Environmentalism

Pickens Plan Is Based on Ignorance

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Can a person be a good businessman but a lousy economist? Yes. Take T. Boone Pickens, for example. Hes all over television touting his plan for wind power as a substitute for foreign oil, a plan that calls for massive government subsidies. This should immediately make us suspicious. If wind is so good, why does it need subsidies? In trying ... [click for more]

Global Warming, Central Planning, and the Free Market

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Global warming is a topic that can turn any gathering of friends into a shouting match quickly, and with good reason. If the direst predictions are true, our civilization is in for a rough ride down the road. But unfortunately, the debate over global warming has been framed in such a way that one of ... [click for more]

Destroying the Everglades

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When most people think of southern Florida, they conjure up images of Disney World and spring break. Yet further south than Mickey and Daytona International Speedway are the Florida Everglades, one of the most unusual ecosystems in the world and a true mecca for wildlife enthusiasts. Over the past half century, ... [click for more]

Is “the Environment” a Collectivist Idea?

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No issue has been more prominent the last several decades than “the environment.” Almost every day a new environmental “threat” arises, spelling the end of life as we know it, if not literally. We are being poisoned by polluted water and air; man-made carcinogens hide in our food; our ozone protection from the sun is eroding. And then there’s ... [click for more]

Environmentalist Terrorists Burn with Hypocrisy

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Early in the morning of November 21, four unoccupied townhouses in Hagerstown, Maryland, were intentionally set on fire, causing approximately $300,000 in damage. An anonymous email to news organizations claimed the attack for the “Earth Liberation Front” (ELF) — to “defend what remains of the wild and the ... [click for more]

Mr. Bush, Mind Your Own Business

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So President Bush wants us to conserve gasoline by driving less. Cut out the nonessential car trips, he says. It seems to me that the quintessential American response is simply this: With all due respect Mr. President, mind your own business. You see, in America (why doesn’t he know this?) ... [click for more]

Environmentalist Nonsense

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The environmentalist movement has gone into overdrive over the newest trend in Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs). The Hummer, from General Motors, Ford’s Excursion, and now the Unimog from DaimlerChrysler are all driving our Green friends to distraction distraction because they have attained a new low in “excessive” gas consumption. Labeled “gas-guzzlers” and scathingly dishonored with the “Exxon Valdez Award for ... [click for more]

Crowding Out the Crabbing Market

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The Washington Times reported on October 7 that “a proposal to ban crabbing three days a week is netting opposition from crabbers who say their livelihoods are in danger.” According to state officials, harvests of the blue crab need to be reduced by 35 percent if the ... [click for more]

Preserving Barns the Free-Market Way

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There is a conflict over barns in New England. A man named Ken Epworth, a New Yorker, has formed a business called the Barn People, which specializes in disassembling 18th-century and 19th-century barns and reassembling them as attachments to expensive homes elsewhere. Locals are reacting angrily, accusing Epworth ... [click for more]

Protecting Whales

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The government of Iceland has recently commissioned a whaling ship to hunt and kill 38 minke whales to study the contents of their stomachs. According to the Washington Times (August 18), the Icelandic government claims the research is necessary “to measure effect on fish stocks such as ... [click for more]

Private Roads and the Economics of the Environment

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In the interest of battling automobile-created air pollution, environmentalists call for more public transportation — more buses and commuter trains and the higher taxes needed to fund them — to get people out of their cars. Granting, for the sake of discussion, that air quality is as poor as ... [click for more]

Barges and Birds, Politics and the Market

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In a move that delighted environmentalists, a U.S. district judge recently ordered the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to lower the water level of the Missouri River in order to provide suitable nesting habitat for endangered bird species. However, the move will have detrimental effects on shipping, and the ... [click for more]
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