Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

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...

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...


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