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Friday, November 21, 2014

Will DC be held in contempt for gun carry law?

Will DC be held in contempt for gun carry law? - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

November 21, 2014 9:00AM
B-369 Rayburn House Office Building
Featuring Alex Epstein, Author, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, and Founder, Center for Industrial Progress; moderated by Patrick Michaels, Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute.
In The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels energy expert Alex Epstein argues that we are only hearing one side of a critical story. We are taught to think only of the negatives of fossil fuels, not their positives — their ability to provide cheap, reliable energy for a world of seven billion people. The moral significance of cheap, reliable energy, Epstein illustrates, is woefully underrated. Energy enables us to improve nearly every single aspect of life, whether economic or environmental, and if we look at the big picture of fossil fuels compared with the alternatives, the impact of fossil fuels is to make the world a far better place.
Epstein confronts the most common myths about fossil fuels: they are dirty, unsustainable, and harm the developing world. Drawing on original insights and cutting-edge research, Epstein offers facts to the contrary. Fossil fuels take a naturally dirty environment and make it clean; they take a naturally dangerous climate and make it safer; the sun and wind are intermittent, unreliable fuels that always need backup from a reliable source of energy — usually fossil fuels; and, fossil fuels are the key to improving the quality of life for billions of people in the developing world. Calls to “get off fossil fuels” are calls to degrade the lives of innocent people who merely want the same opportunities we enjoy in the West.
Will The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels become the Silent Spring of its time? Decide for yourself after hearing Alex Epstein discuss this powerful, highly innovative book.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boom Towns

Boom Towns: Restoring the Urban American Dream
(Stanford University Press, 2014)

Book Forum
November 20, 2014 12:00PM
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts AVenue NW

Featuring the author Stephen J. K. Walters, Professor of Economics, Loyola University Maryland; with comments by Richard E. Wagner, Professor of Economics, George Mason University; and Mark Zupan, Olin Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Rochester; moderated by Steve H. Hanke, Professor of Applied Economics, The Johns Hopkins University, and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

American cities, once economic and social launching pads for residents, are all too often plagued by poverty and decay. One need only look at the ruins of Detroit to see how far some once-great cities have fallen, or at Boston and San Francisco for evidence that such decline is reversible. In Boom Towns, Stephen J. K. Walters argues that commonplace explanations for urban decay are seriously incomplete. He reconceives of cities as dense accumulations of capital in all of its forms—which makes our labor more productive and our leisure more pleasurable. Policymakers, therefore, must properly define and enforce property rights in order to prevent the flight of capital that weakens urban centers. With its fresh interpretation of one of the quandaries of our day, Boom Towns offers a novel contribution to the debate about American cities and a program for their restoration.

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