Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

States Show Folly of Energy Mandates

According to the Institute for Energy Research, utility bills in states with a renewable energy portfolio standard are 40 percent higher on average than in states without one...

Department of Energy Awarding Billions in Energy Subsidies Despite Sequester

More than $1.2 billion in cash payments has been awarded to renewable energy projects by the Department of Energy and the Treasury Department since the beginning of the year, despite the sequester...

Global Warming Slows to Crawl, Puzzles Scientists

Research shows that temperature increases since 2005 are already at the low end of projections derived from 20 climate models...

Rare Earths Mining Potential in the United States

States with rare earths resources could increase gross state product by almost $40 billion, add nearly 3,600 shovel-ready jobs and improve state revenues by $724 million...

Increased Farm Productivity Returns Farmland to Nature

In the United States, corn production grew 17-fold between 1860 and 2010, yet more land was planted in corn in 1925 than in 2010...

New International Organization Seeks to Limit Ocean Development

Currently, less than 2 percent of the ocean's surface is protected, but the Global Partnership for Oceans has a stated goal of increasing that to 5 percent -- limiting U.S. offshore energy sources...

EPA Plans to Require Cleaner Gas

The American Petroleum Institute says new Environmental Protection Agency standards would ultimately raise the price of producing gasoline by up to nine cents a gallon -- a cost that would likely be passed on to consumers...

Energy Efficiency, Not Efficiency Mandates

Producers have a much better ability to meet consumers' demands than any government mandate or subsidy program...

Green Jobs Haven't Lived up to Obama's Promise

America can boast only 500 green jobs in solar electric power generation, but 886,000 green jobs in government...

LOST at Sea: Why America Should Reject the Law of the Sea Treaty

There are strong economic and environmental reasons for why the U.S. Senate should continue to reject ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, says Iain Murray, an adjunct fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...


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