The United States produces over 1 million barrels of ethanol a day, mostly from corn, to be mixed into gasoline. But is it cleaner? And are the government’s economic incentives having intended consequences? We review the research.
A 2016 roundup of studies and papers that provide perspective on the ongoing debate over a proposed U.S. carbon tax.
2016 study published in
Energy Policy that examines U.S. public opinions of offshore drilling based on 10 national polls, with a focus on the underlying factors that shape opinions.
2015 review of scholarship on impact of air pollution in the United States, including health effects, economic costs and automotive and transportation causes.
2015 roundup of research on the global decline in gas and oil prices, and the potential effects on public health, transportation and driving, business economics and public policy decisions.
2014 review of scientific literature on potential health and environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to extract natural gas and shale oil.
2012 study in the
Journal of Industrial Ecology on how electric cars stack up against those with traditional gas and diesel engines over their entire lifetimes.
2014 study by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on ways that nations, states and municipalities can act to limit or reverse trends in CO2 emissions.
2014 study by the RAND Corporation and Carnegie Mellon on the impact of fracking-related truck traffic on the design life and reconstruction cost of the different types of roadways.
2013 study in
Energy Policy on the relative advantages of plug-in hybrid cars and car-charging infrastructure for decreasing U.S. energy consumption.