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OpenMarket: November 2018

  • Latest Bipartisan Carbon Tax Folly

    November 30, 2018
    On Tuesday, November 27th, Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Francis Rooney (R-FL), John K. Delaney (D-MD), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Charlie Crist (D-FL) introduced H.R. 7173, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA). The bill would tax greenhouse gas emissions and return the net revenue in rebates to U.S. households.
  • New Ideas for Addressing Poverty and Inequality

    November 30, 2018
    While the political headlines this week are dominated by a public feud between the Secretary of the Interior and the likely incoming chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, there are some people in Washington, D.C. who are still working on serious public policy issues.
  • National Climate Assessment Still Needs a Reset

    November 30, 2018
    The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released Volume II of its Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) report last week on November 23rd. Volume I, published in 2017, claims to present the “foundational science” of climate change. Volume II claims to present “the human welfare, societal, and environmental elements of climate change and variability for 10 regions and 18 national topics.” The big takeaways are the same as in previous iterations of the NCA.
  • Cathy Chase's AV START Act Flip-Flop

    November 30, 2018
    Cathy Chase, now the president of the lobby group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, was previously a strong supporter of the Senate’s bipartisan AV START Act (S. 1885)—before she was against it. The AV START Act is companion legislation to the House’s SELF DRIVE Act (H.R. 3388), which unanimously passed the House by voice vote in September 2017.
  • Draft Legislation Proposes Transition from Renewable Fuel Standard to High-Octane Fuel

    November 30, 2018
    In a sweeping effort to change the way Washington regulates both fuels and vehicles, Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Bill Flores (R-TX) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment have released a discussion draft of new legislation entitled the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act.
  • Air Conditioning—Treating a Public Health Benefit As a Threat

    November 29, 2018
    A study by the International Energy Agency predicts that billions more people around the world will own an air conditioner by 2050. This is great news, but the study cast this trend in negative terms because it will lead to greater electricity use and thus increased greenhouse gas emissions. Some climate activists have even proposed policies that may keep air conditioning out of reach for many of the world’s poor. Yet, the benefits of air conditioning are hard to overstate.
  • Rubberstamping Regulations Is Not Consumer Protection

    November 29, 2018
    Earlier this week, Tribune Publishing’s syndicated travel writer Ed Perkins criticized the appointment of CEI’s Fran Smith to the newly reconstituted Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Supreme Court Ruling Puts Important Limits on Federal Authority under Endangered Species Act

    November 28, 2018
    On November 27, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously, in Weyerhaeuser v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that there are limits to how far the federal government can go in using the Endangered Species Act to take people’s private property. The Court appears to have grasped the fact that the ESA is increasingly being used not to protect endangered species and their habitat, but as a cost-free form of federal land-use control and federal zoning.
  • Britain’s Treaty of Versailles

    November 28, 2018
    “Vote leave, take control” was the slogan of the “leave” campaign during the run-up to the vote on whether the United Kingdom should exit the European Union. Despite this, British Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated a deal with the European Union that cedes further control over British law to the EU, and has given the EU a veto over Britain extracting itself from the deal.
  • GM Layoffs, Tariffs, and Subsidies

    November 28, 2018
    CEI's Ryan Young explores the lessons policymakers should learn from General Motors’ announcement of layoffs and plant closures.

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