Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

How Risky Is Fracking?

By 2020, fracking could yield an additional $417 billion to the U.S. economy, employing close to 3 million Americans...

Mineral Rights Regimes in Canada and the United States

Canadian provinces receive tax revenue directly from mining development, which gives them an incentive to create a favorable policy environment, unlike the U.S. federal government, which has little incentive to exercise regulatory restraint...

Study: Biofuels Worse for Environment Than Regular Gasoline

Biofuels made with corn residue actually release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in early years of use, compared to traditional gasoline...

Global Warming Facts versus Claims

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report puts its latest temperature rise cost estimates at just 0.2 percent to 2 percent of gross domestic product...

Reforming Net Metering

The amount paid by net metered customers is actually below the utilities' costs of serving those customers, meaning non-net metered customers must pay higher utility prices to cover those costs...

Natural Gas Boom Myths

All profits from the U.S. oil boom do not go to "Big Oil"; more than 20,000 small- and medium-sized oil and gas firms exist in the United States, with a median size of just 15 employees...

How Green Policies Hurt the Poor

In the last five years, it has become 63 percent more expensive to heat a home in the United Kingdom; at the same time, real wages have declined...

United States Needs to Discard Its Outdated Energy Policy

The United States' outdated export restrictions on oil are based on the idea that fossil fuels are scarce and that the United States is vulnerable to the volatility of the global oil market...

Waiting for Keystone XL Approval

Canada has suffered from the Keystone XL delay -- it has depressed Canadian oil prices, hurt profits and affected government revenue...

Environmental Protection Agency's New Definition of Water

Narrowing the definition of "Water of the United States" is a good idea, but a new proposal attempting to do so is confusing, technical and will likely be even longer in its final form...


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