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Commentary

The Electric Car Snow Job

By Andrew Fillat & Henry Miller The United States is being taken for a very expensive ride by an unholy alliance between climate ideologues and business opportunists, who have exerted undue influence over public opinion and government institutions in the name of climate change. The misnamed Inflation Reduction Act, signed …

California

Housing First programs aren’t working

By Wayne Winegarden & Kerry Jackson Project Homekey, California’s answer to its homelessness troubles, came with great promises. But like many government plans before it, it’s fallen short, and isn’t likely to recover. California’s homeless population exploded from about 114,000 in 2014 to more than 161,000 in 2020, the most …

Commentary

Bad Piled on Bad

By Henry Miller & Andrew Fillat Less than a month after the Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA, the White House is reportedly contemplating declaration of a “national climate emergency.” On July 20, at a former coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts, President Biden said, “Climate change is an emergency. And in the coming …

Climate Change

When it Comes to Food Safety, ‘Organic’ Can Be a Risky Business

By Henry Miller and Kathleen Hefferon Many consumers are committed to organic products for reasons that are more emotional than logical. They frequently define their purchasing choices in terms of what they consider to be “wholesome and natural,” which often translates to the absence of “synthetic” inputs such as fertilizer …

Free Cities

Eric Edwards and Sara Sutherland – How Federal Bureaucracy Hinder Projects to Reduce Wildfire Risk

With California’s fire season in full swing, Eric Edwards and Sara Sutherland, senior research fellows with the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Montana, join us to discuss their new paper detailing how bureaucratic federal environmental reviews – much like the California Environmental Quality Act – add delay and …

Commentary

Supreme Court broadens school choice options, but states need to act

By Lance Izumi and McKenzie Richards While freedom has been under attack in many areas of life, the freedom of parents to choose the best education for their children has just expanded thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision. The case, Carson v. Makin, involved a Maine law that prevented parents and their children from using state-provided …

Business & Economics

Wayne Winegarden – Soaring Gas Prices

We discuss with Wayne what’s on everyone’s mind – inflation, rising gas prices, a possible recession, and whose to blame. He cuts through all the finger-pointing in Washington and Sacramento and offers ways that will truly help lower prices.

Free Cities

Dr. Matt Beech – On Boris, Brexit, and the Brits

Our guest this week is Prof. Matthew Beech, Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom.  Dr. Beech is also a Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies and the Centre for British Politics.  A political scientist and historian, he …

Commentary

Don’t Fall Prey to Five Common Healthcare Myths

  President-elect Barack Obama has promised to make healthcare reform a top priority. But in order to follow through, Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill must reject some longstanding misconceptions about health care in this country. Here are five such myths. Each is widely repeated, deeply held – and dead …

Gas tax

Wayne Winegarden Warns of the Consequences of Gas Tax Holidays and Gas Rebates in Newsweek

Wayne Winegarden, PRI fellow for Business & Economics, warns of the consequences of gas tax holidays and gas rebates in Newsweek: Wayne Winegarden, a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute, echoed that if the Federal Reserve does not accommodate additional spending of gas rebate cards, the measure would “put …

Commentary

The Electric Car Snow Job

By Andrew Fillat & Henry Miller The United States is being taken for a very expensive ride by an unholy alliance between climate ideologues and business opportunists, who have exerted undue influence over public opinion and government institutions in the name of climate change. The misnamed Inflation Reduction Act, signed …

California

Housing First programs aren’t working

By Wayne Winegarden & Kerry Jackson Project Homekey, California’s answer to its homelessness troubles, came with great promises. But like many government plans before it, it’s fallen short, and isn’t likely to recover. California’s homeless population exploded from about 114,000 in 2014 to more than 161,000 in 2020, the most …

Commentary

Bad Piled on Bad

By Henry Miller & Andrew Fillat Less than a month after the Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA, the White House is reportedly contemplating declaration of a “national climate emergency.” On July 20, at a former coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts, President Biden said, “Climate change is an emergency. And in the coming …

Climate Change

When it Comes to Food Safety, ‘Organic’ Can Be a Risky Business

By Henry Miller and Kathleen Hefferon Many consumers are committed to organic products for reasons that are more emotional than logical. They frequently define their purchasing choices in terms of what they consider to be “wholesome and natural,” which often translates to the absence of “synthetic” inputs such as fertilizer …

Free Cities

Eric Edwards and Sara Sutherland – How Federal Bureaucracy Hinder Projects to Reduce Wildfire Risk

With California’s fire season in full swing, Eric Edwards and Sara Sutherland, senior research fellows with the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Montana, join us to discuss their new paper detailing how bureaucratic federal environmental reviews – much like the California Environmental Quality Act – add delay and …

Commentary

Supreme Court broadens school choice options, but states need to act

By Lance Izumi and McKenzie Richards While freedom has been under attack in many areas of life, the freedom of parents to choose the best education for their children has just expanded thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision. The case, Carson v. Makin, involved a Maine law that prevented parents and their children from using state-provided …

Business & Economics

Wayne Winegarden – Soaring Gas Prices

We discuss with Wayne what’s on everyone’s mind – inflation, rising gas prices, a possible recession, and whose to blame. He cuts through all the finger-pointing in Washington and Sacramento and offers ways that will truly help lower prices.

Free Cities

Dr. Matt Beech – On Boris, Brexit, and the Brits

Our guest this week is Prof. Matthew Beech, Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom.  Dr. Beech is also a Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies and the Centre for British Politics.  A political scientist and historian, he …

Commentary

Don’t Fall Prey to Five Common Healthcare Myths

  President-elect Barack Obama has promised to make healthcare reform a top priority. But in order to follow through, Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill must reject some longstanding misconceptions about health care in this country. Here are five such myths. Each is widely repeated, deeply held – and dead …

Gas tax

Wayne Winegarden Warns of the Consequences of Gas Tax Holidays and Gas Rebates in Newsweek

Wayne Winegarden, PRI fellow for Business & Economics, warns of the consequences of gas tax holidays and gas rebates in Newsweek: Wayne Winegarden, a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute, echoed that if the Federal Reserve does not accommodate additional spending of gas rebate cards, the measure would “put …

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