David Ridenour

David A. Ridenour is president of The National Center for Public Policy Research.

For twenty-five years before that, he served as vice president (1986-2011), through which he directed numerous public policy programs, particularly on environmental and regulatory issues and foreign affairs; managed policy staff; and served as The National Center’s development director and chief financial officer, responsible for institutional growth.

A frequent commentator on public policy issues, Ridenour has appeared on such shows as ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and CNN’s Earth Matters.  Ridenour has also twice testified before special political commissions of the United Nations General Assembly and has testified before congressional committees.

He has served on the executive committees of the Grassroots ESA Coalition, Project Relief and the Property Rights First! coalition.

Ridenour’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, Detroit News, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Houston Chronicle, and many others.

Ridenour is co-author, with David Almasi, of the 1990 book Nicaragua’s Continuing Revolution (Signal Books).

Before joining The National Center, Ridenour served as Executive Director of the United States Youth Council, an international exchange foundation established in 1945 and funded by the U.S. Information Agency. He served as co-host of Scoop (1993-1994), a weekly public affairs program on National Empowerment Television, subsequently known as America’s Voice. Ridenour received a political science degree from the University of Oregon and was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta honoraries. He resides in Maryland with his three children.

Featured Appearances

Featured Articles

We Didn’t Declare the New Cold War, but We Must Win It (August 2020)

The Right Way to Buy American? Slow and Steady (June 2020)

Bob Iger: Just Because You Cater to Children is No Reason to Act Like Them (June 2017)

The rank injustice of sending U.S. troops to battle Ebola (November 2014)

Ezekiel Emanuel Must Go (October 2009)

Big Ag’s Free Ride Should Be Eliminated from Cap-and-Trade Bill (September 2009)

Drill, Baby, Drill! (September 2009)

The Best Health Reform May Be to Kill Cap-and-Trade (September 2009)

Obama Administration Wrong to Cut Off Aid to Honduras (September 2009)

Does President Obama Have a Mandate For His Pledge to Cut U.S. Carbon Emissions? (April 2009)

The Pickens Plan: Questions Unanswered (September 2008)

Just Say “Drill” (July 2008)

Ethanol: A Burden on the Poor (June 2008)

Ethanol: The Fuel to Nowhere (June 2008)

An Earmark + “K Street” Lobbyist = Massive Federal Land Grab (May 2008)

Hurricane Forecasters’ 0 for 2 Record Reveals Limits of Climate Science (January 2008)

Things the Nobel Committee Doesn’t Want You to Know (October 2007)

Ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty: A Not-So-Innocent Passage (August 2006)

Claim of Record High Gas Prices Tanks Under Scrutiny (July 2006)

Global Warming-Hurricane Link Just Hot Air (October 2005)

“TESRA” Endangered Species Act Reform Proposal Would Do More Harm Than Good (August 2005)

An Rx for Our Ailing Health Care System: Caps on Lawsuit Awards (September 2003)

Winter Weather Advisory: Snowstorms Aren’t Evidence of Global Warming (March 2003)

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