A new paper shows California’s policies to promote renewable energy and mandate restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions are having and will continue to have a disparate, harmful impact on the poor and minorities.
California has long been a leader in enacting progressive environmental policies. For instance, by the year 2020, the state has required one-third of the electricity delivered by utilities be generated from renewable sources. The state has also committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
Plan Impacts Economy
Jonathan A. Lesser, in his paper, "Less Carbon, Higher Prices: How California’s Climate Policies Affect Lower-Income Residents," examines a number of California’s environmental policies and how they impact electricity prices at the county and household level.
Lesser finds three significant economic results from the state’s renewable-energy mandates and carbon cap-and-...
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has reintroduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 to prevent individual states from requiring labels indicating whether a food was genetically modified (GMO).
“GMOs are safe and have a number of important benefits for people and our planet,” Pompeo said.
The bill would also tighten the standards companies must use to designate their food as GMO-free: Crops must not be planted with bioengineered seeds, and animals must not be fed bioengineered food.
Cheniere Energy expects to become the first company to export liquefied gas from U.S. shale fields in January 2015. Cheniere plans to start receiving natural gas to convert into super-chilled liquid fuel at its first U.S. LNG export terminal by the end of the year.
Chief Executive Officer Charif Souki told reporters outside of the Singapore International Energy Week conference, "We will ship our first cargo sometime in January."
Once Cheniere's first LNG plant starts up, the company...
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