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  • Environment, development and Africa

    The following article was recently published in the special “Energy, Environment and Politics” Autumn 2006 edition of “European View,” the magazine of the European People’s Party in Brussels. The full magazine can be read online at http://www.epp.eu/dbimages/pdf/_copy_4.. As European nations adjust their internal and external policies regarding energy, the environment, and economic development to accommodate […]

  • African Highway System: Still a Dream?

    With CFACT’s growing interest in helping spur economic and environmental prosperity in the developing world, this is the second in an ongoing series of articles dealing with Africa. What is the value of a first-class highway network? Consider the 70,000-kilometer U.S. Interstate Highway System, which transportation expert Wendell Cox in 1996 described as “an engine […]

  • Property rights drives African housing boom

    While the housing market in the United States has fallen on hard times thanks in large part to fluctuating interest rates, there is another – worldwide – housing boom under way that is in large part a direct result of changes in U.S. foreign policy. Back in 2002, President George W. Bush announced his intention […]

  • Nuclear to the rescue

    “The only good thing about the good old days is that they’re gone.” My grandmother’s wisdom came from experience. As a teenager in late nineteenth century Wisconsin, she had cleared tons of rocks from fields, toiled on the family farm, and hauled countless buckets of water. If she had to select just one modern technology, […]

  • Time to re-establish a property rights ethic

    Our perception of reality and the role of government in our lives greatly influences how we view a subject like the issue of “property rights.”  This nation’s founders believed that life, liberty, and property were inalienable rights and that governments were instituted primarily to protect and ensure that those rights would not be taken away […]

  • Turning swords into plowshares

    Reading the headlines lately, we could not help but notice that two competing groups of evangelical Christians have been at odds over the nature and extent of human-induced climate change, as well as our nation’s proper response to it    Reading between the lines, however, we believe both groups ought to be able to work together […]

  • CFACT 2005: Year in Review

    A college student in Wisconsin.  An impoverished farmer in Mexico.  A radio listener in San Jose.  A parliament member in Brussels.  An internet reader in St. Louis.  A rancher in rural Idaho. What do they all have in common? Well I’m pleased to tell you that each one is among a growing number of people, […]

  • Rescuing a threatened Endangered Species Act

    Of all the laws passed in the last thirty-some years, few have been more contentious than the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973. Environmentalists complain that the ESA is not strong enough, but landowners are bitter because it too often destroys their ability to use their land.  Indeed, entire communities in Oregon and Washington became […]

  • Global shifts on global warming

    In the weeks leading up to the early July G-8 meeting in Scotland, environmental  activists and analysts predicted the heat would be turned up on President George Bush  during the meeting to sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. To the contrary, the G-  8 meeting and other new initiatives such as the Methane to […]

  • Working to make global poverty history

    From our beginnings two decades ago (the same year as the Live Aid concerts) as advocates for free-market approaches to environmental protection, the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) has grown into an international organization with a firm belief that the twin ideals of free people and free markets are essential to creating and maintaining […]

  • Global warming science faces State of Fear

    State of Fear, the new offering from novelist and master of disaster Michael Crichton, is more silly than scary. What is scary is when some media and policymakers take a work of science fiction and confuse it with science. That’s what’s happening with State of Fear, in which Crichton builds a fantasy world where global […]

  • Constructing a constructive energy strategy

    As summer approaches and gas prices hit new highs, many are beginning to take a fresh look at the issue of energy.  To be sure, this subject has always aroused contentious debate. It seems trying to get a consensus on which direction to take our nation remains as illusive as a Chicago Cubs World Series […]

  • CFACT European outreach motors across EU

    If someone told you that an American contingent recently left from Washington, D.C. and flew to Europe for a series of late-February meetings with various opinion leaders and other prominent individuals, you would probably say, “Sure, I knew that.  Who didn’t hear about President Bush and Secretary Rice visiting with French, German, and other European leaders to try […]

  • Opportunity to reshape environmental legacy

    “America has need of idealism and courage, because we have essential work at home–the unfinished work of American freedom. In a world moving toward liberty, we are determined to show the meaning and promise of liberty.”– President George W. Bush (Second Inaugural Address) As George W. Bush begins his second term as President, there are […]

  • The heart of a property rights leader

    Like others who have had the chance to rub shoulders with him at various property rights conferences, we thought we knew Ronnie Merritt.  We knew that he was a rancher, a man who loved his country, and a staunch defender of the principles of freedom.  But it wasn’t until we had the privilege of spending […]

  • Bush eco-policies unable to gain Green favor

    Without a doubt, President Bush has received more than his fair share of criticism from those in the environmental community. Organizations such as the Sierra Club have initiated a petition drive to “battle the Bush Administration’s environmental assault,” the League of Conservation Voters has for the first time ever placed both the President and Vice […]

  • Fruitful Dominion: A new environmental ethic?

    Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”                    – Genesis 1:28 (NKJV) When it comes to mankind’s relationship to nature, […]

  • Crucial difference in animal welfare and rights

    During a speech at the Animal Rights 2001 Convention, Bruce Friedrich said, “If we really believe that animals have the same right to be free from pain and suffering at our hands, then, of course we’re going to be, as a movement, blowing things up and smashing windows.” Blowing things up? That’s pretty strong language […]