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  • Commentary posted May 8, 2014 by Robert Gordon Trashing Rural America

    It looked like a modern variation of a Hollywood range-war flick. On one side stood environmentalists and federal agents demanding protection of tortoise habitat endangered by over-grazing. On the other, a rancher who insists on grazing his cattle on federal lands where his family has always grazed (while refusing to pay grazing fees), and his supporters, including some…

  • Backgrounder posted January 14, 2013 by Romina Boccia, Jack Spencer, Robert Gordon Environmental Conservation Based on Individual Liberty and Economic Freedom

    The nation's primary environmental goal should be a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment for current and future generations, as well as conservation of America's resources while protecting people and their liberty. Regrettably, America's current environmental policy does not reflect these ideals. Indeed, America's governing environmental laws—like the Clean Air Act,…

  • Commentary posted November 27, 2012 by Robert Gordon Red Flag: Coal Export Facilities, Plus Cargo, Under Scrutiny

    The battle over coal has spread from where it is mined or burned to generate electricity to the possible points from which it could be exported. Last April, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber sent a letter to the Secretary of the Army “to request that a federal agency prepare a programmatic and comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)… to look at the unprecedented…

  • Commentary posted November 19, 2012 by Robert Gordon Carbon Tax is Being Floated, But No One's Biting - Yet

    For the first time since its 1988 debut in the vice presidential debate between Lloyd Benson and Dan Quayle, climate change—or global warming as it was then known—was entirely ignored during the national debates. In an April interview with Rolling Stone, President Obama indicated that he expected it would be a campaign issue and that he would “… be very clear in voicing…

  • Commentary posted October 17, 2012 by Robert Gordon Meet the Meshweaver: The Spider that Brought San Antonio to a Screeching Stop

    Just outside San Antonio, at the intersection of Look 1604 and Highway 151, the discovery of a single, dime-sized, translucent, subterranean spider has brought a $15 million traffic reduction project to a dead stop. Unfortunately for area motorists, the Bracken Cave meshweaver is one of over 1,400 species regulated under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). …

  • Lecture posted October 10, 2012 by Robert Gordon Individuals, Liberty, and the Environment: Challenging the Foundations of the Green Establishment

    Abstract Liberty is our nation’s central organizing principle, and environmental policies must therefore be consistent with this principle. Policies that emanate from liberty are consistent with holding human well-being as the most important measure of environmental policy. Freedom fosters scientific inquiry, technological innovation, entrepreneurship, rapid…

  • Commentary posted May 24, 2010 by Robert Gordon, Hans A. von Spakovsky A Legislative Trojan Horse

    Small businesses and the American economy, beware: Once again Washington politicians are conspiring to help you out. Apparently, Sens. Robert Casey (D., Pa.) and Thomas Carper (D., Del.) are planning to “save” you from the onerous rules regulating greenhouse gases being hatched at the EPA. The basis of the EPA’s regulatory efforts is the agency’s finding that carbon…

  • Commentary posted March 29, 2010 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Robert Gordon Money Has the Right to Talk

    If you want to know why the various proposals being made to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision all virtually ignore unions, you have to follow the money. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing recently on “Corporate Spending in American Elections after Citizens United.” After, that is, Citizens United v. FEC eliminated the federal ban on…

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