Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jon gets into the weeds in all kinds of policy areas, including electricity, occupational licensing, hydraulic fracturing, the minimum wage, poverty and opportunity, state rulemaking, film and other incentives programs, certificates of need, and cronyism.
The North Carolina State Constitution infers an important truth: that a state structured around "the great, general, and essential principles of liberty" is a work of genius, allowing human flourishing in ways never before seen in the world.
DEQ lists 164 "stakeholders" to develop a "Clean Energy Plan." They identify "key stakeholders" as those "with a vested interest in clean energy." OK, so who cares for affordable, reliable, efficient electricity?
Duke professor Michael Munger's recent article for the American Institute for Economic Research urges caution about a rather blithe attitude we've seen lately to toss over social and political institutions without a second's thought.
A ban on fracking would be asinine. It would be self-destructive, devastating to the economy, a gut punch to the poor, and practically ineffective to do anything about climate change. It's also something Vladimir Putin has been working for years to bring it about.