Tag: environment

Friday Facts: August 30, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Workmen’s compensation, hours and conditions of labor are cold consolations, if there be no employment.” – Calvin Coolidge “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr. “A talented con man, or a slick politician, does not waste his time trying to convince knowledgeable skeptics. His job is to keep the true believers believing. He is not going to convince the others anyway.” – Thomas Sowell Events Mark your calendar: Georgia’s Digital Economy is the focus of a half-day event on Monday, September 16, at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. The discussions, hosted by the Foundation and Google, include an all-star entrepreneurship panel, a discussion of… View Article

Friday Facts: August 9, 2013

August 9, 2013  It’s Friday! Congratulations to the winners of tickets to the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Forum: Lynda Whitt Chapman, Jeffrey Cole Copeland and Heather Moody Breeden.  Events August 15: Just 25 seats remain for the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum, the national organization’s annual daylong event for elected officials, policy analysts and government affairs professionals to confer and strategize about the top public policy issues of the day. It’s in Atlanta this year! Among the topics: Health Care, Education, Tax Reform and Energy. The Foundation will participate in an energy roundtable discussion. Find out more and register at http://eif.heartland.org/. August 28: Register now for “Georgia Transportation: The Next Frontier,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the… View Article

Friday Facts: August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013  It’s Friday! Win with words: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is giving away four tickets, valued at $100 each, to attend the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum at the Capital City Club in Atlanta on Thursday, August 15. For a chance to win a ticket to the daylong session, tell your Facebook friends what you like about the Foundation and why. (Be sure you “like” the Foundation Facebook page and tag us in your post or share it on our page!) We’ll announce four winners in the Friday Facts next week, so make your case by noon on Thursday, August 8. Remember, if you don’t tag us, the NSA will be able to see you but View Article

The Fracking Revolution

By Daniel Benjamin Daniel BenjaminPERC Senior Fello Beginning in 2005 natural gas production in the United States has risen sharply. This has caused natural gas prices to fall, lowering energy costs and expanding natural gas consumption at the expense of coal. The new natural gas also fuels the turbines that serve as backup power for new wind and solar power installations. The source of these events is the rapidly spreading use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract natural gas from shale. This technique entails the injection of water, sand, and small amounts of chemicals deep underground to fracture the shale and release the natural gas it contains. Concerns have arisen, however, over the potential adverse effects of fracking—events said to… View Article

Friday Facts: July 19, 2013

 July 19, 2013  It’s Friday! Quotes of note  “Freedom is not synonymous with an easy life. … There are many difficult things about freedom: It does not give you safety, it creates moral dilemmas for you; it requires self-discipline; it imposes great responsibilities; but such is the nature of Man and in such consists his glory and salvation.” – Margaret Thatcher “The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest functionaire possesses who wields the coercive power of the state, and on whose discretion it depends whether and how I am to be allowed to live or to work.” – Friedrich von View Article
By Benita M. Dodd On the heels of President Obama’s announcement this week that he would focus more sharply on a climate change agenda, the American Legislative Exchange Council released a report today highlighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing usurpation of regulatory control from the states. ALEC Report http://alec.org/docs/EPA_Assault_State_Sovereignty In The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Assault on State Sovereignty, ALEC highlights the most recent examples of how the EPA has consolidated and centralized environmental regulation and implemented especially onerous regulations that have placed undue burdens on states. Remember Obama’s remarks in his inaugural address this year? “We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will… View Article

Some Cool Ideas to Combat Hot Air

By Benita M. Dodd The National Center for Policy Analysis has just reissued a “cool” 2009 paper in which Iain Murray and H. Sterling Burnett outlined 10 policies to reduce carbon emissions. I have an issue with the first sentence of their paper: “Global warming is a reality. But whether it is a serious problem — and whether emis­sions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases from human fossil fuel use are the principal cause — are uncertain. The current debate over the U.S. response to climate change centers on greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies, which are likely to impose substantially higher costs to society than global warming might.” My issue is that I don’t believe that opening… View Article

Friday Facts: June 14, 2013

June 14, 2013  It’s Friday!  Today is Flag Day. Do you know the proper way to handle the American Flag? Find out here: hwww.usa-flag-site.org/etiquette.shtmlQuotes of Note “The Federal government will not start or carry on any commercial activity to provide a service or product for its own use if such product or service can be procured from private enterprise through ordinary business channels.” – Bureau of the Budget Bulletin 55-4, January 15, 1955 “The greatest [calamity] which could befall [us would be] submission to a government of unlimited powers.” – Thomas Jefferson “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent… View Article
  Endangered Northern Spotted Owl By Benita M. Dodd Benita Dodd,Vice President, Georgia PublicPolicy Foundation Remember the notorious spotted owl? Listed in 1990 on the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Northern Spotted Owl tied up timber-rich areas in knots as these 1-pound wood owls took precedence in management decisions. Despite the federal intervention, spotted owls have declined 40 percent over 25 years, jobs and timber sales dropped precipitously and, as a consequence, so did the tax proceeds from timber harvests in the Pacific Northwest. But Nature once again won’t be allowed to take its course. Now, according to Teresa Platts of the Property and Environment Research Council, the feds have their eye on another owl – the barred owl. … View Article

EPA, Asthma and Mission Creep

By Benita M. Dodd   Benita DoddVice PresidentGeorgia Public Policy Foundation The federal Environmental Protection Agency is marking Asthma Awareness Month with its usual hooplah about how “cleaner air” will reduce asthma attacks and is honoring “leading asthma management programs for their efforts to improve the lives of people with asthma in underserved communities.” It’s true that asthma numbers are increasing. And that may once have been caused by outdoor air quality problems. But if the air quality was the issue, don’t you think that by now there would be fewer, not MORE people with asthma? After all, it’s the EPA that reports how air quality has improved over the decades. And yet … this is in the EPA’s press View Article

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