Closer Than We’ve Ever Been

What to know: Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas lawmakers are “closer than we’ve ever been” to empowering Texas parents with school choice.

The TPPF take: It’s time to empower Texas parents.

“Once parents are empowered with real choices, schools respond with new programs, improved curriculum, and a renewed focus on the quality of the education they are providing students,” says TPPF’s Mandy Drogin. “School choice is the catalyst that encourages everyone to become better and more efficient.”

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Fentanyl Kills

What to know: October is Fentanyl Poisoning Awareness Month. It comes as more and more young Americans are dying from accidental overdoses.

The TPPF take:  Fentanyl is an Everytown problem.

“Last year in Carrollton, Texas, a few doses of fentanyl supplied by an 18-year-old distributor resulted in 14 overdoses among juveniles — and four deaths,” says TPPF’s Greg Sindelar. “And it’s only going to get worse until the southern U.S. border is secure. More than five Texans die each day, on average, of fentanyl overdoses. This is a public health crisis that touches every corner of Texas.”

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Walking the Walk (Literally)

What to know: A climate researcher in New Guinea has been fired by his German company because he won’t fly, due to his concerns over the climate. He says the sacrifice is worth it.

The TPPF take:  That sacrifice is fine for a wealthy westerner, but “net zero” illusions are already harming the world’s poor.

“We cannot demonize what would heal developing countries of preventable and completely curable diseases,” says TPPF’s Jason Isaac. “Fighting for the climate crazies will bring nothing but poverty to the world; fighting for affordable, reliable energy will bring human flourishing to countries who have never had the luxury of air conditioning, clean water, and electricity.”

For more on the climate, click here.