Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Lessons from the Australian Carbon Tax

The effect of a carbon tax on emissions-intensive, trade-exposed industries is similar to a tax on exports or a tax on import-competing industries...

Environmental Protection Agency to Curb Coal Plant Emissions

A new Environmental Protection Agency proposal requires new coal plants to limit their emissions to 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour, about 700 fewer pounds than most modern-day coal units...

The Cost of Global Warming Policies

For almost $20 trillion, temperatures by the end of the century will be reduced by a negligible 0.05 degrees Celsius...

Gas-Drilling Leaks Overstated

A new study finds that natural gas wells emitted about 20 percent less greenhouse gases than the Environmental Protection Agency had estimated -- less than the amount emitted by burning coal...

How Electricity Became a Luxury Good in Germany

This year, German consumers will be forced to pay 20 billion euro ($26 billion) for electricity from solar, wind and biogas plants -- electricity with a market price of just over 3 billion euro...

Why Expanding the Coastal Barrier Resources System Makes Sense

In many ways, current government policy incentivizes behavior that both harms the environment and wastes taxpayer dollars...

Wind Farms Are Killing Eagles

Wind farms in 10 states have killed at least 85 eagles since 1997, with most deaths occurring between 2008 and 2012, as the industry was greatly expanding...

Obama to Block Construction of Coal Plants

About 39 percent of electricity in the United States came from coal-fired plants in the first half of 2013...

Why We Should Approve the Keystone Pipeline

The Keystone XL pipeline is simply an extension of an already existing program that is working well, creating jobs and expanding U.S. manufacturing...

Department of Energy Loses Millions in Green Tech Loan

The U.S. Department of Energy recovered only about one-sixth of its $50 million green technology loan to Vehicle Production Group LLC, a maker of wheelchair-accessible vans now under new ownership...


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