Environment

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A state has to have priorities!

By Justin Katz | January 3, 2022 |

As the editor of the Rhode Report puts it while linking to this story, “This is what is important to the morons of the Democrat Party”: As of January 1, restaurants across Rhode Island are no longer allowed to give out single-use plastic straws unless a customer asks for one. Violators will get warnings for…

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Who doesn’t want New England to be warmer?

By Justin Katz | January 1, 2022 |

Most people with whom one speaks on an unseasonably warm winter’s day in New England will not express despair.  There’s a reason defenders of the status quo bring up weather as an alternative reason to taxes and regulations for why people leave the region. Of course, every development can have its dark lining if that’s…

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Another contrarian observation about climate change.

By Justin Katz | December 14, 2021 |

Well, salmon should be hoping for global warming, anyway: Melting glaciers may produce thousands of miles of new Pacific salmon habitat, a study published Tuesday by Nature Communications found. As glaciers in the mountains of western North America melt, or retreat, they could produce around 4,000 miles of new Pacific salmon habitat by the year…

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Environmentalism seems to being doing tremendous damage to the planet!

By Justin Katz | December 13, 2021 |

This deliciously contrarian article by Patricia Adams and Lawrence Solomon suggests that our planet is increasingly green, no thanks to the environmentalist mania of the last half-century in Western countries: The planet’s ecology is thriving thanks to carbon dioxide, despite first world policies that are undermining it. The ironic benefactors in this story are countries…

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Reality killed TCI.

By Justin Katz | December 8, 2021 |

Activist-paid-as-academic Timmons Roberts of Brown University rends his garments in the Boston Globe that the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI; i.e., another layer of gas tax) never managed to ignite.  The question of his headline is, “Who killed the TCI?,” which I’ve already answered.  In a word, it was Biden, who quickly drove up the cost…

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I may have to open another account with Chase.

By Justin Katz | November 30, 2021 |

ecoRI news celebrates activist Brian Wilder for spending his time harassing Chase Bank.  Apparently, by treating energy companies as, you know, real businesses, the bank  is “funding mass extinction and the climate crisis.”  Who knew? The fossil fuel industry may not give climate advocates a second thought, but it is harder for banks to shake off…

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Keep track as progressive laws tangle Rhode Islanders and our economy up.

By Justin Katz | November 23, 2021 |

Gregory Booth, who works with the advocacy section of Rhode Island’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) makes a reasonable point when he suggests that it might not be in our state’s best interest to have National Grid sell its Ocean State electrical distribution business to another company that lacks its cross-state infrastructure, but that isn’t why…

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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…