Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

The Social Cost of Carbon: A Made-Up Figure

Social cost of carbon analysis makes cheap power, such as coal, look unaffordable while it makes expensive power, such as wind, appear well worth the costs...

Environmental Protection Agency Prepares Stricter Gasoline Rule

Advocacy groups are pressuring the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a standard to limit the amount of sulfur in gasoline...

Offshore Wind Industry Having Problems

Over the last three months, each of the six largest U.K. utility companies have pulled back from marine energy projects, citing cost and technical challenges as well as environmental issues...

America's Shale Boom Is a Major Job Creator

In the 10 states where hydrocarbon production is increasing, employment growth has outperformed the United States' growth rate overall...

United States Should Not Follow EU Energy Policies

Today, a German household pays three times what an American household pays for electricity, thanks to European energy policies marked by government interference...

Germany's Green Energy Policy Backfires

To meet all of its energy demands, Germany has turned to using the most inexpensive alternatives such as lignite and coal; as a result, its carbon dioxide emissions did not decrease as intended...

Bringing Federal Land under State Control

Restructuring our current system of land management would improve the process and allow the true value of our land and resources to be realized...

Renewable Energy Policy Hurts African Poor

If the United States spends $10 billion on gas electrification in Africa, it could help lift 90 million people out of poverty; but if that $10 billion is instead used on renewables, it would help only 20 million to 27 million people...

Record Gas Prices from Lack of Pipelines

Ten pipeline projects are currently underway to deliver gas from the Marcellus Shale to the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic, but five of those will not be completed until the end of 2018...

Trade Gap Shrinks as Oil Exports Rise

Last year, the trade gap dropped from $534.7 billion in 2012 to $471.5 billion, thanks largely to rising petroleum exports...


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