Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

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...

The Global Environmental Facility Is Failing

A 2004 Office of Management and Budget evaluation concluded that Global Environmental Facility-funded projects have had no demonstrated results due to ineffective programs and poor management, says Brent Pinero, a research associate with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Climate Data versus Climate Models

The three national assessments on scientific research on climate change suffer from common problems largely related to inadequate climate models and selective scientific citations...

How Oil Prices Affect the Debt

If oil prices had risen at the same rate as the price of other goods and services from 2002 to 2012, the accumulated U.S. government debt would be $1.2 trillion lower...

Goodbye Coal-Fired Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency rules for new coal-fired power plants rely on the agency's belief in carbon capture and sequestration, a feasible but not economically viable or scalable technology...


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