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.

  • Jan 26, 2010

    An Economic Time Bomb

    Even if Congress does nothing, tax hikes will hit hard a year from now.

    Weather-wise it has been a very cold January, and politically the Scott Brown Senate victory has chilled Washington even further Democrats. But if the Democratic economic policies continue nevertheless, this year will be nothing like the bitter economic January we will be living in a year from now.

  • Jan 05, 2010

    Copenhagen's Dodged Bullet

    Modern men have lived through 20 sudden global warmings.

    Al Gore said the other week that climate change is "a principle in physics. It's like gravity. It exists." Sarah Palin agreed that "climate change is like gravity," but added a better conclusion: Each is "a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it."
  • Nov 19, 2009

    Hard of Hearing

    Voters send a message, but the White House ignores it.

  • Nov 18, 2009

    Hard of Hearing- The Wall Street Journal

    Elections matter. They are sometimes governed by voters' passion; they sometimes change the course the country is following (as in 2008); and sometimes, like earlier this month, they fire warning shots across the bow of our ship of state.

  • Oct 20, 2009

    Time for Inaction on Global Warming - The Wall Street Journal

    Congress should consider the costs before passing "cap and trade."

  • Sep 25, 2009

    Bad Medicine

    President Obama addressed Congress two weeks ago on the issue of health care, and on the same day an Associated Press GfK poll showed that the proportion of Americans who strongly approve of the way he is doing his job has fallen from 41% in December to 24% now. And the percentage of people who strongly disapprove of his performance has risen from 6% to 35%.

  • Aug 24, 2009

    The High Cost of Liberalism

    Taxes too high? You ain't seen nothing yet.

    The Treasury reports that our country's federal debt has doubled in nine years, rising steadily, year by year, to $10.72 trillion from $5.67 trillion in 2000. Our deficit for the current year fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, is expected to total $1.8 trillion, four times last year's figure, leaving us with a federal debt of $38,500 for every U.S. resident.
  • Jul 26, 2009

    Waxman-Markey Deserves to Die

    The fresh news about Washington--the White House and Congress--is that things are not going very well. A new president in full command of public-policy matters is having problems, from health care to taxes to massive federal spending and now to the Waxman-Markey bill, one of the oddest and most far-reaching pieces of legislation advocated by the new administration.

  • Jun 19, 2009

    The Big Chill

    Two months ago this column offered an analysis of the Waxman-Markey global warming bill, its enormous cost and its practical impossibilities.

  • May 15, 2009

    Lucky 7

    The Republican Party needs serious rejuvenation. Since Ronald Reagan left the presidency in 1989 and Newt Gingrich left the House in 1999, the Republican Party has been in decline. Between 2006 and 2009 it slid from a 55-member Senate majority to a minority of just 40. In 2005 the Republicans controlled the House, 232-203; today the Democratic majority is 257-178. And of course there was a Republican president for eight years; now there is a Democratic one for at least four.