The Power of Aspirational Advocacy

In the latest edition of CIP Insider, our new newsletter about CIP’s strategy for changing the way Americans think about energy and industry, I discuss what I call Aspirational Advocacy. Here’s an excerpt: If we focus our efforts on arguing against environmentalism, without offering a clear, defined, illustrated, inspiring alternative, then our best-case scenario is to get from bad to …

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Condemns The Green Gauntlet

The most important story about the American economy is the one that gets the least attention. America has enormous, incalculable, untapped potential to revolutionize its economy through industrial progress–through far greater productivity in energy production, in manufacturing, in construction, in mining, in transportation. But our industrial progress is halted by a labyrinth of so-called “green” policies–policies that have nothing to …

Power Hour: Marlo Lewis on The Year in Energy

On this month’s Power Hour, Dr. Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute joins the program to discuss the top three energy stories of 2011 and 2012. Toward the end of the program, starting at 37:40, we get into an interesting discussion of what strategy the free-market energy movement should take for the 2012 election and beyond. Enjoy! Download and …

Remembering John Lewis

I recently learned that historian and activist Dr. John Lewis has passed away after a long battle with cancer. I was fortunate enough to have many interactions with John over the past dozen years, and he repeatedly inspired me in both word and deed. I first encountered John back in 2000, when we were both taking a year-long writing class …

Econ-Gate!

A large group of academic economists has publicly given its endorsement to the Occupy Movement under the banner of “occupy economics” or “Econ4”– a “new” economics “4 the people, 4 the planet, 4 the future.” What does this mean?In typical Occupier fashion, the Econ4 Mission Statement is incredibly vague about its intentions. Fortunately, Eric Dennis and I have “discovered” an earlier draft that makes …

What’s in a Price?

Have you ever thought that it would be nice to get through a bit more of the novel you’ve been reading but you’d rather not pay two cents (literally) for the electricity it would take to run your light bulb for one hour? Have you ever decided you’d rather carry your 50 lbs. of weekly groceries home for 5 miles …