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Environmental Policy Insight

by Terry Anderson, Admiral James O. Ellis Jr., David R. Henderson, John H. Cochrane, George P. Shultzvia PolicyEd
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Whether it is climate change, polluted oceans, or smoggy skies, we owe it to future generations—not to mention our current well-being—to improve our environment. But finding the right answer isn’t always easy. Some proposed solutions would have large negative effects on the economy. Other ideas sound good but don’t have a significant positive effect on the environment. How can we find the best solution?

EnvironmentAnalysis and CommentaryEconomy

A Trump-California Infrastructure Deal Is The Unlikeliest Of High-Wire Acts

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, November 14, 2019

After the wildfires subsided in California (though parts of the Golden State are still subject to poor air quality due to residual smoke), it’s back to politics as usual in America’s largest state—meaning, a return to the fire fight between President Trump and Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Interviews

Elizabeth Economy: Why It Matters: China Doesn't Want Your Trash

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Council on Foreign Relations
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy talks about how for years, industrialized nations across the world shipped enormous quantities of recyclable material to China. Then, in 2018, China banned most waste imports. The reversal sent shock waves through the global recycling system, and forced many towns and cities to start burning and dumping material that they used to recycle.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot CampFeatured

Environmental Markets: A Property Rights Approach With Terry Anderson

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Free market environmentalism is a property rights-oriented approach that improves environmental quality and achieves more conservation than traditional regulation.

In the News

Trump And The Paris Climate Accord–Another Promise Kept

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Breitbart
Monday, November 11, 2019

On November 4, 2019, President Trump made good on yet another promise to the American people.

In the News

5 Lessons We Learned From The California Wildfires

quoting Bill Whalenvia The New York Times
Monday, November 4, 2019

This year’s fire season in California has been affected by blackouts, climate change and a destructive fire two years ago.

George Shultz
Interviews

A Conversation With Former Secretary Of State George Shultz

interview with George P. Shultzvia C-SPAN's The Weekly
Friday, October 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow George Shultz talks about climate change, diplomacy, and his life in public service.

Analysis and Commentary

Venkatesh Rao On Waldenponding

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, November 4, 2019

Writer and management consultant Venkatesh Rao talks about Waldenponding with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Rao coined the term Waldenponding to describe various levels of retreating from technology akin to how Thoreau extolled the virtues of retreating from social contact and leading a quieter life at Walden Pond. Rao argues that the value of Waldenponding is overrated and that extreme Waldenponding is even somewhat immoral. Rao sees online intellectual life as a form of supercomputer, an intellectual ecosystem that produces new knowledge and intellectual discourse. He encourages all of us to contribute to that intellectual ecosystem even when it can mean losing credit for some of our ideas and potentially some of our uniqueness.

Blank Section (Placeholder)Analysis and CommentaryEconomy

The Libertarian: Moving Left On Energy

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Green energy policies at the state and federal level are starting to have an impact — in all the wrong ways.

Perspectives on PolicyFeatured

Reducing Carbon Emissions With Nuclear Power

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr.via PolicyEd
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

If we’re going to move to a low-carbon future in a way that makes fiscal and environmental sense, nuclear power needs to play a continuing, critical role.

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