Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Organic Illusions

Studies show a 20 to 50 percent decline in yield per acre when organic farming methods are used...

Solving the Problem of Traffic Congestion

The number of hours Americans waste sitting in traffic more than quintupled between 1982 and 2005...

Carbon Tax Will Double U.K. Electricity Bills

A new tax in the United Kingdom will impose a £16 (almost $26) floor on every ton of carbon dioxide emitted by British industry, rising to £30 (about $48) a ton in 2020 and £70 (about $112) a ton by 2030...

Carbon Taxes and the "Tax Interaction Effect"

A new carbon tax can exacerbate the harms caused by pre-existing taxes, offsetting the potential environmental benefits...

Federal Trade Commission Cracks Down on Energy-Efficiency Ads

It takes between $7,000 and $20,000 to outfit an average home with energy-efficient windows -- consumers won't see a return on their investment for 20 or more years...

Is There a Future for Generic Biotech Crops?

There has been agreement by plant scientists for the past 30 years that biotech plants pose no new or unique threats compared to conventional breeding methods...

Electric Cars Are a Waste of Money

Despite generous subsidies from the federal government, the Congressional Budget Office concludes that incentives would need to be about 50 percent higher to make electric cars cost competitive...

Algae Energy: Dead in the Water?

Since November 2008, the federal government has invested $2 billion on research and development for algae biofuel...

The Cost of Wind Energy Jobs

Taxpayers spend about 15 times more on wind energy jobs than jobs in oil-and-gas...

Locavores or Loco-vores?

Locavores disregard hundreds of years of trial and error and the many benefits derived from a larger food supply chain...


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