Commentary: Oil Spill Cleanup Requires Obama to Cut Red Tape and Ignore Special Interests

The federal government’s much-maligned response towards the Gulf oil crisis has been correctly attributed to red-tape and bureaucracy. But we should not overlook the recent evidence indicating that President Obama’s political posturing and constituent-pleasing are making matters worse. The concern is that President Obama has been complying with the wishes of two large factions of…

Dazed and Confused: How the Drilling Moratorium Exacerbates Louisiana’s Economic Challenges

Louisianians have a special appreciation for Ronald Reagan’s statement that “the ten most dangerous words in the English language are ‘Hi, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’” And as the damage from the catastrophic BP oil spill continues to wreak economic and environmental havoc on our state, it seems that Washington is…

Commentary: Innovative Hurricane Prevention Measures Merit Consideration

As described in the Times-Picayune, a delegation of Dutch and American architects and urban planners convened to explore potential (and radical) new methods to incorporate water into New Orleans’ rebuilding and future hurricane prevention techniques. According to David Waggonner III of Waggonner and Ball Architects, “the trick is … to find ways of reintroducing soils…