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  • 2019: A Great Year for Light Bulb Freedom

    December 23, 2019
    Whatever else one may say about 2019, it was a banner year for consumer choice when it comes to light bulbs, culminating in the December 20th decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) declining to regulate them any further.  
  • Supreme Court to Hear Important Natural Gas Pipeline Case

    December 13, 2019
    Next February, the U.S. Supreme Court will review the 2018 decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Cowpasture River Preservation Association, et al. v.  United States Forest Service, blocking the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and the outcome of this case is critical for the future of natural gas on the East Coast.
  • Trump Can't Do Much About Toilets, But Can Stop Other Anti-Homeowner Regulations

    December 9, 2019
    President Trump created more controversy than usual last week when he complained about water-saving faucets, shower heads, and—especially—toilets. “You turn on the faucet and you don't get any water, they take a shower and water comes dripping out, just dripping out, very quietly dripping out,” he said, adding that “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once.”
  • House Committee Releases Tax Bill to Extend Electric Vehicle, Wind, and Solar Handouts

    November 22, 2019
    In what amounts to the tax component of the Green New Deal, the House Ways and Means Committee released a draft of its “Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act” (summary available here). This draft contains tax credits for a long list of alternative energy-related technologies unable to compete otherwise.  
  • Environmental Protection Agency Revises Risk Management Program for Industrial Facilities

    November 21, 2019
    “First, do no harm,” is good ethical advice for regulators as well as doctors, but the Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency took a risk management program for industrial facilities that was working well and made it worse. Now, the Trump administration has finalized revisions that should get the program back on course.
  • Congress Breaking Promises, Extending Tax Credits for Electric Vehicles, Wind, and Solar

    November 18, 2019
    It is not unusual for Congress to keep extending a supposedly temporary federal program, and that includes the tax credits for electric vehicles and wind and solar electric generation. For this reason, the Competitive Enterprise Institute opposed the 2015 tax extenders legislation despite several members’ insistence that it would be the last such extension, and that these provisions would sunset after a few more years.
  • Environmental Protection Agency Proposes Appeals Board Reform

    November 7, 2019
    The Trump administration has placed a high priority on shortening the delays and cutting the red tape holding back many private sector development projects. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed reforms to its Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) is another useful step towards this goal.
  • Free-Market Groups Support Trump Light Bulb Reform

    November 4, 2019
    The Bush and Obama administrations imposed a number of restrictions on light bulbs, but the Trump administration is pushing back on behalf of consumers. Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and 13 other free-market organizations filed a comment with the Department of Energy (DOE) in support of these efforts.
  • '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.   
  • Department of Energy Expands Consumer Choice in Light Bulbs

    September 4, 2019
    The Trump administration took a pro-consumer step today as the Department of Energy finalized a rule that will allow certain types of lower-cost light bulbs to remain on the market.   

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