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Chuck DeVore
Chuck DeVore
Vice President, Texas Public Policy Foundation
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      Chuck DeVore

      Chuck DeVore is a vice president at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He served in the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2010, was an aerospace executive, worked as a Reagan White House appointee in the Pentagon, and is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Retired Reserve.

THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF A SANDWICH: Straw Laws, Meat Taxes, and when ‘Science’ Infringes on Freedom

sandwich Shutterstock/Davydenko Yuliia

A story out of the United Kingdom details a University of Manchester research project to determine the carbon footprint of the humble sandwich. The upshot: a prepackaged and refrigerated breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon or sausage, produces as much carbon dioxide as a 12-mile car trip. No word on what kind of car the scientists assumed in this calculation -- likely not a Tesla charged with coal-fired electricity.

Will ‘Rationalia’ Consider New Climate Evidence Regarding CO2?

11:50 AM 07/01/2016

When celebrity physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson called in late June for the establishment of the virtual state of Rationalia where “All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence” merriment ensued, with the virtual community of the Twittersphere doing what it does best: erupting in derision and sarcasm.

Power Grab: How The EPA’s Clean Power Plan Aims To Nationalize The Electric Grid

4:19 PM 03/30/2016

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) tells 47 states and three Native American tribal nations to come up with plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by a third or else the federal government will do it for them. The “or else” looks an awful lot like the cap-and-trade carbon emissions scheme rejected by Congress multiple times in the past decade. In any event, the CPP is an unprecedented federal power grab.

Why we’re fighting the IRS

9:32 AM 08/06/2013

The Texas Public Policy Foundation has joined a class-action lawsuit, led by the Citizens for Self-Governance, against the Internal Revenue Service. TPPF has joined this action not just to vindicate its own rights under the law, but more important to defend free speech and the rule of law against an increasingly out-of-control IRS.

California dreamin’

12:54 AM 05/03/2013

Lately, some Californians have taken to telling themselves that Texas, one of seven states without a personal income tax, can afford not to tax productive output because of its high property taxes and its oil and gas tax revenues.

America’s future: California or Texas?

10:10 PM 09/30/2012

It is oft said that if you want a glimpse of America’s future, look to California. The home to Hollywood has led the way in national trends from the first no-fault divorce law and the permissive Therapeutic Abortion Act of 1967 (both were signed into law by Ronald Reagan) to the great Proposition 13 property tax cut of 1978. It was California’s populist tax revolt, stoked by then-former Governor Reagan, which reframed the debate about the proper size of government and helped propel Reagan to the presidency in 1980.