I Was an Enviro-Pessimist in the 1980s. But Human Ingenuity Proved Me Wrong

In 1980, the year that PERC was founded, I spent three months in the Himalayas working on a wildlife conservation project. The purpose was to do wildlife surveys on behalf of the Indian government in the stunningly beautiful valleys of the Kulu region in northern India, among forests of deodar cedar and evergreen oak. One … Continue reading I Was an Enviro-Pessimist in the 1980s. But Human Ingenuity Proved Me Wrong

Fuel Efficiency Rules Lead to Deadlier Car Accidents

California and other state and local governments have filed suit to stop the Trump administration’s SAFE (Safer Affordable Fuel Efficiency) rule. That rule replaced the outgoing Obama administration’s rule requiring five percent annual increases in Corporate Average Fuel Economy, reaching 54 mpg by 2025, with 1.5 percent annual increases, reaching 40 mpg in 2026. California … Continue reading Fuel Efficiency Rules Lead to Deadlier Car Accidents

COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the U.S. recycling industry. Waste sources, quantities and destinations are all in flux, and shutdowns have devastated an industry that was already struggling. Many items designated as reusable, communal or secondhand have been temporarily barred to minimize person-to-person exposure. This is producing higher volumes of waste. Grocers, whether by state … Continue reading COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs

Radical Environmentalists’ Giddiness During Pandemic Exposes Their True Aims

As Americans are trapped in their homes, unable to work, and struggling to pay bills due to the threat of a global pandemic, the left has a reminder for us. The real threat is climate change. “We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can’t afford any … Continue reading Radical Environmentalists’ Giddiness During Pandemic Exposes Their True Aims

Celebrating the Earth by Increasing Economic Freedom Around the World

It’s economic freedom that will save the earth. Apart from health care, no other big government policies and actions are more intrusive and economically distortionary than environmental regulations. Rather than relying on civil society, free markets, and a free press to ensure environmental quality and safeguards, a myriad bureaucrats and agencies in governments and international … Continue reading Celebrating the Earth by Increasing Economic Freedom Around the World

Why Banning Gas Stoves Is Not a Serious Way to Fight Climate Change

In July, in an effort to combat global warming, Berkeley, California, became the first city in the United States to prohibit natural gas in new buildings, including residential homes. "We need to tackle climate change every way that we can," said Berkeley City Councilwoman Kate Harrison, who led the effort. Other cities, including Sacramento, Los … Continue reading Why Banning Gas Stoves Is Not a Serious Way to Fight Climate Change

How Virginia’s Green New Deal Will Add to Residents’ COVID-19 Costs

While many Virginia residents are still reeling from the effects of COVID-19, their elected officials from Gov. Ralph Northam on down are increasing their financial burdens with radical Green New Deal-style programs, energy policy analysts say. Renewable energy mandates and restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions recently signed into law by Northam, a Democrat, are economically … Continue reading How Virginia’s Green New Deal Will Add to Residents’ COVID-19 Costs

Why Eco-Warriors’ Bid to Ban Natural Gas Appliances Is Wrongheaded

Could the 80-year-old phrase “Now we’re cooking with gas” soon become a relic of the past? Several cities are studying proposals to restrict the use of natural gas in commercial and residential buildings as a way to combat climate change. In the latest push to ban natural gas appliances in homes, a Sierra Club-commissioned report warns of the … Continue reading Why Eco-Warriors’ Bid to Ban Natural Gas Appliances Is Wrongheaded