Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

The Need for Energy Innovation Consensus

Existing "clean energy" technologies still cost more, often substantially more, than fossil fuels, while exhibiting sub-optimal performance...

Analysis of Costs Caused by EPA Regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed onerous new limits carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants that would prevent construction of new facilities, gradually close older ones and eventually affect even gas-fired units...

Big Wind's Dirty Little Secret

The wind industry is dependent on rare earth minerals imported from China, the procurement of which results in staggering environmental damages...

Reducing Livability

"Sustainability planning" tramples on property rights and personal preferences, and is simply not effective at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, says Randal O'Toole...

European Economic Stability Threatened by Renewable Energy Subsidies

The stability of Europe's electricity generation is at risk from the warped market structure caused by skyrocketing renewable energy subsidies that have swarmed across the continent over the last decade...

More Nonsense from the Energy Department

To save customers $1.20 per year, Department of Energy standards push manufacturers toward a technology for microwave display clocks that can render half of their customers' clocks useless within a week or so, says David Kreutzer...

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...


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