Duggan Flanakin

About Duggan Flanakin

Duggan Flanakin is the Director of Policy Research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow. A former Senior Fellow with both the Texas and Arkansas Public Policy Foundations, Mr. Flanakin has a Master's in Public Policy from Regent University. During the years he spent reporting on environmental regulation in Texas and nationwide, Mr. Flanakin authored definitive works on the creation of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and on environmental education in Texas.

Washington Times: Rio+20’s expensive wish list

The NGO Major Group Organizing Partners have finalized their key document for the Rio+20 Summit. "The Future We Want” outlines the common vision for “sustainable development” throughout the planet sought by those nongovernmental organizations - mostly social and environmental activist groups. There are many noble sentiments in its 283 statements. There also is much that raises serious concerns. “Sustainable,” “sustainability” and “sustainable development” appear in the text an astounding 390 times. Like “abracadabra,” these amorphous words are supposed to transform even corrupt societies into Gardens of Eden under United Nations auspices. They will use less, pollute less, be sustainable, get along and save species and the entire planet from their worst enemy: human beings.

By and |2012-12-19T10:37:01+00:00June 24th, 2012|CFACT Insights, CFACT TV, Op-Ed Articles|Comments Off on Washington Times: Rio+20’s expensive wish list

“Sustainable justice” = redistribution of scarcity

Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised that his Administration would “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” He gave a clue to exactly what he had in mind when he told now-congressional candidate Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher: “When you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

By and |2013-10-17T09:40:15+00:00June 22nd, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on “Sustainable justice” = redistribution of scarcity

CFACT makes splash on first day of ICCC7

An off-the-cuff speech and question and answer session featuring Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus was the highlight of day one of the Seventh International Conference on Climate Change, hosted by the Heartland Institute and sponsored by CFACT. CFACT'S Marc Morano regaled the hundreds of attendees at lunch, and CFACT Senior Advisor Paul Driessen expounded on the runaway EPA during a morning session. CFACT advisors Dennis Avery, Craig Oasis, and William Gray also had their turns at the lectern, while CFACT staff threw a Global Warming Beach Party at their booth, handing out leis and copies of Paul Driessen's report, "The EPA's [...]

By |2012-10-22T15:09:04+00:00May 21st, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on CFACT makes splash on first day of ICCC7

The Cancun climate con

As conference delegates shivered in Cancun during its coldest weather in 100 years, power-hungry elitists labored behind the scenes to implement the real goal of this “global warming” summit, this sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-16), this clever political con job. That the Cancun summit was never a climate conference at all has become increasingly obvious. Even before it began, IPCC Working Group III co-chair Ottmar Edenhofer said, COP-16 is actually “one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War…. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy.” In fact, it has [...]

By |2012-11-13T14:53:54+00:00December 29th, 2010|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on The Cancun climate con

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 that has driven 40 years of unprecedented prosperity and positioned the United States to remain the world’s preeminent power into the 21st Century.” Total construction cost for the basic system was $129 billion, yet as of 1996 the return on this nation’s greatest investment in transportation [...]

By |2017-12-10T19:41:37+00:00December 5th, 2006|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on African Highway System: Still a Dream?

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 to reshape U.S. foreign aid policy and practice through creation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which today determines a nation's eligibility for U.S. aid based on its record of fighting corruption, fostering entrepreneurship, and promoting social justice. This formation of the MCC has already spawned [...]

By |2017-12-10T19:43:59+00:00October 27th, 2006|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Property rights drives African housing boom

Addressing the root causes of illegal immigration

Was it really just 20 years ago that the United States “solved” its illegal immigration problem with the Simpson-Mazzoli Act? Then why do we now have 12 million new “extralegal” immigrants in this country? And what are we going to do about it?

By |2012-11-13T15:13:16+00:00June 29th, 2006|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Addressing the root causes of illegal immigration
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