Tag: Energy

Government regulation touches your daily life in ways you don’t even imagine, according to the Center for Regulatory Solutions. In “Regulation: A Primer,” Susan Dudley and Jerry Brito, of George Washington University and George Mason University, respectively, paint a helpful picture of how regulation “touches our everyday lives in thousands of ways that we may never imagine.”  As Dudley and Brito note, “These rules have both benefits and costs, but most people are unaware of their reach and influence.”  And these rules are enforced by a vast bureaucracy.  In 2012, Dudley and Brito write that “close to 300,000 full-time federal employees are devoted to issuing and enforcing regulations,” a “more than five-fold increase in the size of… View Article

Friday Facts: January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014 It’s Friday! Events  January 28, 2014: The deadline is Friday, January 24 to register for “School Choice and Georgia: An Update,” the Foundation’s 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast on Tuesday, January 28. In celebration of National School Choice Week, the panel discussion at Cobb County’s Georgian Club features three of Georgia’s leading education experts: Eric Wearne, Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi. The first 50 people to register for this event will receive their very own school choice woobie – and you can wear it to the School Choice Rally at the Capitol that day! This event is $25 to attend. Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/ovkzx7g; register online at http://tinyurl.com/poode79. Quotes of Note “Wages… View Article

Friday Facts: January 10, 2014

January 10, 2013  It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Twenty years of votes can tell you much more about a man than twenty weeks of campaign rhetoric. Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside.” – Zell Miller “Americans need to realize that when politicians offer to take care of your needs, that comes with a price you don’t want to pay. At best, you have to deal with their incompetence as we discover they are never as good at running things as their hubris tells them they will be. At worst, you turn yourself into their subject, hardly free to make a move without letting… View Article

Friday Facts: January 3, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier.’” – Alfred Lord Tennyson “Sometimes we are content to try to change ourselves with New Year’s resolutions to do better in some respect. Changing ourselves is a much more reasonable undertaking than trying to change other people. It may or may not succeed, but it seldom creates the disasters that trying to change others can produce.” – Thomas Sowell “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford Events January 28, 2014: The deadline is Friday, January 24, to register to attend, “School Choice and Georgia: An Update,” an 8 a.m. Georgia… View Article
By Paul Chesser Entrepreneurs in industries tied to the energy efficiency gambit, justified by the climate change House of Cards, all have the same false bravado: They are “game changers” and “market leaders” (for products nobody wants); all their squandered revenues are “investments;” their technological breakthroughs are always “just around the corner;” and it just takes one more round of mandates/grants/loans/tax breaks to achieve viability in the free market. It’s true of renewable energy and electric vehicles, and as Cree Inc. CEO Chuck Swoboda revealed recently, it’s true of the alternative light bulb industry, too. In a shareholder meeting at the company’s Durham, NC, headquarters, he boasted about his marketing acumen that he says will persuade the public to embrace… View Article

Friday Facts: December 6, 2013

It’s Friday! Make your tax-deductible contribution to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation before year’s end so that we can continue to work toward less government interference and greater individual responsibility in Georgians’ lives! The Foundation and the Friday Facts, our most popular product, exist thanks to your support and contributions. Please help us continue “Changing Georgia Policy, Changing Georgians’ Lives,” with your tax-deductible end-of-year contribution at http://tinyurl.com/3y27zfm. Quotes of Note “There is only one boss – the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take… View Article

Friday Facts: November 22, 2013

  November 22, 2013  It’s Friday! It’s nearing year’s end, and we’d like to remind you: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Friday Facts, our most popular product, exist thanks to your support and contributions. Please help us continue “Changing Georgia Policy, Changing Georgians’ Lives,” with your tax-deductible end-of-year contribution at http://tinyurl.com/3y27zfm. You know we’re getting under their skin: We’re sporting another feather in our cap after the Foundation earned a personal mention on MSNBC from a doyenne of Big Government, Rachel Maddow. Maddow, whose syndicated talk radio program of the same name used to air on the George Soros-funded Air America Radio, railed against state think tanks – and specifically referred to the Georgia… View Article
(Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd addressed an Environmental Protection Agency listening session on carbon pollution standards for existing power plants on October 23 in Atlanta.  This is the transcript of her remarks.) BENITA DODDVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Thank you for the opportunity to speak at this listening session. My name is Benita Dodd and I am Vice President of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  The Foundation is an independent, state-focused think tank that proposes market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians. The Foundation believes that tougher standards on carbon dioxide emissions being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and under discussion at the EPA’s 11 listening sessions around the country will have unfortunate consequences… View Article

Proposed CO2 Standards: Expensive Hot Air

By Benita M. Dodd (This commentary is the basis for testimony by Benita Dodd on behalf of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at the EPA Listening Session on 111(d) Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants in Atlanta on October 23 and was submitted in full to the EPA.) BENITA DODDVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation The Foundation believes that tougher standards on carbon dioxide emissions being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and under discussion at the EPA’s 11 listening sessions around the nation will have unfortunate consequences for the United States. This nation holds the world’s largest estimated recoverable reserves of coal; in fact, the United States is a net exporter of coal. In 2012, 81 percent of… View Article

Friday Facts: October 11, 2013

October 11, 2013 It’s Friday! We look forward to seeing you at the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum today! Quotes of Note “Resolved, that the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government … whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.” – Thomas Jefferson “[T]he whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution.” – Thomas Sowell Transportation Bumpy roads, by the View Article

…One of the best things about the Georgia Public Policy Foundation is that it has such a broad membership base.

Dr. Wendy L. Gramm, Former Chairwoman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission more quotes