44 Things You Should Know about the Green New Deal

Sign here to tell Congress to kill the Green New Deal! On Feb. 7, US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and US Sen. Ed Markey introduced legislation known as the Green New Deal. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s a big deal, to paraphrase Joe Biden. The History of New Deals Wikipedia, the internet’s fountain of knowledge, … Continue reading 44 Things You Should Know about the Green New Deal

The Myth That the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings

If you asked me this morning which nation has the most mass shootings in the world, I would have said, with perhaps a flicker of hesitation, the United States. This is a tad embarrassing to admit because I’m pretty familiar with shooting statistics, having written several articles on gun violence and the Second Amendment. Below … Continue reading The Myth That the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings

The Environmental Costs of Renewable Energy Are Staggering

"The Limits of Clean Energy" is the title of an article by Jason Hickel in Foreign Policy, with the sub-title “If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels.” Here’s the opening: The conversation about climate change has been blazing ahead in recent months. Propelled by the school climate strikes … Continue reading The Environmental Costs of Renewable Energy Are Staggering

5 Surprising Scientific Facts about Earth’s Climate

On the weekend of August 10–11, as if in chorus, major online news websites called on people to stop consuming meat. The calls echoed a recent United Nations report that recommended doing so to fight climate change. It surprised many, but there are other more surprising facts about climate change that are hardly published in … Continue reading 5 Surprising Scientific Facts about Earth’s Climate

The World’s Poorest People Are Getting Richer Faster than Anyone Else

Last Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The date intentionally coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action, which saw the French anti-poverty campaigner Father Joseph Wresinski ask the international community, in front of 100,000 Parisians, to “strive to eradicate extreme poverty”. To mark … Continue reading The World’s Poorest People Are Getting Richer Faster than Anyone Else

Reform Underfunded Multiemployer Pension Plans. Don’t Make Taxpayers Bail Them Out.

Absent any congressional action, between 1 million and 10 million workers and retirees will lose most of their promised pension benefits over the coming decades. It would be unfair to stave off those losses with taxpayer bailouts, and doing so would establish the precedent that the federal government will stand behind pension promises that it didn’t even … Continue reading Reform Underfunded Multiemployer Pension Plans. Don’t Make Taxpayers Bail Them Out.

China’s ‘Economic’ Losses Aren’t Because of US Trade Success

China’s economic growth has been slowing down, but it was slowing down before President Donald Trump entered the White House, and it will continue to slow down, regardless of whether the U.S.-China trade dispute continues or not. Supporters of the administration’s trade policy often cite the decline in China’s largest stock market, the Shanghai Stock … Continue reading China’s ‘Economic’ Losses Aren’t Because of US Trade Success