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  • Honoring the Father of the Real Green Revolution

    Norman Borlaug is certainly not a household name. But he should be. A man of utmost importance who always displayed tremendous humility, Borlaug passed away this weekend at the age of 95. Dr. Borlaug was a plant scientist and his “breeding of high-yielding crop varieties helped to avert mass famines … More

    Wind Power: An Expensive and Inefficient Way to Reduce CO2

    In a speech in May, President Obama pushed for our nation to transition to renewable energy and pointed to Denmark as an example of proof it can be done: [U]nfortunately. America produces less than 3 percent of our electricity through renewable sources of energy like wind and solar — less … More

    Today’s Calamity: First Cash for Clunkers, Now Cash for Homes?

    Despite being extremely wasteful and creating questionable environmental benefits, the government labeled the cash for clunkers auto program a successful program that exceeded expectations. It worked so well – why not subsidize (again) the housing industry while we’re at it? Detailed in Section 203 of the Waxman-Markey cap and trade … More

    $67 Billion a Year to Africa Because We Emit Carbon Dioxide

    From The Economist: “RICH countries should compensate Africa for all their belching chimneys and exhausts. In a rare fit of African unity, it was decided at a recent flurry of leaders’ meetings that the United States, the European Union, Japan and others should pay the continent the tidy sum of … More

    Today’s Calamity: Micromanaging Tree Planting

    Not many people enjoy a micromanager – having their boss hover over them monitoring their every move. Well, if Congress passes a cap and trade bill, they will be micromanaging our economy and controlling our decisions. Just one example of many: tree planting. Section 205 of the Waxman-Markey cap and … More

    Cap and Trade is About Status – Not the Environment

    In economics, signaling to convey information about can come in a variety of forms. You can signal in job interviews by what you reveal on your resume; you can signal to people just by the type of car you drive. In New Zealand, the parliamentary committee is suggesting the country … More

    With Cap and Trade, It Will be Laborless Day

    Traditionally, Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer but historically, Labor Day was a “creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” A day of rest. A paid holiday. Well, if Congress passes cap and trade legislation, many Americans will be … More

    Today’s Calamity: Energy Efficiency is Good - Except When It’s Not

    Just as renewable energy can be a good thing if the market can provide it at an affordable rate, products designed for greater energy efficiency is a good thing. But not when the government gets in the way. Federal laws dictating how much energy home appliances are allowed to use … More

    Jonah Goldberg on Global Warming

    I don’t know what it tells you, but it tells me that maybe we should study a bit more before we spend billions to “solve” a problem we don’t understand so well.” In case you missed it, that’s Jonah Goldberg’s concluding sentence of a thoughtful piece in the LA Times … More

    Cash for Clunkers: This is What We Call Success?

    Politicians are touting cash for clunkers as a successful program that has killed two birds with one stone. By handing out taxpayer money to subsidize a portion of the cost of a more fuel efficient vehicle, the program is saving the economy and saving the environment. Although the program increased … More