Access to Reliable Energy is Not Just Important, it is Necessary to Prosper

While money may not buy happiness, money, or at least a minimum amount of money, is highly correlated with happiness and satisfaction. Some happiness studies,1 which we believe are relatively [...]

Don’t Let HBO’s Chernobyl Scare You Away from Nuclear Power

HBO’s new historical drama mini-series Chernobyl is a stunning and masterful production that portrays the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. Critics have lauded the show, claiming “No [...]

Federal Land in the United States

Federal lands are owned and managed by the United States government and cannot be owned by private individuals. Almost one-third (640 million acres) of the continental United States is federal [...]

The Power of Entrepreneurs to Solve Environmental Problems

Environmental problems often seem insurmountable and as recent news reports highlight the impact humans have on the environment, the need for solutions for environmental problems to be [...]

The Green New Deal: Not Green and Not New

A long-running joke about some environmentalists is that they are watermelons--green on the outside and red on the inside. That is, they propose socialist policies in an attempt to achieve their [...]

The Non-Expert Dilemma

Policies about energy production, distribution, reliability, and sources are non-expert problems. Most people want energy to be abundant and affordable. The problem for politicians is to try to [...]

Transaction Costs and Property Rights in the Development of Western Water Law

Irrigation is an art. Ask anyone who has plowed a ditch, set irrigation dams, used siphon tubes, changed sprinkler lines, laid drip line, or programmed center pivot systems. Farmers decide [...]

Energy is Catching Up

When you think, “Blockchain,” most of us think of Bitcoin. But the electricity space is ripe for innovation. The energy world is changing rapidly, and technology is getting creative trying to keep up.

Entrepreneurs: A Call to Arms

By Kabeia Rineakia Brock Sutton Allen What if you woke up one day and entrepreneurship was dead? That’s the question posed by Shopify founder and CEO Tobias Lütke in a piece printed in the [...]

Ending Poverty with Genetically Engineered Golden Rice

Photo by Max Rovensky on Unsplash By Alicia Birrell Golden rice is now legally raised in Bangladesh! After a long, painful, political, and even violent battle, Bangladesh’s government announced [...]

An Award Worthy Woman

By Augusta Scott In 2009, the Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to a woman for the first time in history. Political scientist, Elinor Ostrom, introduced a unique research method to the field [...]

Strata Goes Seasteading

By Brock Allen “Despite my vested interest in the movement I was never sure what to expect at my first Seasteading event. The individuals online ran the gamut of crazy to academic. The Institute [...]

CO2, GHGs, and PM2.5. Oh My!

by Carter Harrison With each passing year, the discussion about climate change and pollution becomes more intense and direct. Some scientists and legislators have gone as far as toplace a [...]

Whatever Happened to Hydro?

By Ian Nemelka Back in November of 2018, Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a preliminary outline of her new vision called the ‘Green New Deal’ and more recently published [...]

Alarming Concentration

By Alicia Birrell Every year the Thanksgiving season marks the beginning of the holiday shopping frenzy. This past year there were 33 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That means that [...]

Yes, People Still Care

(Photo credit: Chris McGrath) By Ian Nemelka During the November elections, voters rejected the majority of state ballot initiatives intended to curb climate change. In Arizona, an amendment to [...]

Fighting Cabin Fever

(Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash) By Augusta Scott Cache Valley’s winter temperatures are cold enough to make even the most dedicated outdoorsmen retreat indoors until March. If that applies to [...]

Turkey Reign of Terror

Photo Credit: Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP By Ian Nemelka I live in Mendon, Utah at the foot of the Wellsville Mountains in Cache Valley. It is a quiet little town for the most part, [...]

3 Ways to Reduce Inversion

Image from lookingatthewest.com By Carter Harrison For most Utahn’s, winter means two things: beautiful snow and terrible air. In Northern Utah, along the the densely populated Wasatch Front, air [...]

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