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In The Tank (ep180) – $100+ Trillion Green New Deal, Solar Panel Waste, Medicare for All, Minimum Wage

March 1, 2019

Donald Kendal is joined by Isaac Orr in episode #180 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today's episode features work from the Foundation for Economic Education, the Pacific Research Institute, the American Action Forum, and the Institute for Energy Research.

Heartland's Donald Kendal is joined by Isaac Orr, Policy Fellow at the Center of the American Experiment, in episode #180 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today's episode features work from the Foundation for Economic Education, the Pacific Research Institute, the American Action Forum, and the Institute for Energy Research.

In the first segment, Donny and Isaac talk about an article from the Foundation for Economic Education titled "Why 'Medicare for All' Would Mean Quality Care for None." The article points out how the quality of care would suffer, spending would have to be cut and rationing would take root.

Related to the fist topic, Donny brings up an article from the Pacific Research Institute titled "Doctor Shortage Will Only Worsen Under Single-Payer." The article highlights several reasons why we have a doctor shortage in this country and why it will get worse as the government gets more involved in this industry.

Moving on to energy topics, Isaac and Donny talk about a report produced by the American Action Forum tilted "The Green New Deal: Scope, Scale, and Implications." The report attempts to estimate the cost of the various aspects of the Green New Deal. But as they read through the report, it becomes painfully clear that the $94 trillion estimate far underestimates the likely cost of this ludicrous proposal.

Also on the topic of energy, Isaac and Donny discuss an article published by the Institute for Energy Research titled "The Mounting Solar Panel Waste Problem." "Solar panels contain lead, cadmium, and other toxic chemicals," says the article. This leaves us with the problem of having to figure out what to do with the potential 78 million metric tons of solar panel waste we are projected to have by 2050. This is a major environmental challenge that has been largely ignored by proponents of the wider use of solar energy. 

Donny then welcomes to the show John Phelan, economist with the Center of the American Experiment. Phelan joins the show to talk about minimum wage laws. As he points out, minimum wage laws negatively effect low-skilled workers and lead to automation of certain low-wage laws. 

In the last segment, Donny gets Isaac's opinion on a proposed bill in Illinois that would require all elected officials in Illinois to wear body cameras when conducting official business.  

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Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute and the host of Heartland's "In the Tank" podcast.
dkendal@heartland.org @InTheTankPod
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Isaac Orr is a policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment on mining and energy issues and a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.
isaac.orr@americanexperiment.org @thefrackingguy