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Environment Issues

New Jersey's Offshore Wind Project Would Cost Taxpayers

Offshore wind is 2.6 times more expensive than onshore wind power and is 3.4 times more expensive than power produced by a combined cycle natural gas plant...

No Traction for Non-Gasoline Vehicles

In September, the most recent month available, just 9 percent of customers visiting the auto-information website Edmunds.com considered a non-gasoline vehicle...

The Damage Caused by Ethanol

The ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today...

United States to Become World's Largest Oil Producer

The United States will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil producer by 2015 and be close to energy self-sufficiency in the next two decades, amid booming output from shale formations...

Green Energy Is the Real Subsidy Hog

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated in 2010 that fossil-fuel subsidies amounted to $4 billion a year; renewable sources received more than triple that figure, roughly $14 billion...

Can We Put a Price on Nature?

There are difficulties valuing global (and even local) ecosystem services, in part because they are public goods and thus lack a market-revealed price, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Feds Gave Billions to Failing Energy Firm

A chronically failing nuclear energy company using a technique one-twentieth as efficient as its competitors' has wrangled billions of dollars in cash, materials and research from the Department of Energy...

Energy Firm Serves as Revolving Door for Bureaucrats

A Department of Energy project was privatized to save the government money and prosper, but scarcely three months passed before it ran to the government for an "emergency supplemental" appropriation of $325 million...

Is Walking to Work Worse for the Environment than Driving?

If you use a high mileage car, walking can be 1.5 to 2 times more polluting than driving...

Fracking Reverses Decline in U.S. Energy Production

Hydraulic fracturing is responsible for more than 30 percent of U.S. domestic oil and natural gas reserves, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...


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