Environmental and Energy Economics

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We need to modernize our energy policy for the 21st century to reflect America’s new status as a world energy superpower and lift the oil export ban altogether.

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A woman wearing a mask makes her way during a polluted day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing January 15, 2015.
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon.

A new study claims Chinese emissions from coal from 2000 to 2012 were overstated by 40%. While this may prove inaccurate, it highlights problems with core data provided by Chinese national and local governments.

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Nuclear power is worth saving because it provides non-polluting base-load electricity that is a major dividend for Michigan’s households, businesses, and industries. By overlooking this, the Obama energy plan is seriously flawed and deficient.

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Windmills in Copenhagen.

AEI energy and environment expert Benjamin Zycher points out that the plan does not address the largest supposed benefit of the new limits: the effect they will have on future temperatures.

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The Clean Power Plan is a costly proposal that is only going to reduce global temperatures in the year 2100 by fifteen one-thousandths of a degree.

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The US ban on the exports of crude oil is a distortionary government policy that increases refining costs and product prices.

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Working on an economic story today? Here’s the latest from AEI experts on today’s economic stories.

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Is climate change necessarily bad for mankind?

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The current ban on crude oil exports was enacted based on two untrue fallacies. Removing it will lead to positive economic outcomes.

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An assessment of salient points in two of the encyclical’s themes: the environment as “common good” and the “technocratic paradigm”

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