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Tom Tanton: Renewable Portfolio Standards

ECN PODCAST - Energy expert Tom Tanton discusses is Reason Foundation study, Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Renewable Portfolio Standards: A Guide for Policymakers, which found serious flaws federal energy laboratories analysis of the benefits and costs of state renewable energy mandates. He found that the government report understates the costs, and overstates the benefits, while ignoring entirely a whole range of environmental harms wind and solar farms cause. Tanton concludes that each state should reexamine their Renewable Energy Portfolio laws and determine whether the results merit continuing the costly programs.

Heather & Joy: Obama's SOTU and Free Community College

SRN PODCAST - School Reform News Managing Editor Heather Kays speaks to Joy Pullmann, managing editor at The Federalist about the president's State of the Union address. Pullmann talks about a piece she wrote on President Barack Obama's comments on childcare and how she thinks the government should not be involved in the way citizens run their families.

Jesse Hathaway: Taxpayers Lost Billions on Auto-Bailout

BTN PODCAST - On January 6, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Jesse Hathaway joined Genesis Communications Network's Charles Butler to talk about how taxpayers lost billions of dollars on the U.S. Treasury Department's bailout of banks and automobile manufacturing companies several years ago. In December 2014, the Treasury Department announced that Ally Financial - formerly known as GMAC - had repaid its bailout obligations, but taxpayers recouped less money from Chrysler Motors, General Motors, and GMAC than the government had 'invested' in the name of saving the economy.

Jim Steele: An Environmentalist's Journey to Climate Skepticism

ECN PODCAST - Research Fellow H. Sterling Burnett interviews Jim Steele, ecologist, director emeritus of the Sierra Nevada field campus of San Francisco State University, in today's podcast. Steele is the author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist's Journey to Climate Skepticism. In the podcast, Jim discusses how climate alarmism is undermining legitimate conservation goals by misdiagnosing the cause of environmental problems, and by diverting resources away from direct solutions to those problems. He discusses lies that climate alarmists have told concerning moose declines, butterfly and mangrove population expansions, problems with Emperor Penguins and in general how climate alarmism is undermining science as an endeavor in the pursuit of knowledge.

Randal O’Toole: Funding for Highway Construction and Transportation Infrastructure

BTN PODCAST - Cato Institute Senior Fellow Randal O’Toole joins Budget & Tax News managing editor Jesse Hathaway to talk about his work on changing the way the federal government funds highway construction and transportation infrastructure projects. O’Toole explains how the current funding system, based on discretionary grants, is inefficient and wasteful, and proposes a formula-based system.

Lindsay Boyd: Right to Try

HCN PODCAST - Lindsay Boyd, policy director at the Beacon Center of Tennessee, discusses ‘Right to Try’ legislation that has been introduced in Tennessee and elsewhere, and already passed in five states. Under ‘Right to Try,’ patients with a terminal illness are able, with their doctor, obtain medicines that have passed the FDA’s phase one clinical trials for safety but haven’t yet passed phases two and three, which test the efficacy of new drugs.
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