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Environment Issues

Hydraulic Fracturing Doesn't Contaminate Water Supplies

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers...

What Is an "Organic" Label Really Worth?

Products in the United States labeled "made with organic ingredients" carry no guarantees about what else might be in the product...

Soaring Renewable Fuel Costs Spark New Fight over Ethanol Mandate

Skyrocketing renewable fuel credit prices indicate that the industry is nearing the limits of what it can blend...

Overriding Consumer Preferences with Energy Regulations

Environmental policies can be most successful at maximizing net benefits if they are designed after careful consideration of unbiased estimates of the costs and benefits of environmental quality...

The EPA's Questionable Competence

Currently, 65 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency's statutorily defined responsibilities (212 of 322 possible) are past due by an average of 2,147 days...

The Free Market Is Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions

According to the Energy Information Administration, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions fell to a little above the 1995 level and were trending lower, toward early 1990s levels...

Britain Should Embrace Natural Gas Fracking

Shale-gas production would add about $10 billion per year to the U.K. economy...

Deregulation of U.S. Energy Creates Efficiency

Deregulating coal plants in all states could bring savings of about $40 billion per decade...

EPA Power Grab

During President Obama's first term, the Environmental Protection Agency issued an unprecedented 95 disapprovals...

Environmental Protection Agency Regulation Intrudes on State Rights

Environmental Protection Agency takeovers of state programs are up 2,750 percent since 2009...


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