15 Jul 2014

The Liberating Theory of Resourceship

By rbradley “If resources are not fixed but created, then the nature of the scarcity problem changes dramatically. For the technological means involved in the use of resources determines their creation and therefore the extent of their scarcity. The nature of the scarcity is not...
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14 Jul 2014

Julian Simon on the ‘Ultimate Resource’ (human ingenuity, the cascading resource)

By rbradley Julian Simon (1932–98) is worldview scholar most associated with this blog. MasterResource takes its name from Simon’s characterization of energy as the master resource and human ingenuity as the ultimate resource. This post reproduces some quotations in the...
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11 Jul 2014

EPA’s CO2 Power Grab: Economic Consequences (Part 3)

By jrust “The climate change adaption program could make EPA a powerful master that could dictate to all departments in the government. Already the Department of Energy, Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Defense have numerous programs that...
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10 Jul 2014

Asthma Reduction: The Joker Card of EPA’s CO2 Power Grab (Part 2)

By jrust “Slight increases [in CO2] can have no effect on causing asthma or stimulating its attacks…. It may be that EPA’s calling ‘wolf’ causes parents to keep their children inside homes where actual air pollution is more severe. EPA should go back to...
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09 Jul 2014

U.S. EPA’s Futile, Costly Crusade Against CO2 (Part 1)

By jrust The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is off environmental track. Having addressed the real pollutants, the agency has invented an unconquerable “pollutant” to regulate, not to enable more and better human living but to satisfy  an anti-industrial agenda and...
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08 Jul 2014

Natural Gas Vehicles 2014: Caution, not Government Subsidies

By Allen Brooks “It was somewhat disconcerting to hear about the economic challenges from NGV fleet operators. In an interview [one fleet owner] was quoted as saying, ‘Right now, we’re doing it solely for sustainability. We’re not saving any money. I’m glad to he...
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07 Jul 2014

AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: July 7, 2014

By jdroz The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving energy & environmental policies. Our basic position is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science. It’s...
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04 Jul 2014

Independence Against Big Government

By rebeling “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – That to secure these rights, Governments are...
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03 Jul 2014

Remembering Adam Smith this July 4th (Part 2)

By rebeling Part I yesterday explained Adam Smith’s notion that general human betterment was the unintended result of each individual following his own self-interest in the market arena of voluntary and competitive exchange. Adam Smith considered such natural order far superior...
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02 Jul 2014

Remembering Adam Smith this July 4th (Part I)

By rebeling Editor note: Adam Smith (1723–1790) is considered the father of modern libertarian thought, although economics and political economy have advanced significantly since the 18th century. Many of Smith’s insights have proved prescient, and it is often remarkable...
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