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September 22, 2014

Climate Realities - Robert N. Stavins, New York Times

ON Tuesday, world leaders will converge at United Nations headquarters in New York for a summit meeting on the climate that will set the stage for global negotiations nex...

September 20, 2014

Does Climate Change Prevent Disasters? - Paul Knappenberger, Cato

Every time there is some sort of weather disaster somewhere, someone blames it on human-caused global warming. Maybe not directly, but the implication is clear. “While w...

September 20, 2014

Good News: There's Bad News for Coal - David Roberts, Grist

Too often I’m writing depressing things, so now I’m going to turn my attention to some good news. It turns that while I was off hiatus-ing, ol&...

September 20, 2014

Green Growth - Robert Pollin et al., Center for American Progress

The question for policymakers, and all other citizens, is no longer whether humans are changing our climate. The question now is, how we can stabilize an already-changing climate i...

September 20, 2014

Is the Shale Revolution a Ponzi Scheme? - Ronald Bailey, Reason

A lot of folks are fervently forecasting that shale gas and oil production is a bubble about to pop, possibly producing aneconomic collapse similar to the one in 2008. Earlier...

September 18, 2014

Leaky Gas Wells, Not Fracking, Are Polluting Water - Brad Plumer, Vox

One of the big, contentious questions about the ongoing fracking boom in the United States is whether all this new drilling can contaminate nearby drinking water wit...

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September 18, 2014

Why It's Hard to Tax Carbon - Jesse Jenkins, Breakthrough Institute

Ask an economist how to combat climate change, and you’re likely to get a pretty simple answer: put a price on carbon....

September 16, 2014

Rethinking Free Parking Policies - Janie Nham, NRDC

Economic theory teaches us that when buyers or sellers lack full information and understanding about their choices in a transaction, they make suboptimal decisions. Perhaps one of...

September 13, 2014

Have We 'Stigmatized' Coal Ash Recycling? - Slesinger & Evans, NRDC

 It’s been several years now since the Environmental Protection Agency proposed managing coal combustion residuals (CCR, aka coal ash) under the Resource Conservation an...

September 12, 2014

We Must Lower Carbon Emissions - PricewaterhouseCoopers

PwC’s climate change analysts estimate global economies need to cut their energy related carbon emissions for every $ of GDP by 6.2% every year from now to 2100. That’s...

September 10, 2014

The War on Coal Is a Culture War - Ronald Brownstein, CityLab

When Oregon state officials last month denied a key permit to a huge proposed facility for exporting coal to Asia, they deepened a geographic divide that is increasingly shaping th...

September 10, 2014

Warming Pause: What Do We Really Know? - Ronald Bailey, Reason

The science is settled. Maybe. Let's take look at some recent studies that aim to explain why projected increases in global average temperature have "paused" even as global greenho...

September 9, 2014

Why the Wait on Renewable Fuels? - Byron Dorgan, RealClearPolicy

Our government's policy on renewable fuels has been clear for a decade, since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) became law in 2005 with overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress ...

September 9, 2014

Junk Food Is Good for the Environment - Gwynn Guilford, Quartz

It’s hardly surprising that the country that pioneered the McGangBangis facing an obesity epidemic. But the fondness for fat and sugar that’s making...

September 8, 2014

The WSJ's Parade of Climate Lies - Jeffrey Sachs, Huffington Post

That Rupert Murdoch governs over a criminal media empire has been made clear enough in the UK courts in recent years. That the Wall Street Journal op-ed pages, the latest...

September 6, 2014

The Crisis of Rising Sea Levels - Ryan McNeill et al., Reuters

Missions flown from the NASA base here have documented some of the most dramatic evidence of a warming planet over the past 20 years: the melting of polar ice, a force contributing...

September 4, 2014

We're Wiping Out Too Many Species - Gwynn Guilford, Quartz

Sometimes extinction happens naturally. Other times humans are to blame. Given the many millions of plant and animal species that have ever existed, it’s tough to&n...

September 4, 2014

Social Cost of Carbon: GAO Approved - Cost of Carbon Project

The U.S. social cost of carbon (SCC)—the set of calculations estimating that a ton of carbon dioxide emitted today causes about $40 worth of damages to human health, ecosyste...

September 4, 2014

Seattle's Push to Recycle Everything - Christine Woodside, Next City

It’s dawn on waste-collection day in the hilly Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. Along the curvy streets of this residential peninsula northwest of downtown, three large bins...

September 3, 2014

Pricing Solar Power - Alan Daley, American Consumer Institute

When we see solar panels on a roof, we are inclined to think well of an owner "doing the right thing." On further reflection, we may think about tax incentives inspiring constructi...

September 3, 2014

California Water Crisis: A Price Problem? - Shelton & McKenzie, Econlib

California is facing a water crisis of historic proportions. Water reservoirs in parts of the state are drying up. Lake Mead is less than two-fifths full, a record low, and is fall...

August 30, 2014

Thank Fracking for Low Gas Prices - Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller

Good news for families trying to get in one last road trip before school starts: Gas prices are falling ahead of Labor Day weekend, thanks to booming U.S. oil production from shale...

August 30, 2014

Fracking Contaminated Water in Pennsylvania - Lindsay Abrams, Salon

Two hundred and forty-three. That’s the number of cases of public drinking well contamination logged by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection since the ...

August 30, 2014

Endangered Species vs. Rich Suburb - Brian Seasholes, Reason Foundation

Newsflash! The Endangered Species Act is very powerful law used by special interests to stop development projects and use of natural resources they don’t like. Actually, that...

