Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Megadam Projects Not Successful

In the 1970s, Brazil built its Itaipu Dam at a cost of $20 billion -- 240 percent more than had been projected...

The Case for Crude Oil Exports

In 2013, crude oil imports declined by 16 percent, from $310 billion to $268 billion, reducing the U.S. trade deficit by $22 billion every month...

Fracking and Property Rights

If you include natural gas liquids, biofuels and crude oil, the United States produced 12.1 million barrels of oil a day in 2013 -- 300,000 barrels more per day than Saudi Arabia and 1.6 million more than Russia...

Global Warming Policies Hurt the Poor

In 2012, solar and wind power was subsidized to the tune of $60 billion, but the total benefit to the climate was only $1.4 billion, meaning that $58.6 billion was completely wasted...

Good News Buried in Climate Change Report

Recent studies indicate that climate sensitivity is significantly lower than what earlier studies had indicated; however, climate models still use high climate sensitivities to project future climate change...

Canada Will Move Its Oil Whether or Not Keystone XL Is Approved

The U.S. State Department's latest report determined that 830,000 additional barrels of oil per day shipped by rail would cause a potential 49 additional injuries and six fatalities, compared to only one additional injury and no fatalities for the Keystone XL pipeline...

$12 Billion Environmental Protection Agency Regulation

A recent study indicates that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest gasoline regulation will cost $12 billion...

The Growing Benefits of a Warmer World

Climate change over the last century has added 1.4 percent to global economic output; by 2025, that figure should reach 1.5 percent of gross domestic product...

Using Railroads Instead of Keystone XL

Canada's two largest railroads could transport between 600,000 and 800,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil every day within two years; Keystone XL's proposed capacity is 830,000 barrels per day...

"Green" Buildings Actually Use More Energy

According to a new report from the Environmental Policy Alliance, buildings that received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification use more energy than the buildings that did not...


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