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Russ Harding

Senior Fellow in Environmental and Regulatory Policy

Russ Harding is the senior fellow in environmental and regulatory policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He previously served as senior environmental analyst and was director of the Center's Property Rights Network. 

From 1995 through 2002, Harding served as director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, having previously held senior management posts in environmental and natural resources departments in Arizona, Alaska and Missouri. Before joining the Center, Harding was senior director for environment and energy affairs with Scofes, Kindsvatter & Associates, a consulting firm.

Less Government for Christmas

Congress Mandates the Impossible

Gas prices spike as fines are passed on to consumers. … more

Book Highlights Failings of Enviro Trends

"Eco-Fads" a rational, scientific read. … more

New Year Resolutions That Need to be Kept

How to kick off the new year right … more

A Christmas Wish

All I really want for Christmas is less government … more

EPA Turns Out The Christmas Lights

New MACT rule will cost utilities millions. … more

Motorists Paying for Bike Paths, Museums

Gas taxes should only go toward roads and bridges. … more

Are the Feds Giving Up on Detroit?

Light-rail plan scrapped; city's stability questioned. … more

Power Hungry

Government policies increase electricity costs. … more

Are Politicians Smarter Than the Rest of Us?

Political class should stop trying to plan our lives. … more

Governor Picks Bureaucrats Over Business

Veto of HB 4326 entrenches regulatory regime. … more

We Have Declared War on Ourselves

Energy policies weaken America. … more

Raiding State Trust Funds a Bad Idea

Legislators shouldn't pretend to be venture capitalists. … more

Holding Legislators Accountable

HB 4326 promotes transparency, liberty. … more

Environmentalists Threaten Great Lakes

Offshore wind turbines too risky; petition should be ignored. … more

Whoville Speaks Out

President Obama's Christmas tree tax put on hold. … more

Fluoridation of Water Not a Cut and Dried Matter

MichiganScience is a Mackinac Center quarterly magazine that helps meet the need for accurate and accessible information about the increasingly complex scientific issues confronting voters and lawmakers. The magazine reflects the idea that even the most technical scientific policy issues can be discussed with lively prose and compelling visuals. … more

Pipeline Protest Belies National Security 'Concerns'

The "green" movement shows its true colors at the White House. … more

Bureaucracy Trumps Managerial Prowess

SB272 would increase accountability. … more

High-Speed Rail Projects Often Derail

Michigan needs to pursue a different track. … more

'Green Jobs' Replaced with Blue Collar Jobs?

Government gambling with taxpayer dollars loses again. … more

$500m Subsidy for Finnish Electric Car Maker

Is this for green energy or foreign aid? … more

Al Gore Now a Great Lakes Expert

Climate alarmism deserves skeptical view. … more

Proposal Would Make State More Accountable

Gubernatorial appointees would help reduce administrative state. … more

Electric Cars Nonstarter With Consumers

New survey shows disinterest in electric cars. … more

From Solyndra to Nevada Geothermal?

Another federally backed green energy company may go under. … more

The Solyndra Lesson

More subsidies not the answer to job creation. … more

Politicians Pursue 'Green Jobs' at Their Peril

Propping up bad policy could cost them their jobs. … more

Ideas for Regulatory Reform

Now is the time for bold action to help create jobs. … more

EPA Rules Could Impact Electricity Reliability

Congress should demand that FERC study EPA rules.
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Where Are All the Green Jobs?

Green jobs subsidies lead to red ink. … more

How to Kill Jobs in Urban Areas

"Environmental justice" sends wrong message to businesses. … more

Corporate Environmental Indoctrination

Subsidized companies dabbling in school curriculum. … more

Government Inaction on Air Rule Saves Jobs

More work is necessary to dismantle job-killing regulations. … more

Townships Blow Off Residents Over Wind Farms

Property rights endangered by push for alternative energy. … more

Higher Energy Costs Mean Fewer Jobs

Will politicians stand up to the EPA? … more

Global Warming Will Lead to Alien Invasions?

Climate change alarmists grasping at straws. … more

Why Is Regulatory Reform Legislation Stalled?

Gov. Snyder should insist bills be completed. … more

Ann Arbor Considering Fines for Normal Operation of Cars

America is quickly changing from the land of the free and the brave to the land of the regulated and fined. … more

EPA: It's For Your Own Good

Elected representatives must stop an excessive administrative state. … more

Former Governor Gets it Wrong Again

Gov. Granholm in Newsweek.  … more

CAFE Standard Won't Stand

Public shrugs shoulders over unreasonable demand.  … more

EPA's Attack on Coal Could be Deadly

EPA decision could increase risk during heat waves.  … more

Ill Wind in New Jersey Is Bad News for Michigan

Cost-benefit analysis shows off-shore wind development is a perfect storm. … more

Government Does Not Create Jobs — But It Can Help or Hurt

Government officials at all levels should take a pledge to “do no more harm” to the economy and job creation. … more

Secure Property Rights Good for the Environment

New study confirms value of property rights.  … more

Another $2 Billion Bad Idea From Washington

The government must get its fiscal house in order by massive cuts, not by taking money from one pocket to put in another. … more

Is Europe's Attack on the Car Coming Here?

The mobility provided by the car is one of the greatest freedoms enjoyed by Americans. … more

Environmental Group Wrong About Coal Plants

Technology, not ideology, should drive energy policy. … more