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OpenMarket: April 2020

  • Apple and Google Demonstrate Big Tech Done Right Can Make Big Government Obsolete

    April 16, 2020
    Many see the purpose of government as solving problems that otherwise wouldn’t be efficiently addressed in its absence. Yet, despite the steady growth of government, technological advances have rendered many functions of government obsolete. In the present COVID-19 crisis, big tech is proving that even the most daunting problems are no longer the exclusive dominion of government.
  • Businesses Critical of Costly Climate Bill Finally Get to Weigh In

    April 16, 2020
    The American Manufacturing and Innovation (AIM) Act would limit the production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the class of chemicals used as refrigerants in most air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, as well as for other purposes. Many supporters of the AIM Act claim that it would create 33,000 jobs, but many manufacturers see the bill as a potential jobs killer.
  • On Balance, We’re All Better Off With Big Tech and Big Telecom During a Crisis

    April 15, 2020
    Thanks to the novel Coronavirus, the U.S. economy has come to an unprecedented halt and the country’s death toll stands at more than 20,000. Amid the suffering, a few bright spots in commerce have emerged, much to the benefit of American consumers. So, naturally, the federal government continues to devote its time and energy to threatening those same industries.
  • Memo to BlackRock: Drop Activist Agenda, Focus on Recovery

    April 15, 2020
    Should large institutional investors find and support profitable firms or adopt the tactics of left-wing pressure groups to force companies into adopting a political agenda? That’s the issue at the heart of a new open letter to BlackRock CEO Larry Fink that takes the firm’s to task for its announced investment guidelines, which would put goals like climate activism ahead of shareholder returns.
  • Medical Supply Sterilization Plant Employee Corrects Chicago Tribune’s Misleading Coverage

    April 14, 2020
    An April 13 letter to the editor in the Chicago Tribune addresses the paper’s misleading and alarmist narrative about the use of ethylene oxide (EtO). The letter’s author is a far more credible expert on the topic than the Tribune journalists; therefore, it deserves some attention.
  • How to Spot a #NeverNeeded Regulation

    April 13, 2020
    Not every regulation on the books is directly harming the COVID-19 response. There are a lot of other regulations that need reform, but the #NeverNeeded set deserves urgent action. To help policy makers identify which regulations are the most pressing, the Competitive Enterprise Institute has prepared a guide.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    April 13, 2020
    When Congress convenes next week, it will likely begin work on a Phase 4 stimulus bill. CEI analysts have made the case that addressing #NeverNeeded regulations must be part of any such legislation. Meanwhile, the 2020 Federal Register surpassed 20,000 pages, and agencies issued new final regulations ranging from pecan reporting requirements to exempted bumpers.
  • Robots Are Here to Make Your Job Safer and Cleaner

    April 10, 2020
    Positive stories about win-win results from the march of automation are everywhere in our economy, but they don’t get told and repeated enough. The workers who are told they should be the most worried about their jobs being stolen by robots are, in fact, the ones who will likely benefit the most from future jobs that will be safer and more pleasant.
  • EPA Takes Step in Support of Coal-Refuse-to-Energy

    April 9, 2020
    Green groups oppose efforts to deal with the coal refuse problem that plagues many coal mining communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The EPA is doing the right thing by ignoring this opposition and addressing the problem.
  • How SEC Accounting Regulations Hindered National Stockpile—and Still May Be Doing So

    April 9, 2020
    In a new report, CEI experts outline #NeverNeeded regulations that are frustrating responses to the pandemic and its aftermath. Among those is an obscure Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory “guidance” document that may be hindering production and distribution of much-needed medical supplies.

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