The Corner

The WSJ v. Professor Cornpone

Last week, while in Iowa, Newt Gingrich endorsed broad government mandates on automakers to promote greater use of ethanol. In the process, he lambasted “big city” critics and the WSJ editorial page and dismissed concerns that ethanol mandates increase the cost of food and fuel. This morning the WSJ fires back, chiding the former professor for his cornpone pandering and “support for Mr. Obama’s brand of green-energy welfare.” Gingrich may think cuddling up to the corn lobby will enhance his presidential prospects, but his extreme endorsement of ethanol mandates won’t reassure those who already doubt his fealty to free enterprise and limited government.  

Veterans of the environmental reform battles waged while Gingrich was speaker will recall his behind-the-scenes efforts to kill Endangered Species Act reforms that would have protected private property rights and, incidentally, eliminated the biggest obstacles to species conservation on private land. Given the choice, Gingrich stood with the environmental establishment against private property owners. Now he’s picking the corn lobby over American consumers (and supporting policies that undermine habitat protection and threaten groundwater to boot). 

Jonathan H. Adler — Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Most Popular


The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More
Film & TV

Why We Can’t Have Wakanda

SPOILERS AHEAD Black Panther is a really good movie that lives up to the hype in just about every way. Surely someone at Marvel Studios had an early doubt, reading the script and thinking: “Wait, we’re going to have hundreds of African warriors in brightly colored tribal garb, using ancient weapons, ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Science & Tech

Set NASA Free

The Trump administration has proposed shifting the International Space Station from a NASA-exclusive research facility to a semi-public, semi-private one. Its plan would nix all government funding for the ISS by 2025 and award at least $150 million per year to NASA to help with the transition. This would be a ... Read More