Why wealth creation (and private property and property rights) is good for the planet

Last week, I was writing about the first UN World Happiness Report and how it pits wealth creation and wealth against happiness. I promised...

Fighting climate change undermines freedom of business and human flourishing

“There is no hiding from climate change. It is real and it is everywhere,” stated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last fall (see the McLean's...

Fighting climate change vs. enhancing prosperity

The world political leaders and environmentalists will gather shortly at the UN summit in Paris, in a global effort to combat climate change. Most...

Business and the moral sanction of the ballooning regulatory state

All tax payers are suffering under the increasing regulatory and tax burden, as governments are trying to cope with the sagging economies (that they...

Sanction of the victim: Canada’s oil sands producers join the climate change fight

This week, my home province Alberta’s recently elected socialist NDP government announced a 3 billion dollar carbon tax—euphemistically called “a climate leadership plan”—across all...

Is “green” oil good for us?

The carbon reduction craze has been now embraced by the Canadian oil sands producers as the unavoidable necessity to “clean up” their product to...

Business leaders’ appeasement on climate change: What can they do?

President Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 Paris climate accord, receiving prompt condemnation from environmentalists, media, heads of other governments—and business leaders....

A “No Impact Man” is a dead man

University of Calgary, my employer, recently announced that this year it will require all newly-admitted students to read “No Impact Man,” the New York-based...

Why wealth creation (and private property and property rights) is good for the planet

In my previous post, I was writing about the first UN World Happiness Report and how it pits wealth creation—and wealth—against happiness. I promised...

The moral purpose of business: Larry Fink vs. T.J. Rodgers

Larry Fink, CEO of one of the largest investment management firms in the world, BlackRock, has sent a letter to all S&P 500 CEOs,...

Why are businesses not gearing up for the post-carbon economy?

Governments’ are making great efforts—such as banning oil pipelines and subsidizing unprofitable “green” technologies to avert man-made climate change—to help businesses move to the...

What is a ‘rational’ climate policy?

I recently attended a talk about rational climate policy in Calgary, the headquarter city of the Canadian oil industry. The presenters where  economics professor...