EPA Carbon Rule Dooms Efficient Coal Plant

One of the nation’s most efficient, clean-burning coal power plants will be shuttered in a few...

‘Most Transparent Ever?’ Behold the FCC’s Secret, Crony Socialist Meetings

It is yet another Barack Obama Administration pledge now relegated to the ash heap of Mendacious...

Decompetition Decompetition Decompetition

The FCC’s new professed mantra is “competition competition competition.” However, the FCC appears...

Declining Humidity Is Defying Global Warming Models

Atmospheric relative humidity has substantially declined in recent decades, defying global warming...

California Considered Environmental Law Waiver to Lure Tesla

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and other California officials considered exempting Tesla Motors from...

Pro-Pension Reform State Treasurer Wins Primary Nod

In a victory overshadowed somewhat by more glamorous primary election returns, Rhode Island state...
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Education

Parents Versus Control

School Choice Weekly #53 A young concert pianist quit her DC public school for homeschooling after the school called the straight-A student truant for traveling the world for performances and training. It’s yet another example of why the public school system is less about education and more about control, as Jason Bedrick points out: When parents have the ability to remove their children from a...

Environment

EPA Carbon Rule Dooms Efficient Coal Plant

One of the nation’s most efficient, clean-burning coal power plants will be shuttered in a few years because bringing it into compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon dioxide reduction rule would be too expensive. A similar fate awaits coal-fired power plants throughout the country. Operated by the South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. (SCE&G), the 60 year old...

Sorry, Steve Running, Wildfires Are Decreasing with Global Warming

A Billings Gazette article last week quoted University of Montana global warming activist Steve Running claiming major wildfires have quadrupled since 1986, but the facts show wildfires are actually declining. In the September 7 Gazette article, “Global warming makes firefighting more dangerous,” Running is quoted saying “Since 1986, longer, warmer summers have resulted in a fourfold increase of...

California Solar Towers Blamed for Massive Bird Kills

A giant, state-of-the-art solar power complex in the Mojave Desert is incinerating birds and drawing close scrutiny from federal wildlife officials and environmental groups. In operation since February, the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar energy project has achieved notoriety far beyond the expectations of its developers, BrightSource Energy, NRG Solar, and Google. Instead of kudos for producing green...

Finance & Insurance

‘Other Things’ Aren’t Equal When Government Intervenes in the Economy

The use of the ceteris paribus, or “other things equal” assumption, is an essential aspect of economic education. It is an important caveat that helps make sense of a complicated world by clarifying the stories that comprise the core of economics.  Unfortunately, acceptance of that phrase has also provided an opening for misrepresenting economic reality when analyzing government...

Opponents of Government’s ‘Choke Point’ Program Work to Loosen Its Grip

Two federal agencies have backed off—slightly—from a program critics say has been intimidating banks into canceling services for legitimate, law-abiding businesses and making it difficult if not impossible for them to operate. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launched “Operation Choke Point” without warning or public discussion in March 2013....

How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions in Toxic Debt

[Editor’s note: “Politicians wanted upfront cash from a legal victory over Big Tobacco, and bankers happily obliged. The price? A handful of states promised to repay $64 billion on just $3 billion advanced.” So reads the teaser headline on this report from the independent, non-profit ProPublica news organization. The beginning of the article follows, with a link to the full story.] By Cezary...

Health

Has Obamacare Poisoned the Well for All Health Policy Reforms?

Consumer Power Report #435 The widely accepted view among policymakers in Washington, DC is that even if President Barack Obama’s health care law is currently more unpopular than ever, by the time 2016 rolls around, it will be an immovable object, impossible to wholly repeal. I have previously argued this is an incomplete picture of the politics of the issue, one that underestimates the...

Obamacare’s Job Losses

Consumer Power Report #436 Since Obamacare’s passage, the debate over its impact on the economy has persisted as a significant political football. The reality is that there are numerous factors impacting the lackluster economic recovery, not just health care costs for companies or the regulatory impact on businesses. But there is little question by this point that Obamacare’s impact on wages and...

How Repealing And Replacing Obamacare Would Help Restore Booming Economic Growth

One of the biggest drags on economic growth under President Obama has been Obamacare, enacted on a strictly partisan basis in 2010. That drag has come primarily from the sweeping overregulation of Obamacare. The biggest culprit has been the employer mandate, which requires all employers of 50 or more full time workers to buy them health insurance with the terms and benefits as specified by the...

Taxes

Homeowners' Lawsuit Challenges Pa. Practice of Police Asset Seizures

Every ninety minutes, law enforcement officials in Philadelphia confiscate the property of individuals who may not have been charged with or convicted of any criminal activity. After government agents seize private citizens’ money or property, those innocent citizens are forced to navigate a confusing system of legal challenges, in order to retrieve the property they once legally possessed. The...

Workplace Freedom Spurs Rising Tide of Abundance in Midwest

A great natural experiment has been going on in labor markets in the United States, over the last two-thirds of a century. Under the 1947 Taft-Hartley amendment to the National Labor Relations Act, state governments can elect to override a provision of the federal law regarding employee collective bargaining. Some 24 states have passed right-to-work laws, which allow workers free choice with...

Pro-Pension Reform State Treasurer Wins Primary Nod

In a victory overshadowed somewhat by more glamorous primary election returns, Rhode Island state treasurer Gina Raimondo successfully gained the state Democratic Party’s nomination for governor. Raimondo, who has spent her term as state treasurer focusing on and working to enact public pension reforms, came under fierce criticism from primary challengers and public-sector labor unions for her...

Tech

‘Most Transparent Ever?’ Behold the FCC’s Secret, Crony Socialist Meetings

It is yet another Barack Obama Administration pledge now relegated to the ash heap of Mendacious History. The Most Transparent Administration In History The Most Transparent Administration in History This is the Most Transparent Administration in History This is the Most Transparent Administration in the History of our Country We’re the Most Transparent and Ethical Administration in U.S. History...

Decompetition Decompetition Decompetition

The FCC’s new professed mantra is “competition competition competition.” However, the FCC appears to be pursuing a de facto policy of decompetition rather than competition. Decompetition is regulation that undermines competition in order to justify more regulation. How could this perverse outcome happen? It’s what one gets when one combines an obsolete communications law and regulators nostalgic...