Manipulating Consumers

During its regular session, the Texas Legislature revived a program that offers a tax rebate of $2,500 for the purchase of an electric car. This is on top of the $7,500 tax credit offered by the federal government. While I am certainly in favor of lowering taxes, these programs are intended to manipulate consumers.

Much […]

If At First You Don’t Succeed

For decades, environmentalists have been predicting one impending disaster after another. In the early 1970s, we were told that mass starvation would soon result from over population. Then, we were told that a new Ice Age would soon threaten the world. Before long, the environmentalists changed their mind. Freezing to death was no longer a […]

Do It For the Birds

In May, a flock of migrating birds crashed into a 23-story building in Galveston, killing approximately four hundred birds. Claiming that the birds were confused by floodlights that illuminated the building, an online petition is demanding that the city of Galveston require building owners to turn their lights off at night.

The petition states:

Experts […]

Houston People’s Climate March

I will admit to having a certain morbid curiosity about manifestations of evil. I find it interesting to understand both the psychology and the philosophy of those who engage in criminal activities. For this reason, I attended last Saturday’s Houston People’s Climate March.

Except for Houston City Council, I had never attended a Leftist event, […]

The March for Science

A grim reminder of how far science has descended in our anti-reason culture can be seen in protests against the Trump administrations plans for the Environmental Protection Agency. On Earth Day, April 22, 2017 a “March for Science” will take place in Houston, as well as other cities in the US and around the world.

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Statists often like to present their policies and programs as a free market solution. Emission trading, which Wikipedia calls a “market-based approach to controlling pollution,” is one example. Carbon emission trading assigns “property rights” to emissions, which allow the holder to emit a set quantity of a particular substance. Those who emit less of that […]

The Danger of Deregulation

Many have applauded President Trump’s stated objective to “massively” reduce regulations. Certainly, fewer regulations are better than the mountains of controls and prohibitions that currently stifle American businesses. But reducing regulations is not the panacea some might believe.

Consider the Environmental Protection Agency as an example. Last week, Scott Pruitt, the head of the agency, […]

A Call to Abandon Galveston

Brandt Mannchen, spokesman for the Sierra Club’s Houston Regional Group, reveals the true nature of environmentalism in a story about the Ike Dike. The Ike Dike is a storm protection system being planned for the Houston and Galveston area. Mannchen says that rather than build a protection system, we should just abandon Galveston Island.

“Nobody […]

Liberty and Local Control

Not surprisingly, the Chronicle has come out in favor of Galveston’s proposed plastic bag ban. The editorial chastises state officials who oppose local bans, arguing that the “unique circumstances” in each city are often ignored by out-of-town politicians. This may be true, but there are no unique circumstances that justify violations of liberty.

However, according […]

Truth Versus Environmentalism

Since the 1960s, environmentalists and their ilk have been predicting a series of imminent disasters. First, it was over-population and mass starvation. Then it was a new Ice Age. That was followed by global warming, which was succeeded with climate change. None of the predictions of doom came true.

But that hasn’t stopped environmentalists from […]