Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

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...

Private Companies Keep Public Parks Open

Today, more than 1,000 campgrounds and recreation areas are operated by private companies under the supervision of the U.S. Forest Service...

Small Businesses Hindered by Greenhouse Gas Regulation

Even though they contribute less than 1 percent of U.S. emissions, small entities will face the same Environmental Protection Agency regulatory hurdles that large utilities encounter...

A Threat to Texas' World-Class Energy Market

Capacity markets can never be as successful and efficient as Texas' energy-only market...

United States Becomes Largest Oil-and-Gas Producer

The United States produced the equivalent of about 22 million barrels a day of oil, natural gas and related fuels in July; Moscow's forecast for 2013 oil-and-gas production works out to about 21.8 million barrels a day...

China Wants to Cut Down on Coal -- And That's Bad for Global Warming

The entire life cycle of harvesting coal and turning it into gas produces from 36 percent to 82 percent more total greenhouse gas emissions than burning coal directly...


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