Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

No Confidence in Nuclear Energy

By sidelining Yucca Mountain, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has eliminated a viable site to store spent nuclear fuel, essentially broadcasting a no-confidence message in the future of nuclear power...

A Cost Effective Way to Cut Smog

As much as 20 percent of California's smog may now be coming from Asia...

Get Dense

Studies have found that land devoted to organic farming produces 50 percent less wheat, 55 percent less asparagus and lettuce, and 23 percent less corn than conventionally farmed land of the same acreage...

Hydraulic Fracturing Is a Win-Win for the Environment

Natural gas production rose 50 percent in a single year from 2008 to 2009; natural gas production costs, meanwhile, have fallen 50 percent since 2008...

Faulty Wells, Not Fracking, Blamed for Groundwater Pollution

Opponents charge that the fracking process allows natural gas to seep into the ground and contaminate the water supply; the fracking industry says the problem is caused only by poor cement use in the construction of fracking wells...

Windmills vs. Birds

Last June, the Los Angeles Times reported that about 70 golden eagles are being killed per year by the wind turbines at Altamont Pass in Northern California...

Government-Subsidized Green Light Bulb Carries Costly Price Tag

The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award for any manufacturer that could create a "green" but affordable light bulb; the winning "affordable" bulb will sell for $50...

The High Cost of Renewable Electricity Mandates

In 2010, the average price of residential electricity in renewable portfolio standard (RPS) states was 31.9 percent higher than it was in non-RPS states...

Hybrids' Unlikely Rival: Plain Old Cars

Hybrids fell to 2.2 percent of the U.S. auto market last year, from 2.4 percent in 2010, after peaking at 2.8 percent in 2009...

Power Generation: Will Germany Win Its Post-Nuclear Bet?

On most days, Germany avoids electrical blackouts by importing electricity from France and the Czech Republic, which generate much of their power with nuclear reactors...


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