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.
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.
Jun 12, 2009
About 82 percent of Americans receive drinking water via publicly owned water systems, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many of these municipal and regional systems operate at a loss, meaning users' fees don't cover the cost of treating and delivering the water.
Apr 15, 2009
In a surprising blow to environmental activists and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, Los Angeles voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have required the city to install 400 megawatts of solar panels by 2014.
Apr 13, 2009
The National Center for Policy Analysis appreciates the opportunity to comment on the President's request to the EPA to reconsider its previous denial of California's 2005 Waiver of Federal Preemption under Section 209(b) of the Clean Air Act. We would like to take this opportunity to caution EPA Administrator Jackson against reversing the denial of the request made by former EPA Administrator Johnson in 2008.