Heartland’s Donald Kendal, and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr in episode #189 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s episode features work from the Property & Environment Research Center, AEI, the Reason Foundation, and The Heartland Institute

Heartland’s Donald Kendal, and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr in episode #189 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s episode features work from the Property & Environment Research Center, the American Enterprise Institute, the Reason Foundation, and The Heartland Institute.

In the first segment, the trio talk about Earth Day. They talk about an article from the Property & Environment Research Center titled “This Earth Day, Try Conservation Optimism.” The author makes the case that we are making great strides in fight of environmental conservation and that we should thank economic growth and freedom. 

Additionally, on the topic of Earth Day, the three take a look at an article from the American Enterprise Institute titled “18 Spectacularly Wrong Predictions Made Around the Time of First Earth Day in 1970, Expect More This Year.” How do people take these alarmists seriously when their track record is so off?

In the next segment, they take on Bernie Sanders call for Disney’s CEO‘s salary being divided among the employees of Disney. In this scenario, Disney employees would get an additional $320 a month – before taxes. This highlights a concept discussed in a Reason Foundation article titled “The Socialist Fantasy.” 

In the last segment, Donald welcomes to the show Christina Herrin, Campaign Manager for the Free to Choose Medicine project here at The Heartland Institute. Christina joins the show to talk about Free to Choose Medicine and how this concept could save many lives. 

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mark from the midwest
May 11, 2019 7:25 am

Bernie’s notion of Disney employees getting an additional $320 a month is laughable. With the exception of the theme parks many, many Disney employees make 6 figures, and beyond. If you are a member of one of the unions you start at about $24 an hour for a completely skill-less position, such as “studio page.” Journeymen employees in stage-craft make between 120-140K. Secretaries in the Burbank facility make about 70K a year, unless the work for the EVP’s where they can make twice that.

Who cares what the CEO makes when everyone is doing well?

William Astley
Reply to  mark from the midwest
May 11, 2019 8:08 am

Shareholders. A big salary is required to get good talent. CEO is only one person. Ten times a big salary is a fixed game. i.e. CEO becomes rich enough to buy company. Complicated problem.

Bernie will say anything to get elected. Destroying companies is not the secret to lower unemployment and higher wages (better jobs).

Odd Bernie and the fake news have not given Trump credit for addressing US trade deficits, lowest unemployment in 50 years, and so on.


U.S. employers added a better-than-expected 263,000 jobs in April, as the nearly decade-old economic expansion shows no signs of slowing. And the unemployment rate dropped to 3.6% — the lowest in nearly 50 years.

Reply to  William Astley
May 11, 2019 7:31 pm

The trade deficits are cause by the budget deficit. Until the second is solved, the first can never be solved.

(There only appears to be a trade deficit because money spent to buy US treasuries and other forms of financial instruments are counted in the trade numbers.)

Curious George(@moudryj)
May 11, 2019 7:29 am

It would be a pleasure to read a transcript. I don’t waste time listening.

May 11, 2019 8:04 am

Alexandria Ocassionally Coherent — 12 years left !

Robert Francis “crazy hand waver” O’Rourke — 10 years left !

Who will be the first Dumbocrat to claim — 8 years left ?

Do I hear “8 years left” ?
Going Once
Do I hear “8 years left” ?
Going Twice
Do I hear 8 …

Mr. Al “The Climate Blimp” Gore

So there you have it — it’s settled science, leftist style. And even if they were wrong, we can’t afford to sit here and do nothing — there’s no time for delay!

Spend all your money in the next four years because that’s all we have left.

And if you doubt “Perfesser” Gore, don’t worry, “Perfesser” AOC now admits she made a slight adding mistake, after being frightened by her “sink monster” (garbage disposal), and she now agrees with Gore’s four years.

Leonardo DiCraprio is on his private plane flying to a Green New Deal conference in New Zealand, but he phoned in that his new calculations agree with Mr. Gore too.

That’s three out of three of the climate “scientists” who really count — a 100% consensus — climate science can not be more settled than 100%.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Richard Greene
May 11, 2019 8:32 am

“Who will be the first Dumbocrat to claim — 8 years left ?”

I’m sure Jay Inslee (I know, WHO?) will make any climate claim you’d care to hear, just to get elected. But his biggest problem right now is getting to even 0.5% in the polls.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
May 11, 2019 9:39 am

J. Alberts:
If I were running for “persident”, and could improve my polling numbers by 100%, from 0.5% to 1.0%, I’d say “There are 8 years left”.

Better yet: I’d say “7.8 years left to save the earth for the children”, stated with GREAT CONFIDENCE, with two small children standing next to me — I don’t have any children, so would have to rent them — and I’d even wear a suit and tie, which would also demonstrate my great intelligence … because among leftists, you can’t go wrong with any “worse than previously thought” climate doom prediction, very high confidence, and most important: More decimal places for your “years left for Earth” number.

As I learned while getting my BS (bulls__t) degree, and this may have changed since 1975, the main difference between a wild guess, and real science, is the number of decimal places.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Richard Greene
May 11, 2019 12:46 pm

Inslee seems to be running for Fearmonger-in-chief.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Richard Greene
May 11, 2019 7:28 pm

About 10 years ago, I thought Britain’s Prince Chuck gave the entire world 6 months to the fail-safe point.

Long live the Queen!

In fact, long, long, long, long live the Queen.

Mike Jonas(@egrey1)
May 11, 2019 8:15 am

re Free to Choose Medicine (FtC): Maybe the FDA is succumbing to the iron law of bureaucracy – In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.“.
In any case, the FtC idea looks to me to have much merit. I would suggest that to keep the pharmaceutical companies honest(-ish), they should indemnify FtC patients against all adverse effects. In return, the patients would agree to provide ongoing feedback to the pharma. OK, it isn’t quite that simple, but neither is FtC itself.

Ken Irwin
Reply to  Mike Jonas
May 11, 2019 9:17 am

Bureaucracy = Tyranny By The Nobodies

I am horrified by the western world’s downward spiral into totalitarianism via bureaucracy and in the name of left leaning political correctness.

As time passes, Orwell’s 1984 seems less like fiction and more like political commentary.

May 11, 2019 8:20 am

Anyone know how long we’ve got to save the World? Is it worth me buying a whole gallon of milk, or should I just get a smaller one?

Reply to  Mat
May 11, 2019 8:26 am

Mat, probably just buy it in small increments…

..every year or two…it’s 10 more years

Reply to  Mat
May 11, 2019 9:42 am

You can’t buy milk !
It comes from cows.
And cows are bad
for climate change.
Protest the cows.
Don’t buy their milk.

May 11, 2019 11:39 am

Here is a terrible Earth Day prediction. EVs are Doomed in Illinois, … https://www.foxnews.com/auto/illinois-1000-electric-vehicle-legislation

May 11, 2019 1:49 pm

But wait…..don’t EV buyers get a tax credit from the Feds (and probably most States) for purchasing an EV?

Reply to  bullfrex
May 11, 2019 7:32 pm

+10 …devious biscuits.

May 11, 2019 7:15 pm

I am unaware of any prediction attributed to AGW that has been realized.

May 12, 2019 5:00 pm

Is there really someone named “Ike Orr?”

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