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OpenMarket: March 2020

  • Greenpeace’s Swing and Miss Reveals Its Hypocrisy about Health Risks from Reusable Bags 

    March 26, 2020
    According to Greenpeace, my recent article on the sanitary benefits of single-use plastic bags is part of an effort to “exploit” COVID-19 fears and promote “pro-pollution agendas.” But Greenpeace’s accusations are not just wrong, they are laughable. In fact, they better describe Greenpeace’s tactics.
  • Ninth Circuit Should Uphold Panel's Decision to Dismiss Kids' Climate Suit

    March 26, 2020
    The Department of Justice urged the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to stand by its decision to dismiss the so-called Kids Climate Suit on the grounds that plaintiffs lack standing to sue the U.S. government. The panel found that the proposed remedy—a U.S. government-wide plan to decarbonize the U.S. economy—would not “ameliorate” any climate-related harms plaintiffs purport to have sustained.
  • Pandemic Economy: Toilet Paper Supplies Stretched, But Strong

    March 26, 2020
    American consumers, worried about the future of the coronavirus pandemic have continued to buy out available stocks of key products. However, temporary shortages are the exception that proves the rule: the American consumer economy is doing an extremely good job under extraordinary stress, and we have a decentralized market economy to thank for that.
  • House Democrats’ Third Coronavirus Supplemental Appropriation Bill Is an Outrage

    March 26, 2020
    The Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act is the most irresponsible piece of fiscal legislation to come out of the profligate Congress for a long time, at $2.5 trillion. It is an insult to a nation in the throes of a scary pandemic, witnessing horrific deaths from oxygen starvation, with no obvious end in sight.
  • Gingrich Praise of Huawei is Dangerously Misguided

    March 25, 2020
    After attempting to cover up the spread of the novel coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Communist Party is now engaged in a global propaganda campaign to improve its image and future economic position. Such behavior isn’t surprising from that regime. What is surprising is that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich seems to have fallen for it.
  • Regulation, Not Offshoring, Is Hindering Industry from Ramping up Production

    March 25, 2020
    In his latest Bloomberg column, Noah Smith argues that offshoring production led to the current shortage of medical masks and equipment in the face of the coronavirus. The real question is: Why can’t we suddenly switch production and churn out millions of masks a day in the face of an unanticipated calamity? The answer to that is not offshoring, but regulation.
  • The Next Alleged Environmental Threat: Coal Falling off Trains

    March 25, 2020
    Proponents of climate change are repurposing older statutes into climate policy tools, even though they were never intended for that purpose. The environmentalists’ goal is to add one more impediment to the use of coal by raising the cost of its transport. But in so doing, they are improperly using a decades-old statute for the novel purpose of achieving climate policy aims that were rejected by Congress.
  • Fly the (Greenhouse) Friendly Skies, If You Can Still Afford to under the House COVID-19 Bill

    March 24, 2020
    Airports haven’t been this empty since after 9/11, so it is not surprising that airlines would be recipients of tens of billions of assistance in the proposed House COVID-19 stimulus legislation. But House Democrats are using the occasion to try to force through unrelated environmental measures that would raise the cost of flying.
  • Minting Trillion-Dollar Platinum Coins Won’t Help Fight the Economic Downturn

    March 23, 2020
    Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) introduced legislation aimed at tackling the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Tlaib’s bill would give every single person in America a $2,000 preloaded debit card that would refill with $1,000 every month until one year after the end of the crisis. Though well-meaning, her legislation is legally dubious and would drive the economy toward hyperinflation.
  • Need for More Wireless Spectrum Will Persist beyond COVID-19 Crisis with Introduction of 5G Technology

    March 23, 2020
    Last week, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and US Cellular all asked the FCC for temporary access to additional spectrum to accommodate the recent increased demand for wireless services.  This, like so many aspects of the coronavirus health crisis, is an unprecedented situation, but the need for more wireless spectrum will persist with the introduction of 5G technology.

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