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Installing electric vehicle car-charging stations may sound like an investment in the future, but electric vehicles produce just as much Carbon Dioxide as traditional vehicles. Additionally such subsidies merely encourage the rich to purchase vehicles they can already afford. If consumers really wanted these vehicles, the government would not have to offer up to a $15,000 subsidy to get Georgia consumers to buy them.
Very high wind penetrations are not achievable in practice due to the increased need for power storage, the decrease in grid reliability, and the increased operating costsOctober 4, 2012
Very high wind penetrations are not achievable in practice due to the increased need for power storage, the decrease in grid reliability, and the increased operating costs. Given these constraints, this study concludes that a more practical upper limit for wind penetration is 10%. At 10% wind penetration, the CO2 emissions reduction due to wind is approximately 45g CO2 equivalent/kWh, or about 9% of total.
EPA boiler rules should reflect the real worldApril 10, 2012
Boiler MACT is an example of a regulation that could be amended in simple, appropriate ways to adhere to the spirit of President Obama’s Executive Order 13563. Instead of moving forward with the current proposed rule, EPA should address the issues raised in this brief, including by:
- Basing MACT floor policy decisions on the performance of actual existing boilers, not the performance of a hypothetical boiler that comprises restrictions for individual pollutants currently only achieved in isolation.
- Setting health-based standards per Section 112(d) (4) of the CAA for acid gases that are prevalent and have historically been regulated according to such standards.
- Only reclassifying fuels as “solid waste” (with all the associated additional burdens) if the EPA is able to prove that such a reclassification will result in substantial health benefits. Currently EPA is moving in the opposite direction, placing the burden of proof on industry to petition to remove substances that have historically been used as fuel.
Why the Environmental Protection Agency’s ozone plan will do more harm than goodMarch 14, 2012
Advocates for the EPA plan claim that ever lower ozone standards would have additional health benefits. If the impact of ozone were linear that would be true; but it is not: once ozone levels reach a certain level, the additional health benefits of further reductions are likely small to non-existent.
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- A Cost Effective Way to Cut Smog
Why the Environmental Protection Agency’s ozone plan will do more harm than good
Julian Morris and Adam Peshek
March 14, 2012
- The Facts Behind the EPA’s Latest Proposal
How the agency is using fuzzy math to justify a costly regulation
February 16, 2012
- The EPA Is Overreaching Again
New boiler regulations could cost economy more than $10 billion
Julian Morris and Adam Peshek
October 25, 2011
- EPA jumps the gun with job-killing rules
Agency’s new blow to air-quality standard comes two years early
August 19, 2011
- Environmentalists Were For Fracking Before They Were Against It
Shale gas is still the bridge fuel to a low-carbon energy future.
May 10, 2011
- Obama Isn't Fooling Anyone
The president is no deregulator
January 19, 2011
- Chinese Environmentalism: Prestige Over People?
Why China needs democracy to consolidate its environmental gains.
June 15, 2010
- The EPA’s Carbon Footprint
Federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions will impose new controls on millions of Americans.
Jonathan H. Adler
February 15, 2010
- Overpaying for Green Power
Americans are adopting a failed type of clean energy subsidy—the feed-in tariff—just as Europeans are abandoning it.
January 26, 2010
- Our Way or... Well, Our Way
Should the EPA have the authority to police greenhouse gases?
December 9, 2009
- President Obama's Fuel Economy Standard Follies
Politicians want you to pay more when you drive. They just won't admit it.
January 27, 2009
- USDA Tries Pricing and Trading Environmental Benefits
Bringing ecosystem services out of the political realm and into the market would be welcome news
January 26, 2009
- No Biofuels Bailout
Farm energy pork wastes money and harms the environment
January 13, 2009
- California Air Resources Board Passes Costly Plan During Economic Crisis
State can utilize pay-as-you-drive and pay-as-you-save programs for inexpensive environmental improvements
December 22, 2008
- Cars Disproportionately Blamed for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Electricity, not transportation is responsible for the largest share of emissions
August 12, 2008
- Technology, Not Transit, Is Key to Improving Mobility
Reducing impacts on the environment through innovation, not transit mandates
August 29, 2007
- Can Carbon Taxes Work in India?
More than half of India's economy is fueled by "dirty" fuels like coal and wood
April 30, 2007
- Burying Evidence
The Union of Concerned Scientists' unscientific claims about air pollution and health
January 16, 2007
- Can Bill Ford Defeat His Green Goblins?
As automaker runs out of gas, nature bunny great-grandson steers into a hole
June 1, 2006
- Comments on Docket ID No. EPAâ€”OARâ€”2001â€”0017, National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter
ohn Dale Dunn and Adrian Moore
April 17, 2006
- New York Times Whiffs on Air Pollution
News stories leave false impression about environment
December 1, 2004
- California Dreamin'
State's environmental standards misguided
November 15, 2004
- Smog Hits Record Low in 2004
Lowest ozone smog levels since measurements began
October 12, 2004
- Cleaning the Air in California
Plan to cut greenhouse gases is bad policy
September 22, 2004
- False Claim That Global Warming Will Increase Smog Levels
Deceptive studies harm science's credibility
August 4, 2004
- More Highways, Less Pollution
New report ignores positive trends
July 20, 2004
- Toxic Activism
Air pollution has been solved as a long-term problem
July 8, 2004
- EPA's Make Work Project
Unleashing a new layer of Clean Air bureaucracy
July 1, 2004
- State of the Scare, Once Again
American Lung Association report distorts
Steven Hayward and Joel Schwartz
May 3, 2004
- More Highways, More Pollution?
Air pollution decreases even as we drive more
March 16, 2004
- Smart Growth Increases Pollution Woes
Kern County's smart growth is dumb choice
Joel Schwartz and Wendell Cox
August 10, 2003
- Clearing the Air
American air quality has improved dramatically
July 1, 2003
- State of the Air Report
Four questions to ask American Lung Association
Joel Schwartz and Steven Hayward
April 1, 2003
- CO2 Emissions Trading
Creating a market for carbon dioxide emissions
October 23, 2002
- American Lung Association's Report Misleads Public
Pollution isn't getting worse
April 30, 2002
- Air Pollution and Mortality
Exaggerating risk no better than ignoring real air problems
Kenneth Green and Joel Schwartz
March 12, 2002
- Does Pollution Cause Ashtma?
Children exposed to current levels of pollution at virtually no risk of developing asthma
February 20, 2002
- Stiffing California Motorists
Carbon dioxide law won't clean the air
February 5, 2002
- Grading the Graders
How advocacy groups mislead public on pollution
December 6, 2001
- Evaluating the American Lung Association's State of the Air Report
Report overstates exposure
May 4, 2001