NCPA Commentaries by Pete du Pont

Pete du Pont served for many years on the NCPA Board of Directors, first as policy chair and then as chairman of the board, in addition to his current service on the NCPA’s Emeritus Board of Directors.  He also wrote a regular column for, the online news service of The Wall St. Journal for many years.

Pete du Pont has served as Governor of Delaware, U.S. Congressman (R-DE), and former candidate for President of the United States (1988). Gov. du Pont formerly hosted a nationally-syndicated radio commentary and appeared on several editions of the PBS Firing Line debates with William F. Buckley, Jr.

  • Jul 17, 1996

    Good Intentions and Bad Policy

    No matter what your sixth grade teacher or My Weekly Reader said, America is not running out of space to put its garbage, recycling is not always good, and the world is not running out of resources.

  • Jul 10, 1996

    The Best Campaign Finance Law: Repeal Spending and Contribution Limits

    Memo to true believers in campaign finance reform: The only way to ensure fairer, freer elections is to get rid of the campaign spending laws.

  • Jul 03, 1996

    Chicken Little Lives

    The Chicken Littles who had the last word on the International Panel on Climate Change tell us that the sky is falling again.

  • Jun 13, 1996

    Can the Economic Beacon of America Guide the World Into the 21st Century

    It's no wonder the 20th Century is called the "American Century." Not only was our nation triumphant in two World Wars, the 50-year Cold War, and the race into space, but it served as the beacon of hope and economic opportunity for the world.

  • Jun 05, 1996

    Cut Taxes, Help the Economy, Win the Presidency

    As Ronald Reagan reminded us, ideas have consequences. And sometimes very quickly.

  • May 29, 1996

    Whatever Happened to Environmental Policy Reform?

    The new Republican Congress roared into Washington and set out to change the rules of environmental policy. Environmental reforms were going to be based on risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, less business regulation and smaller environmental agencies. Congress was going to prune back the oppressive bureaucracy and get the government off our backs.

  • May 23, 1996

    Eastern Europe and the Western Alliance

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil," Edmund Burke observed, "is for good men to do nothing." While what has happened in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is hardly evil; communism was the evil; the fact is that good men have done very little to nourish the seeds of Western values in the freed nations of Eastern Europe.

  • May 16, 1996

    Unfunded Mandates: Congress Is Targeting Business Instead of Governments

    One of the success stories of the Contract With America is that Congress has made it illegal for the federal government to impose unfunded mandates - requirements to take certain actions or provide certain services without providing the federal funds to pay for those mandates - on state and local governments.

  • May 08, 1996

    The Envelope, Please

    Tired of the seemingly endless stream of award shows? Have the Emmys, the Grammys, and the People's Choice - not to mention the Country Music and MTV video awards - turned into one long blur of banal platitudes? Perhaps we need a new and different kind of award. So, move over Oscar and Tony, here comes the Louis.

  • May 01, 1996

    Still the Land of Opportunity

    With commencement season upon us once again, there is good news for graduates: America is still the Land of Opportunity. You can - and with some hard work likely will - live better than your parents. And all of us, wealthy, middle class, and poor, are becoming better off as the years go by. As President John F. Kennedy observed, the tide of economic growth is lifting all our boats.