Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

America's Worst Wind Energy Project

The majority of the funding for the $1.9 billion, 845-megawatt Shepherds Flat wind project in Oregon is coming courtesy of federal taxpayers at a cost of $16.3 million per job...

EPA Overreach

Compliance costs for the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule are estimated at $2.4 billion annually...

Five Truths about Climate Change

The United States' carbon dioxide emissions fell by 1.7 percent over the last decade; in this same time span, Africa's jumped by 30 percent, Asia's by 44 percent and the Middle East's by 57 percent...

Endangered Species Act Not Particularly Effective

In 1973 there were only 78 species on the endangered and threatened lists; by 1994 there were over 1,000...

The Gulf Oil Spill: Lessons for Public Policy

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the ensuing political firestorm brought to the fore some longstanding problems associated with the regulation of commercial activities on federal lands...

Profits Elude Geothermal Companies

Three taxpayer-backed clean energy companies that specialize in capturing heat from the earth and turning it into electricity are facing deep financial difficulties...

Government's Good Intentions Can Have Negative Consequences

The $50 billion-plus five-year tab for ethanol subsidies has brought millions of acres of previously wild land under cultivation, increased the use of chemical fertilizers and wasted billions of gallons of water...

Green Jobs Training Program Falls Short

A $500 million green jobs program at the Department of Labor has so far provided only 15 percent of current participants with jobs...

Quantifying Capital Bikeshare's Supposed "Success"

Ninety percent of commuter trips replaced by Washington, D.C.'s Bikeshare program were already "green" and non-contributors to traffic congestion, thus accomplishing little by way of addressing auto emissions or traffic in the city...

EPA Regulations Would Require 230,000 New Employees, $21 Billion

The EPA is asking taxpayers to fund up to 230,000 new government workers to process the extra paperwork associated with new regulations, at an estimated cost of $21 billion...


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