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Written by Dr. David Schnare

November 2012

Protecting Federalism and State Sovereignty Through anti-Commandeering Legislation
Protecting Federalism and State Sovereignty Through anti-Commandeering Legislation — Unfunded federal mandates are a growing problem for states and an even larger problem for local governments.  The Jefferson Institute and the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic at George Mason University prepared a legal "Nutshell" on how to challenge these unfunded mandates.  The bottom line of this report is that the federal government may not "commandeer" local resources unless those state and local governments volunteer to do so.  This important report explains the legal aspects for challenging this federal overreach and will help state and local governments, policy organizations and citizen groups challenge unfunded federal mandates and return some power to state and local government.  Read It Here!

December 2011

The Jefferson Journal:  Why I Want Michael Mann's Emails
The Jefferson Journal: Why I Want Michael Mann's Emails — By Dr. David Schnare, PhD  Some argue that the emails of University of Virginia professor Michael Mann should be protected from public release on the grounds that to do otherwise would "chill" the work of scientists and academics.  Others argue that Mann is doing nothing more than trying to keep secrets and let no one know what he did and how he did it.  In this commentary, the lead attorney on the UVA-Mann email case weighs in with his arguments.  (12/7/2011).  Read It Here!

April 2011

Putting Wind on Trial
Putting Wind on Trial — By David Schnare   Why would an environmental law center put wind on trial?  And what does a court case challenging Colorado's renewable energy mandates have to do with Virginia?  The answer:  Wind is not affordable and it is not clean.  (4/4/2011)  Read it here!

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