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  • A Memorial Note About Christopher L. Culp (April 7, 1969 – June 30, 2020)

    July 27, 2020
    Chris Culp, or simply Culp as he was invariably known, died unexpectedly and leaves a loss in the world and in the CEI community to which he was instrumental.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    July 27, 2020
    Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 4 million last week. Congress returned to session after its July 4 break and is putting together another stimulus package. The 2020 Federal Register also surpassed 45,000 pages, and is averaging 315 more pages per day than in past years. Regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from small satellites to lithograph emissions.
  • Reversing Opening Comes at a Price

    July 24, 2020
    This is one of those things that is kind of obvious but needs to be pointed out anyway: Reversing opening your state’s economy due to fears of a COVID-19 resurgence is something that comes at an economic price. The Labor Department’s most recent report on unemployment insurance claims bears out.
  • Electronic Union Elections: A Permanent “Temporary” Solution?

    July 24, 2020
    Some lawmakers and their union allies want to use the COVID-19 crisis to institute a radical change to union elections allow them to be held electronically.Critics argue it would open the system to fraud and other shenanigans.
  • Antitrust Tech Hearing Unlikely to Prove Useful

    July 23, 2020
    Monday’s upcoming House Antitrust Subcommittee hearing featuring CEOs from Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple may turn out to have very little to do with antitrust. Don’t be surprised if members of the Committee focus more on those emotionally charged issues than on antirust criteria.
  • Environmental Protection Agency Finalizes Reforms to Its Environmental Appeals Board

    July 23, 2020
    The Trump administration has placed a priority on streamlining the delays and red tape holding back many private sector projects. The EPA's final rule making changes to its Environmental Appeals Board s another useful step toward that goal. Job-creating projects, from pipelines to ports to mines, are routinely subject to years of federal permitting delays.
  • New #NeverNeeded Paper: Price Gouging

    July 23, 2020
    Massive shortages happened almost instantly when it became clear that the coronavirus would require a nationwide lockdown. Both Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and an Amazon vice president have called for federal price gouging legislation. In a new paper, I explain that price gouging legislation is a bad idea, regardless of one’s feelings about price gouging.
  • EPA Proposes First Ever CO2 Standards for Commercial Aircraft

    July 22, 2020
    The EPA today proposed first-ever greenhouse gas emission standards for certain new commercial airplanes, including all large passenger jets. The proposed standards, which phase in during 2023-2028, “match the international airplane carbon dioxide (CO2) standards adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2017,” EPA explains.
  • EPA Proposes First-Ever Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Limits

    July 22, 2020
    Today, the EPA proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from commercial aircraft engines. Although it is unusual for the Trump administration to push for a new greenhouse gas standard, the bigger issue is whether this standard will be made more stringent in the future. Additional compliance costs would fall on an airline industry that need years to recover from coronavirus-related damage.
  • CEI Opposes Federal Government Coercing a State into Assisting with Federal Law Enforcement

    July 22, 2020
    Last Friday, CEI took a stand for federalism and separation of powers through an amicus brief. These constitutional principles are critical to the constitutionally limited government that ensures our freedom. Our system of government is designed to accommodate differences of opinion on how it should be run. This was done by allowing each state to decide for itself how it wanted to operate.

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