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Environment Issues

The Paradox of Energy Efficiency

Fuel economy increased by 60 percent between 1980 and 2006; during that same time period, however, the average curb weight of vehicles increased 26 percent while horsepower rose 107 percent...

United States Cutting Carbon Dioxide Production Dramatically

The International Energy Agency recently reported that U.S. carbon dioxide emissions "have now fallen by 430 million tons (7.7 percent) since 2006, the largest reduction of all countries or regions"...

The Problem with a "Green Domestic Product"

By placing a disproportionate focus on preserving the environment and maintaining the status quo, a "green" economic accounting standard would stifle economic innovation and discourage civilization-altering discoveries...

Yucca Mountain: The Safe Future for Nuclear Energy

A 1,000-megawatt nuclear-electric plant produces about one metric ton of waste per year, versus 1 million tons from a similarly sized coal plant...

Unleashing the North American Energy Colossus

The total North American hydrocarbon resource base -- oil, natural gas and coal -- is more than four times greater than all the resources extant in the Middle East...

New Study on California Global Warming Law Indicates Higher Costs

The average California family will end up paying an additional $2,500 annually by 2020 when the state's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 is fully implemented...

Germans Cough Up for Solar Subsidies

A new study says that the latest plans for Germany's energy future will saddle consumers with an additional $377 billion in costs for solar power...

Solar Getting Burned Again

The U.S. solar market has seen the prices for panels drop by more than 50 percent in the past year at a time when the value of imports of Chinese-made solar cells nearly quadrupled from $639 million in 2009 to $3.1 billion in 2011...

U.S. Drivers Slow to Embrace All-Electric Vehicles

Sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf, which can travel about 75 miles on a single overnight charge, plummeted 69 percent in June from a year earlier...

No to Nukes

A 2009 Massachusetts Institute of Technology study showed that nuclear energy costs 14 percent more than gas and 30 percent more than coal...


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