• Week of June 15, 2015

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    Jim Lakely, Somewhat Reasonable
    Alan Caruba, a long-time Heartland Institute policy advisor, blogger, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday. Alan was a patriot, an online entrepreneur, and a brave and tireless writer. We were honored to publish much of his work at this blog, and to call him a friend.  READ MORE


    Rachelle Peterson and Peter W. Wood,National Association of Scholars
    The National Association of Scholars has produced a devastating report on colleges and universities offering degrees in “sustainability.” These programs often require a minimal amount of study in science and mathematics and emphasize instead politics, propaganda, and community-organizing techniques.  READ THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


    Joseph Bast, USA Today
    “Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on ‘care for our common home’ reflects the thoughts of an extraordinary person on some of the most important issues of our time. Without showing disrespect toward the pope or his followers, it is important to recognize the letter’s shortcomings and unintended consequences.”READ MORE


    Ron Muhlenkamp, an expert on fracking and natural gas, says natural gas has a comparatively positive impact on land use when compared to other energy sources. He says during combustion, natural gas produces 10 to 20 times more water than is used to frack a well.  LISTEN TO MORE
     



    The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC10) was another huge success. You can watch the entire conference online at climateconference.heartland.org. Watch the full panels composed of some of the leading climate scientists and energy policy experts as well as keynote addresses by Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Lamar Smith, and author Mark Steyn. SEE WHAT YOU MISSED!


    Kenneth Artz, The Heartlander
    “[This] bill would not only expand choices for private health insurance, it would also give citizens more freedom and control over their health care dollars in health savings accounts and repeal a controversial comparative effectiveness council that could be used to ration care,” Twila Brase, president of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, said.  READ MORE


    Emily Zanotti, Somewhat Reasonable
    As Greenpeace pulled away from a recent protest, it left behind an environmental disaster, having dropped 4,000-pound anchors into the habitat of several marine species. Greenpeace refused to foot the bill for a clean-up. Guess who stepped forward to pay for it? READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartlander
    “Energy plays the role to the economy that metabolism does to the human body, critical to its function. … Energy amplifies human life,” Kathleen Hartnett White said. “Energy creates time or at least produces more free time and longer life spans.”  READ MORE


    Power to the People gives a refreshing look at the government spending and debt crises and offers a free-market solution to these problems. These solutions are common sense and proven effective, leading certain presidential candidates to explore the ideas. “[Ferrara] is the Left’s greatest nightmare,” Levin states toward the end of the interview. “This is one of the leading lights on how to reform these programs and try to actually get it done.”  LISTEN TO MORE


    Rachel Martin, The Heartlander
    After Elise spent three months planning and then building an elaborate tree house for a school project, her family came home to find a note on their front door from the local building inspector telling them it had to come down.  READ MORE


    Heather Kays, TownHall
    On June 2, a school choice program accessible by approximately 93 percent of school-age children in Nevada, some 453,024 K–12 students, became law. “It’s really important to have good public schools but also school choice programs,” said state Sen. Scott Hammond (R-Las Vegas). “They have to push each other. They have to keep pushing each other.”  READ MORE


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  • Week of June 08, 2015

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    Matthew Glans, Heartland Research & Commentary
    Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Chicago credit ratings for the seventh time in two years. Its credit rating is now above only Detroit’s. These downgrades, which affect bond issues backed by property, sales, and motor-fuel tax revenue, will make servicing municipal debt more expensive and strain Chicago’s finances, which are already unable to cover the city’s spending and debt.  READ MORE


    Isaac Orr & Mark Krumenacher, Heartland Policy Study
    In this Policy Study, the second in a series addressing frac sand mining topics, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Isaac Orr and geologist Mark Krumenacher examine the economic benefits and costs of mining for the sand used to “frack” oil and natural gas wells. The authors find the benefits greatly exceed the costs, making frac sand mining a boon for many rural communities. READ MORE


    The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC10) is taking place now, June 11–12, 2015 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. You can watch the entire conference live online at Heartland.org. Confirmed speakers include Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Lamar Smith, author Mark Steyn, and some of the leading climate scientists and energy policy experts in the world. SEE WHAT’S NEW


