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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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- The Limits of Wind Power
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
William J. Korchinski and Julian Morris
October 4, 2012
- The Environmental Protection Agency and Boiler MACT Regulation
EPA boiler rules should reflect the real world
April 10, 2012
- Impacts of Transportation Policies on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in U.S. Regions
Comparing the cost and effectiveness transportation-related policies aimed at reducing CO2 emissions
David T. Hartgen, M. Gregory Fields and Adrian Moore
November 30, 2011
- Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Automobiles
Examining technological and compact development strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Wendell Cox and Adrian Moore
November 29, 2011
- Are Hydrogen Cars Good for America?
Policy Study 363
William J. Korchinski
November 1, 2007
- Clearing the Air in California
Adrian Moore and Joel Schwartz
March 1, 2003
- Clearing the Air in Houston
Innovative Strategies for Ozone Control and Air Quality
Kenneth Green and Lisa Skumatz
November 1, 2000
- Rethinking EPA's Proposed Ozone and Particulate Standards
June 1, 1997
- Estimating Fatalities Induced by Economic Impacts of EPA's Ozone and Particulate Standards
Ralph Keeney and Kenneth Green
June 1, 1997
- Costs, Economic Impacts, and Benefits of EPA's Ozone and Particulate Standards
Anne E. Smith
June 1, 1997
- Checking up on smog-check
A Critique of Traditional Inspection and Maintenance Programs
February 1, 1997
- Commuting, Congestion, and Pollution
The Employer Paid Parking Connection
Donald C. Shoup and Richard W. Willson
September 1, 1992
- Market Pricing for Air Pollution
An Alternative to the AQMP
Jo Ann Kwong
March 1, 1989