John Nothdurft is MIA, so joining Donny Kendal is Heartland policy analyst Tim Benson. Donny and Tim present episode #75 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from Reform UK, the Heartland Institute, and the American Federation for Children.
Researchers have found that some buyers are willing to pay for environmentally friendly products because those products are “status symbols.” A report in the Atlantic states: “Environmentally-friendly behaviors typically go unseen; there’s no public glory in shortened showers or diligent recycling. But when people can use their behavior to broadcast their own goodness, their incentives shift. The people who buy Priuses and solar panels still probably care about the environment—it’s just that researchers have found that a portion of their motivation might come from a place of self-promotion, much like community service does good and fits on a résumé.”
Champagne wishes and caviar dreams are coming true thanks to a government policy called net metering, which allows wealthy environmentalists who have installed solar panels on their roofs to profit unfairly at the expense of economically-disadvantaged people who can’t afford the technology themselves.
Syria isn’t the only battle into which President Obama is injecting himself where he doesn’t belong.