Environmental alarmists may grab headlines, but they’ve repeatedly proven spectacularly wrong. Environmental issues require sober analysis and problem solving, not overheated rhetoric.
The environment’s greatest friend is technological innovation. Human ingenuity–what Julian Simon called “the ultimate resource”–has consistently enabled us to make more with less. Yet environmental laws too often throw up roadblocks to that progress, favoring the dirty status quo over a cleaner future.
At long last, the Administration has chosen an acting leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—an important federal agency … More
North Carolina has enacted House Bill 467, which should be known as the “Crony Nuisance Protection Act.” Under it any agricultural or forestry business can violate its neighbors’ property rights and avoid fully compensating its neighbors for the harm.
If the President undoes a monument and successfully defends that action, it could lead to broader reform of the Antiquities Act that allows monuments and many other federal lands to be managed more effectively for both people and the environment.
Climate change challenges conservative and libertarian instincts in a way that makes it harder to believe the evidence, no matter how strong it is. Climate evangelists likewise tend to embrace science and evidence when it confirms their prior political views and reject it otherwise. For progressives and big-government liberals, climate change is easy to accept to the extent it seems to call out for a big-government solution. But even among climate evangelicals, where science and their prior political commitments conflict, politics usually win.
Science is incredibly politicized. Science is extremely important and scientists have a meaningful role in policy questions. But not all science is created equal and not everything a scientist thinks is science.