Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Federal Report Says Yucca Mountain Repository Is Safe

A new report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) concludes that storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain would be safe, contradicting the claims of many opponents who have argued that such a storage facility would be dangerous...

Report: Wind Power Raising Texas Electricity Prices

Of the 10 states most reliant on wind power, nine of them have seen their electricity prices rise at least five times faster than the national average...

How Important Is Water to the U.S. Economy?

America is highly reliant on water, from supporting agriculture to thermoelectric power to regular household use...

EPA Warns about Sea Level, But Rate of Rise Is Falling

Gina McCarthy, administrator of the EPA, recently traveled to Miami to "raise awareness" about stopping global warming and preventing sea level rise...

The Future of Farming and Rise of Biotechnology

Scientists have discovered ways to improve crops by manipulating plant DNA, creating a product that better resists insects and stands up to herbicides...

Little Justification for California's Plastic Bag Ban

Paper and reusable bags are much worse for the environment than plastic bags...

EPA Regulation Would Cost $100 Billion Per Year

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent possibly the most expensive EPA regulation yet to the White House's Office of Management and Budget for review...

North Dakota's Job Boom

Among the 50 states, North Dakota boasts the lowest unemployment rate, at 2.8 percent...

The U.S. Won't Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline? Canada Looks East Instead

The Obama administration has delayed a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, so support for an alternative pipeline is growing in Canada...

Does Energy Efficiency Reduce Overall Energy Use?

The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded last week to three researchers responsible for the development of LED lighting...


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