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  • New Congress Needs to Modernize Tech Policy

    January 5, 2017

    Earlier this week, members of the 115th United States Congress were sworn into office, and President Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated on January 20. To help...
  • Clayton Must Work for Both Small and Large Investors at SEC

    January 4, 2017

  • EPA Region 6 Throws Bombs to the Bitter End

    January 4, 2017

    EPA Region 6
    The Environmental Protection Agency executes its authorizing statutes through 10 regional offices. To be sure, the regional offices must dance to the tune set by headquarters in D.C. Nonetheless, there is discretion at the margin for all regional offices, as is the case for outposts in any...
  • Environmental Defense Fund Attack Ad Full of Lies about EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

    January 4, 2017

    On Tuesday, The Hill’s Timothy Cama reported:

    An environmental group is launching a new advertising campaign against the confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Clean Air Moms Action, a project of the Environmental Defense Action Fund, said Tuesday it is spending at least $100,000 on the campaign which centers on children's health concerns, targeting the Washington, D.C., area, and six states with senators who could swing the confirmation vote.

    See the ad for yourself here. In fact, it is based on an egregious lie, and the truth of the matter demonstrates the...

  • Is It 'Mission Accomplished' for the EPA?

    January 3, 2017

    Does it make any sense to spend ever greater sums of money for ever fewer environmental benefits? That’s the very fair question that’s been asked in two recent smart pieces. The first is by C. Boyden Gray in today’s Washington Examiner, and I’ve excerpted its main points below:  

    We have come a long way since the days when, as a federal judge once described, “the air in the Los Angeles basin was so thick with smog that a mountain, or even a nearby mountain range, could simply disappear.” That's what the Clean Air Act was designed to remedy, and it has worked…

    We no longer contend with the large­scale environmental crises that still plague the rest of the world.

    But...

  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations: 2016 Wrap-Up

    January 3, 2017

    The 2016 Federal Register’s record-setting page count ends at 97,110 pages—more than 15,000 pages above the previous record, set in 2010. The difference is more than 19 percent, no small feat for a document that has been published since 1936.

    In percentage terms, this new record exceeds the difference between...

  • What Paul Ehrlich's “Eco-Catastrophe!” Tells Us about Climate Change Alarmism

    January 2, 2017

    In my spare time, my number one hobby is to read short stories in the horror and science fiction genres. Thus, I recently came across Dr. Paul Ehrlich’s introduction to...
  • RealClear Radio Hour: The War on Science and the Economy

    January 2, 2017

    Check out RealClear Radio Hour’s last episode with free market stalwarts John Tierney and Peter Wallison.

    Up first is New York Times columnist and City Journal contributing editor John Tierney, discussing how the political left’s social science monoculture and the hyper-politicization of science has delivered disastrous results. From eugenics to hysteria over global warming, failed science policies are a result of confirmation bias and fatal conceit in today’s science dogma that doesn’t allow challenges to prevailing claims.

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