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R Street Institute policy study: Current U.S. water regulations need a flood of reforms

  Washington (Feb. 19) – In the coming years water scarcity will be a major challenge for the western United States. However, the current state of water regulations is only …

Water Markets as a Response to Climate Change

Climate change is predicted to increase already severe water scarcity in the western United States. To meet the coming challenge, states should adopt more flexible water markets, which …

Inslee’s carbon-tax plan is about revenue — not climate change

Most Washington state residents and lawmakers are no doubt concerned about the threat that climate change poses for our planet, yet Gov. Jay Inslee struggles to gain support …

California’s proposed car ban is the perfect mix of hubris and silliness

SACRAMENTO — It’s about time that members of Congress and the California Legislature got really serious about combating the nation’s pollution problem. Just as Jonathan Swift had a “modest …

Why insurance bill hurts consumers, increases fire risks

As the climate changes and California’s vast wilderness dries and dies, ever-growing swaths of the Golden State are at risk of replicating the same sorts of massive wildfires …

Even California leaders fail to grasp climate change

Amid decades of feckless leadership from Washington on climate change, the leadership of the nation’s largest state has been invaluable. Unfortunately, while California may be ahead of curve …

Fighting climate change does not mean going vegan

Here at R Street we like to think of ourselves as red meat conservatives. I mean that literally. On Friday, R Street will host its annual “Meatfest,” where R …

Virtue signaling won’t save the planet, but state compacts might

Senior U.S. climate officials arrived Monday in Bonn, Germany, a week into the latest meeting of the United Nations-sponsored climate change project known as the Conference of Parties-23 …

Louisiana schools face highest risk in nation from flooding

Louisiana schools face a variety of challenges, from maintaining discipline to improving test scores. Increasingly, they face another challenge: natural disasters, particularly flooding. According to new research by the …

Courts deal another blow to Obama climate legacy

Attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases suffered another setback Tuesday, when a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated …

Welcome to Climate Junior High

The new kid in the class is glib and loud, while the gal in charge of the “cool kids” pretended he hadn’t even entered the classroom. At least, …

Centralized climate planning like Paris wasn’t going to work anyway

Beware of hyperbole: President Donald Trump “canceling” Paris doesn’t mean much. All the hand wringing about the wavering U.S. commitment to climate diplomacy misses the larger message. International …

A conversation on ‘Democracy’ with Condoleezza Rice

So many intellectually gifted political figures are about as warm as a slab of granite in a blizzard. As we sat down to discuss her book, Democracy: Stories from …

A conservative looks at climate change

My name is Eli Lehrer. I grew up in a home with a Ronald Reagan doormat, a stream of progressive direct mail and a regular parade of leftist …

CalPERS staff nudges board to consider lower return rates

There’s bad news coming down the pike for California municipalities following several days of board meetings for the nation’s largest state-based pension fund. Although no action has been …

The kids suing over climate change better *not* be our best hope

Following election results and a subsequent transition period that probably has been fairly dispiriting to those concerned about tackling the problem of climate change, recent days have seen …

No, a child tax is not like a carbon tax

As a former philosophy major, I resent that the only time philosophers tend to get featured in the press is when they are saying something particularly ridiculous. For …

White House overreaches with SEC climate disclosure plan

As has been expected for months, the Federal Emergency Management Agency this coming morning will publish in the Aug. 19 edition of the Federal Register its regulations implementing …

What Louisiana’s floods say about America, and America’s future

While most of America is focused on the Olympics or the latest campaign controversies, Louisiana is in crisis. Flooding in parts of the state during the last week is …

The lukewarm case for climate action

I usually try to avoid writing about the science of climate change. For one thing, it’s boring. Start writing about climate science, and the next thing you know, …

Subsidized insurance increases vulnerability to climate change

Texas’ coastline is a source of economic strength and vitality. From oil-and-gas production to shipping to tourism, the region provides billions in economic value to the state. But …

Democrats’ climate agenda deserves a conservative response

As the Democratic Party looks to advance what has been characterized as the “most progressive platform in the party's history,” there's never been a more urgent time for …

To reduce carbon emissions, U.S. should embrace nuclear power

This month, the first new nuclear reactor in the United States in two decades came online. The new reactor at the Watts Bar power plant in Tennessee is …

Why Republicans should reconsider their blanket opposition to a carbon tax

As House Republicans take up a resolution declaring they are against ever considering the possibility of a carbon tax, it bears noting that there are good reasons for …

Growth is green

Global 2000, a report published by the Carter administration in 1980, offered a bleak forecast for the human race. It predicted “the world in 2000 will be more …

Five climate lies the attorneys general aren’t investigating

The attorneys general of 20 states have launched an investigation into groups they suggest have misled the public on the dangerous reality of climate change. Caught up in …

A practical approach to climate change

The attached policy study appeared in the Summer 2015 edition of National Affairs. Climate change resulting from human activity likely poses the biggest environmental risk modern society faces. Its …

Climate change: It’s time for a conservative alternative

President Barack Obama's climate agenda announced in June 2013 represents the latest of many Democratic Party efforts to address climate change. Although it includes no new legislation, the …

‘Climate silence’: It’s just common sense

As any number of activists and journalists -- nearly all of them on the left -- have noted, the two major party presidential candidates aren't talking much about …

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