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Members of Congress Stand Up for Property Rights

In rare but refreshing bipartisan good news out of Congress, Senator Thom Tillis (R – North Carolina) and Representatives Ben Cline (R - Virginia), Theodore Deutch (D - Florida), Martha Roby (R - Alabama) and Harley Rouda (D – California) have just taken a firm stand protecting property rights – copyrights specifically – and merit our praise.

As we’ve long highlighted, property rights constitute a central pillar of “American Exceptionalism,” and that includes intellectual property (IP) rights – copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets.   Our Founding Fathers considered IP so important that they deliberately and explicitly singled it out for protection in the text of the Constitution.  As a direct result, we’ve become the most innovative and prosperous nation…[more]

December 06, 2019 • 02:15 pm

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1 Eliminate, Don’t Expand, the Wasteful Federal Electric Vehicle Subsidy

If you’re like most Americans, you think of electric vehicles (EVs) as a novelty that may or may not succeed in the marketplace of products, and an option that people should be perfectly free to purchase with their own dollars if they so choose.  But like most Americans, chances are that you also oppose taxpayer subsidies for EVs and believe…

2 The Tragedy of Greta Thunberg

Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg lives in the healthiest, wealthiest, safest and most peaceful era humans have ever known. She is one of the luckiest people ever to have lived. In a just world, Thunberg would be at the United Nations thanking capitalist countries for bequeathing her this remarkable inheritance. Instead…

3 Fracking: The Latest Manifestation of American Exceptionalism

Betting against America is a foolish proposition, as decades and centuries have proven.  Leftist political merchants, however, continue to peddle that gloom and doom.  The most stinging rebuke in recent years comes courtesy of America’s petroleum sector – perhaps the Left’s most detested bogeyman of all.  Recall the…

4 Two New “Inconvenient Truths” for Climate Alarmists

This week delivered two new inconvenient truths for climate alarmists, to employ Al Gore’s own smug, profiteering terminology.   The first, as reported by USA Today, is that we’re experiencing a hurricane hiatus unlike anything we’ve witnessed in almost four decades:  If you think it’s been an unusually quiet…

5 Climate: Meet the New Scare, Same as the Old Scare

This month, The Wall Street Journal celebrated its 130th anniversary by republishing salient articles spanning that period, including this retrospectively illuminating report from February 2, 1978:  A climatic disaster, triggered by the continued burning of oil and coal, could result in the submergence of much of Florida, Holland and other low…

6 Sorry, Democrats, There Is No Climate Chaos

Climate isn't the same as weather — unless, of course, weather happens to be politically useful. In that case, weather portends climate apocalypse. So warns Elizabeth Warren as she surveyed Iowan rainstorms, which she claims, like tornadoes and floods, are more frequent and severe. "Different parts of the country deal with different…

7 Electric Vehicle Subsidies: Crony Capitalist Taxpayer Subsidies for Californians and the Rich

Electric vehicles (EVs) offer a promising and fascinating technological innovation, even for the most cantankerous traditionalists.  That doesn’t mean, however, that federal tax dollars should be subsidizing them.  Especially when those subsidies constitute a handout to wealthier Americans who can already afford them, most of them…

8 Unforced Error: GOP Congressman Inexplicably Validates “Green New Deal” Extremists

When your adversaries begin self-destructing, it’s unwise to interrupt them.  It’s even more foolish to proactively throw them a lifeline to extricate them from the predicament of their own creation.  Apparently, Congressman Matt Gaetz (R – Florida) either forgot that wisdom or never internalized it in the first instance…

9 Green New Deal Exposes Climate Alarmists’ Insincerity

The anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change alarm movement is fraudulent and farcical.  As if fresh confirmation of that reality was necessary, it arrived this week when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – Kentucky) allowed liberals to match deed to word by bringing their “Green New Deal” to vote.  It failed…

10 GOP Pounces by Allowing Democrats to Vote on Their Own Idea

"The Green New Deal is the only way to save the earth from utter extinction. If you keep standing in the way, troglodytes, we are doomed." "OK, Democrats, let's vote on your nonbinding resolution." "Why are you sabotaging our legislation?!"  If you think this is an exaggeration of the illogical position of Democrats…

11 Climate Alarmists Begin Censoring Inconvenient Truths

Ask yourself this:  If your ideological opponents stubbornly and continually uttered something laughably counterfactual and preposterously contrary to truly “settled science,” would you really feel the need to silence them?   Quite the contrary, you’d provide them the most prominent platform, and expose them to the…

12 Fracking Miracle: The Latest American Exceptionalism

Unless you're under the legal drinking age of 21, you probably recall the days when the possibility of American energy independence seemed farcical, little more than a meaningless political slogan inserted into presidential State of the Union speeches as a formality more than any sincere aspiration.  Throughout the 1970s, oil-producing Middle…

13 Climate Change Alarmism Is the World's Leading Cause of Hot Gas

Even as anti-gas tax riots raged in France this week, naturalist David Attenborough warned a crowd at a United Nations climate change summit in Poland that "the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon." U.N. General Assembly President Maria Espinosa told the media that "mankind&…

14 Groundhog Day: U.N. Climate Report Predicts End of the World (Again)

Breaking news:  The end of the world is near due to climate change, according to the United Nations.  You'll be forgiven if your immediate response is, "What else is new?"  We've been hearing the same thing year after year since at least the first "Earth Day," on the heels of Woodstock, the moon landing and Joe…

