Energy and the Environment

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Hyperbole, scientists say, obscures the complex story of what’s really happening to bees and why—and the risks that advocacy groups and activist journalists risk of driving science and agricultural regulations into a policy ditch.

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Reports that honey bees are dying in unusually high numbers has concerned many scientists, farmers and beekeepers, and  gripped the public.

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Federal policy often tilts the playing field, picks winners and losers, and rewards well-connected insiders, contributing to the public perception that the ‘game’ is rigged and harming economic growth. AEI scholars have identified a few policy changes that lawmakers can pursue if they want to combat cronyism and corporate welfare.

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The Ivanpah solar plant has produced about one-quarter the energy promised. Now the owners of the project have applied for a half-billion-dollar grant to pay off a large portion of its original federally guaranteed loan.

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Has the lack of a workable energy policy been a blessing? Surprisingly, yes.

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Let us salute the “market watchers,” who positioned themselves beautifully so as to be confirmed in their wisdom regardless of whether oil prices moved up or down; that prices did both is a tragedy. Or is it?

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Something momentous happened last week: the leadership of the European Union agreed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 40% or more below 1990 levels by 2030.

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Plummeting oil prices strain faltering Maduro regime in Venezuela.

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Divestment from fossil fuels is an irrational policy that will yield zero environmental benefits and impoverish millions of people.

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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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