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Environment and Energy

 
Agriculture and the Environment

The authors focus on the major environmental constraints that limit U.S. food production without necessarily improving environmental quality. Each chapter documents a specific issue, discusses the regulatory response, and offers ideas for reform.


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Breaking the Environmental Policy Gridlock

Can we get Congress to stop the gridlock on our environmental policies?


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The California Electricity Crisis

After political leaders mismanaged the electricity crisis, California now faces an electricity blight while it struggles to recover from its self-imposed wounds. The California Electricity Crisis focuses on policy decisions, their consequences, and alternatives: the saga California has faced and is still facing.


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The Commons

These contributions examine the tragedy of the commons and what is affected by the tragedy. What is the proper scope of the public realm? The main insight is that human individuality needs to be properly accommodated in a system of community life, in law, and in public policy.


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Conversations about Energy

Drawn from the Hoover Institution's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy January 2010 conference, this book discusses critical energy issues including, energy and synthetic biology, cap and trade and carbon tax policies, energy efficiency, international energy relationships, and other key topics. The contributors present a range of ideas and recommendations that might improve the performance of the United States in responding to the energy challenge.


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Corn Ethanol

The author documents the political history of federal corn ethanol policy, showing how it has evolved from 1977 through 2008. He then offers an in-depth, fact-based look at the major assertions made by the advocates of the policy, providing the results of an evaluation of the claims made by the architects of the Renewal Fuels Standard in 2005 during its consideration by Congress.


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Distributed Power in the United States

Scholars from the Brookings Institution's Energy Security Initiative and the Hoover Institution's Task Force on Energy Policy offer recommendations for ensuring the security and sustainability of our electricity system now and for future generations through the greater deployment of distributed power systems (DPS). Their report provides a comprehensive survey of the current technology and policy landscape of DPS and offers suggestions for its most effective use, along with warnings on its possible pitfalls.


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Energy Efficiency

James L. Sweeney examines the energy-efficiency policies and practices of the past forty years and their impact on three crucial systems: the economy, the environment, and national security, showing how energy-efficiency contributions to the country’s overall energy situation have been more powerful than any other development. The author reveals how careful nurturing of private- and public-sector energy efficiency--along with public awareness, appropriate pricing, appropriate policies--and increased research and development, the trends of decreasing energy intensity and increasing energy efficiency can be beneficially accelerated.


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Game Changers

Game Changers highlights five research and development efforts from US universities that offer a cheaper, cleaner, and more secure national energy system. These energy “game changers” comprise new ideas for how to produce and use energy that are focused on national security, economic well-being, and an improved environment.


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Greener than Thou

In a powerful argument for free market environmentalism, Terry Anderson and Laura Huggins break down liberal and conservative stereotypes of what it means to be an environmentalist. They show that, by forming local coalitions around market principles, stereotypes are replaced by pragmatic solutions that improve environmental quality without necessarily increasing red tape.


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The Greening of U.S. Foreign Policy

In 1996 the U.S. government announced an increased emphasis on environmental issues in its foreign affairs. Since then "green" foreign policy has become a threat to national sovereignty without improving environmental quality. This collection of essays takes a hard look at how environmental concerns have come to help determine U.S. foreign policy—and the dangers that this poses.


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Issues on My Mind

Former Nixon and Reagan cabinet member George Shultz offers his views on how to govern more effectively, get our economy back on track, take advantage of new opportunities in the energy field, combat the use of addictive drugs, apply a strategic overview to diplomacy, and identify necessary steps to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. If we can successfully handle each of these issues, Shultz explains, we in the United States and people in the rest of the world will have the prospect of a better future.


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Political Environmentalism

Documenting a range of examples, Anderson and his contributors boldly confront specific environmental laws, asking whether they were motivated by environmental or strictly political concerns, whether they are cost-effective, and whether they generate effective or perverse results.


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Population Puzzle

Drawing from government reports, think tank studies, scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and books, this insightful overview offers a range of contrasting viewpoints and policy perspectives on the major issues concerning world population growth, with particular emphasis on the impact of population trends on the United States.


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You Have to Admit It's Getting Better

Contrary to popular belief, economic growth is not the antithesis of environmental quality; rather, the two go hand in hand if the incentives are right. The author shows how, by developing and protecting the institutions of freedom rather than regulating human use of natural resources through political processes, we can have our environmental cake and eat it too.


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