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Analysis and Commentary

Insecticides, Raw Milk, Coal — Sometimes Good Intentions Turn Bad

by Henry I. Millervia San Jose Mercury News
Friday, September 15, 2017

With phrases like “better safe than sorry” and “look before you leap,” it’s clear that concerns about risk are a part of our psyche. Unfortunately, when we take those clichés to heart, we often end up plagued by another: “Out of the frying pan and into the fire.”


Alice Hill Discusses Whether We Are Spending Enough On Disaster Preparation

interview with Alice Hillvia Marketplace
Friday, September 15, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Alice Hill discusses how to prepare for and how to spend our money wisely before and after disasters.

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Area 45: A Better Strategy For The Next Natural Disaster In Light Of Hurricanes Harvey And Irma

interview with Alice Hillvia Area 45
Friday, September 15, 2017

Everybody Talks about the Weather... 

Analysis and Commentary

Harvey And Irma Were Hard. But Most Of The World’s Disasters Are Ignored.

by Markos Kounalakisvia The Island Packet
Thursday, September 14, 2017

What a disastrous few weeks. Historic hurricanes, massive earthquakes, and large-scale wildfires have all simultaneously struck the Americas, grabbing headlines and inspiring telethons. The reporting has been extensive and the outpouring of generous homegrown support seems endless.

In the News

Will Harvey And Irma Be A Wake-Up Call?

quoting George P. Shultzvia SF Gate
Monday, September 11, 2017

The Miami Herald reported last week: "Speaking from Miami's Emergency Operations Center in downtown, where the city's senior public safety and political authorities will ride out Category 4 Hurricane Irma this weekend, [Republican] Mayor Tomás Regalado told the Miami Herald that he believes warming and rising seas are threatening South Florida's immediate and long-term future."

Foreign PolicyAnalysis and Commentary

Chinese Attitudes Toward The U.S. Withdrawal From The Paris Climate Accords

by Michael D. Swainevia China Leadership Monitor
Monday, September 11, 2017

China’s leaders strongly oppose President Donald J. Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accords.

Analysis and Commentary

In The Name Of Science

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Climate Feedback" has produced a "scientific review" of my WSJ oped with David Henderson. In the blog post, I wrote, If it is not clear enough, nothing in this piece takes a stand on climate science, either affirming or denying current climate forecasts. I will be interested to see how quickly we are painted as unscientific climate-deniers.

Analysis and Commentary

Time To End Recreation Welfare On Public Lands

by Terry Andersonvia Helena Independent Record
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cha-ching! That’s the sound celebrated at Sen. Jon Tester’s Last Best Outdoors Fest held in Columbia Falls recently. The theme was that Montana’s booming outdoor economy depends on our federal lands that provide hiking trails, climbing rocks, ski slopes, and scenery. According to Business for Montana Outdoors, 86,000 new service jobs were created in Montana between 2000 and 2015, but those jobs included the health care and real estate sectors, which also are booming.

The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity

Russ Roberts Discusses "Price Gouging" On The Adam Carolla Show (20:02)

interview with Russell Robertsvia Adam Carolla Show
Friday, September 1, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Russ Roberts talks about how supply and demand are affected by natural disasters. He also discusses how to incentivize people, and the situation in Venezuela. 

Analysis and Commentary

On Climate Change 2

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Climate change is often misunderstood as a package deal: If global warming is “real,” both sides of the debate seem to assume, the climate lobby’s policy agenda follows inexorably.


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The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.