Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Environmental Regulations Stop Shovel-Ready Jobs

The National Environmental Policy Act costs the U.S. economy $577 billion in direct investment and 1.9 million jobs through its regulation of privately funded energy projects...

Green Jobs: Illusive and Costly

Solar generation accounts for only 500 jobs and wind technologies account for only 2,700 jobs...

New Tax on Hybrid Vehicles to Support Highway Maintenance

A new law in Virginia will require hybrid and electric car owners to pay a $64-per-year fee to make up for what taxes these owners aren't paying at the pump...

How the Wheels Came Off for Fisker

The failure of electric car maker Fisker represents yet another example of the federal government's poor ability to pick winners and losers in the private market, particularly with firms that seek to limit fossil fuel use...

Capitalist Profit Motive Reduces Pollution

The transformation of industrial waste into lucrative byproducts is one trend that has ensured that pollution decreases while reliance on environmental resources is minimized...

Increased Natural Gas Production Lowers Emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions from energy production has fallen 12 percent between 2005 and 2012, according to the U.S. Energy Department...

Wind Energy Cannot Compete in Free Market

The cost per megawatt-hour (MWh) of combined capital and operating expenses of the lifetime of a new wind energy unit is $96/MWh versus $66.1/MWh for natural gas...

Reasons to Reject the Law of the Sea Treaty

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty is essentially a new world government of the sea that redistributes wealth and seeks to control supply and demand of oceanic resources, say Iain Murray, an adjunct fellow, and H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow, at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

The Irrational Fear of Fracking

Electricity production from natural gas is up 37 percent since 2007, while coal's share has plummeted 25 percent in the United States but risen in the rest of the world...

Climate Scientists Struggle to Explain Warming Slowdown

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had to correct a 2007 report that exaggerated the pace of melt of the Himalayan glaciers and wrongly said they could all vanish by 2035...


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