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Maker’s Mark’s case for business conservation of nature
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Maker’s Mark’s case for business conservation of nature

"The private sector has an opportunity to pave a path forward for other sectors. Companies can set high standards for conservation and regeneration that incorporate the latest science and technology, filling the gaps where policy may stop short — or move too slowly."

NRC Staff Whiffs On Nuclear Licensing Modernization
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NRC Staff Whiffs On Nuclear Licensing Modernization

"NRC staff claim they have met the mandate given to them by Congress. But the sheer length of the proposed regulations alone demonstrates this is not the case. The draft framework is twice as long as either of the legacy, prescriptive licensing frameworks, Part 50 and 52, that it is intended to supplant. That is because the staff largely cut and pasted the old rules into the new framework, then added further burdensome regulations, including qualitative health objectives that cannot be complied with and expanded requirements for the notorious 'As Low As Reasonably Achievable' radiation standard, a further invitation to endlessly ratchet regulatory requirements. These latter two standards have been added by NRC staff despite longstanding and clear direction from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission not to use either standard in the way that staff proposes to use them."

Why Does the U.S. Tax Code Penalize R&D?
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Why Does the U.S. Tax Code Penalize R&D?

"Returning to R&D expensing—by which investments are written off immediately—makes sense. Virtually every single country around the world allows companies to deduct the full cost of R&D—and many subsidize it heavily. China, among other countries, does so using a 'super-deduction,' allowing companies to deduct more than 100% of their R&D costs. In China, companies may deduct 175% of R&D expenses. The U.S. is the outlier; it punishes investment by not letting companies deduct even 100% of R&D costs."

Europe’s Answer to Biden’s Climate Bill Is Still Murky Green
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Europe’s Answer to Biden’s Climate Bill Is Still Murky Green

"Coming up with a clear-cut response to American largesse is tricky for the EU as it involves negotiations between 27 member states. Also, Europe is ahead of the U.S. in some elements of its shift to clean energy. Excluding hybrids, electric vehicles accounted for 12% of new passenger vehicles sold in the EU last year, versus 5.8% in the U.S."

Fighting food waste at home: Small steps, big impact
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Fighting food waste at home: Small steps, big impact

"Technologies like Apeel, which protects food from exposure to oxygen to keep it fresh for longer periods of time, offer a head start on a variety of meaningful actions to reduce food waste, and motivate long-term behavior change. Companies like Imperfect Foods — which partners with farmers and producers to keep extra or ugly produce from going to waste — and Too Good To Go, which helps people find and purchase extra food from restaurants, don’t just reduce pollution, they help feed families that would otherwise go hungry."  

Berkshire Hathaway’s Energy Idea Is a Bad Fit for Texas
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Berkshire Hathaway’s Energy Idea Is a Bad Fit for Texas

Jinjoo Lee of The Wall Street Journal writes about Texas’ potential grid market restructuring. “The proposal isn’t cheap. Building out 10 gigawatts—the upper limit of what the bill envisions—would cost about $18 billion, according to a recent estimate from the Lower Colorado River Authority, a nonprofit public utility with headquarters in Austin, Texas. The Texas...

3 Types of Renewable Energy on the Rise in 2023
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3 Types of Renewable Energy on the Rise in 2023

The use of sustainable energy has been happening for years. As costs of solar and wind decrease and consumer opinions favorably shift, the world is looking to expand and explore different types of renewable energy. While some people believe that renewable energy is tipping this year, steps are being taken to further the momentum and...

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