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Recent Projects

  • Academic Articles/Working Papers

    The Energy Paradox and the Future of Fuel Economy Regulation

    February 10, 2012

    Are the benefits of raising the fuel efficiency of America’s auto fleet greater than the costs? The answer may depend on whether or not there is an energy paradox.

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  • News

    EPA Delays NSPS

    February 8, 2012

    The EPA has again delayed its proposal of New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) targeting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The agency passed a September settlement agreement deadline and has not set a date for the actual release.

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  • News

    Letter to BOEM regarding options value

    February 8, 2012

    Currently, the federal government treats lease sales as a now-or-never decision. That’s an approach that leads to too many leases sold too quickly, at too low a price. Instead, BOEM should be waiting to sell these leases until the time is right—when they can get the highest possible price.

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  • Academic Articles/Working Papers

    Patience is a(n Economic) Virtue

    February 8, 2012

    Consideration of real options is necessary to maximize economic return from non-renewable natural resource extraction. But ecisions over drilling are often framed as a now-or-never choice, so the option to wait (or “real option” value) is improperly treated in administrative processes that determine whether, when, and how offshore oil resources will be tapped.

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  • News

    Launch of Energy Tax Breaks Wiki

    January 31, 2012

    Policy Integrity recently launched a wiki aimed at providing a better understanding of how energy sectors are subsidized by the tax code. The wiki will gather the expertise of lawyers, economists, tax professionals, and concerned citizens to catalog tax breaks received by the fossil and renewable energy industries.

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  • News

    Letter to U.S. Parole Commission on Responding to Parole Violators

    January 26, 2012

    The United States Parole Commission, the board responsible for granting parole and supervising parolees in its jurisdiction, is considering a proposal to improve its procedures for determining how to respond when released offenders violate the terms of their parole.

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  • News

    Letter to HUD on Homelessness

    January 18, 2012

    The Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has issued two proposals that would significantly alter the way the government handles homelessness and institute major improvements to the agency’s work; Policy Integrity recently submitted a letter on both.

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  • News

    DOT Announces New Regulations on Truckers’ Hours of Service

    December 23, 2011

    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced new restrictions to the amount of time truckers can spend behind the wheel. DOT maintained an 11-hour limit on truck drivers’ hours, scaling back a proposal to give them more rest. The rule does introduce some new limits, including a reduction a driver’s maximum work week by 12 hours to 70 hours.

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  • News

    EPA Releases New Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

    December 21, 2011

    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released air pollution regulations to lower emissions of 84 different toxic chemicals, including mercury.

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  • News

    EPA releases new Boiler MACT proposed rule

    December 2, 2011

    Today the EPA released a new proposal to curb air pollution from industrial boilers. It’s an update on a version released in March of 2010, but never finalized.

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