Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

Coal in the Global Energy Landscape

Coal provides 30 percent of the world's energy, 41 percent of the world's electricity generation, and factors into 70 percent of the world's steel production...

Developing Countries Need Coal-Fired Power Plants

Coal has lifted 680 million people in China out of poverty over the past 30 years...

Green Energy Kills Eagles

Biologists at the Fish and Wildlife Service reported that the number of eagles killed by wind turbines has shot up from two in 2007 to 24 in 2011...

Lobbying, Cronyism and Green Energy Guarantees

Credit rating agencies rated the majority of projects that were funded through the Department of Energy's 1705 Loan Guarantee Program as risky and "highly speculative," with 22 of the 26 projects rated as "junk" investments...

Federal Energy Policy: A National Money Hole?

Since 2008, the United States has seen a 30 percent increase in domestic oil production, occurring overwhelmingly on private and state lands...

Why the Price of Crude in America Is Out of Whack with the Rest of the World

Gulf refineries are using as much light and sweet American crude as they can, but most are designed to process heavier, more sulphurous grades from the Middle East and Africa...

Federal Regulations Discourage Renewable Energy

Hydropower has a conversation rate of 90 percent, compared to an average of 50 percent for other forms of electricity generation, but license-seekers sometimes have to obtain permits from up to 25 different agencies...

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Spins Latest Report

The reality of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's certainty is that it's really just a best guess, a self-assessment by authors with a vested interest in having their work believed by policymakers...

Can the Power Grid Handle Renewable Energy?

Making green energy work will be "one of the greatest technological challenges industrialized societies have undertaken," according to a group of scholars from the California Institute of Technology...

Do Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags Save Cities Money?

In the cities that have adopted bag bans, fees or taxes, there is little evidence so far that banning or taxing plastic bags will reduce waste disposal costs and save money, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...


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