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OpenMarket: August 2020

  • California’s Rolling Blackouts Cast Further Doubt on Electric Vehicles’ Future

    August 20, 2020
    However, California’s rolling blackouts underscore the difficulties that a massive scaling up of electric vehicles would entail. The problem is that EVs don’t really reduce emissions of carbon dioxide or smog-forming compounds very much if coal is still a significant part of the electricity mix. That is why supporters of more EVs also support much more renewable electricity.
  • CFPB Shouldn’t Burden Debt Settlement with Regulations that Could Harm Consumers

    August 18, 2020
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently published a report that explores the use and proliferation of debt settlement. While its findings identify some important trends across the economy and debt settlement industry, it is important that regulators do not use this report as a justification for burdensome new regulation of debt settlement firms.
  • The Year of the Weeniecane May Be Ending

    August 17, 2020
    Every prediction for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season—and there are many of them—has been forecasting above normal activity, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s latest revision getting close to record territory.
  • Can You Have Worker Representatives without Unions? Uber Hopes So

    August 17, 2020
    Rideshare company Uber is trying to find a way to allow its drivers to collectively express any grievances or concerns they have without having those drivers form a union. The company is promising that it will meet with driver representatives to hear their concerns. That is very hard to do under U.S. law but Uber apparently thinks it can thread the needle.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    August 17, 2020
    Kamala Harris was announced as the Democratic dvice-presidential candidate, a massive storm swept through the Midwest, and Congress is out of session until September. The number of new final regulations is also set to pass 2,000 this week. Regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from powerline vegetation to risky plywood.
  • The Socialist Temptation: Why Don’t People Remember the Horrors of Socialism?

    August 14, 2020
    Why are people still attracted to socialism when its history is plain for all to see? One reason is that those who proclaimed the dawn of real socialism will say that the state failed because it was never real socialism in the first place.
  • How the U.S. Spreads Fake Vaping Fears, Part II

    August 13, 2020
    In a previous post, CEI's Michelle Minton described how, through the use of statistical hocus pocus, anti-vaping interest have exported vape panic around the world. But the misuse of survey data is far from the only rabbit those seeking to ban nicotine vapor products can pull out of their hat. In this post, she discusses another, more dangerous approach employed by anti-vaping activists: morality.
  • Tragedy of Young Investor Shouldn’t Be Exploited to Harm Freedoms

    August 13, 2020
    The recent death of Alexander Kearns, the 20-year-old day trader who took his own life, has sparked a conversation about the business practices of an increasingly important sector of both tech and finance.
  • Solutions to Locust Plague Are the Same as for COVID: Freedom and Technology

    August 13, 2020
    As nations around the world have struggled to address COVID-19, desert locusts have wreaked havoc in Africa this year. For months, billions of these pests have migrated from remote deserts into populated regions of East Africa and into Asia, decimating crops. As with COVID-19 and many other challenges, manmade chemical technologies are the only hope to mitigate such crises.
  • Department of Energy Proposes More Water and Less Government Intrusion in Showers

    August 13, 2020
    The Department of Energy has proposed a rule loosening existing the federal requirements and allowing more water from showers. This is good news for those who like a more powerful shower, as well as those who like a less powerful government.

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