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  • Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo to Introduce Carbon Tax Bill

    July 21, 2018

    Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) plans to introduce a bill to tax carbon dioxide emissions next week and will speak at a press conference at 9 AM on Monday, July 23rd, at the National Press Club. Registration information and the link to watch it online are available here. The event is being hosted by the Niskanen Center (an environmental pressure group) and Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

  • Federal Judge Dismisses Big Apple Suit against Big Oil

    July 21, 2018

    U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan on July 19 dismissed New York City’s climate change lawsuit against British Petroleum, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell. Keenan’s reasoning is similar to that of U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who last month dismissed Oakland and San Francisco’s climate litigation against the same oil companies.

  • House Votes for Scalise Resolution Opposing Carbon Taxes

    July 20, 2018

    The House of Representative voted on July 19th for a resolution “expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to American families and businesses and is not in the best interest of the United States.” The final vote on H. Con. Res. 119 was 229 to 180. Seven Democrats joined 222 Republicans in favor, while six Republicans joined 174 Democrats against.

  • Kent Lassman at the Independence Institute: Deregulation in the Trump Administration

    July 20, 2018

    The Competitive Enterprise Institute staff often travel to bring the good news of regulatory reform to friends, allies, and interested audiences all across the country, and sometimes, even to far-flung locations around the world. Whether it’s my colleague Amanda France and I bringing a film about whiskey to Oxford, Mississippi, Myron Ebell addressing the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, or Iain Murray participating in a discussion on the Free Market Road Show in Podgorica, Montenegro, we’re willing to travel to where the action is.

  • European Regulators Wrong on Google Fine, Wrong on Antitrust Policy

    July 18, 2018

    Dominance and popularity are not the same as a coercive monopoly. The European Commission is behaving in protectionist fashion, not in a manner benefitting consumers, and the fines are inappropriate, unwarranted, and plain wrong. Google is no monopoly, as the existence of Apple’s iPhone and other options attest. There is always some new disruptive technology on the horizon (remember the MySpace monopoly? The AOL one?).

  • Five Questions for Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Nominee Kathy Kraninger

    July 17, 2018

    Kathy Kraninger, President Trump’s nominee to head the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection ( the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB), will have her Senate confirmation hearing this Thursday, July 19, before the Senate Banking Committee. The position of BCFP director is critically important. Not only does the Bureau have the authority to regulate nearly every consumer financial product in the economy, but the director has enormous unilateral power and discretion in writing and enforcing those rules.

  • Justice Department Shouldn't Second-Guess Shareholders in T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

    July 17, 2018

    T-Mobile and Sprint—the third and fourth largest mobile carriers in the United States, respectively—are in the process of merging into a single company under the T-Mobile brand. Together, T-Mobile–Sprint would have roughly 127 million subscribers, meaning the merged firm would for the first time rival the nations’ two largest wireless companies, Verizon Wireless and AT&T, which have long led the pack among U.S. carriers. 

  • For Sake of Public Health, FDA Should Not Ban E-cigarette Flavors

    July 16, 2018

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gotlieb, a medical doctor and cancer survivor, has had a long-term interest in tackling tobacco-related diseases. But unfortunately he’s on a path that will, perversely, be a disaster for the very people he wants to help.

  • 5 Facts about Vapes that Media and Activists Don’t Want You to Know

    July 16, 2018

    The news media and activists like to hype e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco products as a health hazard, but the reality is that e-cigarettes could help save smokers’ lives. This summer, San Francisco voters went so far as approving a new ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products. 

  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    July 16, 2018

    It was an uneventful week at regulatory agencies, with a lower-than-usual 51 new final regulations, ranging from skin disability ratings to garage door openers. For more data, see Ten Thousand Commandments and follow @10KC and @RegoftheDay on Twitter.

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