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Posts from July 2012

Milton Friedman's 100th: Exploring His Wisdom for the Ages (Part I: Worldview)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 31, 2012

[Ed. note: Milton Friedman’s views will be further explored in Part II on energy and Part III on political capitalism.]

“Our central theme in public advocacy has been the promotion of human freedom … [It] underlies our opposition to rent control and general wage and price controls, our support for educational choice, privatizing radio and television channels, an all-volunteer army, limitation of government spending, legalization of drugs, privatizing social security, free trade, and the deregulation of industry and private life to the fullest extent possible.”

– Milton and Rose Friedman, Two Lucky People (1998), p. 588.

Today some 150 events are taking place in the U.S. and internationally to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Milton Friedman (1912–2006). I will be hosting a Houston event this evening with presentations by myself and University of Houston economist Thomas Mayor on Friedman’s many contributions that, in sum, opened the door for libertarian thought in academia and within the wider public.

PTC as Wildlife Terminator (environmental reasons to clean out tax code)

By Paul Driessen -- July 30, 2012

“The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and other experts estimate that well over 500,000 birds and countless bats are being killed annually by turbines. The subsidized slaughter “could easily be over 500” golden eagles a year in western states, Save the Eagles International biologist Jim Wiegand told me. Bald eagles are also being butchered. The body count for the two species could soon reach 1,000 a year.”

Extending the industrial wind production tax credit (PTC), in addition to its other problems, threatens eagles and other majestic birds in consequential ways. Do the Washington, DC environmentalists know this? Do they care?

Back in 1995, Paul Gipe’s book, Wind Power Comes of Age (New York: John Wiley & Sons) forthrightly dealt with the fierce, internal debate within the Sierra Club and other groups about the ‘avian mortality problem.” Christopher Flavin of the Worldwatch Institute even said in a foreword to Gipe’s book (pp.

Debate: Bill McKibben vs. Alex Epstein on Fossil Fuels

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#aepstein">Alex Epstein</a> --

On November 5, I will be debating Bill McKibben, considered “world’s leading environmentalist” by some, on the proposition: “Fossil fuels are a risk to the planet.” I will be arguing that fossil fuels dramatically improve the planet for human beings.

This debate came about at the suggestion of MasterResource’s own Rob Bradley, who pointed me to McKibben’s article, “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math” , which received many rave reviews and not nearly enough criticism. My Center for Industrial Progress colleague (physicist) Eric Dennis and I decided to respond to the article with a video that addresses what we think is the root of the problem–not any given fact but bad thinking methodology. The problem that makes McKibben’s piece possible is that Americans have never been taught to distinguish science from pseudoscience–how to think critically about scientific claims.

2Q-2012 Activity Report: MasterResource

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 27, 2012

Dear League of Conservation Voters: Even Joe Romm advises against the term 'denier'

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 26, 2012

Edison to Enron (Bradley): Some Thoughts

By Lynne Kiesling -- July 25, 2012

Big Green for Little Wind? Alec Baldwin Eyes $0.40/kWh Power

By Willem Post -- July 24, 2012

POWER's Peltier: MACT's Missing Intellectual Justification

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 23, 2012

Italy's Solar Bust: Just Another Data Point

By Carlo Stagnaro -- July 20, 2012

Kenneth Green (AEI) on the Carbon Tax: From 'For' to 'Against'

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 19, 2012