Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Plug-In Electric Vehicles Get Off to a Slow Start

While General Motors had hoped to sell 10,000 Volts by the end of the year, it seems it will fall short with just 6,142 Volts having been sold through November...

Evidence on the Value of Air Quality Improvements

Air quality improvement in terms of willingness-to-pay has a weak yet important correlation with income -- in developed countries, higher income is associated with higher willingness to pay...

The EPA's Fracking Scare

The U.S. Geological Survey has detected organic chemicals in the well water in Pavillion, Wyoming, for at least 50 years -- long before fracking was employed...

Climategate 2.0 and Scientific Integrity

Climategate, both 1 and 2, are textbook cases of gross lapses in professional ethics and scientific malfeasance, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Global Warming and Adaptability

What is almost universally ignored in the climate change debate is that if we want to help real people overcome real problems we need to focus first on adaptation...

Household Electricity Bills Skyrocket

Households paid a record $1,419 on average for electricity in 2010, the fifth consecutive yearly increase above the inflation rate, adding about $300 a year to what households pay for electricity...

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Reports Are Misleading

By 2100 the gross domestic product per capita of today's "developing" countries will be double that of the United States in 2006, even taking into account any losses resulting from climate change...

For Obama's Green-Car Revolution, Fits and Starts

The Obama administration has poured roughly $5 billion in taxpayer funds into the electric-car industry, but analysts say taxpayers may not see a return on their money soon, if ever...

Impacts of Transportation Policies on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in U.S. Regions

Technological improvements to vehicles resulting in higher fuel efficiency, along with traffic signal timing and speed harmonization, hold the most hope for significant reductions in future carbon dioxide emissions...

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Automobiles

Wider application of existing technologies could produce greenhouse gas emission reductions of up to 54 percent by 2050 with current hybrid technology...


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