Environment

WPC's Center for the Environment brings balance to the environmental debate by promoting the idea that human progress and prosperity work in a free economy to protect the environment.

Publications

The Market—Not Policy—Will Dictate Coal’s Future

June 16, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was published by The Wall Street Journal on May 23, 2014. 

Whatever the EPA does about coal, there are several realities that will continue to dictate the future of coal in our energy mix.

To Save Water, Stop Subsidizing It

June 16, 2014 in Publications

What’s Next for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

June 16, 2014 in Publications

Don’t Let Politicians Make Energy Policy

June 16, 2014 in Publications

Colorado Green Schools

May 1, 2014 in Publications

Introduction

According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Chipeda Elementary in Colorado’s Mesa Valley School District 51 is not simply a green school; it is in fact a green model for other schools.

An Earth Day Agenda Conservatives Can Be Proud Of

April 21, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was featured on Crosscut.com on April 22, 2014. 

Earth Day provides clear evidence of how strange the environmental debate is these days.

Left-wing environmentalists, living in cities where concrete has largely replaced nature, will brag about their environmental successes while claiming the planet is doomed.

Governor’s Climate Report Estimates Low-Carbon Fuel Tax Could Add $1.17 Per Gallon to Gas Prices

March 5, 2014 in Publications

According to The Seattle Times, Governor Inslee is upset at a Republican claim that a Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), government regulation to reduce the amount of carbon in transportation fuels, would function as a tax and increase the price of gas by more than a dollar a gallon. Recently, some lawmakers have expressed concern the Governor will try to bypass the legislature and impose an LCFS using an executive order.

Climate Science: How the environmental left became the new deniers

December 4, 2013 in Publications

“The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change raises the level of alarm. … global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers...”
- Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe, 2007

 When the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report in 2007, the response of the environmental left was close to hysterical. The IPCC’s international mandate was so clear, the left called its findings the “climate consensus.” People who questioned the IPCC’s authority, some said, had the mentality of holocaust deniers.

Shift from politics to the free market for true energy sustainability

November 21, 2013 in Publications

This oped was published on Global Affairs Initiative's website on November 19, 2013.

Politicians like to argue that only they can guide effective energy and environmental policy for the future. The record, however, is quite different.

Nothing demonstrates the contrast between energy policy run by politicians and one guided by a free market than the tale of the electric car versus the hybrid.