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OpenMarket: December 2019

  • Free-Market Coalition Opposes Transportation and Climate Initiative

    December 20, 2019
    Eleven Northeast states plus the District of Columbia on December 17th released a draft memorandum of understanding this week on how to implement their Transportation and Climate Initiative (or TCI). The draft memo lays out a framework for creating a “cap-and-invest” system to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.
  • Dutch Supreme Court Upholds Climate Lawsuit against Government

    December 20, 2019
    The Dutch Supreme Court on December 20th rejected an appeal by the Dutch government to overturn an appellate court’s October 2018 decision to uphold a lower court’s June 2015 decision requiring the government to cut Holland’s carbon dioxide emissions at least 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
  • White House Blocks Most Green Energy Tax Credits in Final Spending Bill

    December 20, 2019
    The spending packages to fund the federal government through the end of the 2020 fiscal year ending on October 1st, which were passed by the House and Senate this week, included only two extensions of green energy tax credits. 
  • Blame Anti-Tobacco Advocates for Youth Vaping "Epidemic"

    December 20, 2019
    Like most teenage crazes, youth interest in e-cigarettes once seemed a passing fad. In the early years youth vaping skyrocketed, but by 2016 began to plummet. Teens remained uninterested in e-cigarettes in 2017. But, the following year, something suddenly rekindled their interest. In 2018 the number of high school students who vaped jumped by 78 percent.
  • Best Books of 2019: The Narrow Corridor

    December 19, 2019
    Predatory governments with high corruption, that don’t respect political and economic freedoms, are extractive. Countries with these sorts of institutions tend to be both poor and repressive. Countries with inclusive institutions, such as strong property rights, democratic accountability, and the rule of law, tend to be both wealthy and free.
  • Best Books of 2019: A Republic, If You Can Keep It

    December 18, 2019
    Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch explains in vivid detail the purpose of the separation of powers in his 2019 book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It." He presents specific examples of what happens when those lines are blurred. He shows how accountability of our government to the American people through their elected representatives is undermined by giving unelected officials unreviewable power to determine the law.
  • Sugarplums or Lumps of Coal? White House's 192 Big Rules in Pipeline Herald More Regulation than Deregulation

    December 18, 2019
    No matter the presidential administration, every year there are thousands of federal rules and regulations compared to a relative handful of laws passed by Congress. We got a reprieve from Washington’s big government ways in 2017 from Trump administration moves like the executive order requiring that agencies ditch at least two rules for every one they add.
  • Flex-Fuel Vehicles and Ethanol No Panacea for Energy Independence

    December 18, 2019
    Back in September, I posted a rebuttal to pollster Frank Luntz, who advised President Trump on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News program to promote E85—motor fuel blended with 51-83 percent ethanol. Luntz claimed that by stumping for E85 and flex-fuel vehicles, Trump could make America “energy independent” by election day 2020 while giving Republicans a “real solution” to climate change without the “craziness” of Green New Deal. I suggested Luntz was hawking corporate welfare for corn farmers.
  • Department of Justice Wrong to Block Sabre Acquisition of Farelogix

    December 18, 2019
    On January 27th, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) will attempt to block travel technology company Sabre Corporation from purchasing communications protocol innovator Farelogix, Inc. This will be the DOJ’s first time back at bat after striking out in June 2018 against AT&T’s ultimately successful acquisition of Time Warner. Unfortunately, it’s a good example of overzealous antitrust regulation.
  • USMCA Won't Protect Tech from Trudeau

    December 16, 2019
    A point of contention in the debate over the new U.S., Mexico, Canada (USMCA) trade agreement has been whether or not the final deal will include language inspired by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Despite opposition from some including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Section 230-type language will be included in the final agreement.

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