Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Government Limits Potential for Oil Production

As a result of excessive government regulations, companies may spend anywhere from five to 10 years to move from permit approval to production, without a guarantee that they will be able to produce crude oil successfully...

National Climate Assessment: A False Alarm

According to research, eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. forever would only impact warming by less than two-tenths of one degree by 2100...

Increasing Drilling on Federal Lands

The amount of federal acres leased for oil and gas exploration has dropped 24 percent since 2008. While the U.S. leased 131 million federal acres in 1984, it leased only 36 million acres last year...

Why Biofuels are a Bad Idea

In 2012, 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop was put towards ethanol production rather than food...

The Many Problems with Ethanol

Between 20 and 40 percent of the 2007-2008 spike in world food prices was due to increased use of biofuels...

U.S. Loses from Keystone Delay

In rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. has offended its most important ally and economic partner, Canada, instead opting to refine oil from countries across the globes that are not our allies...

Running Out of Resources?

History is replete with ecologists' warnings about running out of resources, but humans have consistently broken through limits and found ways to innovate...

Britain to Explore for Shale Gas

Shale gas in Britain could create more than 64,000 jobs and inject local businesses with $55 billion in capital...

How Risky Is Fracking?

By 2020, fracking could yield an additional $417 billion to the U.S. economy, employing close to 3 million Americans...

Mineral Rights Regimes in Canada and the United States

Canadian provinces receive tax revenue directly from mining development, which gives them an incentive to create a favorable policy environment, unlike the U.S. federal government, which has little incentive to exercise regulatory restraint...


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