Environment (page 5)

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    Trump to jettison another relic of Obama’s EPA?

    Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller details a possible change for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Trump administration will overhaul how it analyzes the costs and benefits of environmental regulations, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) memo. “With these improvements, the EPA is taking another step…
    Mitch Kokai, May 23, 2019
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    CJ reports: Latest Civitas Poll shows likely voters concerned about environment, education spending

    Carolina Journal reports on the latest Civitas Poll results. Most North Carolina voters think the media has covered Robert Mueller’s investigation too much, but a majority also approve of Mueller’s performance as special counsel. The data comes from the latest Civitas Institute statewide survey. The conservative public policy…
    Anna Manning, May 15, 2019
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    The environment’s getting cleaner, but we’re still hectored into thinking it’s getting worse

    Meanwhile, the U.S. quietly (with help from North Carolina) leads the world in emissions reductions. Why quietly? Good question.
    Jon Sanders, May 14, 2019
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    An economic critique of the Green New Deal

    Benjamin Zycher analyzes the proposed Green New Deal for the American Enterprise Institute. The proposal wilts under even a small level of scrutiny. [N]otwithstanding the assertions from GND proponents that it is an essential policy to confront purportedly adverse climate phenomena, the future temperature impacts of the zero-emissions…
    Mitch Kokai, April 29, 2019
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    Child Warrior or Wounded Child?

    Thanks to her “school strike for the climate,” a 15-year-old Swedish girl named Greta Thunberg has become an international celebrity and the object of effusive praise by intellectual, political, and religious leaders from all over the world. In a recent Quillette article, however, Paulina Neuding offers an account that…
    Jon Guze, April 24, 2019
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    Who needs electric vehicle tax credits?

    It’s generally accepted that hybrids and fully electric vehicles make the gas tax regressive because buyers tend to have higher incomes and the cars use less gas. Tax incentives for electric vehicles skew the tax burden further onto people with lower incomes. Authors of a new working paper find the…
    Joseph Coletti, April 23, 2019
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    Want to ‘save the earth’? Focus on fracking, nuclear power

    Editors at the Washington Examiner explain why one idea associated with the Green New Deal is particularly ill-informed. [I]n the process of making all U.S. electrical generation carbon-neutral, the Green New Deal not only ruled out the creation of new nuclear generation capacity, but also called for dismantling…
    Mitch Kokai, April 23, 2019
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    Earth Day fact: The US leads the world in cutting emissions

    U.S. emissions are at their lowest level since 1992. Per-capita U.S. emissions haven’t been this low since 1950. Emissions have been falling all century in North Carolina, too.
    Jon Sanders, April 22, 2019