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Environment Issues

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...

Thinking Outside the Rails on Transit

Fifty-five percent of transit work trips are to six core cities: New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston and Washington; in the Los Angeles-Orange County region, barely 6 percent of workers take transit...

Wind and Solar Can't Save Climate

The world gets about 50 times as much energy from all other sources -- coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear and hydropower -- as it does from wind, solar, geothermal and biomass...

Obama Clings to Climate Change Science That Now Looks Very Wrong

Despite dire predictions of a total loss of ice in the Arctic by 2013, the Arctic ice cap actually grew by 60 percent over the summer of 2013, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Environmental Protection Agency to Make Costly New Standards

A new Environmental Protection Agency proposal will, in effect, bar the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they use costly carbon-capture technology...


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