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That’s terrific. I wonder if they do the following: “Whenever possible, we purchase local desks and textbooks.” Or how about the following: “Whenever  possible, our graduates purchase local higher education!” Indeed, it would be odd to celebrate all of our kids making their way to Harvard, Berkeley, Michigan and such, wouldn’t it, if we truly […]

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Straw Mann at it Again

Perhaps ironic that on a lecture on “Academic and Intellectual Freedom” we get the following: Throughout his lecture, Mann dissected the ways in which climate change is often portrayed as a debatable phenomenon. For instance, when climate change is a news show topic, producers will host a scientist alongside a “climate change contrarian,” even though a […]

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Halfway to the CAFE

It would be lovely if, when we passed certain rules and regulations, we had procedures in place to review their performance and effectiveness. Today, we sit at the halfway point between the issuance of new CAFE standards as part of the 2009 “Stimulus” package, and the year 2025, the target date for new vehicle fuel […]

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Global warming (or climate change or whatever I am supposed to call it) is real. Doubling of CO2 concentrations should increase temperatures by 1 degree C absent feedback. The “expert” consensus on the ECS is something between 1.5C and 4.5C, but really, it is hard to nail down a precise answer. CO2 concentrations have increased […]

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Were I to run for a serious elected office, among my policy positions would include: (1) Eliminate all favorable employer tax treatments for health insurance. In other words, raise the taxes employees and employers pay on the income they pay their workers. The obvious reason to do this, and even the hated GWB proposed it […]

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My eyes tend to gravitate toward climate and labor market issues, so I encounter the following two “arguments” all of the time. (1) There are those who present global temperature data in the following way: “if you look at global temperature records, the rate of temperature increase around the planet has either slowed or paused […]

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To appreciate the state of the “debate”, replace every use of the term “climate change” in a debate with “Genetically Modified Organisms.” If an economist dares to speak on climate change, lighting bolts will descend upon her from the heavens and the fires of Hades will engulf her from below If you see the word […]

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This tweet just hit my feed (and signs are popping up in my neighborhood too): I’ve seen it shared  by folks from the NYSUT. Now, whether or not the convention is a good idea (more on that later) is not the question, it’s the assertion that “high-paid lobbyists want to shape the state of NY.” […]

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Well, I can’t talk about it. But let me suggest one or two things to keep in mind. I feel like some part of the campus conservative movement is, itself, to blame for this. I know, I sound like blaming the victim, but my sense is that they are inviting controversial speakers to campus not […]

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Sad Sentence for the Weekend

From Coyote: Several years ago I was uninvited from co-chairing an effort on gay marriage because others in the group did not like my stances on unrelated issues like education choice.

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