Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

The Terrible Toll of Typhoon Haiyan Doesn't Excuse Bad Policy

Good governance allows the development of early natural disaster warning systems and steady infrastructure, while economic freedom encourages innovation and economic development -- ensuring that individuals are better able to withstand cyclones...

The High Price of Carbon Dioxide

For every dollar spent under the European Union's 20-20 climate change policy, the European Union stands to avoid about 10 cents of climate damage...

New Jersey's Offshore Wind Project Would Cost Taxpayers

Offshore wind is 2.6 times more expensive than onshore wind power and is 3.4 times more expensive than power produced by a combined cycle natural gas plant...

No Traction for Non-Gasoline Vehicles

In September, the most recent month available, just 9 percent of customers visiting the auto-information website Edmunds.com considered a non-gasoline vehicle...

The Damage Caused by Ethanol

The ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today...

United States to Become World's Largest Oil Producer

The United States will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil producer by 2015 and be close to energy self-sufficiency in the next two decades, amid booming output from shale formations...

Green Energy Is the Real Subsidy Hog

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated in 2010 that fossil-fuel subsidies amounted to $4 billion a year; renewable sources received more than triple that figure, roughly $14 billion...

Can We Put a Price on Nature?

There are difficulties valuing global (and even local) ecosystem services, in part because they are public goods and thus lack a market-revealed price, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Feds Gave Billions to Failing Energy Firm

A chronically failing nuclear energy company using a technique one-twentieth as efficient as its competitors' has wrangled billions of dollars in cash, materials and research from the Department of Energy...

Energy Firm Serves as Revolving Door for Bureaucrats

A Department of Energy project was privatized to save the government money and prosper, but scarcely three months passed before it ran to the government for an "emergency supplemental" appropriation of $325 million...


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