Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

The U.S. Needs Nuclear Energy

Two nuclear reactors in New York at the Indian Point Energy Center can provide up to 30 percent of the electricity for New York City...

Solar Power is Too Expensive

If the U.S. electricity that is generated by natural gas came from solar power instead, consumers' monthly electric bills would increase 25 percent...

U.S. May Lift Oil Export Ban

What many Americans may not realize is that a series of 1970s-era laws prohibit most exports of crude oil, creating market distortions...

No Keystone XL Means More Railroad Spills

Crude oil is going to continue moving, regardless of whether the president approves Keystone XL. If the pipeline is not approved, oil will have to move via railroad...

Further Ozone Reductions: Are There Benefits?

Currently, the EPA is evaluating whether or not to make its National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone even stricter. Such regulations, according to the EPA, could cost businesses up to $90 billion annually to comply...

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...


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