Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Why We Should Approve the Keystone Pipeline

The Keystone XL pipeline is simply an extension of an already existing program that is working well, creating jobs and expanding U.S. manufacturing...

Department of Energy Loses Millions in Green Tech Loan

The U.S. Department of Energy recovered only about one-sixth of its $50 million green technology loan to Vehicle Production Group LLC, a maker of wheelchair-accessible vans now under new ownership...

Energy's Unexpected Jobs Boom

The recent energy boom increased average household disposable income in 2012 by $1,200; that figure is expected to grow to $2,700 by 2020...

Global Warming Primer: Second Edition

The National Center for Policy Analysis' updated global warming primer presents a factual analysis of the state of the climate, the threats posed by global warming, and the implications and results of the possible responses to warming...

Fracking Boom Raising Household Incomes by Thousands

In 2012, the energy boom supported 2.1 million jobs, added almost $75 billion in federal and state revenues, contributed $283 billion to the gross domestic product and lifted household income by more than $1,200...

Government Accountability Office Report on Green Jobs

Of the $595 million appropriated or allocated specifically for green jobs activities since 2009, over 84 percent was spent on "training and support services" rather than actual employment...

A Carbon Tax Would Make No Sense

There is evidence that as carbon dioxide levels have risen, plants are growing faster, which means cheaper food...

U.K. Power Crunch

The United Kingdom is set to lose more than 12 gigawatts of generating capacity in the next two years, largely due to the closing of coal-fired power plants...

Pipeline-Capacity Squeeze Reroutes Crude Oil

Oil delivered to refineries by trucks grew 38 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, while crude on barges grew 53 percent and rail deliveries quadrupled...

Afghanistan: The Saudi Arabia of Lithium

U.S. agencies estimate Afghanistan's mineral deposits to be worth upwards of $1 trillion...


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