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EARTH DAY, James M. Taylor, Managing Editor, Environment & Climate News
Free markets and economic growth are the best way to achieve sound environmental stewardship. Those nations that have the economic ability to dedicate resources to environmental protection have always been the nations where the environment is best treated. Free markets are the greatest economic growth program in the history of the world, and nations that encourage and protect free markets are best at encouraging and protecting environmental stewardship. Earth Day comes every day in nations with free markets, as environmental quality consistently improves.
In God We Trust, All Others Bring Data, H. Leighton Steward, Plants Need CO2 and CO2 Is Green
Those words, on a banner that hung in the Mission Evaluation Room at the Space Center in Houston, continues to be imprinted on the minds of many of the ex-NASA scientists that are now retired but certainly not expired! Some of them, including me, will be at The Heartland Institute’s Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-7) in Chicago May 21 – 23. (read more) Register for the conference.
If I Wanted America to Fail… I’d Start with Energy, Free Market America
A new group has recently released a video advocating free market policies from a whole new perspective, and the result is very compelling. (watch video)
UN Pushes False Himalayan Glacier Scare to Set the Stage for Rio+20 Conference, James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has issued a press release trumpeting the fact that its film Himalayan Meltdown just won the top prize in the Worldfest International Film Festival. The one-hour film, according to the press release, “examines the shrinking glaciers of the Himalayas and the effects they have on the lives and livelihoods of billions of people in Asia.” There is just one problem: Himalayan Mountain glaciers are barely receding at all. (read more)
Climate Change Weekly: Alarmists Cite Mythical Weather Events to ‘Prove’ Global Warming Crisis, James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
Question: How do you manufacture a global warming crisis when real-world data show only modest warming and no increase in extreme weather events? (get the answer)
Deroy Murdock: Three Cheers for the 1 Percent!
That’s the title of Deroy Murdock’s presentation. Intrigued? You should be. Murdock will refute the Left’s relentless, increasingly violent class-war rhetoric and explain how affluent Americans pay more than their fair share of taxes; create jobs, careers, and wealth for others; and contribute heroically to charity. Rather than demonize rich people, America must create more of them.
Join your friends in liberty at The Heartland Institute’s library at One South Wacker Drive in Chicago for lunch and a talk with this provocative nationally syndicated columnist. (register to attend)
City Comptroller, Champion Horse Breeder… and Embezzler?, Steve Stanek, The Heartland Institute
The small town of Dixon, Illinois, has an annual budget of approximately $9 million – and a comptroller who has managed to steal at least $30 million from the city, according to FBI agents.
The costs comes to nearly $2,000 for every man, woman, and child in this town of 15,7000 in Northwest Illinois. Dixon is the boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan. (read more)
Is Obama This Century’s Hayes?, Bruce Edward Walker, Washington Examiner
There are many ways to describe those who fear encroaching technology: Luddites, technophobes and, incorrectly, President Rutherford B. Hayes. To Hayes is attributed a technophobia so intense that he allegedly questioned the value of having a telephone in the White House Oval Office. (read article)
Podcasts of the Week
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Deroy Murdock Luncheon
Monday, April 30, 2012, Heartland Institute Library, One South Wacker Drive #2740, Chicago, IL 60606 (Register now!)
Monday, May 21 – Wednesday, May 23, 2012, Hilton Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL (Register now!)
President’s Council Retreat
Thursday, June 21 -Friday, June 22, 2012, Chicago, IL, By invitation only
8th Emerging Issues Forum
Thursday, August 9, 2012, Renaissance Hotel, Chicago, IL, Tickets and sponsorship information available soon!
28th Anniversary Benefit Dinner
Thursday, August 9, 2012, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, Tickets and sponsorship information available soon!
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