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The True Cost of Wind | Ryan M. Yonk
Posted: Wed. December 9, 2015

Applauded by many governments around the world as one of the cleanest initiatives for the generation of energy, the wind industry is also one of the most expensive and heavily subsidized, compared with other power generation alternatives. Ryan M. Yonk, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, presents interesting and little-known facts, which demystify wind power's efficiency, cost, and benefits for the environment.

CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO:
00:00 Opening
00:10 History of Energy Policy
00:40 The True Cost of Wind
03:45 Federal Policies on Energy Subsidies
10:05 Federal Wind-Related Initiatives
12:05 Production Tax Credit
15:53 Cost of the Wind after Federal Policies
17:25 State Policies: Renewable Portfolio Standards
22:26 Total Costs
24:58 Social and Environmental Costs
27:38 Policy Implications
29:35 Closing

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About Ryan M. Yonk
Ryan M. Yonk is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Research Director for the Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics in the Department of Economics at Utah State University, and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southern Utah University. He received his PhD in political science from Georgia State University.

Recorded: Thu. June 4, 2015
Experts: Ryan M. Yonk
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Environment

Senior Fellow Ivan Eland on COP21 Security
Posted: Wed. December 2, 2015

Senior Fellow Ivan Eland is interviewed on CCTV America about security measures taken by the French Government during the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris. After terrorist attacks, France has reinforced borders, mobilized 120,000 police officers, and banned large marches that had been planned to coincide with the climate summit.

Recorded: Sat. November 28, 2015
Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Terrorism and National Crises

Research Fellow Randall Holcombe appears on the Larry Conners USA Radio Show
Posted: Mon. November 30, 2015

Research Fellow Randall Holcombe is a guest on the Larry Conners USA Radio Show on KTRS St. Louis. Holcombe discusses President Obama’s push for shorter prison sentences and why the move is a mistake. The war on drugs has been waged for 35 years. Drugs are impossible to control and their use should not be illegal, according to Holcombe. Transactions among consenting adults shouldn’t be prosecuted, he says. Only if property crimes or violence occurs, should drug users be prosecuted. Nov. 12, 2015

Recorded: Thu. November 12, 2015
Experts: Randall G. Holcombe
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Crime, Drugs (Illicit)

Senior Fellow Ivan Eland on the Paris Attacks and the Endless Cycle of Terrorism
Posted: Fri. November 20, 2015

Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute and author of No War for Oil is interviewed by Thom Hartman for The Big Picture on RT on the terrorist attacks in Paris. He discusses the endless cycle of terrorism in the Middle East and how France can avoid making the same mistakes.

Recorded: Tue. November 17, 2015
Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Terrorism and National Crises

Robert Higgs Interview on "Anemic Recovery, Regulation and Taxation" at Cato Institute
Posted: Fri. November 20, 2015

Robert Higgs discusses our most recent economic recovery and some thoughts on how Keynesians explain events in American economic history. Higgs is author of the book, Taking a Stand: Reflections on Life, Liberty, and the Economy (2015). Produced by Cato Institute Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Recorded: Thu. November 5, 2015
Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Politics

Robert Higgs interview on Taking a Stand book at Libertarianism.org
Posted: Fri. November 20, 2015

Robert Higgs Senior Fellow in Political Economy for the Independent Institute talks about his latest book Taking a Stand: Reflections on Life, Liberty, and the Economy (2015) in this interview conducted by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus from Libertarianism.org

This podcast was produced by Libertarianism.org, a Cato Institute project. November 20, 2015.

Recorded: Fri. November 20, 2015
Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Other Event
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Education, History (U.S)

The Great Depression & the Gilded Age of America | Steven Horwitz
Posted: Wed. November 18, 2015

Professor Steven Horwitz contrasts the US economy during the Gilded Age (1870s to the early twentieth century—a period of industrialization and the growth of wealth—with the Great Depression (1929-39). He traces the role played by innovation and industrialization as well as the role of the federal government and the Federal Reserve System throughout these two contrasting periods.

CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO:
00:00 Initial credits
00:07 The Gilded Age
09:00 The Progressive Era
14:53 The Federal Reserve and the Great Depression
20:16 The high school "story" about the Great Depression
21:18 What caused the Great Depression and why did it last so long?
23:00 1920-1929
25:00 1929-1933
28:37 The response of President Herbert Hoover to the Great Depression
34:11 Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt: the same?
41:10 The role of the Second World War
43:54 Conclusion
44:35 Final credits

ABOUT STEVEN HORWITZ:
Steven Horwitz, PhD is is Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University. A Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center and Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute, Dr. Horwitz completed his Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University

Recorded: Wed. June 3, 2015
Experts: Steven G. Horwitz
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), History (U.S)

George Ayittey on the Cheetah Generation
Posted: Mon. November 16, 2015

"The Cheetah Generation is the new and angry generation of Africans who can see that their leadership has failed them ... They're not going to sit there and wait for governments to come and do things for them. As a matter of fact, they're not going to sit there and beg for foreign aid, because they can see that every social need in Africa is a business opportunity. The Cheetah Generation is entrepreneurial." - George Ayittey, Economist (Ghana) Video produced by PovertyCure.Org

Recorded: Mon. March 21, 2011
Experts: George B. N. Ayittey
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government