Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Trade Gap Shrinks as Oil Exports Rise

Last year, the trade gap dropped from $534.7 billion in 2012 to $471.5 billion, thanks largely to rising petroleum exports...

The EXPAND Act

Releasing the energy market from federal controls will not only generate more energy, but it will lead to job creation and lower energy costs for all families...

Lawmakers Push to Lift Export Restrictions

With a U.S. oil boom in full swing thanks to the North Dakota shale and oil production in Texas, support is emerging to lift oil export restrictions that have been in place for years...

A Carbon Tax Is Not More Efficient

Even reducing greenhouse gases by 100 percent, the United States would only be able to avert a warming of 0.173 degrees Celsius by 2100...

Fracking Keeps Heating Bills Down

While the increased demand due to cold weather has raised natural gas prices, the jump in price has not been as extreme as in past cold snaps...

Texas' Energy Market

Proponents of changing Texas' energy system argue that the energy markets do not produce enough revenue to encourage future energy investments and are advocating for regulations that would impose new energy taxes on consumers...

Keystone XL Won't Worsen Climate Change

In its final environmental review, the U.S. State Department found the Canada-U.S. oil pipeline would not greatly increase carbon emissions because the oil sands in Alberta will be developed anyway...

Europe's Renewable Energy Lesson

The average electricity price paid by European industrial firms rose by 16.7 percent between 2008 and 2012...

Biggest Problems with the Ethanol Mandate

The Environmental Protection Agency's ethanol mandate lowers fuel efficiency and damages vehicle engines...

Fuel Rules Raising Costs in Detroit

The impact of new Environmental Protection Agency regulations were on full display at this year's Detroit Auto Show...


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