Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Obama Pushes International Climate Agreement

Reports have emerged that the Obama administration plans to push for an "international climate change agreement" that, unlike a formal treaty, would be entered into without Senate approval...

Desalinizing Water in Texas

Desalination takes brackish water and seawater and cleans it, removing the salt and turning it into water that can be used for irrigation and for drinking water...

Calming Fears of Climate Change in Asia

Many climate studies have focused on South and Southeast Asia, as the region is considered uniquely vulnerable to the projected effects of climate change...

Cheaper to Buy New Cars than Build Light Rail

A county proposal to build a light-rail service would be wildly expensive yet yield little benefits...

DOT Issues New Rail Regulations for Oil

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently unveiled new regulations intended to improve the safety of transporting crude oil by rail...

Keeping the EPA in Check by Cutting Funding

Congress can use the appropriations process and its power over funds to curb regulatory action...

North Dakota Ahead of Alaska in Oil Production

While North Dakota gained residents between 2012 and 2013, Alaska lost more residents than it gained...

GAO: EPA Needs Better Regulatory Analysis

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) discloses that while the EPA adhered to some federal guidelines for regulatory analysis, it was not always clear in its presentation of information...

Reducing Europe's Dependence on Russian Energy

The recent crisis in Ukraine has highlighted the role of Russia in Europe's economy...

Environmental Regulation through Litigation

Through sue and settle litigation, interest groups have forced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue new regulations, often bypassing proper procedures...


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