    Kenneth Artz, managing editor of Health Care News, speaks with Seton Motley, president of Less Government, about the Oregon health insurance exchange, which has spent $248 million but managed to sign up zero people before finally closing its doors. This Obamacare disaster doesn’t seem to be getting much media attention outside the state. LISTEN TO MORE
     



    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartlander
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its much anticipated report concerning the effect of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on local water supplies. EPA found fracking only rarely results in water contamination, which is mainly due to operator error or poor drilling practices and not to whether fracking is used to make wells more productive.  READ MORE


    Emily Zanotti, Washington Examiner
    The Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council, and even the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been misleading the public and even committing serious crimes to pad their payrolls and build huge cash accounts. The Sierra Club is on Charity Navigator’s “watch list” after a series of deceptive practices. READ MORE


    Tony Corvo, The Heartlander
    A Maine lawmaker is sponsoring a bill to prohibit requiring union membership as a condition of employment in both private-sector and public-sector workplaces. “What if you were employed by a business and as a condition of employment you must join the local Chamber of Commerce?” State Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) said.  READ MORE


    Joy Pullmann, The Heartlander
    Fifty-five top historians have signed an open letter criticizing the College Board’s revamp of its Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum, in which half a million of the nation’s brightest students enroll each year. It is the final U.S. history class many ever take, yet it is profoundly anti-American.  READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, managing editor of Environment & Climate News, speaks with Merrill Matthews, Jr, a resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation and a contributor at Forbes. Burnett and Matthews discuss the foolish energy policies undertaken by the Obama administration.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Lennie Jarratt, Somewhat Reasonable
    The destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina presented the opportunity to reconstruct failing schools and a corrupt school district. Moving to an almost all-charter model put parents in charge of their children’s education. Parents are empowered to choose instead of the old method of being told what school their children would attend based on street address.  READ MORE


    Katie Clancy, The Heartlander
    FDA regulation of new drugs imposes long delays that causes thousands to die prematurely and millions to suffer pain unnaturally. The states are doing something about it, passing “Right to Try” legislation giving terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs. READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.
     

  • Week of June 01, 2015

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    Steve Goreham, Communities Digital News
    European governments have realized they can no longer afford the green energy revolution. Subsidies have recently been cut in Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In Germany, employment in the solar power industry dropped 50 percent and many renewable companies declared bankruptcy.READ MORE


    Jesse Hathaway, Inside Sources
    A popular perk offered by phone companies like T-Mobile allows users access to streaming music and radio through programs like Spotify and IHeartRadio without cost to limited data plans. This could come to an abrupt end due to the FCC’s recent “net neutrality” power grab.READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, Washington Times
    Ethanol production and use produce more greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline. Because ethanol has less energy content than gasoline, cars and trucks have to use more fuel and thus produce more emissions. READ MORE


    Kenneth Artz, managing editor of Health Care News, speaks with Jeff Stier, a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research in Washington, DC who heads the organization’s risk analysis division. In this podcast, the two discuss the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rule that would extend the agency’s authority over tobacco products to include e-cigarettes. LISTEN TO MORE
     



    The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC10), taking place Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, 2015 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC, is sold out! But don’t worry, you can watch the entire conference live online at Heartland.org. Confirmed speakers include Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Lamar Smith, author Mark Steyn, and some of the leading climate scientists and energy policy experts in the world. SEE WHAT’S NEW


    Paul Driessen, Somewhat Reasonable
    On climate, EPA relies on computer models and discredited IPCC reports to predict global catastrophes that it insists can be prevented if the United States slashes fossil fuel use, carbon dioxide emissions, and living standards, even if China, India, and other developing countries do nothing. Meanwhile, real-world temperatures, hurricanes, tornadoes, polar ice, and sea levels continue to defy the fear-mongering. So now the rhetoric has shifted yet again, to alleged national security and asthma threats from climate change. READ MORE


    Heather Kays, The Heartlander
    “Nevada is leading the way in creating innovative programs and approaches to educating its students,” said Matt Frendewey, national communications director for the American Federation for Children. “We applaud Gov. Sandoval and the Nevada legislature for their commitment to students and providing each and every one of them with a quality education.” READ MORE


