NCPA Commentaries by H. Sterling Burnett
H. Sterling Burnett is a Senior Fellow for the National Center for Policy Analysis. While Burnett works on a number of issues, he specializes in issues involving environmental policy and gun policy.
Jan 18, 2010
A series of e-mails between scientists who serve as gatekeepers for the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change leaked from the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit has caused a firestorm of controversy that has yet to die down several months after the news first broke.
Dec 10, 2009
Or the jobs could cost more than they createIn October, the unemployment rate in the United States reached 10.2 percent. Most economists consider about 5 percent to be full employment. Not surprisingly, job growth is a hot political issue.
Nov 25, 2009
Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., have offered a global warming bill that would further the government's growing stranglehold on the economy by commandeering the energy sector through climate legislation.
Oct 15, 2009
Kittitas County, Washington is experiencing sticker shock as the true cost of solar power is coming in at more than three times the promised price.
In less than one month's time, the cost estimate for a proposed 75 megawatt solar power plant has soared by more than 200 percent.
Sep 08, 2009
Dozens of very productive new wells near North Dakota's Bakken oil field have state officials believing another massive new oil find may be at hand.
Sep 01, 2009
CIFTA - the 1997 small-arms trafficking treaty drafted with the help of the Clinton administration - is bad as a matter of principle and policy.
Aug 01, 2009
In the battle against climate change, most media attention has been paid to "cap-and-trade" schemes, under which countries set upper limits ("caps") on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and allow companies to sell ("trade") unused emissions rights to other firms. However, there is a second path to global warming salvation: Carbon offsets.
Jul 29, 2009
Politicians lament the fact that the United States imports about 66 percent of its oil -- about 9,000 barrels every minute. Yet Congress has done little to remedy the situation. Instead, it has all too often erected barriers to domestic energy production.
Jul 15, 2009
The Waxman-Markey bill to restrict carbon dioxide emissions would cost $846 billion in the next decade alone, in the form of required payments for emissions allowances, according to a June 5 report from the Congressional Budget Office.
Jun 16, 2009
It's been called a highly regressive tax, imposing relatively higher costs on the poor. Another agrees that it would impose a larger burden, relative to income, on low-income households than on high-income households. And these are just its advocates.