January 19, 2017
December 19, 2016
In this episode of RealClear Radio Hour, Brian Hodges discusses West Hollywood’s extortion of local developers and Robert Kanigel shares stories of Great American Cities heroine Jane Jacobs.
Opening the show this week is Brian Hodges, Principal Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF). Brian tells the story of how his organization, the first public interest group to defend property rights and challenge government overreach, has helped change the American legal landscape. As an example, he details a current case in which PLF is defending an entrepreneurial couple from an unconstitutional attempt by the City of West Hollywood, California to extort a half-million dollar “affordable housing” permitting fee on their new condominium development.
December 16, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent proposal, published eight months ahead of schedule, to keep in place the agency’s model year (MY) 2022-2025 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for new...
December 14, 2016saying for a while that ridesharing platforms like Lyft are different from traditional transportation firms, not just in the technology they use, but in the basic...
December 5, 2016
November 30, 2016
November 22, 2016
Today, CEI was joined by R Street Institute and TechFreedom in comments submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the recently released Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (FAVP) guidance document. CEI’s initial response to the FAVP can be found here. The comment letter is here.
The guidance document sets forth best practices and discusses various issues related to deployment of vehicle automation systems. Much of the FAVP is either positive or benign. However, there are several troubling aspects and areas in need of clarification, which we address in detail. These include:
October 19, 2016public workshop on its latest draft deployment...
September 20, 2016
Earlier today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its long-awaited Federal Automated Vehicles Policy. An op-ed published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette under President Obama’s name touted the nonbinding guidance document spouting platitudes and throwing out the obligatory rah-rah-regulation trope that largely characterizes his administration:
There are always those who argue that government should stay out of free enterprise entirely, but I think most Americans would agree we still need rules to keep our air and water clean, and our food and medicine...
August 28, 2016
Twenty-three organizations representing highway users, transportation, vehicle, and energy trade associations filed joint comments last weekend opposing any proposal by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to impose greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets on state transportation departments and metropolitan planning organizations.
The groups are responding to an FHWA proposed rule requesting public comment on “whether and how to establish a CO2 emissions measure in the final rule.” FHWA invokes the Paris Climate Treaty, its goal of limiting global temperature increases to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels,” and its exhortation to industrial countries to...