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  • Eased Regulations Won’t Boost Coal Power

    December 10, 2018

    The Environmental Protection Agency is forecasting that despite a Trump administration regulatory rollback aimed at making coal-fired power plants easier to build, no new plants will be built in the United States, primarily because of the ready availability of cheap natural gas. This prediction aligns with a century-long timeline presented recently in Issues showing how economic, technological, and social forces, not political factors, have combined to drive down the nation’s reliance on coal as an energy resource.

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  • The Cost-Cutting Space Barons

    December 5, 2018

    “The three of us working on space projects, we can do it for a fraction of the price that governments can do it,” Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic who hopes to send astronauts into space by Christmas, recently said about himself; Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and chief executive of Tesla; and Jeff Bezos, the founder of the space technology company Blue Origin and head of Amazon. The efforts of these “space barons” were recently recounted in a book review in Issues, which has also examined how private industries are reshaping traditional government-led space programs.

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