About: Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is Director of Regulatory Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

Recent Posts by Jon Sanders

A low-cost energy source that lowers rates and CO2 emissions, to boot

That would be natural gas. Because of technological change in natural gas exploration, our rates are falling, on net (offsetting increases owing to the REPS law): Also falling: carbon dioxide emissions, as the federal Energy Information Administration has shown is mostly because of change to natural gas in electricity generation: But for some reason, a lobbyContinue Reading






This was unthinkable a decade ago. Fracking did this. It’s an intrinsically safe process.

Witness the results of revolutionary technological change — repeatedly found by researchers to be intrinsically safe — in oil and gas exploration. I refer to the combination of two old processes, horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). CNN Money: Guess what else fracking is primarily responsible for? P.S. Why do you suppose a group calling itselfContinue Reading






NC’s sunset and periodic review of rules — another encouraging update

With a hat tip to Becki Gray, here are the latest numbers on the progress of the periodic review and examination of existing rules: 6,225 total rules reviewed so far 3,606 rules to remain unchanged 1,929 rules subject to the readoption process 690 rules to be removed As I wrote in the previous update, this reform, hailing from the Regulatory ReformContinue Reading






Payday lending is bad for poor consumers. Their alternatives may be worse.

Short term “payday” lending is in the news again, it seems. The Obama administration’s Justice Department is beginning a new campaign against the lenders. Search engine giant Google has just announced it won’t sell ads to the lenders. Paternalism is at the heart of this campaign. Reactive government paternalism is almost always accompanied by negativeContinue Reading






$500 million, how ’bout a billion? $1 billion? $2.4 billion! Thank you, sir. $2.4 billion, how ’bout ten billion?

I’m no clairvoyant; I’ve just seen this game played too often. This was a lamentably easy call: Local media would be and no doubt are expected to seize upon such a report as if it were hard economic fact, and one would be hard-pressed to imagine any “financial impact” figure that would strike them as tooContinue Reading






Media balk at a Bathroom Bill ‘economic impact’ figure, but only temporarily

For background, read this. A snippet: Local media would be and no doubt are expected to seize upon such a report as if it were hard economic fact, and one would be hard-pressed to imagine any “financial impact” figure that would strike them as too large to be believable. HB2 will cost the state millions?Continue Reading






Differing time costs a major factor in ‘Why People Don’t Use Mass Transit’

University of Wisconsin at Green Bay professor Steven Dutch has a thought piece on “Why People Don’t Use Mass Transit.” This piece had its origin, Dutch explains, when he was stuck in a traffic jam wondering why he was stuck in a traffic jam when he could have taken the subway. He shortly realized whyContinue Reading






Startups in garages vs. government ‘startups’

Julie, I posted that advertisement a while back to contrast that history with the only-government-builds-that, massively expensive folly of the Obama administration. Namely their “innovation institutes,” including one at NC State: $70 million from the Department of Energy in the next five years, “an amount that will be matched in non-federal commitments by the businessesContinue Reading






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