Utah State University

Manufacturing Yellowstone: Political Management of an American Icon

August 4, 2016 Introduction Yellowstone National Park, a beloved icon to Americans and visitors from across the globe, is managed by the National Park Service (NPS). In 2016, the NPS will celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of its formation under the Organic Act. Yellowstone has served as the model of park management throughout the world since […]

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Renewable Portfolio Standards: Pennsylvania

April 21, 2016 The United States has no federal mandate for “renewable” power production, so a majority of states, including Pennsylvania, have created their own state laws called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). These laws require certain renewable sources be included among the overall menu of options from which electricity companies produce power. Pennsylvania has been known as “The […]

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The Unseen Costs of Electricity

April 20, 2016 “In the economic sphere an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first alone is immediate; it appears simultaneously with its cause; it is seen. The other effects emerge only subsequently; they are not seen; we are fortunate if […]

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Ethanol and Renewable Fuel Standard

January 31, 2016 This report examines the history and impact of government subsidies for the corn ethanol industry on the U.S. economy as a whole and also on specific “corn belt” counties. We are primarily concerned with the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) following its implementation in 2005. By looking at both local […]

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