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Image of the Day: More Economic Freedom = Higher Standard of Living

In last week's Liberty Update, we highlighted the Heritage Foundation's 2022 Index of Economic Freedom, which shows that Joe Biden has dragged the U.S. down to 22nd, our lowest rank ever (we placed 4th in the first Index in 1995, and climbed back up from 18th to 12th under President Trump).  As we noted, among the Index's invaluable metrics is how it demonstrates the objective correlation between more economic freedom and higher citizen standards of living, which this graphic illustrates:

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May 19, 2022 • 12:53 PM

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1 Crony Capitalists Propose a Carbon Tax to … Reduce Energy Costs?

Remember when Joe Biden pitched his "Build Back Better" boondoggle?   He insisted with a straight face that pouring trillions of additional government dollars into an inflationary economy would somehow reduce inflation.   In support of that facially preposterous assertion, the Biden Administration tweeted, “17…

2 Let Them Drive Teslas

"Well, you all imagined it," Vice President Kamala Harris commented during a so-called clean-transit event, where she appeared with her fellow tautologist, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. "That's why we're here today – because we have the ability to see what can be, unburdened by what has been, and then to…

3 U.N. Climate Report Regurgitates Failed Predictions and Dangerous Agenda

Stop us if you’ve heard this before.   The United Nations just released yet another climate report, which it naturally advertises as a “code red for humanity.”   Claiming a “very high degree of confidence,” the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns of imminent Ice cap disappearance…

4 The Green Immoralists

Thousands are dying from Russian missiles and bombs in the suburbs of Ukraine. In response, the Biden Administration's climate-change envoy, multimillionaire and private-jet-owning John Kerry, laments that Russian President Vladimir Putin might no longer remain his partner in reducing global warming. "You're going to lose people's focus,"…

5 What Biden Should Do, Not Just Say, About Ukraine

Thunderous applause is expected Tuesday night when President Joe Biden will pay tribute to the outnumbered and outgunned Ukrainians resisting the Russian invasion. But words like liberty and democracy, which Biden invoked on Thursday to praise these heroes, are not enough. Words have to be backed up by military might and energy dominance. Putin's…

6 Biden Energy Blunders Beget Global Instability and Domestic Pain

The peril of presidential policy blunders is that, by the time their consequences become obvious, it’s too late to avert the painful lessons.   Both at home and overseas, we’re witnessing that dynamic due to the self-inflicted wound that is the Biden Administration’s energy policy.   Here at home, the federal…

7 The Biden-Buttigieg Pitch: It's All Free!

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign was essentially a bidding war in which each candidate pledged to spend trillions of dollars beyond what is needed to run the country, ostensibly to rebuild the nation after the coronavirus pandemic. Candidate Joe Biden won the contest and has so far signed a $1.9 trillion "COVID relief" bill…

8 Biden Energy Policy: Leave No Oil Dictator Behind

Are you enjoying this historic surge in consumer product shortages and inflation, which the White House in its best Marie Antoinette impression labels a “high-class problem?”   Well, get ready, because it’s about to get even worse.   The federal government warned just last week that Americans should expect significantly…

9 Climate Change Is Not a Crisis

President Joe Biden contends that the recent hurricanes that hit the United States prove we're in a "climate crisis." It's a "code red" for the world, the president warns. White House national climate adviser Gina McCarthy added that climate is now a "health emergency." It is, no doubt, quite convenient for politicians…

10 Biden Admits Green New Deal Is a Dream

On Monday, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or the IPCC, ordered a "code red," releasing a "landmark" report warning that global warming was an existential threat to humanity, "unequivocally" blaming humans for the problem, and demanding rapid action to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. "What the IPCC…

11 While U.S. Suffers Crippling Infrastructure Cyberattack, Biden Pushes Electric Vehicle Subsidies

Here’s a crazy thought.   If a consumer product is a good one, government needn’t subsidize it for it to gain popularity, right?   Government certainly shouldn’t have to mandate its purchase or gradually eliminate competing products from the marketplace, thereby removing any consumer choice in the matter. …

12 Joe Biden's Climate Denialism

In anticipation of the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, a two-day global gathering of more than 40 world leaders, President Joe Biden declared that the United States had a "moral imperative" to adopt an "ambitious" goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030 and 100% by 2050. Such an effort, if we…

13 Texas Highlights Peril of "Green Energy" Agenda

Leave it to “green energy” advocates and environmental extremists to brazenly ignore their failures in the wake of Texas winter power outages.   Instead, they shamelessly double down and scapegoat more reliable fossil fuels and nuclear energy sources.   What Texas and the rest of America really need, they insist, is…

14 CFIF Applauds Trump Administration Announcement on Automobile Industry Relief from Burdensome Green New Deal-Like Regulations

ALEXANDRIA, VA – In welcome news today, the Trump Administration announced much-needed relief for America’s beleaguered automobile industry by moderating “green” regulations imposed by the Obama Administration.  The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule emerges jointly from the Department of Transportation…

15 Energy Paradoxes Put Europe In a Precarious Position

Despite its cool Green parties and ambitious wind and solar agendas, Europe remains by far the world's largest importer of oil and natural gas. Oil output in the North Sea and off the coast of Norway is declining, and the European Union is quietly looking for fossil fuel energy anywhere it can find it. Europe itself is naturally rich in fossil fuels…

16 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…

17 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…

18 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…

19 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…

20 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…

21 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…

22 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…

23 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…

24 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…

25 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…

26 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…

27 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…

28 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&…

29 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…

30 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…

 
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