Archive for the ‘Environmentalism’ Category

More evidence of a green bubble

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

In 2009 I predicted that the Obama administration and Congress would create two bubbles to replace the recently burst housing bubble: a green bubble and an automotive bubble. A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that "green" jobs were produced four times as fast as all other types ...

More of Obama’s green bubble: subsidizing Wall Street to buy Chinese solar panels

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

I liked this column by T.J. Rodgers in the Wall Street Journal, Subsidizing Wall Street to Buy Chinese Solar Panels. It explains how American consumers are not the ones who benefit from the Obama administration's subsidies on the purchase of household solar panels. It's a nice, short economics lesson on ...

Big government, big corporations, corn syrup, and Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

This video seems to be popular with the kids around the internets this week. It's about Galco's Soda Pop Stop in Los Angeles, a small, independent soda pop store that seems to sell mostly drinks that I've never heard of, many of which I'm assuming are also made by small ...

Economic prosperity and “going green”

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The New York Times reports that American consumers no longer want to splurge on environmentally friendly but more expensive products now that their financial outlook isn't so good. But America’s eco-consciousness, it turns out, is fickle. As recession gripped the country, the consumer’s love affair with green products, from recycled toilet ...

Locavores want to have their cake and eat it, too

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

I just typed that title and didn't realize until after typing it that it was quite a good pun. A perfect example of no pun intended! This post does have a point. I really liked this post from a blag called The Whited Sepulchre. It rants against "locavores" who want to ...

Obama regime’s refusal of Dutch help for the BP oil spill

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

I might be a little late posting about this, but it doesn't make it any less infuriating: Three days after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, the Netherlands offered the U.S. government ships equipped to handle a major spill, one much larger than the ...

Link of the day

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Charles Johnson details how clean-water regulations actively prevent citizens and organizations from cleaning up water on their own. An important component of libertarian theory is that the State stifles private, community-based, voluntary efforts to keep the environment clean and encourages/allows companies to simply follow the letter of the law instead ...

Damn dams

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Your humor du jour, from my friend's Facebook page, one of my four libertarian friends in the world: this funny email exchange between an environmental bureaucrat and an innocent citizen.

Obama stimulus plan provides bubble for green jobs

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

MSNBC reports, "Stimulus plan provides boost to green jobs" and Obama's "green adviser" has said, "Everyone is predicting growth in this sector." See? It's happening! The green bubble is expanding! The Imperial Federal Government is diverting resources from one bubble and pushing them into another. The Obama regime thinks it can ...

Obama starts inflating the auto bubble

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

I don't believe it. Well, of course I do, because I predicted it: The Obama regime has begun inflating the automotive bubble by purchasing 17,600 "green" automobiles from GM, Ford, and Chrysler as part of its counterproductive $787 billion stimulus plan. It will spend $285 million on the automobiles by ...

Water shortage does not equal water scarcity

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I liked this column by Chris Brown for the Ludwig von Mises Institute because it echoed some points I made in two previous posts: Water shortages and water-trading between states and Scarcity is not shortage. Some excerpts (italics in original): The government has blamed the shortage of water on drought and ...

Algore for Secretary of Energy?

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

One of George W. Bush's most derided and publicized shortcomings was all the terrible nominations and appointments he made for various governmental positions: Paul Wolfowitz as President of the World Bank, Harriet "Palpatine" Miers for Supreme Court justice, John Ashcroft as Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez as Attorney General, John Bolton ...