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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

October 13, 2020 • 11:09 PM

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Al Gore Emerges from Hiding, Calls Us a “Criminal Generation” Print
By Timothy H. Lee
Tuesday, March 02 2010
Just like Punxsutawney Phil emerged to seek his shadow, Gore finally emerged in The New York Times with a February 28 opinion piece astonishing for its tenacious adherence to stale admonitions and predictions of doom.

Somehow, it seems poetically just that Al Gore finally emerged from his snow-covered bunker just one day after the world collectively witnessed a false Pacific tsunami alarm. 

Following Chile’s tragic earthquake, we watched as a destructive wave supposedly swept toward Hawaii and other inhabited Pacific islands.  The primary difference is that we quickly recognized the falsity of Saturday’s tsunami warning, whereas Gore’s vast global warming hysteria industry continues to disintegrate in a more excruciating slow-motion, piece-by-piece fashion. 

Nevertheless, let’s give Mr. Gore a soft golf-clap for demonstrating the courage to show his face in public.  After a seemingly endless February that witnessed record snowstorms and winter disruptions across the country, he could have simply continued his hibernation while an increasingly skeptical nation mockingly asked, “Where’s Al?” 

Well, just like Punxsutawney Phil emerged to seek his shadow, Gore finally emerged in The New York Times with a February 28 opinion piece astonishing for its tenacious adherence to stale admonitions and predictions of doom.  Entitled We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change, Gore betrays his transparent larger agenda in his very first sentence by insisting that we face “an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventative measures to protect human civilization as we know it.” 

Somehow, one suspects that those “large-scale, preventative measures” he recommends just happen to be the same ones in which Gore has invested millions of dollars.  To drive home the point, he even identifies them more specifically:  “smart grids, fast trains, solar power, wind, geothermal and other renewable sources of energy – the most important sources of new jobs in the 21st century.” 

Well, the most important sources of investment gains for Gore’s portfolio, anyway. 

Self-serving investment motives aside, Gore’s commentary only got worse from there. 

Lamenting “our growing dependence on a global oil market dominated by dwindling reserves in the most unstable region of the world,” Gore didn’t bother to explain how he squares his professed desire to wean America from foreign oil with his steadfast opposition to domestic and offshore drilling. 

Then, Gore offered a remark that should ascend to his personal pantheon of absurd comments, alongside such gems as “no controlling legal authority” and “I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” 

Falsely claiming that he wishes global warming was not occurring (see, investment portfolio, infra), he wrote, “we would no longer have to worry that our grandchildren would one day look back on us as a criminal generation.” 

So there you have it.  We aren’t simply a generation that increasingly recognizes the flaws and even malfeasance within the sanctimonious global warming orthodoxy (see, e.g., “Climategate” scandal).  Nor are we simply a generation that tolerates differing scientific points of view amidst conflicting climate evidence.  Nor are we simply wrong. 

No, we’re a “criminal generation,” one that “selfishly and blithely ignored clear warnings that their fate was in our hands.” 

Forced to acknowledge the recent Climategate scandal in which activist scientists doctored climate data and slurred other scientists and publications offering contrary points of view, Gore dishonestly attempted to portray the perpetrators as victims.  Under his bizarre mischaracterization, “e-mail messages stolen from the University of East Anglia in Britain showed that scientists besieged by an onslaught of hostile, make-work demands from climate skeptics may not have adequately followed the requirements of the British freedom of information law.” 

No, Al, it was a lot worse than that.  Those discredited activists whom you falsely depict as victims overtly distorted and “lost” the data on which they rested their alarmist claims, and sought to blackball those mean people who dared contradict their pronouncements. 

Gore continued by trotting out the morally-charged term “climate deniers” as if to subtly associate them with Holocaust deniers, and slurred all resistance against his big-government carbon cap-and-tax agenda as “market fundamentalism” and “market triumphalism.”  He even employed religious overtones in ridiculously claiming that, “what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption.” 

Thus, anyone who opposes him is demonized as a “fundamentalist,” fanatically resisting his holy “instrument of human redemption.” 

For good measure, Gore also scapegoated talk radio hosts “who package hatred and divisiveness as entertainment.”  He even heaped a helping of anti-Americanism onto his bonfire of inanity by suggesting that China, perhaps the world’s foremost opponent of carbon regulations, “had privately signaled early last year that if the United States passed meaningful legislation, it would join in serious efforts to produce an effective treaty.” 

You mean, just like they’re currently making good on their promise to “join serious efforts” to contain Iranian and North Korean nuclear ambitions, Al? 

It all seemed like something that Gore could have written ten or even twenty years ago.  Fortunately, this “criminal generation” is beginning to realize that his doomsday predictions and promises of “human redemption” are as false as last week’s Hawaiian tsunami alarm. 

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