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  • How to Fix U.S. Water Policy? Less Government, More Market Pricing

    April 18, 2012
    Late last week I received an invitation to testify in the Water and Power Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on H.R. 2664, "The Reauthorization of Water Desalination Act of 2011." We've posted the full 20-page testimony; my oral remarks before the committee appear below. The push for politically juiced desalination projects is a diversion from the actual problem; the absence of market pricing to allocate water scarcity.
    I am Wayne Crews, VP for Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and I thank the committee for this Tax Day invitation to speak on H.R...
  • Further Space Property Rights Responses

    April 9, 2012
    Since my previous post on media reaction to CEI's press briefing on Thursday, Popular Science has provided a good report as well. But in this post, I want to address co-speaker Jim Dunstan's critique of the concept, which he presented at the event, and is now available on line at TechFreedom. I should start by noting...
  • Regulation of the Day 199: How to Catch a Tuna

    November 21, 2011
    Authorities confiscated an otherwise legally caught bluefin tuna because it was caught with a net. The government intends to sell the fish and keep the money.
  • House Republicans' Shortsighted Proposal to Fund Roads through More Drilling

    November 16, 2011
    Recently, Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed opening up more federal land and offshore areas to natural resource extraction. Such a move would both increase domestic energy production and raise government revenues through royalty payments. During the current economic slump and resulting fiscal crunch, anything that can increase the quantity of energy supplied and reduce government deficits should be lauded. But what some Republican members of Congress propose to spend these revenues on is far from laudable. Led by House Speaker John Boehner, some in the Republican caucus wish to pour oil and natural gas lease revenues into the Highway Trust Fund, which has suffered from severe shortfalls for several years now. Right now, a six-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal ("the...
  • Seven Billion People

    October 31, 2011
    Sometime today, the UN estimates that world population will hit 7 billion people. Some people are worried about how those 7 billion mouths will be fed.
  • White House Involved in FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon?

    October 13, 2011
    A couple of days ago, Talking Points Memo's Jim Kozubek reported that the Food and Drug Administration had finally decided to approve AquaBounty's genetically engineered salmon for human consumption, and that the "evaluation is now under review at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget." I'd seen the TPM article, but didn't write about it at the time because premature reports of FDA being on the brink of approval have been filtering out through the media for several years now. (I filmed a TV interview for Fox News's “Your World With Neil Cavuto” way back in 2005, when it looked like an approval was right around the corner, for example. And I talked about it again on...
  • Green Zealots Target Maryland Students

    September 1, 2011
    The Maryland State Board of Education passed a new curriculum requirement on June 21, 2011. Instead of gaining competence in math or science, students are now required to graduate with a proficiency in "environmental literacy." This is merely a euphemism for indoctrination into climate alarmism and a "green" agenda -- both are tools the left uses to justify intervention into the market economy. As I write in The Washington Times:
    According to the program’s curriculum, environmental literacy means turning children into central planners. For instance, it instructs students to “[d]evelop a strategy for fair distribution of a limited amount of energy available within a community,” and to create a “plan for the fair consumption of goods” and “eliminate…unnecessary consumption of goods....
  • An Alaskan Mining Project: One Example of How Environmental Regulations are Strangling the U.S. Economy

    June 2, 2011
    Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government notes here that one of the reasons the American economy is stuck in neutral is that investors in new projects are being stymied by environmental regulations. The example he gives is a huge proposed new copper and gold mine in Alaska called the Pebble Project that is being studied to death. The co-owners of the Pebble Project are a British and a Canadian company. They want to invest billions of dollars in a mine that would probably create close to a thousand high-paying jobs for at least fifty years. It would also add tens of billions of dollars to the American economy and pay billions of dollars in royalties to the State of Alaska, which owns the land and subsurface rights. The Pebble Project's owners have reportedly...
  • Greenland Flourishes Due to Global Warming and Climate Change

    May 16, 2011
    Alarmists have been decrying the effects of global warming on Greenland for years, even though Greenland was greenest during the Medieval Warm Period, and Greenland's Vikings, who flourished during that warm period, died out when cold temperatures returned, reducing them to starvation. (It was warmer in the year 1003 than 2003.) Now, the residents of Greenland, the world's largest island, are once again profiting from global warming, reports the Washington Post:
    “Rather than...
  • Prince Charles Says, "Let Them Eat Organic"

    May 5, 2011
    HRH the Prince of Wales delivered the keynote address at The Washington Post's "Future of Food" conference yesterday at Georgetown University. Tim Carman, from the Post's Lifestyle section, offers some brief thoughts on the Post blog here. Carman calls the speech "inspiring", quotes an organic advocate who was "really impressed" with it, and links to the prepared text, which you can find here. I thought it was a load of organic fertilizer, personally, so I submitted a lengthy comment, which I reproduce in full...

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