Month: December 2005

Biodiesel Needs Less Government, Not More

Angela EckhardtQuickPoint!

Biodiesel has hit center stage in the Northwest, and proposals for government support of the fledgling industry abound. With corporate subsidies everywhere, it’s easy to see why alternative fuel advocates would step up to the trough. But biodiesel really needs less “help” from the government, not more.

The biggest obstacle for biodiesel is an insufficient (more…)

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End the CIM-CAM Flim Flam

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo decided last week that a key element of the state’s long-running school reform experiment should be scrapped. The Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM) was supposed to demonstrate that 10th graders had mastered a certain degree of knowledge from their first ten years of schooling. It was earned by taking tests in basic subjects and completing classroom work samples. The 12th grade Certificate of Advanced Mastery (CAM) was never even implemented.

Cascade Policy Institute and others have opposed (more…)

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Climate Change and the Oregon Economy: Still Searching for the Smoking Gun

John A. Charles, Jr.Cascade Commentary

Summary

Several studies on global climate change fall short on empirical data, relying instead on speculative scenarios about the future and often utilizing flawed methodology. (more…)

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