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OpenMarket: April 2020

  • Deregulation Is an Effective Pandemic Defense

    April 9, 2020
    In a new op-ed in RealClearMarkets, Iain Murray and Ryan Young outline the major points of CEI’s just-released #NeverNeeded paper, which identifies regulations harmful to the coronavirus response.
  • Don’t Combine COVID-19 Treatments of Government Spending and Internet

    April 7, 2020
    Government spending is ramping up in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. A significant chunk of the economy has shifted to telecommuting. There are now calls to combine these emergency elixirs. However, raining more government dollars on the broadband sector would simply amount to doubling down on existing policies that have questionable efficacy and undeniable long-term side effects.
  • Retro Review: The Year Civilization Collapsed

    April 6, 2020
    This review of Eric H. Cline’s 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, was originally published at Inertia Wins. Despite covering events in the ancient past, Cline’s analysis is especially relevant to the present-day coronavirus response and the importance of supply chain diversity.
  • Retro Reviews: An Introduction

    April 6, 2020
    Political news and analysis always suffers from a recency bias—we tend to assume that the latest analysis and reportage is superior to what was posted yesterday, or last year. With that in mind, CEI is launching a new blog series called “Retro Reviews.” We’ll take a look back at the important writing of previous years (and decades) and do our best to extract the wisdom contained therein.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    April 6, 2020
    Quarantine and stay-at-home orders will likely last through the end of April in many places. In more heartening news, governments are rolling back numerous #NeverNeeded regulations and weighing proposals to keep regulations from hindering future crisis responses. Meanwhile, agencies issued new final regulations ranging from signing correspondence to wood heater efficiency.
  • Trump Administration Finalizes New Vehicle Fuel Economy Rule

    April 3, 2020
    The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency on March 31 announced their SAFE Vehicles Rule.The rule plus the revocation of the California waiver is a huge win for auto buyers and drivers, but it should and could have gone much further in increasing consumer choice.
  • EPA Inspector General Report Could Exacerbate Medical Supply Shortages

    April 3, 2020
    As hospitals struggle to access sterile medical supplies, the EPA Inspector General released a report that could make things worse. It alleges that EPA officials failed to warn people of cancer risks associated with ethylene oxide emissions from medical sterilization plants—a claim that holds no water. The IG’s allegations are based on flawed science and could undermine operations at these facilities.
  • FDA Four-Month Delay Not Enough to Save E-Cigarette Industry

    April 3, 2020
    To fight the coronavirus, many states have pressed pause on certain rules and regulations. Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed an order lifting the state ban on home alcohol delivery. This was a pragmatic move, yet that pragmatism hasn’t been extended to e-cigarettes, which are a viable option for smoking cessation.
  • Pipeline-Starved New York City Avoids Natural Gas Shortages this Winter, but May Face Problems in the Future

    April 2, 2020
    New York City made it through another winter without any serious natural gas shortages, but it may not be so lucky next year. National Grid is one of two companies that unsuccessfully sought approval for a new pipeline to bring much needed additional natural gas into the city. However, its project was rejected by the state in 2019, largely on climate change grounds.
  • House Democrats Dust off January Infrastructure Wish List as Faux-Response to Coronavirus Crisis

    April 2, 2020
    House Democrats announced a coronavirus infrastructure response as part of a “phase 4” relief bill. A transportation infrastructure stimulus package makes no sense as a response to the current pandemic. It won’t boost the economy and we still have no idea how the coronavirus will impact travel behavior—and no idea what our long-run infrastructure priorities should be.

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