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Climate-Change Reductio Ad Absurdum: Rep. Lee (D-CA) Damages Her Cause

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 13, 2015

“Whereas the direct and indirect effects of climate change have a disproportionate impact on marginalized women such as refugee and displaced persons, sexual minorities, religious or ethnic minorities, adolescent girls, and women and girls with disabilities and those who are HIV positive …

Resolved . . . That Congress … encourage[s] the President to … integrate a gender approach in all policies and programs in the United States that are globally related to climate change….”

“Did you know that the small minority of climate change deniers among us, me included,” wrote Timothy Taylor, “are Hell bent on turning our planet into a global whorehouse?”

That’s right. Unless we climate change deniers are silenced once and for all, and mankind is forced to drastically reduce his carbon footprint, the detrimental effects of human caused global warming will soon overwhelm the entire earth and drive our women into prostitution.

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The Political Capitalism of Gabriel Kolko: Revising the Revisionist

By William D. Burt -- April 10, 2015

[Editor note: Political capitalism, aka crony capitalism, is a major theme at MasterResource because special government favor enables three major energies: ethanol, wind power, and on-grid solar power. Gabriel Kolko, a socialist-leaning historian, popularized the term political capitalism — and concluded, with few exceptions, that business led government, rather than government (reformers) led industry, into interventionism. Kolko overstated his case, however, as this post contends, misleading free-market proponents of Kolko and political capitalism.]

“Bradley and Donway closely analyze Gabriel Kolko’s contention that nineteenth-century railroad officials sought regulation, identifying mistaken notions about private property and capitalism, as well as Kolko’s uncritical reliance on railroad statements that were coerced by the threat of legislation, weak citations, and misquotes.”

We can thank New Left historian Gabriel Kolko for the modern concept of “political capitalism” and its offspring, “regulatory capture.” Kolko’s 1963 book The Triumph of Conservatism overturned a longstanding consensus that the regulatory state was created to protect the people from monopoly.…

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Steyer/Cisneros Climate Pitch Falls Flat in Los Angeles

By Wayne Lusvardi -- April 9, 2015

“Tom Steyer emphasized that ‘three quarters of the public and 97 percent of the scientists believe with us’ that global warming is ‘one of the top three issues’ facing the world. Moderator Terry McCarthy then asked why Steyer spent $4.7 million opposing Republican candidate Joni Ernst in the Iowa mid-term national election only to fail. All totaled, Steyer spent $73 million but ‘greens had a rough time at the polls’.”

Global warming may be a hot, contentious topic. But few people were warmed-up enough to want to hear billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer and the former Secretary of H.U.D., Henry Cisneros, address the issue at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council that I attended a week ago at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City.

Steyer and Cisneros spoke before a small crowd of about 110 people.…

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Northeast Obstructionists: Natural Gas Pipelines at Risk (Keystone XL’s slippery slope)

By Allen Brooks -- April 8, 2015
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“Who Are Your Funders?” (remembering when ad hominem got trashed at the NYT, MR)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 7, 2015
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“Carbon Taxes and Global Warming” (Roy Cordato’s 1992 insight for today)

By Roy Cordato -- April 6, 2015
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Dear Gina (and Jerry): Where’s the Climate Science Behind Your Plan (Carbon Tax)?

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 3, 2015
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A New “Bird Friendly” Altamont Pass?

By Jim Wiegand -- April 2, 2015
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Jerry Taylor: Old vs. New (what would Bill Niskanen say?)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 1, 2015
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Federal Weatherization Program: A Field-Test Failure

By Paul Georgia -- March 31, 2015
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