Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: State-Owned Banks

October 14, 2013

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, since 2010,

Research & Commentary: Temperature Observations

Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change
October 14, 2013

One of the central premises behind the concern that manmade greenhouse gas emissions may be causing dangerous global warming is that global temperatures have increased over the last century in conc

Research & Commentary: Gold and Silver Currency

October 14, 2013

In the nineteenth century the U.S. economy was based on currency backed by gold and silver.

Research & Commentary: Forcings and Feedbacks

Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change
October 10, 2013

Many scientists, policymakers, and engaged citizens have become concerned over the possibility that manmade greenhouse gas emissions, in particular carbon dioxide (CO2), may be causing dangerous cl

Research & Commentary: Wyoming Beer Taxes

October 9, 2013

At 2 cents per gallon, Wyoming’s beer tax is well below both the national average of 28 cents per gallon and considerably less than all its neighboring states’.

Research & Commentary: Pennsylvania Plastic Bag Tax

October 9, 2013

Under a proposal by state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Wayne), Pennsylvania would become the first state to impose a statewide tax on the use of plastic bags.

Research & Commentary: Global Climate Models and Their Limitations

Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change
October 9, 2013

Many scientists, policymakers, and engaged citizens have become concerned over the possibility that manmade greenhouse gas emissions, in particular carbon dioxide (CO2), may be causing dangerous cl

Research & Commentary: Coal Power

October 7, 2013

Coal, a black or brownish rock made from highly compressed plants that lived and died hundreds of millions of years ago, is the most plentiful fossil fuel in current use.

Research & Commentary: Age Restrictions for Electronic Cigarettes

September 30, 2013

Thousands of American smokers trying to quit have tried electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” sales of which have doubled in recent years.

Research & Commentary: Regulating Payday Loans

September 30, 2013

Over the past several years, states have begun considering new laws that would place severe limits (interest rate caps) or even bans on certain types of short-term loans, often called “payday loans