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Environment Issues

Obama Risks the Economy for the Sake of His Legacy

Since 2005, the European Union and Japan have seen electricity costs jump 40 percent and 20 percent, respectively; in the United States, the price of electricity has dropped 5 percent...

The Coal Train Chugs Along

Last year, the United States reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 3.9 percent; in contrast, China's output soared by 6 percent and India's by 6.9 percent, while Brazil's rose by 2.5 percent and Mexico's by 4.3 percent...

How Green Protectionism Harms Sustainable Forestry, the Environment and the World's Poor

Under the guise of safeguarding the environment, green protectionism benefits domestic suppliers while inhibiting developing countries from efficiently exploiting their natural resources, says Marcelo Ostria, a research associate with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Ethanol Harms the Economy and the Environment

The Renewable Fuel Standard mandates the use of an inefficient fuel, drives up food prices and causes adverse environmental effects...

The U.S. Doom and Gloom Obsession

The authors of "The Limits to Growth" predicted that before 2013, the world would have run out of aluminum, copper, gold, lead, mercury, molybdenum, natural gas, oil, silver, tin, tungsten and zinc...

America Should Learn from Europe on Wind Power

The contracted cost of the Cape Wind Project's energy will be 23 cents a kilowatt hour, which is more than 50 percent higher than current average electricity prices in Massachusetts...

U.S. Oil Notches Record Growth

Crude oil production in the United States jumped 14 percent last year to 8.9 million barrels a day...

Electric Cars: The Environmentalist Paradox

All told, roughly two-thirds of the fuel burned to provide power to recharge the locally clean, electrified vehicles is carbon-based...

Spain Alternative Energy Fiasco

For years, Spain's renewable energy subsidies and other overall costs of running the system have been higher than the amount of money generated by actual sales of power to households and businesses...

Dallas Plastic Bag Ban Bad for Many Reasons

Stores inside Los Angeles County's plastic bag ban area reduced their employment by more than 10 percent; stores outside the ban area increased their employment by 2.4 percent, say H. Sterling Burnett and Pamela Villarreal, senior fellows with the National Center for Policy Analysis...


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