15 The Burning Issue with California Fires

President Donald Trump's critics are belittling him for not buying the politically correct narrative that global warming is to blame for the California wildfires. Instead, Trump correctly points to decades of mistakes by state and federal forest agencies that caused the woodlands to become overly dense and blanketed with highly flammable dead wood…

16 Why Aren't Liberals Celebrating Higher Gas Prices? It's What They Want

With consumer confidence at a 17-year high and economic prospects looking relatively strong, congressional Democrats have taken to grousing about the gas pump as a midterm strategy. "These higher oil prices are translating directly to soaring gas prices," declared Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, "something we know disproportionately…

17 American Petroleum Innovators Proved the Naysayers Wrong

For decades, Americans were constantly lectured about our need to achieve energy independence.  As far back as November 1973, Richard Nixon warned, "From its beginning 200 years ago, throughout its history, America has made great sacrifices of blood and also of treasure to achieve and maintain its independence.  In the last third of…

18 Climate Alarmism Hurting Consumers, Tax Cuts Already Helping Them

In America and across the world, class warfare and climate alarmism constitute two core elements of the extreme left's agenda.  Unfortunately for them, those two crusades increasingly stand in tension with one another.  Specifically, the left's Quixotic agenda for fighting climate change ends up disproportionately harming the poor, who…

19 An Inconvenient Week: Al Gore Exposed as Climate Hypocrite, Bombs at Box Office

It's been a difficult week for Al Gore.  Its tragicomic quality was amplified because it was supposed to be a lustrous one with the debut of "An Inconvenient Sequel," the followup to his 2006 jeremiad "An Inconvenient Truth."  But then investigative journalist Drew Johnson of the National Center for Public Policy Research…

20 By Rejecting Costly Paris Climate Treaty, Trump Put American Interests First

 We're running out of time.  If we don't do something to stop global warming - pardon, "climate change" - our Midwestern glaciers may recede, leaving enormous lakes bordering major population centers like Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit in their wake.  Obviously, that's not among the claims in climate alarmists' repertoire…

21 Time to End the Paris Accord Charade

Taking climate alarmists at their word, shouldn't the earth be uninhabitable by now?  Here's what climate hysteria godfather Paul Ehrlich solemnly predicted in 1974:  We are rapidly applying intolerable pressures on the planet at the same time we're seriously undermining the earth's ability to withstand those pressures.  Unless we…

22 An Imploding Energy Mandate

After just six months, a bipartisan consensus within New York has emerged that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard (CES) plan is a policy and political disaster.  It’s all a tawdry tale of crony capitalism, bureaucratic overreach, unilateral taxation and wasteful subsidies. Now, the focus shifts to appropriate solutions…

23 With Arctic Drilling Ban, Obama Continues His Historic Abuse of Power

While the left panics over President-elect Donald Trump and the erosion of democratic norms, President Barack Obama went ahead and issued another decree without any regard for the nation's legislative process. It's nothing new. Obama's latest executive move, banning offshore drilling in large areas of the Atlantic and Arctic waters, folds neatly into…

24 With EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt, Trump Continues String of Encouraging Picks

This week, departing First Lady Michelle Obama invited derision when she lamented to Oprah Winfrey, "We feel the difference now.  See, now we are feeling what not having hope feels like."  Uncharacteristically for a First Lady, Mrs. Obama had campaigned desperately on behalf of Hillary Clinton, so perhaps her negativity should…

25 Pew Research: Public Rejecting Global Warming Orthodoxy

A comprehensive new survey entitled "The Politics of Climate" from the left-leaning Pew Research Center offers encouraging insight into Americans' views toward global warming orthodoxy.  The climate alarm industry, however, only seems to double down on efforts to shove that false orthodoxy down our throats as the inconvenient truths…

26 Governor Cuomo's New Green Energy Boondoggle Will Cost New Yorkers

It's bad enough when climate alarmists subject the rest of us to their increasingly dubious harangues.  It becomes far more sinister when they concoct Solyndra-like schemes and force taxpayers to subsidize them.  After all, we're now over a quarter-century into the synthetic global warming "crisis."  During that time, the…

27 Activists Target Federally Approved Pipeline With Threats and Intimidation

When is enough enough?  When a rational person knows they aren’t going to win, that their point isn’t going to be heard, that they came up short – they throw in the towel.  Sure, a toddler may continue to whine and cry, but an adult moves on.  There’s a time and a place to protest, to stand your ground. …

28 Colorado's Anti-Fracking Crackup

If a pair of extreme green ballot measures fall in the Rocky Mountains and no one in the liberal media is paying attention, does the collapse make a sound? This week, two anti-fracking initiatives backed by deep-pocketed environmental lobbying heavyweights, such as the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, failed to gather enough signatures. The more draconian…

29 Tale of Two Tribes: 'Climate Refugees' vs. EPA Victims

The left has concocted a lucrative category of politically correct victims: "climate refugees." It's the new Green racket. U.S. taxpayers will now be forking over untold billions to ease the pain allegedly inflicted on "carbon's casualties" by industrial activity. By contrast, those who have suffered as a direct result of government…

30 New Poll Underscores the “Political Science” of Climate Change

The climate is changing. It’s true. Earth’s climate has always changed and global warming was a prerequisite for the growth and expansion of human civilization. So it’s disappointing to learn that only 70 percent of Americans believe the climate is changing. That’s according to a new Monmouth University poll, which has more…

 
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