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Environment Issues

Clean Air Act Increases Fuel Prices

By allowing for the creation of so many different fuel standards, the Clean Air Act arbitrarily segmented the market, thereby undermining domestic competition among refiners...

Payoff for Efficient Cars Takes Years

Gas prices would need to reach $12.50 a gallon and $8.53 a gallon for the plug-in Volt and Leaf, respectively, to make sense purely on financial terms...

Nevada Energy Windmill Program Generates Rebates, Little Electricity

A 2007 Nevada law provides rebates to customers upon the installation of wind turbines; the city of Reno alone received rebates equivalent to $150,000 for turbines that netted the city just $2,800 in energy savings...

Hybrid Owners Unlikely to Buy Another One

Only 35 percent of hybrid vehicle owners purchased another gas-electric model when trading in during 2011, according to a new study...

Carbon Dioxide Ended Last Ice Age

New data collected from 80 ice cores around the world shows that carbon dioxide increased suddenly during the deglaciation process at the end of the last ice age...

Renewable Fuel Standard Blocks an Innovative Way to Fuel America

Because of the Renewable Fuel Standard, gasoline refiners are mandated to blend so much plant-based or renewable ethanol into the gas supply, creating an artificial demand for 14 billion gallons of ethanol for 2012...

Healthy Polar Bear Count Confounds Doomsayers

There are about 25,000 polar bears across Canada's Arctic -- likely the highest point the population has ever reached...

Mojave Solar Project Killing Threatened Desert Tortoises

The federal government allows atrocities against an endangered species to be perpetrated by an alternative energy effort, yet no such ambivalence would exist were these efforts put forth by a traditional oil company, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Green Jobs Don't Grow on Trees

Programs to provide certification and training for employment in green industries may actually leave participants unemployed in the long run, as they increase the supply of green workers without increasing labor demand...

Medieval Warm Period Was Global Event

A team of scientists from Syracuse University has found that contrary to the "consensus," the Medieval Warm Period approximately 500 to 1,000 years ago wasn't just confined to Europe...


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