August 29, 2014

Obama's Non-Binding Climate Accord - Rupert Darwall, NRO

‘I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot,” Abigail Borah, a youth delegate to the 2011 Durban climate negotiatio...

August 27, 2014

We've Been Counting CO2 Emissions All Wrong - Douglas Main, Newsweek

All the world’s power plants will put out 300 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide during their lifetimes—a massive amount of carbon dioxide that isn’t taken into accoun...

August 26, 2014

Can Tiny Nuclear Plants Avoid Regulations? - Tom Hartsfield, RCScience

1996 was the last year that a commercial nuclear reactor came online in the U.S. The project at the Watts Barr plant in Tennessee began in 1973, which means we haven't built a new ...

August 25, 2014

What the Clean Air Act Accomplishes - Emily Atkin, ThinkProgress

Actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act have caused U.S. toxic air emissions to drop “significantly” — in some cases by more ...

August 25, 2014

A Banned Compound Is Still Being Emitted - NASA

NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide....

August 23, 2014

Could a Typo Doom Obama's Carbon Rule? - Jack Lienke, Grist

If you can’t beat ’em, point out their typos....

August 20, 2014

Reining in the EPA: Power of the Purse - Daren Bakst, Heritage Foundation

While significant criticism is rightfully directed to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on issues such as greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation, Congress itself is to blame for n...

August 20, 2014

The Damage of Coal Exports - Nathan Joo et al., Center for American Progress

Last month, the Center for American Progress published an issue brief that looked at the massive climate impacts of low-cost coal mined in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Mon...

August 18, 2014

How to Talk About Climate Change - Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic

Not long ago, my newspaper informed me that glaciers in the western Antarctic, undermined by the warmer seas of a hotter world, were collapsing, and their disappearance &ldquo...

August 14, 2014

Have We Underestimated Keystone XL's Damage? - Michael Levi, CFR

I’ve been trying to avoid two things lately: Keystone XL and picking on shaky scientific papers. But a new paper on Keystone XL in Nature Climate Change h...

August 13, 2014

The Costliest Regulation in American History - Ken Cohen, ExxonMobile

“The single most expensive federal regulation in U.S. history.”  That’s the finding of a new report calculating the costs of the Obama administration’s...

August 12, 2014

Lead Exposure and Behavior - Jessica Wolpaw Reyes, NBER

It is well known that exposure to lead has numerous adverse effects on behavior and development. Using data on two cohorts of children from the NLSY, this paper investigates the ef...

August 11, 2014

Still No Coal Ash Safety Standards - Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club

This week marks the six-month anniversary of the Dan River coal ash spill in North Carolina. In February 2014, a broken pipe released up to 82,000 gallons of toxic coal ash and was...

August 4, 2014

The Toxin Poisoning Ohio's Drinking Water - Emily Atkin, ThinkProgress

Approximately 400,000 people in and around Toledo, Ohio are being warned not to drink their tap water after high levels of a dangerous toxin were discovered in the water ...

August 2, 2014

Is Another Mass Extinction Nigh? - Ronald Bailey, Reason

"The Sixth Great Extinction Is Underway—and We're to Blame," Time's headline declared. "Earth in the midst of sixth mass extinction,"echoed USA Today. The...

August 1, 2014

Powering California With Renewables - John Upton, Pacific Standard

An avalanche of studies is concluding that the world could entirely power itself with renewable energy in the coming decades, doing away with fossil fuels ...

August 1, 2014

The Impact of Stricter Ozone Standards - David Harrison et al., NERA/NAM

In this report, prepared for the National Association of Manufacturers, a NERA team led by Environment Practice Co-Chairs Dr. David Harrison and Dr. Anne E. Smith demonstrates anal...

July 28, 2014

Life After Coal in Appalachia - Laura Flanders, Grist

Benham, Ky., in the heart of Harlan County, is a quiet place with a proud sign that has been amended over time to read, “Benham, the little town that International Harvester,...

July 22, 2014

The Inconvenient Truth About BPA's Safety - John M. Rost, NAMPA

The North American Metal Packaging Alliance Inc. appreciates the continued focus on public health expressed by the authors of new legislation regarding food additives. However, in ...

July 19, 2014

End of Tax Credit Deflates Wind Power - Alan Neuhauser, US News

It’s in the doldrums.If there was any question about whether and how the wind industry would be affected by the absence of a federal tax credit, the evidence is her...

September 17, 2014

The 'Zero-Waste' Supermarket

September 16, 2014

Chevron's Search for Alternative Fuels Stumps Best Minds

September 16, 2014

Administration Moves to Reduce Global Warming Emissions

September 16, 2014

Study Finds No Harm to Drinking Water From Fracking

June 14, 2013

Reports: Obama Climate Plan Rollout May Come in July

June 12, 2013

White House Pilots Climate Strategy With Congressional Dems

June 12, 2013

US Emissions Fall to '90s Levels

June 10, 2013

Report: Record CO2 Emissions; Too High for Climate Goals

June 6, 2013

EPA to Issue Ethanol Use Targets

June 6, 2013

Obama Officials Raise 'Social Cost' of Carbon in Federal Regulations

June 4, 2013

Billionaire Activist Targets Obama Supporters in Anti-Keystone Effort

June 1, 2013

Rand Paul Preaches Sustainability

June 1, 2013

Green Groups to Obama: Designate Lands to Stop Drilling

May 30, 2013

Obama: No Patience for Climate Change Skeptics

May 29, 2013

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

May 29, 2013

Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Taking a Job at Apple