On Wednesday, at the "Making Nature Useless," seminar sponsored by the D.C.-based think tank Resources for the Future, Iddo Wernick, a researcher at Rockefeller University's Program for the Human Environment, asked, "Can improving efficiency and changing consumer preferences overwhelm rising population and affluence to reduce the tons of material that Americans use? The world?" To answer this question, Wernick and his colleagues collected data about the consumption trends on 100 materials that have long been used in the U.S. economy. Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey considers the idea that "the way we will save nature is by rendering it economically worthless."
The former vice president's vision of an all-powerful government goes far beyond massive spending and tax hikes.
Lawmakers are bribing citizens with a tiny tax break in exchange for the power to jack up income tax rates down the line.
The Supreme Court weighs police shootings and unreasonable seizures in Torres v. Madrid.
The Hunter Biden story has exposed the media's selective skepticism.