Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Little Justification for California's Plastic Bag Ban

Paper and reusable bags are much worse for the environment than plastic bags...

EPA Regulation Would Cost $100 Billion Per Year

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent possibly the most expensive EPA regulation yet to the White House's Office of Management and Budget for review...

North Dakota's Job Boom

Among the 50 states, North Dakota boasts the lowest unemployment rate, at 2.8 percent...

The U.S. Won't Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline? Canada Looks East Instead

The Obama administration has delayed a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, so support for an alternative pipeline is growing in Canada...

Does Energy Efficiency Reduce Overall Energy Use?

The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded last week to three researchers responsible for the development of LED lighting...

Will the FDA Approve Genetic Engineering to Kill Mosquitos?

Each of the 48 contiguous states saw cases of West Nile virus last year, with 119 deaths out of 2,469 reported cases...

Don't Revive the Wind Tax Credit

Until last year, the federal government gave a generous tax credit to wind producers of $23 per megawatt-hour...

Small Business Administration Objects to EPA Water Rule

The EPA's new "Waters of the United States" rule would increase permit costs between $19.8 million and $52 million each year...

A Better Way to Preserve Endangered Species

While the ESA is aimed at improving the survival of species, it carries such hefty penalties that landowners actually try to rid their lands of the endangered animals...

How to Lower the Price of Gas

Gas prices have an impact beyond the pump, raising the price of food and other goods and services, all of which have their own transportation costs...


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