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IT vs OT: National Security Lessons from Colonial Pipeline
Mary Brooks

Americans have long feared a “Cyber Pearl Harbor:” the big, devastating kind of cyberattack that might fry a power grid during a cold winter, poison the water supply in Manhattan or blow up a…

Ranked-Choice Voting: A Conservative Election Reform
Matt Germer

“[T]he thinking conservative understands that permanence and change must be recognized and reconciled in a vigorous society.”

When Russell Kirk penned his famous “Ten Conservative…

Let’s get Clean Slate right in North Carolina
Marc Hyden

North Carolina made national news last year when the legislature unanimously approved the Second Chance Act, which expanded access to criminal record expungements.

Now, roughly a year later,…

Supreme Court’s ruling ignores that children can be rehabilitated
Nila Bala

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court made it easier to sentence youth to life without parole, the harshest sentence for a young person. The decision is a sharp departure from precedent established over…

Texans have had a rough year. Fixing the probation system would be a bright spot.
Nila Bala

This year is already turning out to be an historic one for the state of Texas. Freezing temperatures and power outages crippled much of Texas at the beginning of the year, putting vulnerable…

Are other countries reciprocating U.S. climate promises?
Philip Rossetti

In response to the United States’ bolstered emission abatement promises, a few other major emitters have made similar commitments.
Although some were achieved, reciprocation remains low: of…

To Achieve Climate Goals, Embrace (Carbon) Markets
Philip Rossetti

At a basic level, climate change is an economic problem: rising seas mean damage from storm surge and flooding; warmer waters mean more intense and damaging hurricanes; and higher temperatures can…

Requiring renewables to purchase replacement power is a mistake for Texas
Josiah Neeley

Nancy Pelosi once famously said of Obamacare that “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.” Some recent proposals by the Texas legislature regarding electricity seem to…

Remembering Adam Kolton
Eli Lehrer

Adam Kolton, Executive Director of the Alaska Wilderness League, passed away on the morning of April 26, 2021. He was one of the most open-minded, passionate and intelligent people I knew in the…

Supreme Court Term Limits and the Revolving Door Problem
Anthony Marcum

Fulfilling a campaign pledge, this month President Joe Biden created a Commission to analyze the merits of potential reforms to the Supreme Court. The move reignited commentary and public debate…