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  • Appalachian Trail Should Not Block New Energy Development

    February 15, 2019
    The Department of Justice is pushing back against a federal court decision that could jeopardize the future availability and affordability of natural gas across America’s east coast.
  • Carbon Capture and Storage Not 'Best System' to Reduce Emissions

    February 15, 2019
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency yesterday held an all-day “listening session” at its Washington, D.C. headquarters on its proposal to revise the Obama administration’s new source performance standards (NSPS) for carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  • Economics of Green New Deal: More Red Than Green

    February 14, 2019
    My colleagues have written elsewhere about the energy and environmental components of the “Green New Deal” proposals that have been enthusiastically agreed to by most declared Democrat candidates for the presidency and which are about to be debated in the Senate. In this post I will take a brief look at the “social justice” components of the proposed Deal, which cover issues such as monetary theory and labor and employment policy.
  • Unions Defend Job-Killing Regulation

    February 14, 2019
    A holdover Obama regulation is costing businesses billions of dollars and workers millions of job opportunities. A survey conducted by the International Franchise Association found that the Obama joint-employer standard already costs businesses between $17 billion and $33.3 billion annually. It also represents a roadblock to job creation, with between 194,000 and 376,000 potential jobs eliminated.
  • Setting the Record Straight on IRIS Reform Progress

    February 13, 2019
    The Competitive Enterprise Institute published my paper this week on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). This is a research program that assesses chemical toxicity, generating assessments that EPA program offices use to develop regulations under federal laws. As I point out in the paper, IRIS has a long history of sloppy research and lack of transparency, which the National Academies of Sciences pointed out back in 2011, along with recommended reforms.
  • Unmeasured Meta-Costs of the Administrative State

    February 13, 2019
    In my recent Forbes column “Rule of Flaw and the Costs of Coercion: Charting Undisclosed Burdens of the Administrative State,” I discuss some of the roots of bureaucratic governance and checks/non-checks on the administrative state. Given substantial gaps in what is known about the regulatory state, an overhaul of an archaic 20th century regulatory taxonomy that neglects and obscures regulatory burdens is warranted, so I presented an outline inventorying undisclosed and unfathomed costs of regulation, intervention, and burdens.
  • Ominous Parallels: Were AOC and LaRouche Secretly Working Together?

    February 13, 2019
    It seems like an odd coincidence that legendary American political cult figure Lyndon LaRouche would pass away the same week that the Green New Deal resolution from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was attracting so much national attention. Yet, on at least this issue, LaRouche and Ocasio-Cortez have more in common than most people realize.
  • Financial Services 'Regulatory Sandbox' Is Win for Consumers  

    February 12, 2019
    The comment period on a critical new initiative to promote innovation in financial services from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau closed this Monday. My colleague John Berlau and I filed comments supporting the effort.
  • Conservative Criticisms of Passenger Facility Charge Again Miss Mark

    February 11, 2019
    Our friends at the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) recently sent a letter to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in advance of a hearing on the future of infrastructure investment titled, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait.” NTU’s letter raises a number of bulleted criticisms against the passenger facility charge (PFC).
  • Green New Deal Launched with Support from Democratic Presidential Candidates

    February 11, 2019
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) held a press conference outside the Capitol building on February 7th to introduce their House and Senate resolutions for a Green New Deal. Original co-sponsors include 64 House Democrats and 9 Senate Democrats.

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