David J. Theroux
| Tuesday March 9, 2021 at 3:53 PM PST
The world-renowned astrophysicist Siegfried Fred Singer (1924–2020) passed away on April 6, 2020, at the age of 95. Fred was Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Virginia, and since 1993 we were proud to have him as a dear friend and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
David J. Theroux
| Tuesday February 23, 2021 at 3:30 PM PST
After failing at numerous radio jobs in the 1970s, in which he tried out various styles, including his first broadcast gig at KUDL in Kansas City, the famed talk-radio giant Rush H. Limbaugh III (1951–2021) began his real radio-broadcast career when he hosted a daytime talk show that innovatively mixed conservative politics and humorous...Read More »
K. Lloyd Billingsley
| Monday September 30, 2019 at 11:14 AM PDT
For a different take on climate, have a look at Lowell Ponte’s 1976 The Cooling: Has the Next Ice Age Begun? Can We Survive it?
Randall G. Holcombe
| Tuesday March 19, 2019 at 9:02 AM PDT
When California’s land use policies keep them from moving to California, they end up living in states that give them a much higher carbon footprint.
Robert P. Murphy
| Friday October 19, 2018 at 10:08 AM PDT
A deeper look at the work of this year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Science recipient.
J. Huston McCulloch
| Sunday August 7, 2016 at 8:28 PM PDT
[The recommendations herein were substantially revised, 1/17/19, as noted in the section “Which Discount Rate to Use?”, and corrected 2/14/19.] Two recent position papers from the conservative libertarian Niskanen Center and the libertarian Cato Institute take diametrically opposite positions on the desirability of a Carbon Tax. [Corrected 2/8/17 per communication from Jerry Taylor.] Jerry...Read More »
Alvaro Vargas Llosa
| Wednesday December 2, 2015 at 12:00 PM PST
The climate summit underway in Paris will almost certainly not be an occasion to take stock of what’s been wrong with policymakers’ approach to rising temperatures in the past few decades. What a pity. If this were all it did, its contribution would be far more useful than the unrealistic goals, ideological sophistry, and...Read More »
Mary L. G. Theroux
| Wednesday June 10, 2015 at 12:46 PM PDT
Our global political masters met in Germany this week: see how green they are? They’re walking ... in a field: can’t get any greener than that! And, as usual, they are coming up with the definitive solutions to the greatest threats of today: the end of the use of fossil fuels—in 85 years. No...Read More »
John R. Graham
| Monday April 13, 2015 at 8:57 AM PDT
Just within the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen Congressional Republicans join with Democrats to buy into the idea that the federal government knows how to pay doctors for “quality” and “value.” It is the main concept behind the misconceived Medicare “doc fix” bill that the Senate will consider this week. If adopted, it...Read More »
Samuel R. Staley
| Friday November 28, 2014 at 9:55 AM PST
Spoiler Alert: This blog post may contain clues to key plot points in the 2014 film Interstellar. One of the cornerstones of progressive political thought is that experts should be put in charge of public policy, using “scientific” management and “evidence-based” policy analysis to determine and implement social policy. Few areas of policy have...Read More »