Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • CAFE and Jobs

    March 16, 2017

    David Burress

    Trump says he is going to save jobs by relaxing Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency standards.  Sure enough, that’s another lie.  How many cars does he think we are going to export in a few years if our cars are less efficient than Asian and European cars? How competitive are American cars going to be domestically ...

  • No Surprise

    March 13, 2017

    David Burress

    More guns equals more gun deaths, on average.  The US has 1.13 guns per capita (the highest listed) and 10.5 gun deaths per 100,000 per year (the 11th highest).   Excepting Kuwait, all 19 countries with over .22 guns per capita have over 1 gun deaths per year.   All 11 countries with under .045 guns per capita have ...

  • The Political Economy of Carbon

    March 10, 2017

    David Burress

    At a reasonable guess, two thirds of carbon fuel reserves are going to have to be left in the ground to prevent overshooting an acceptable rise in mean global temperature (generally estimated at 2 deg, C).   That means that Exxon-Mobile and most other fossil fuel reserve owners are probably overvalued in the stock market by 200%.   And ...

  • On the House Draft Plan to Repeal ACA

    March 8, 2017

    David Burress

    Endorsed by Trump, it is a pretty good effort, from their point of point of view, and in fact it has an air of inevitability.   1. They had to repeal the insurance mandates and the tax penalties on individuals and employers, because that was their only actually popular issue. 2. They had to attack Medicaid expansion, because ...