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What’s The Best Policy For Combating Climate Change?

quoting Kenneth L. Juddvia Chicago Booth Review
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

One of the difficulties of mitigating climate change is that when people or companies send carbon dioxide into the atmosphere—thereby contributing to a process that is raising global temperatures—they don’t pay the full environmental cost of that action.

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Make the Outdoors Great Again

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Our national parks need capital, not stingy congressional handouts. Modest increases in entrance fees—and perhaps sponsorships?—could provide the money they need without adding to the federal debt.

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Redefining Energy Security: Blueprint For America

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr.via PolicyEd
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The United States is close to achieving energy independence for the first time in decades, but it should go further to achieve energy security.

EnvironmentFeatured

A Market For Water Would Solve Many Of California’s Water Woes

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Last week’s column described how California has not provided reliable and reasonably priced water supplies to Californians. It also described how failure to maintain existing water infrastructure and invest in new water infrastructure has played an important role in California’s chronic water shortages. 

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Perspectives On Policy: Free Market Environmentalism

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Most environmental problems result from the tragedy of the commons. The typical response to environmental issues is to turn to government regulation. In contrast, free market environmentalism embraces the lessons of markets by defining and enforcing property rights to prevent overconsumption or other negative outcomes.

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U.S. Needs New Arctic Icebreakers. Will Trump's Border Wall Get In The Way?

quoting Alice Hillvia WXXV 25
Monday, December 3, 2018
As the ice disappears, the Arctic is increasingly busy. More ship traffic is pouring into northern shipping routes that are now open for longer periods at the same time that demand for oil and gas is rising. The dissolving ice has become less predictable, raising the risk of ships running aground and spilling oil or stranding cargo, crew and cruise passengers. There are also worries about illegal fishing and smuggling.
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Conservation, Like Life, Requires Difficult Trade-Offs

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Cape Cod Times
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The expression “Everything in life is a trade-off” dates so far back the original attribution is uncertain. It summarizes why there are no easy or final answers to many questions. Economist Thomas Sowell said, “There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs.”

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Sunny Delusion

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

California recently enacted a law requiring solar roofs on all new homes. Wasteful and pointless, the measure will damage the state’s economy while doing nothing about climate change.

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Water Policy Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

California is a drought-prone state. Since 1960, the population of California has more than doubled. This suggests that the problem is that population growth in the state has made it difficult to supply enough water to accommodate the larger population. Although true to some extent, this is a minor cause of our water difficulties.

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Electricity Policy Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Frank A. Wolakvia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

Californians like to think of themselves as environmentally conscious and forward-thinking. The state’s energy and environmental policies reflect these sentiments. With the passage of SB 100, California has one of the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy goals for its electricity supply industry. The California Solar Initiative rebate program has led to more rooftop solar capacity in the state than the total rooftop solar capacity installed in the next eight highest-capacity states.

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The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.

The Arctic Security Initiative addresses the strategic and security implications of increased Arctic activity and identifies opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.