Financial security versus independence

Entrepreneurship has been the backbone of the United States economy since its inception. The good news is that Americans are still entrepreneurial and willing to take risks in search of greater rewards both financially and personally. But the U.S. must ensure that its laws and regulations do not stifle innovation and entrepreneurship.

By |2017-04-21T16:42:32+00:00April 21st, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on Financial security versus independence

Bush agencies got it right on EPA

Larry Bell recalls what Bush Administration officials said would happen if the Clean Air Act were extended to incorporate regulation of carbon dioxide -- and none of it was good. In the words of CEQ chair James Connaughton, the “case-by-case application of old regulations to an entirely new set of circumstances and parties foreshadows unrelenting confusion, conflicts over compliance, and decades-long litigation windfall for attorneys, consultants, and activists, as communities and the courts strive to sort it all out.”

By |2014-07-01T18:31:03+00:00July 1st, 2014|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|5 Comments

Big Green’s “sue-and-settle” strategy draws pushback from states, Congress

When the lesser prairie chicken was listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a threatened species, it was the last straw for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. The State of Oklahoma, and likely several other states, has filed a lawsuit against the Interior Department for collusion in violating federal law. Meanwhile, four separate bills have been filed in Congress to limit attorney fees for endangered species litigants and address three other ESA concerns.

By |2014-04-02T01:56:10+00:00April 2nd, 2014|Media, Op-Ed Articles|Comments Off on Big Green’s “sue-and-settle” strategy draws pushback from states, Congress

New Virginia law protects farmers from meddling local officials

Thanks to a grassroots outcry against injustice, Virginia lawmakers passed a new law, signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, that protects family farmers from encroachment by local governments. Martha Boneta had been barred by her county government from selling produce, fined for hosting a birthday party, and threatened with the loss of her entire farm. Environmental groups and county governments provided the major opposition to the bill.

By |2014-03-27T21:47:15+00:00March 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Virginia law protects farmers from meddling local officials

Subsidizing green energy is like supporting operator-assisted telephones with party lines

With domestic oil and natural gas production soaring thanks to fracking, the nation is taking a harder look at subsidies and mandates for so-called "Green" energy. EPA for the first time proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol that has to be added to gasoline. An Arizona state agency just added a $5.00 monthly fee for solar customers to help pay for use and maintenance of the state's power grid. And 52 House members have signed a letter calling for the end of the wind production tax credit just as the sixth 20,000-pound turbine blade broke off in Illinois and sent shrapnel 1,500 feet away from the turbine hub -- two to three times the legal setbacks for homes and highways.

By |2013-12-01T01:20:17+00:00November 25th, 2013|Media, Op-Ed Articles|Comments Off on Subsidizing green energy is like supporting operator-assisted telephones with party lines

The fracking fight escalates

So a few cities in Colorado and far-left Oberlin, Ohio, have passed fracking bans -- but do they dare pass bans on the sale and use of gasoline made from fracked oil, or of natural gas recovered via this controversial process? Thank goodness existing law protects citizens of single towns from being hoodwinked by activists into at least some very bad policy decisions. Yeah, we once got people to sign a petition banning dihydrogen monoxide as a dangerous substance!

By |2013-11-19T10:11:16+00:00November 19th, 2013|Op-Ed Articles|Comments Off on The fracking fight escalates

Mining policy designed to benefit our own: Mighty rare

With China controlling 85% of the world's production of rare earth elements, the rest of the world -- and in particular, the U.S. economy -- is beholden to China for its own natioanl security and the future of its high-tech economy. This could change with a determined effort to overcome environmentalist objections and reinvigorate U.S. production of many of these valuable minerals. But will enough politicians decide that jobs and security are more valuable than keeping minerals-bearing domestic lands "pristine"?

By |2013-11-05T15:41:00+00:00November 5th, 2013|Media, Op-Ed Articles|1 Comment

High time to defund the IPCC!

Rep. Luetkemeyer's bill would prohibit future U.S. funding for the alarmist Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and also for the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a scam devoted to redistributing American wealth in penance for our unfair capitalist free market prosperity. The rationale is that the IPCC has compromised its credibility beyond repair --

By |2013-02-25T15:06:06+00:00February 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Carbon tax hallucinations

Average planetary temperatures haven’t budged in 16 years. Hurricanes and strong tornadoes are at or near their lowest ebb in decades. Global sea ice is back to normal, Arctic ice is nearly normal, and the Antarctic icepack continues to grow. The rate of sea level rise remains what it was in 1900.

By |2013-03-28T17:50:11+00:00February 21st, 2013|CFACT Insights|8 Comments
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