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 […]

Principles and Plastic Bags

Galveston is the latest Texas city to consider a ban on disposable plastic bags. (Eleven cities currently have such a ban.) Conservatives, as well as bag manufacturers and some businesses, are fighting the ordinance. But not all Galveston businesses are opposed.

“As business operators we typically don’t like this type of business regulation,” said Steve […]

Go Green, or Else

In another attempt to force Houstonians to “go green,” the city is about to expand its bike-sharing program, known as Houston B-cycle. The program allows individuals to rent a bicycle from thirty-one kiosks around the city. Over the next two years the program will expand to more than one hundred kiosks.

In announcing the expansion, […]

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

If you work in the oil industry and are tired of the environmentalists trying to make you feel guilty, it will do your heart and soul good to read The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein. And if you are not in the industry, this book will provide some fascinating insights.

This book […]