Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

How Will the New Republican Majority Tackle Energy?

The Senate has not voted on an energy bill of substance since 2007...

Loss of Coal Will Boost Power Costs by 25 Percent

According to a new report, the loss of coal will increase the price of power by 25 percent for energy grids that currently supply power for one-third of the nation...

Group Issues Misleading Frac Sand Study

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses a mixture of sand, water and chemicals to create fissures in rock, which then releases oil that would be otherwise unreachable...

Proposed Ethanol Mandate Waiver

While refiners produce high ethanol blends like E85 in order to comply with the ethanol mandate, few automobiles actually use the fuel...

What Does the Drop in Gas Prices Mean for the Economy?

Just a one-cent drop in the price of gas saves consumers $1.4 billion during a year...

Federal Report Says Yucca Mountain Repository Is Safe

A new report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) concludes that storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain would be safe, contradicting the claims of many opponents who have argued that such a storage facility would be dangerous...

Report: Wind Power Raising Texas Electricity Prices

Of the 10 states most reliant on wind power, nine of them have seen their electricity prices rise at least five times faster than the national average...

How Important Is Water to the U.S. Economy?

America is highly reliant on water, from supporting agriculture to thermoelectric power to regular household use...

EPA Warns about Sea Level, But Rate of Rise Is Falling

Gina McCarthy, administrator of the EPA, recently traveled to Miami to "raise awareness" about stopping global warming and preventing sea level rise...

The Future of Farming and Rise of Biotechnology

Scientists have discovered ways to improve crops by manipulating plant DNA, creating a product that better resists insects and stands up to herbicides...


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