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Environment Issues

Trees Cut Down to Make Room for Wind Farms

Since 2007, Scotland has seen more than 5 million trees (6,200 acres) cut down in order to make room for wind farms in order to achieve its goal of getting 100 percent of its power from renewable energy...

Global Data Puts U.S. Traffic Congestion in Perspective

Of the 24 most congested urban areas in high-income countries, only four are in the United States; only Los Angeles is in the top 10...

A Domestic Energy Revolution Is Underway In the United States

All told, America will rely on imports for just 25 percent of its oil supplies in 2016 -- down from last year's 37 percent level...

The Impact of Federal Wind Energy Subsidies on States

Taxpayers in 30 states suffered a net loss by paying more to the federal government in 2012 to support wind subsidies than wind producers in those states received...

The Return of Centralized Energy Planning in Britain

The new U.K. energy policy, which began around 2007, is driven by two things: energy supply security and avoiding climate change...

Coal in the Global Energy Landscape

Coal provides 30 percent of the world's energy, 41 percent of the world's electricity generation, and factors into 70 percent of the world's steel production...

Developing Countries Need Coal-Fired Power Plants

Coal has lifted 680 million people in China out of poverty over the past 30 years...

Green Energy Kills Eagles

Biologists at the Fish and Wildlife Service reported that the number of eagles killed by wind turbines has shot up from two in 2007 to 24 in 2011...

Lobbying, Cronyism and Green Energy Guarantees

Credit rating agencies rated the majority of projects that were funded through the Department of Energy's 1705 Loan Guarantee Program as risky and "highly speculative," with 22 of the 26 projects rated as "junk" investments...

Federal Energy Policy: A National Money Hole?

Since 2008, the United States has seen a 30 percent increase in domestic oil production, occurring overwhelmingly on private and state lands...


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