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September 23, 2022
By Tim Benson
https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/research--commentary-new-education-freedom-report-card-gauges-states-education-accountability-transparency-and-choice-options
The Heritage Foundation has released its inaugural Education Freedom Report Card, which will help “serve as a guide for assessing education freedom in each state” by measuring four categories including education choice, regulatory freedom, transparency, and return on investment for education spending. Under education choice, five subcategories contribute to a state’s grade. The first measures whether a state provides families a private school choice program, including the proportion of eligible...
September 22, 2022
By AnneMarie Schieber
https://www.heartland.org/multimedia/podcasts/did-pharma-royalty-payments-influence-government-covid-19-policies-guest-adam-andrzejewski
On September 14, Sen. Rand Paul grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci on royalty payments government scientists receive from private third-party entities. The non-profit watchdog,  Open the Books has been relentlessly investigating these private royalty payments because the public has been drastically impacted by public health guidance.  Adam Andrezejewski, CEO and founder of Open the Books, says it is important to understand how government health agencies make their decisions when decision makers have pers...
September 22, 2022
By Larry Sand
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/nowhere-mann
In a recent New York Times piece, “School Is for Everyone,” Anya Kamenetz lavished praise on 19th Century education reformer Horace Mann, who saw public schools as a “crucible of democracy.” His goal was to have the state take over schools and increase taxes to pay for it all. Mann and his acolytes insisted that shifting the reins of educational power from private to public hands would “yield better teaching methods and materials, greater efficiency, superior service to the poor, and a stronger...
September 22, 2022
By Greg E. Walcher
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/protecting-what-is-already-protected
The New York Times recently opined that the endangered species law could be used to stop oil and gas production nationwide, because no matter where the drilling is, it contributes to climate change everywhere. Thus, sea turtles in Florida or monk seals in Hawaii could be the excuse to shut down oil drilling Wyoming. The Times quoted an Arizona professor questioning the government’s reliance on science, criticizing an Interior Department memo saying it cannot objectively determine whether a tiny...
September 22, 2022
By Ronald Stein, P.E.
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/america-is-successfully-pursuing-esg--extreme-shortages-guaranteed
Energy growth, electricity AND the products made from oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil and the fuels to power ships, planes, militaries, and space programs, are directly linked to prosperity and well-being across the globe.   Today, most of the energy the world consumes is from hydrocarbons, with crude oil being the dominant source of transportation fuels. Today, crude oil is the ONLY source for the oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil that makes more than 6,000 products for...
September 19, 2022
By Jeff Stier
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/fda-fix-department-asap
Kudos to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf for acknowledging his agency needs help. Recognizing a problem is a prerequisite to making amends. On July 19th, Califf conceded, as only a government official could, "the agency has confronted a series of challenges that have tested our regulatory frameworks and stressed the agency's operations, prompting me to take a closer look at how we do business." He also commissioned a report to help figure things out. The FDA's bung...
September 14, 2022
By Ronald Stein, P.E.
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/is-net-zero-emissions-the-trojan-horse-for-society
The transition to electricity generation from breezes and sunshine has proven to be ultra-expensive for the wealthy countries of Germany, Australia, and the USA representing 6 percent of the world’s population (505 million vs 7.8 billion). Those wealthy countries now have among the highest cost for their electricity, while the poorer developing countries, currently without the usage of the 20th century products manufactured from crude oil, are experiencing about 11,000,000 child deaths every yea...
September 7, 2022
By Larry Sand
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/the-sandstorm-do-american-students-lives-matter
The results of the first post-lockdown National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were released on June 1, and they showed anything but progress. Most subgroups took a big hit, but Blacks and Hispanics suffered the greatest damage. Peggy Carr, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers the test, said, “These results are sobering. It’s clear that covid-19 shocked American education and stunted the academic growth of this age group.” (It’s worth not...
September 7, 2022
By Seton Motley
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/5g-unfortunately-we-need-biden-to-take-the-us-china-internet-war-very-seriously
More and more of the Internet is becoming less and less wired.  Faster and faster wireless Internet obviously makes connectivity much easier, cheaper - and MUCH better. As you undoubtedly know, we are currently mass-expanding the Fifth Generation (5G) wireless networks.  Which is much discussed - for some very good reasons: “Fifth Generation (5G) cellular technology infrastructure is going to rocket wireless into the dominant best way to connect to the Web. “The download and upload speeds on...
September 1, 2022
By Tim Benson
https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/research--commentary-congressional-bill-would-block-federal-infrastructure-funds-from-heading-to-states-that-have-banned-hydraulic-fracturing
Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would block any state that bans the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) process for accessing reserves of oil or natural gas from receive funds through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program from the U.S. Department of Energy. The EECBG program, funded by a $550 million appropriation from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed last November, “provides local government, states, territories, and India...