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California’s Solar Rooftop Mandate Doesn’t Make Economic Sense

by Lee Ohanian, Ted Temzelidesvia San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, May 18, 2018

This month, the California Energy Commission voted to require that almost all new California housing include rooftop solar panels. The commission estimates that after three years, the solar mandate will have the same effect on carbon reduction as eliminating 115,000 cars. But this represents only 0.8 percent of California’s registered motor vehicles.

Analysis and Commentary

Ignoring Climate Change Only Compounds Its National Security Risks

by Alice Hillvia Axios
Thursday, May 17, 2018

President Trump’s Defense Department cut all but 1 of 23 mentions of “climate change” from the final draft of a Congressionally mandated report on climate risks — increased flooding, drought, wildfire and extreme temperatures — to U.S. military installations.

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Alexander Hamilton's Solar Panels

by John H. Cochrane via The Grumpy Economist
Friday, May 18, 2018

I think I finally have figured out why California is mandating solar panels on top of houses.

Interviews

Jamil Jaffer: The Iran Nuclear Deal Under Trump

interview with Jamil Jaffervia Constitution Daily
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Jamil Jaffer discusses the complex history of Iran-US relations, President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran Deal, and constitutional issues implicated as a result.
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Artificial Intelligence Will Both Disrupt And Benefit The Workplace, Stanford Scholar Says

interview with James Timbievia Stanford News
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow James Timbie discusses his new book Beyond Disruption: Technology's Challenge to Governance, which he co-authored with George Shultz and Jim Hoagland.

In the News

Inconvenient And Unreported Weather Fact: We Just Had Two Years Of Record-Breaking Global Cooling

quoting Thomas Sowellvia AEI
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Would it surprise you to learn the greatest global two-year cooling event of the last century just occurred? From February 2016 to February 2018 (the latest month available) global average temperatures dropped 0.56°C.

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Cryptocurrencies ‘Innovative’ But ‘Pose Challenges’: Federal Reserve Governor

quoting Kevin Warshvia CCN.com
Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Federal Reserve has been giving cryptocurrencies and their potential impact on the economy a great deal of thought lately. Most recently, Fed Governor Lael Brainard provided a rare tilt of the Fed’s hand on digital currencies, taking more time, offering more details than usual and demonstrating the resources that the agency has dedicated to understanding this market.

Analysis and Commentary

Science Triumphs At The EPA. For Now.

by Henry I. Millervia Science 2.0
Thursday, May 17, 2018

In The Neonic Ban: A Scientific Fraud Becomes Enshrined In EU Regulatory Law, I described the many elements of corruption that led to Europe’s recently announced ban on neonic insecticides (“neonics”) which is based on the fallacy that they are responsible for a supposed collapse in bee populations. In fact, bee populations are rising on every habitable continent in the world, and have been since neonics first came on the market.

Interviews

Michael Spence On Tech And The Asian Growth Model

interview with Michael Spencevia Bloomberg
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Spence discusses the Asian growth model and the impact of technology.

Analysis and Commentary

The Neonic Ban: A Scientific Fraud Becomes Enshrined In EU Regulatory Law

by Henry I. Millervia Science 2.0
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Five years after the European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, an “experts committee” of the member states has now finally voted to make the ban permanent. This was hardly a surprise. The vote followed shortly after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published their advisory opinion that neonics “represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees,” a finding that got banner headlines across Europe and the U.S.

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