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Environment Issues

Obama's War on Coal Harms Americans

More than 200 coal plants are set to close their doors over the next decade, resulting in a loss of over 40,000 megawatts of electricity...

Environmental Protection Agency Revisits Ethanol Mandate as Fuel Use Slips

The United States is heading toward the "blend wall," the point at which fuel marketers can't absorb any more ethanol into the gasoline supply without using higher-percentage ethanol blends that aren't widely sold...

How U.S. Agricultural Subsidies Harm the Environment, Taxpayers and the Poor

Oxfam International notes that the more than 10 million people in Central and Western African countries who rely on the production and sale of cotton lose up to $250 million every year due to subsidies, says Marcelo Ostria, a research associate with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Climate Plan Would Kill Hundreds of Millions of Birds and Bats

A newly published peer-reviewed study reports U.S. wind turbines kill 1.4 million birds and bats every year, while producing just 3 percent of U.S. electricity...

Cleaner Air May Have Brought More Storms

New climate simulations suggest that reducing the level of atmospheric aerosol particles produced by human activity might have been the main cause of a recent increase in tropical storm frequency in the North Atlantic...

Government Fiddles, Our Nation's Forests Burn

Over the past two decades, timber harvests in the 155 national forests have plunged 80 percent from 12 billion board feet per year in the 1980s to less than 2.4 billion board feet per year, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Japan's Natural Resources Threatened by Scarcity, Neighbors

Rare earth elements and natural gas demonstrate how Japan's resource security concerns are informing Japanese foreign policy in important ways...

Sue and Settle Disrupts U.S. Checks and Balances

Sue-and-settle has resulted in numerous regulations being passed without congressional approval...

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...


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