Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

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...

Is Walking to Work Worse for the Environment than Driving?

If you use a high mileage car, walking can be 1.5 to 2 times more polluting than driving...

Fracking Reverses Decline in U.S. Energy Production

Hydraulic fracturing is 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...

Lessons from Europe's Energy Nightmare

According to Eurostat, electricity prices have risen about 20 percent in Europe since 2008...

Another Costly EPA Rule

The economic significance of the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon capture and storage rule may be misstated when considering the full implications for the power supply...

America's Energy Illiteracy

Environmentalists have been far more effective at raising concerns about fracking than the energy industry has been at promoting fracking's economic benefits...


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