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Solyndra: Failed Ideal or Green Cronyism?

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Solyndra: Failed Ideal or Green Cronyism?

After touting “green energy” as the solution to everything from climate change to economic recession, the Obama administration is facing the somewhat embarrassing failure of one of its pet projects: the solar energy start up Solyndra Inc. While the failure of a solar energy company is hardly surprising given the impotence of the technology, this […]

“Green” Policies Poison Innovation

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“Green” Policies Poison Innovation

How government “encouragement” undermines technological development In recent years, “green energy” has become a major hot-button issue. Advocates argue that the inevitability of global climate change caused by carbon emissions, an end to our “addiction” to fossil fuels and the need for renewable forms of energy all necessitate increased research and development in alternative energy […]

Governmental “Nudges” Undermine Freedom

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Governmental “Nudges” Undermine Freedom

EPA Grading scheme for vehicles distorts our ability to act on our own judgment The Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a scheme by which vehicles would be “graded” based on fuel efficiency. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal: “Under the system, the only cars that would receive an A-plus, A or […]

Less Isn’t More

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Less Isn’t More

The flawed logic of conservationism One can hardly escape the appeals to one of today’s most popular causes: conservationism. The message seems to be everywhere: conserve electricity, conserve water, conserve gas, conserve plastic, conserve paper. The state of California has even begun regulating large screen televisions in the name of conservation. To many, it seems […]

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The Environmentalist Attack on Outdoorsmanship

This past summer, The Economist published an article (“Out of the Wilderness”) pointing to a decade long trend of declining outdoorsmanship in America. According to the article, national park attendance peaked in the mid-80s and has been in a steady decline since. Despite tremendous population growth in America, fewer people are visiting local parks, taking […]