    Richard Ebeling, Epic Times
    No doubt and unfortunately, the Chinese and the world will be witness to another episode of wrong government monetary, fiscal, and interventionist policies that prolong the agony, delay or prevent the market cures, and set the stage for a future cycle of another artificial boom followed by another inescapable bust.READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, managing editor of Environment & Climate News, speaks with Gary Stone, vice president of engineering at FiveStates Energy in Dallas. Stone discusses the economic and political challenges that face the modern oil and gas industry. LISTEN TO MORE


    D. Brady Nelson, TownHall
    If Obamacare is not repealed and replaced by a more free-market-style system, then it will over time become more and more like its inspiration or muse of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) … where each regulatory failure calls forthmore regulation ad infinitum. READ MORE


    Seton Motley, Red State
    Actual reform of a government program is like finding a duck-billed unicorn. It never, ever happens. So when government can’t reform – and it never, ever can – it changes the definition. Real reform would be a paring down of the two-plus million fraudulent Lifeline users.  READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.
     

  • Week of May 25, 2015

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    Martin Duggan, RIP
    Joseph Bast, Somewhat Reasonable
    A founder of the school choice movement has passed away. Martin Duggan was a marvelous man who dedicated much of his long life to helping parents enroll their children in schools that would give them a better chance of succeeding in life. Martin will be sorely missed, and our sympathy goes out to his copilot in life, Mae Duggan, along with our sincere thanks to her for sharing Martin with us for all those years.  READ MORE


    James M. Taylor and Taylor Smith, Heartland Policy Brief
    Exelon, whose wholly owned subsidiary, Commonwealth Edison, provides electricity to 70% of Illinois’ residents, is demanding hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to bail-out its supposedly unprofitable nuclear power plants. Existing renewable power mandates already force expensive power options on Illinois consumers, unnecessarily driving up electricity prices across the state. Why allow another pig to line up at the trough? READ MORE


    Emily Zanotti, Somewhat Reasonable
    In an almost breath-taking grab for more power than ever before granted to a government bureaucracy in the U.S., EPA is claiming authority over every body of standing water in existence – including drainage ditches, overflow reservoirs, and even potholes in your street. Will Congress finally act to rein in the EPA? READ MORE


    Millions of people suffer needlessly and thousand die every year because of the slow and antiquated methods used by the Food and Drug Administration to approve new drugs. FDA has a backlog of around 4,000 new drug applications, many of which won’t become available to needy patience for a decade or longer. In other cases, FDA needlessly forces consumers to pay higher prices to prove a drug that’s been used safely for decades is “actually” safe.  LISTEN TO MORE
     



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    James M. Taylor, Forbes
    Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. This is especially notable when you take into account Al Gore’s prediction of an ice-less arctic cap by the year 2014.  READ MORE


    Warner Todd Huston, The Heartlander
    While it delays approval of potentially life-saving drugs, FDA is moving toward extinguishing the best thing that ever happened to smokers: the emergence of vaping as a less harmful alternative to cigarettes. “In fact, e-cigarettes have become the greatest source of ‘creative destruction’ that we’ve seen against the tobacco industry,” California Polytechnic State University professor of economics Michael L. Marlow said. “But unfortunately, maybe it’s also a source of creative destruction for those who make a living out of tobacco control.”   READ MORE


    The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC10) will take place Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, 2015 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. There is still time to register for tickets at the link above. If you cannot make it in person, you can watch the entire conference live online at Heartland.org. Confirmed speakers include Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Lamar Smith, author Mark Steyn, and some of the leading climate scientists and energy policy experts in the world. SEE WHAT’S NEW


    Research Fellow Heather Kays was a guest on the Freedom Works Show on WTAM-AM in Tampa, Florida. Kays and host Paul Malloy talked about parent reactions to actress Lindsay Lohan serving community service in a preschool, whether or not cell phones should be banned in schools, teacher evaluations in Florida, and school choice in Montana.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Ron Arnold, The Daily Caller
    The list of foundations giving Greenpeace oil profits goes on and on, yet Greenpeace goes on and on hypocritically taking oil profits to back campaigns aimed at undermining America’s energy future. This cabal could redeem itself instantly: It could just stop using any fossil fuels right now.  READ MORE


