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Pouring Bullet Train Money Into Water Development Could Backfire

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, March 10, 2016

At first glance, the idea is appealing: Scrap Gov. Jerry Brown’s troubled bullet train project and pour the money into water development.

Analysis and Commentary

The USDA 'Organic' Label Misleads And Rips Off Consumers

by Henry I. Miller, John Cohrssenvia Forbes
Monday, March 7, 2016

There is a Japanese proverb that goes, “Faith makes even the head of a sardine the object of worship.” That’s the sort of devotion that seems to be driving many Americans to buy overpriced organic products such as food, bed linens, pillows and clothes, sales of which increased 83% between 2007 and 2012.

Analysis and Commentary

Premium Increase Insurance

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Marginal Revolution and the Wall Street Journal both pass on a great quote from Warren Buffett: It’s understandable that the sponsor of the proxy proposal believes Berkshire is especially threatened by climate change because we are a huge insurer, covering all sorts of risks


Victor Davis Hanson On HausRules With Michael Hausam (32:48)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia HausRules
Friday, February 26, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the drought and what California should do to save, store, and manage its water resources.

Analysis and Commentary

Oil Prices Are Complicated

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, February 19, 2016

Earlier this week I did a post on oil prices in which I failed to take account of futures markets. That's a no-no. I stated in a comment that I would likely do another post. This is it.

In the News

Scott Wilk: A Rational Repurpose: Train Or Water?

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Friday, February 19, 2016

If I had an opportunity to travel in time, I wouldn’t mind going back to 2008 and voting twice against Proposition 1A, the High Speed Rail Project. Luckily for me — and you — another bite at the apple is still a possibility.

In the News

FDA Approves Second Generation GMO Potato

quoting Henry I. Millervia Heartland Institute
Friday, February 19, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given J.R. Simplot Co. (Simplot), one of the world’s largest agribusiness companies, the green light to sell a potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish Potato Famine.

Analysis and Commentary

Beyond Paris, Questionable Efforts To Combat Climate Change

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Germany has long been a leading advocate for confronting and ameliorating climate change. But actions speak louder than words – or signatures on an international accord. The recent Volkswagen scandal is only the latest case of climate policy hypocrisy.

Green Energy
Analysis and Commentary

Supreme Court Puts The Clean Power Plan On Hold

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Ricochet
Thursday, February 11, 2016

On February 8, the United States Supreme Court issued a terse order that by a five-to-four vote enjoined the Environmental Protection Agency from taking any steps to implement its Clean Power Plan. That most ambitious plan sought to impose a comprehensive long-term set of limitations on the use of coal, and indeed all energy sources, inside the United States.

In the News

PERC Scholar Suggests More Fees To Fix Public Land Management

featuring Terry Andersonvia Missoulian
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

To better understand the qualities of America’s wilderness, Terry Anderson suggests putting it behind a toll booth. “Wilderness is not priceless,” Anderson said, quoting the title of his Tuesday night lecture in Missoula. “It’s just not priced."


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The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.

The Arctic Security Initiative addresses the strategic and security implications of increased Arctic activity and identifies opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.