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Politics This Week with John DePetro: A Revealing Week

By Justin Katz | November 22, 2021 |

John and Justin cover lots of ground in this content-rich discussion of political news in the Ocean State.

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RI dodged a notch of the progressive ratchet with the collapse of TCI.

By Justin Katz | November 22, 2021 |

I’ve been engaging in a back-and-forth discussion with a childhood acquaintance concerning the costs of public schools, trying to convey that the system is set up like a ratchet. When operating costs go up — for electricity, say — school districts insist that they cannot absorb the hit and pass it along to taxpayers.  It’s…

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More Taxes on NatGas thanks to……

By Marc Comtois | November 19, 2021 |

As winter nears here in the Northeast, it sure is nice to know that part of the just-passed-the-House “Build Back Better” plan is a tax increase on natural gas. As  Eric Boehm of Reason reports: Buried inside the “Build Back Better” plan that cleared the House of Representatives on Friday morning is a new tax…

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Believe science that propaganda images don’t tell the climate’s story.

By Justin Katz | November 16, 2021 |

It’s a commonplace to suggest that (in general), the Left leads with emotion while the Right leads with reason.  And obviously, images are emotional tools.  So Vijay Jayaraj provides a service by addressing three provocative images or stories used to advance climate alarmism that have proved highly misleading.  In summary: Many islands have been gaining, not losing…

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With progressives like Regunberg, cynical blame comes first, analysis second.

By Justin Katz | November 5, 2021 |

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on the reason and one’s perspective), Aaron Regunberg deleted the tweet shown in the featured image of this post before the time of this writing. His anti-American and anti-capitalist word-association response, however, is still worth pondering. The image is of a chart from an article in Financial Times by Alex Kaufman that purports…

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Can it be more obvious that environmentalists liked the COVID lockdowns?

By Justin Katz | November 4, 2021 |

It takes a certain level of fanaticism among journalist and our global elites to so obviously lament the world’s going back to productive activity after a year of pandemic-driven lockdowns: With 2020’s dramatically clean air in cities from India to Italy, some people may have hoped the world was on the right track in reducing…

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Alex Cannon has a realistic plan for climate change.

By Justin Katz | October 29, 2021 |

Brown Daily Herald reporter Michael Seoane has published a straight-news article on the Republican candidate for the 3rd district senate seat in the state General Assembly, Alex Cannon. After a few paragraphs of agreement with the Cannon’s policy proposals, I braced for the worst when the article inevitably turned to climate change, but this seems…

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Tired of living in a Third World state, yet?

By Justin Katz | October 27, 2021 |

The featured image for this post is the power outage map for National Grid at 7:00 a.m.  Power is out across the entire state. It doesn’t have to be this way.  Wires could be put underground, except that our government squanders as much money as it can so as to charge us additionally for basic…

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Solar power just doesn’t seem to make sense as a core energy source.

By Justin Katz | October 23, 2021 |

Joel Holmes explains: Yes, the battle against the insane electric car policy and the whole Green New Deal can be won, using just three little words. Well, to be exact six words, and here they are: Solar Panels Don’t Work At Night As an alternative energy engineer, I had the misfortune to work with solar…

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Flood insurance looks like a looming surge in the bite of climate alarmism.

By Justin Katz | October 22, 2021 |

This shift in the calculation of and requirements for flood insurance will be something to keep an eye on: For the first time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is about to incorporate climate risk into the cost of flood insurance. The impact will be a dramatic increase in the cost of flood insurance. In…