Environment

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…

In the Public Interest: Tapping the Outer Continental Shelf

The United States needs oil and natural gas. Oil is fuel and a feedstock for plastics, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers and lubricants. Natural gas is used for cooking, heating homes and water, and is als…

How Economic Freedom Can Increase Oil Supplies

Surging demand for oil in rapidly developing countries like China and India and sustained demand in the United States and the rest of the world has outstripped growth in global production, reducing ex…

Bringing Down Gasoline and Oil Prices

The national average price of gasoline is approaching the record high of $3.21 per gallon (adjusted for inflation) set in 1981. [See the figure.] The public is upset, and politicians are scrambling to…

Climate Science: Climate Change and Its Impacts

Scientific debate continues regarding the extent to which human activities contribute to global warming and what the potential impact on the environment might be. Importantly, much of the scientific e…

Taxing Profits, Draining Energy

Gasoline prices last year never reached the inflation-adjusted peak of the 1980s, but due to a variety of factors they were much higher than Americans have become accustomed to recently. These include…

Farm Subsidies: Devastating the World's Poor and the Environment

Subsidized agriculture in the developed world is one of the greatest obstacles to economic growth in the developing world. In 2002, industrialized countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperatio…

Protecting the Environment Through the Ownership Society — Part I

President George W. Bush has promoted the 'Ownership Society' as a solution to a variety of public policy issues including health care, housing and retirement.  This concept can be extended to environ…