Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

"Zero Emission Vehicles" Are Not Emission Free

Electric vehicles are not as beneficial for the environment as one might think, reports a NBER study...

The Exelon Bailout

The Low Carbon Portfolio Standard would charge ratepayers $300 million annually, while making it both technologically and financially difficult for other wind and solar bidders to compete...

U.S. Economy Would Surge by Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban

Lifting the ban could contribute between $600 billion to $1.8 trillion to the U.S. economy and save drivers up to 12 cents a gallon...

Can the Petroleum Reserve Fund Our Highways?

The U.S. energy revival should force Congress to rethink some of its outdated policies, beginning with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Let SPR, not taxpayers (corporate or individual), finance the Highway Fund...

Californians Overburdened By Water Restrictions

Owners of large farms will now have to hand over detailed reports of their water use to state regulators...

Political Versus Market Energy Economics

With news of a consensus on its financing structure, details of a proposed natural gas pipeline called the Turkish Stream are expected to be finalized as early as June 18th...

The EPA Targets Private Property Over Water

If a tributary contributes any flow at all, regardless of frequency or volume, to a downstream water, it is now within the EPA's purview...

Could the Free Market Solve California's Water Management Issues?

Restrictions imposed by state and federal agencies on trading water must be eliminated so that water can be put to its highest-valued uses...

Small Nuclear Reactors to effect Energy Policy

Federal officials are preparing for a future in which small nuclear reactors are a key piece of the United States' energy policy...

Taxpayers Footing Costs for Solar-Thermal Technology Failures

High-tech solar power projects are not living up to promises their backers made about how much electricity they could generate...


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