Climate and Environment

  • Energy has become a central issue in current public debates. Concerns have been raised over the rising prices Americans ...

  • Going "green" has become a cultural buzzword. Growing concerns over climate change have motivated aspirations to create a cleaner, more sustainable, and...

  • The idea that energy demand will soon outweigh supply is a concept that has been touted for many years. Since many claim that fossil fuels are unsustainable and damaging to the earth’s environment and climate,...

  • Some scholars believe that the process of capturing energy from the wind has existed for over 3,000 years, beginning with Babylon under King Hammurabi. Others argue windmills began in India as evidenced by the classic...

  • Climategate began with a collection of emails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia that were hacked and released to the public via the Internet on November 19, 2009. These emails...

  • In recent years, particularly after various federal and state subsidies and mandates were passed, ethanol (ethyl alcohol) fuel has become a popular bio-fuel alternative to gasoline. In the U.S., ethanol is typically...

  • Proponents of cap-and-trade hope to harness the invisible hand of "the market" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), such as carbon dioxide.

    The goal is to "cap" current GHG...

  • When it comes to protecting the environment, the view held by most people is that while the free market is certainly a formidable force for economic progress and prosperity, it often stands at odds with the...

  • Many Americans place a high degree of trust in environmental special interest groups. A 2002 poll commissioned by the Sierra Club found that 57 percent of Americans trust environmental groups for information on...

  • The Kyoto Protocol is a worldwide treaty, in effect since 2004, binding signatory countries to lower greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit possible impacts on global warming. The only problem is that few...

  • Politics, not science, explains much of the hype and controversy over global warming.

    The global warming issue and the proposed solutions to global warming neatly dovetail with many...

  • What do polar bears, windmills, dramatic weather, and fossil fuels all have in common? Due to the extensive media coverage devoted to these and other environmental issues in recent years, it’s not hard to guess that the answer to this question is...

  • In the last several decades, the issue of climate change has appeared on the radar screen of almost every individual in the developed world. The arguments that result over why, when, and if climate change is occurring can often seem tiresome and...

  • In the last several decades, many scientists, politicians, and the general public have been engaged in a debate over the issue of climate change. Given the...

  • We’ve all heard that global warming will lead to melting arctic glaciers and catastrophically rising sea levels, which will in turn wreak havoc on the world’s...

  • In the midst of social and political upheaval during the 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson proposed a variety of federally managed programs to turn America into a...

  • After the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Ohio in 1969, new pressure was exerted on the federal government to increase its role in reducing water pollution in America. The efforts culminated in the Clean Water Act,...

  • President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) into law in 1973. Widely touted as one of the most important and successful environmental laws ever passed, the ESA's purpose is to conserve...

  • The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was passed in 1969. The purposes of the act are: "To declare a national policy which will encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment; to...

  • The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), more commonly known as Superfund, financed and created the federal program that cleans up hazardous substances nationwide. Initially...