Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Government Accountability Office Report on Green Jobs

Of the $595 million appropriated or allocated specifically for green jobs activities since 2009, over 84 percent was spent on "training and support services" rather than actual employment...

A Carbon Tax Would Make No Sense

There is evidence that as carbon dioxide levels have risen, plants are growing faster, which means cheaper food...

U.K. Power Crunch

The United Kingdom is set to lose more than 12 gigawatts of generating capacity in the next two years, largely due to the closing of coal-fired power plants...

Pipeline-Capacity Squeeze Reroutes Crude Oil

Oil delivered to refineries by trucks grew 38 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, while crude on barges grew 53 percent and rail deliveries quadrupled...

Afghanistan: The Saudi Arabia of Lithium

U.S. agencies estimate Afghanistan's mineral deposits to be worth upwards of $1 trillion...

Obama Bypassing Congress on Environmental Regulations

The centerpiece of President Obama's environment push is a set of regulations to limit greenhouse gas pollution from new and existing power plants; even if the regulations are set as expected, states will not need to submit their implementation plans until 2016 -- after Obama is out of the White House...

Labels for Genetically Modified Foods Are a Bad Idea

Around 70 percent of processed foods in the United States contain genetically modified ingredients...

Will Washington Politics Kill the U.S. Energy Revival?

Once moribund industrial manufacturing, petrochemical and steel companies have experienced a business resurgence thanks to the combination of fracking and horizontal drilling freeing up formerly untapped gas deposits...

Environmental Free Trade

If governments are serious about supporting the environment and promoting free trade, a proposal to eliminate all tariffs on a wide range of environmental goods would be a good way to accomplish both...

The Environmental Protection Agency's Ethanol Band-Aid

The ethanol mandate has sent corn prices skyrocketing, harmed cattle and poultry producers, forced refiners to waste money on ethanol credits, and hiked food prices worldwide...


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