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Environment Issues

Austin Would Be Ill-Advised to Ban Plastic Bags

The 2009 Keep America Beautiful study does not include plastic bags in its top 10 sources of litter, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Drug Take-Back Mandate Would Do Little for the Environment

Scientists have not verified that the trace levels of unused or discarded drugs found in natural streams and water sources are caused by improper disposal...

Renewable Portfolio Standards Ignore Cost Inefficiencies

Wind provides only 1 percent of America's electricity, compared with 49 percent for coal, 22 percent for natural gas, 19 percent for nuclear power and 7 percent for hydroelectric...

Obama's Energy Budget: Misplaced Subsidies, Overlooked Benefits

Wind energy is independently viable only if natural gas costs more than $6.50 per thousand cubic feet -- a figure far greater than the current rate of $2.60...

The Rule of More

The new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-mandated standards for mercury emissions claims benefits worth $90 billion, yet less than .01 percent of these benefits actually stem from reducing mercury...

TransCanada to Go Ahead with Part of Controversial Pipeline

Calgary-based TransCanada said the southern half of the $7 billion Keystone XL project will ensure that the glut of oil produced in the upper Midwest gets to Gulf Coast refineries...

Cost of $10 Billion Stimulus Easier to Tally than New Jobs

On federal applications, companies said they created more than 100,000 direct jobs thanks to stimulus funds, but a Wall Street Journal investigation found evidence of far fewer...

U.S. Oil Gusher Blows out Projections

The number of rigs in U.S. oil fields has more than quadrupled in the past three years to 1,272, according to the Baker Hughes rig count...

One Hundred Years of Natural Gas

The United States currently consumes a bit more than 22 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas; the Energy Information Administration estimates a total domestic supply at around 2,214 Tcf, or approximately 100 years' worth of natural gas...

The Facts behind the EPA's Latest Proposal

The total cost of the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards will be approximately $10 billion per year...


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