Rights, Preserving Federalism and Saving Wetlands

The U.S. Supreme Court missed a recent opportunity to give landowners, federal regulators and the states clear guidance about which wetlands are under federal control and what actions can be taken to…

Economic and Public Health Benefits of Coal-Based Energy

Coal is critical to electricity production in many countries and the United States is no exception. It is a low-cost source of reliable, baseload power - continuously produced power necessary to keep…