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Environment Issues

Why Biofuels are a Bad Idea

In 2012, 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop was put towards ethanol production rather than food...

The Many Problems with Ethanol

Between 20 and 40 percent of the 2007-2008 spike in world food prices was due to increased use of biofuels...

U.S. Loses from Keystone Delay

In rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. has offended its most important ally and economic partner, Canada, instead opting to refine oil from countries across the globes that are not our allies...

Running Out of Resources?

History is replete with ecologists' warnings about running out of resources, but humans have consistently broken through limits and found ways to innovate...

Britain to Explore for Shale Gas

Shale gas in Britain could create more than 64,000 jobs and inject local businesses with $55 billion in capital...

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...


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