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Environment Issues

Why the Price of Crude in America Is Out of Whack with the Rest of the World

Gulf refineries are using as much light and sweet American crude as they can, but most are designed to process heavier, more sulphurous grades from the Middle East and Africa...

Federal Regulations Discourage Renewable Energy

Hydropower has a conversation rate of 90 percent, compared to an average of 50 percent for other forms of electricity generation, but license-seekers sometimes have to obtain permits from up to 25 different agencies...

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Spins Latest Report

The reality of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's certainty is that it's really just a best guess, a self-assessment by authors with a vested interest in having their work believed by policymakers...

Can the Power Grid Handle Renewable Energy?

Making green energy work will be "one of the greatest technological challenges industrialized societies have undertaken," according to a group of scholars from the California Institute of Technology...

Do Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags Save Cities Money?

In the cities that have adopted bag bans, fees or taxes, there is little evidence so far that banning or taxing plastic bags will reduce waste disposal costs and save money, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

United States Should Embrace Its Energy Superpower Status

The United States should not mandate the use of natural gas as it did with ethanol, but tax incentives could be offered that would encourage the purchase of vehicles that can run on natural gas...

Federal Agencies Threaten Fracking

The Bureau of Land Management projects that its fracking regulation will increase costs to each well by $3,000-$5,000; independent analyses project the cost to be closer to $100,000 per well, with no meaningful benefit to the environment...

Hydraulic Fracturing: A Game-Changer for Energy and Economies

Hydraulic fracturing has led to a 34 percent increase in U.S. natural gas production since 2005, making the United States the largest producer of natural gas in the world...

A New Way to Look at Energy Subsidies

In order to measure energy subsidies, the amount of the subsidy as well as monetary value of policies that penalize the industry being subsidized must be considered in order to get a net value...

The Terrible Toll of Typhoon Haiyan Doesn't Excuse Bad Policy

Good governance allows the development of early natural disaster warning systems and steady infrastructure, while economic freedom encourages innovation and economic development -- ensuring that individuals are better able to withstand cyclones...


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