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Environment Issues

Michigan Groups Aim for Green Energy Mandate in State Constitution

Michigan's Proposition 3 would require the use of more renewable energy and put a $12 billion burden on both residential and commercial customers...

Maker of Batteries Files for Bankruptcy

It is difficult for the Obama administration to explain the failure of electric car battery maker A123 Systems considering the similar fate other energy companies like Solyndra...

Gas Prices Doubled, Obama Locks up National Reserve

In August, the Obama administration closed off 23.5 million acres of the most productive areas of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska...

Carbon Tax Would Kill Major Industries, Hurt U.S. Consumers

The amount of electricity from carbon emission rich coal is down 10 percent in four years and expected to fall another 10 percent in eight years...

The Environmental Protection Agency's Moving Goalposts

The EPA frequently moves the goalposts further away for companies and industries trying to abide by countless federal regulations...

Challenging the Foundations of the Green Establishment

Many policies sought by the environmental establishment do nothing more than cost taxpayers billions with nothing to show for it...

The Solyndra Tax Break

Solyndra's owners are asking the court to liquidate the rest of the business and contribute a net $6.7 million to pay off creditors for pennies on the dollar...

German Renewable Surcharge to Rise by 47 Percent

Charges levied on German consumers to support renewable power will rise to 5.3 euro cents ($0.68) per kilowatt hour in 2013 from 3.6 ($0.46) cents in 2012...

Subsidizing Big Wind: The Real Costs to Taxpayers

The wind industry is getting nearly 6.5 times as much in subsidies as the nuclear industry...

Should Cities Ban Plastic Bags?

Consumers would have to use a cotton bag 173 times before they match the energy savings of one plastic bag, assuming 40 percent of bags are reused...


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