Bonner Cohen, Ph. D.

About Bonner Cohen, Ph. D.

Bonner R. Cohen, Ph. D., is a senior policy analyst with CFACT.

“Trumping” a golf course over PEC-adillos in northern Virginia?

The Piedmont Environmental Council sees itself as the guardians -- and also the lords -- of Virginia's rural landscape. Their thirst for power has been whetted by a proposal by a Donald Trump enterprise to expand a nine-hole golf course to 18 holes, hardly an environmentally devastating development. PEC built its reputation by stopping a Disney theme park, so this attempt to "trump" this development is no surprise.

By |2013-11-05T16:15:18+00:00November 5th, 2013|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Secessionist Movement in Colorado Highlights Rural/Urban Divide

The growing estrangement between the rural counties of northern Colorado and the state government in Denver reached a peak during this year’s recently ended legislative session. Bills restricting access to firearms and doubling the mandate for renewable energy in rural areas were approved by the Democrat-controlled state legislature and signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper (D). Both measures were seen as hostile to rural interests, prompting county officials in northeastern Colorado to launch the 51st State Initiative.

By |2013-09-12T15:10:27+00:00August 26th, 2013|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Secessionist Movement in Colorado Highlights Rural/Urban Divide

Score one for property rights!

Dealing an unexpected blow to power-hungry local officials accustomed to running roughshod over landowners, the U.S. Supreme Court June 25 ruled in favor of property rights and against government abuse of the U.S. Constitution’s Takings Clause. The 5-to-4 ruling marks the culmination of a nearly two-decade-old case involving a Florida developer and a local water management agency.

By |2013-07-10T20:23:58+00:00July 10th, 2013|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

EPA dreams of rivers and streams

Having spent years collecting data on the condition of rivers and streams, and found these bodies of water needing additional “protection’ and “restoration,” the agency is making the case for action under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This four-decade-old statute already gives EPA vast powers to impose new regulations – none of them requiring the consent of Congress.

By |2013-04-24T16:32:47+00:00April 24th, 2013|CFACT Insights|1 Comment

Feds evicting mobile homes at North Dakota lake

For over half a century, picturesque Lake Tschida in southwestern North Dakota has been the destination of choice for residents of nearby communities to spend warm summer weekends with friends and family.  In this semiarid part of the Northern Plains, where recreational lakes are few and far between, the reservoir has attracted cabins and mobile homes, whose owners lease lakefront parcels of land from the Bureau of Reclamation.  But if the bureau has its way, an arrangement that has worked well for decades will be cast aside, with the owners of all 114 mobile homes being told to pack up and [...]

By |2012-05-29T09:46:32+00:00May 29th, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Feds evicting mobile homes at North Dakota lake
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