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Environment Issues

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...

Environmentalism Takes a Turn toward Civil Rights

If the Environmental Protection Agency wants to help low-income and minority populations, it should stick to promoting technologies that reduce pollution for everyone, rather than making environmental issues about racial justice...

Ethanol Use Creates a Spike in Global Food Prices

By some estimates, up to 70 percent to 75 percent of the increase in food prices was due to biofuels and the related consequences of low grain stocks, large land use shifts, speculative activity and export bans...

Solar Radiation Management: The Future of Environmentalism

The economic benefits of a successful solar radiation management program would flow from a reduction in climate damages owing to warming and a reduction in economic damage caused by greenhouse gas controls...

Solar Industry Anxious over Defective Panels

A review of 30,000 solar panel installations in Europe by the German solar monitoring firm Meteocontrol found 80 percent were underperforming...

Climate Change Science Is Biased

It is in the best interest of government-funded scientists to ensure their fields, and therefore their jobs, are deemed of great importance...

Study Claims Proximity to Nuclear Power Not Related to Cancer Rates

A new study shows that there are no differences in cancer rates between those living near a nuclear plant and those living far from one...

Russia's Dependence on Energy Consumption

As oil plunged from $147 per barrel to $34 per barrel after the 2009 financial crisis, Russia's economy contracted by almost 8 percent -- the largest drop among the G20 top industrial nations...

Taxpayers Can't Verify the Success of Alternative-Energy Incentives

There are 1,124 state, territorial and local financial incentive programs for renewable energy; however, no one seems to know how much state and local governments spend on these programs...

U.S. Government Holding Back Economic Growth

Today, oil imports account for about 40 percent of America's $750 billion annual trade deficit, a deficit that drains the gross domestic product and kills jobs...


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