    Nancy Thorner, Illinois Review
    The Heartland Institute’s final Author Series event before moving to its new facility in Arlington Heights featured Larry Schweikart, who along with co-author Michael Allen wrote the newly released 10th anniversary edition of A Patriot’s History of the United States.  READ MORE


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  • Week of May 18, 2015

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    Why Does John Kerry Invest in Fossil Fuel Stocks?
    Ron Arnold, The Daily Caller
    John Kerry talks a good game about how we should all reduce our carbon footprint, but he doesn’t put his wife’s money where his mouth is. Kerry invests in at least 365 securities connected to fossil fuel industries.  Among the “sinners” in Kerry’s portfolio: ExxonMobil and a Canadian firm with ties to the Keystone XL pipeline. READ MORE

      


    Obamacare Strains Emergency Rooms
    Jim Waters, The Heartlander
    Yet another Obamacare promise broken: Three-quarters of doctors responding to a nationwide survey conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians indicate they have seen an increase in ER visits since Obamacare became law. READ MORE

      


    Video – Heartland Friend Marc Morano Embarrasses the Environmental Defense Fund in TV Debate
    Jim Lakely, Somewhat Reasonable
    Carol Andress, director of legislative operations for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), was humiliated in a televised debate with CFACT’s Marc Morano. It is impossible to overstate what a blow-out this debate was for Morano. He was the Harlem Globetrotters to EDF’s Washington Generals.  READ MORE

     


    Featured Podcast: Dr. Brad Rodu on FDA’s Missing Tobacco Data
    Heartland Senior Fellow Dr. Brad Rodu urges the Food & Drug Administration to “show its work.” Rodu says the raw data of taxpayer-funded studies on tobacco use are being kept from the public. Meanwhile, government agencies selectively release sound-bites to media outlets and spin the story towards preferred narratives. LISTEN TO MORE

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    No, Affordable Oil Will Not Cause A New Great Depression
    James M. Taylor and Justin Haskins, Forbes
    Fracking for oil and natural gas has created thousands of jobs in the United States. With those jobs come billions of dollars in government tax revenues and immeasurable U.S. economic benefits. What’s not to like? Democratic Party strategist Robert Weiner claims, implausibly, that America’s new energy boom will cause a new Great Depression. READ MORE

     


    A New Threat to Privacy: Automated License-Plate Tracking
    Jen Kuznicki, The Heartlander
    “It’s alarming that one company said they gathered about three million records a day, scooping up info to sell to other companies and possibly the government,” said Melissa Ngo, privacy consultant and former senior counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “This is personal information about where you’ve been and where you’re likely go to, because most of us have set patterns for work, school, and home life.” READ MORE

     


    How Google and Netflix Profit From FCC’s Net Neutrality Power Grab
    Warner Todd Huston, The Heartlander
    “Net neutrality is massive regulatory protectionism for government-crony businesses,” said Seton Motley, president of Less Government. “It outlaws charging bandwidth-hog companies for being bandwidth-hog companies, which means our Internet access prices skyrocket to augment the profits of companies like Google and Netflix.”  READ MORE

     


    Bonus Podcast: Bruno Behrend on Common Core
    Heartland Senior Fellow Bruno Behrend joins Dave Elswick to discuss the latest on Common Core. Behrend and Elswick talk about the popular perceptions of Common Core and public education, and why even more government control is not the solution to our educational problems.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Obama Threatens States that Refuse to Expand Medicaid
    Sean Parnell, The Heartlander
    “The real scandal here is the citizens of states send their tax dollars to Washington, DC and the feds will only let them have their money back if they do what Washington wants them to do. It would be a great campaign theme for the various presidential candidates: The only tax money going to Washington should be for what the federal government needs to fulfill its limited, constitutional obligations.” READ MORE

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    Why Government Deficits and Debt Matter
    Richard Ebeling, Epic Times
    CBO calculates that by 2025 “modest” annual budget deficits will add more than $7.5 trillion to the existing $18.3 trillion of federal government debt, for a total a decade from now of almost $26 trillion. This will be more than a 40 percent increase in the federal government’s debt over the coming ten-year period.  READ MORE

     


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.