Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Natural Gas Causes Energy Debate

The shift from coal to gas is not without its critics, especially those who say that the shale-gas boom is preventing the escalation of much cleaner fuels such as wind, solar and even nuclear energy, says Ken Silverstein...

Germany's Uncertain Energy Policy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plan to source at least 35 percent of the nation's power from mainly solar and wind by 2020, compared with 23 percent now, has pushed residential bills to more than twice the amount that utilities pay to deliver the electricity...

The Benefits of Climate Change

The chief benefits of global warming include: fewer winter deaths; lower energy costs; better agricultural yields; probably fewer droughts; maybe richer biodiversity...

How Fracking Helps Meet America's Energy Needs

Fracking is currently 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...

Electric Vehicle Sales Are Less Than Impressive

The federal government has spent billions of dollars on federal tax credits and subsidies to promote all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, yet they accounted for less than half of 1 percent of the 11.7 million light vehicles purchased in the United States during the last nine months...

Electric Car Range Anxiety

Limited range is holding up demand for electric vehicles nationwide, both in rentals and sales...

Wind Energy Receives Preferential Treatment

The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that extending the wind production tax credit one year would cost taxpayers $6.1 billion over 10 years...

Keep Capacity Markets Out of Texas Electricity

Shifting to a capacity market is unnecessary, and would in reality be a source of inefficiency and a barrier to competition that would likely increase the cost of electricity for consumers...

Who Owns the Mineral Rights under Your Home?

D.R. Horton, the biggest U.S. homebuilder, has separated the mineral rights from tens of thousands of homes in states where shale plays are either well under way or possible...

Planning America's Energy Future

The United States has abundant power supplies that could be developed to a greater extent and used more effectively if only the government would reduce barriers to development and end mandates and market distorting subsidies, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...


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