Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Thinking Outside the Rails on Transit

Fifty-five percent of transit work trips are to six core cities: New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston and Washington; in the Los Angeles-Orange County region, barely 6 percent of workers take transit...

Wind and Solar Can't Save Climate

The world gets about 50 times as much energy from all other sources -- coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear and hydropower -- as it does from wind, solar, geothermal and biomass...

Obama Clings to Climate Change Science That Now Looks Very Wrong

Despite dire predictions of a total loss of ice in the Arctic by 2013, the Arctic ice cap actually grew by 60 percent over the summer of 2013, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Environmental Protection Agency to Make Costly New Standards

A new Environmental Protection Agency proposal will, in effect, bar the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they use costly carbon-capture technology...

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...


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