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  • Will Trump 'SAFE' Rule for New Cars Harm Public Health?

    November 7, 2019
    Will the Trump administration’s auto rule harm public health? That’s what all five majority witnesses and several Democratic members of the House Oversight Environment Subcommittee claimed at a recent hearing on the administration’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule.  
  • CEI Leads Coalition Letter Supporting Airport Financing Reform

    October 16, 2019
    Today CEI led a coalition letter in support of H.R. 3791, the “Investing in America: Rebuilding America’s Airport Infrastructure Act,” the bipartisan airport financing reform legislation introduced by Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).
  • 'Art of the Deal' Meets Renewable Fuel Standard

    October 11, 2019
    It’s the ultimate dealmaker versus the ultimate dealmaking challenge. President Trump has again sought changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that he hopes both supporters and critics of this program can live with. The previous reform effort granted ethanol producers and corn growers their request to raise the amount of ethanol allowed year-round in gasoline from 10 to 15 percent (E-15), while, on the other hand, giving the refining sector more exemptions for small facilities which serves to lower the overall RFS targets.   
  • New $7.5 Billion Tariffs against European Union

    October 3, 2019
    The Trump administration has announced tariffs on $7.5 billion of goods from the European Union. This time, it is being done with the World Trade Organization’s blessing. Here is what is different about these tariffs—and what isn’t.
  • Federal Highway Administration to Rescind Outdated Patent Rules

    September 26, 2019
    The Federal Highway Administration announced it will rescind its World War I-era regulation governing the use of patented and proprietary materials in federal-aid highway projects. We are glad FHWA agreed with us and other commenters urging for a clean rescission of this obsolete regulation. Going forward, we expect state departments of transportation to be better positioned in modernizing their highways for a 21st century of self-driving cars and other novel beneficial road transportation technologies currently under development.
  • Progressive States Petition Court to Declare Trump Pre-emption Rule Unlawful

    September 20, 2019
    ​​​​​​​A California-led coalition of 24 states and three cities today petitioned the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to declare unlawful the Trump administration’s One National Program Rule, which finds that California’s motor vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards and zero emission vehicle mandate are unlawful because they are pre-empted by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.
  • Trump Administration Terminates California's Unlawful Power over Auto Industry

    September 19, 2019
    Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the first step towards finalizing the proposed Safer, Affordable, Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule by issuing a final action entitled the “One National Program Rule.”
  • Unleash Markets to Reduce Traffic Congestion

    September 11, 2019
    Congestion is a persistent and growing problem facing America’s road networks. The challenge facing policy makers is how to address this growing problem. Given that traffic congestion is inherently a local phenomenon, the federal government has a limited set of tools to address it.
  • Trump Administration Pushes Back on California's Fuel Economy Scheming

    September 10, 2019
    Since at least March 2018, the Trump administration and the state of California have been engaged in a legal and political struggle over the stringency of motor vehicle fuel economy standards and, more importantly, the legality of California’s power to set and enforce such standards. Last week the Trump administration opened two new fronts in this contest of wills and war of words.
  • Ethanol 'Flex Fuel' No Solution for Climate—or Political Compromise

    September 6, 2019
    Pollster Frank Luntz discussed climate policy Thursday night with Laura Ingraham on her Fox News program “The Ingraham Angle.” In the previous segment, Ingraham interviewed Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Patrick Michaels, who debunked the “existential threat” rhetoric permeating CNN’s 7-hour “Climate Crisis Town Hall” on Wednesday. Michaels and Ingraham observed that for progressives, climate change is a pretext for confiscating other people’s assets and running their lives.

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