Daily Policy Digest

Environment Issues

DC's Transportation Plan: Discouraging Driving

Washington, D.C.'s transportation plan will substitute high-cost urban transit for low-cost driving, even though transit emits more greenhouse gases per passenger mile than driving does...

Assessing the Effectiveness of the Cash-for-Clunkers Program in California

California is hoping to reduce air pollution by paying drivers to scrap older, polluting cars and purchase new, "cleaner" models, but the program has had very limited success so far...

Will World Join U.S. in Cutting Emissions?

Persuading other countries to follow the United States' example of cutting carbon emissions will not be an easy task...

Cities Try to Regulate Fracking

Some cities have begun using zoning laws to keep fracking at a distance...

What Does the New EPA Regulation Do?

The EPA estimates that up to 15 percent of America's coal fleet could be removed from operation as a result of the rule...

The 97 Percent Myth

There is no basis for the claim that 97 percent of scientists believe that man-made climate change is a dangerous problem...

Obama's Cap-and-Trade to Worsen Poverty

Americans in the bottom fifth of the income distribution spend almost one quarter of their income on energy...

EPA Greenhouse Regulations Could Cost $50 Billion Annually

A Chamber of Commerce study estimates that EPA regulations could reduce coal-fired energy capabilities by one-third nationally and could cost as many as 224,000 jobs annually through 2030...

Evaluating Thorium as a Nuclear Energy Option

The nuclear energy industry has minimal experience working with thorium, compared to decades of experience working with uranium. This has deterred investment and kept companies from using the new technology...

The U.S. Needs Nuclear Energy

Two nuclear reactors in New York at the Indian Point Energy Center can provide up to 30 percent of the electricity for New York City...


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