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  • California to Sue Rideshare Firms over Employee Classification

    May 6, 2020
    The state of California announced Tuesday that it planned to sue rideshare companies Uber and Lyft for refusing to classify their drivers as employees rather than contractors under the state’s new law, AB-5. The Golden State’s regulators could not have picked a worse time, as the current crisis has left so many people without jobs.
  • Time for the Postal Service to Enter the 21st Century

    May 5, 2020
    U.S. Postal Service boosters re calling for a taxpayer-funded bailout of the agency. Today’s specter of a bailout signals it is time to start thinking about privatizing the mail for real.
  • New Profile in Capitalism: Ariel Corporation CEO Karen Wright

    May 5, 2020
    Some CEOs seem to have more hours in the day than others. Such is the case of Karen Wright, the head of Ariel Corporation, a leading maker of natural gas compressors. Leading this successful American manufacturing company since 2001, she has carved out a role as an advocate for her industry and her convictions.
  • SAFE Rule Examined Part 2: Air Quality and Auto Safety

    May 5, 2020
    Today’s post examines the Final Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule’s estimated impacts on air quality and auto safety. Citations to the rule are to the published (Federal Register) version.
  • Delivery Price Caps Threaten New Restaurant Lifeline

    May 4, 2020
    Tomorrow, the Washington, D.C. City Council votes on a bill that seeks to impose a price cap on the commission a third-party delivery platform can charge restaurants for bringing them custom. Seattle and other cities are doing something similar. This is a classic case of an action that seems reasonable but would in fact be disastrous.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    May 4, 2020
    The 2020 Federal Register passed 25,000 pages, and is poised to surpass last year’s page count by more than 1,000 pages. The number of final regulations in 2020 also passed the 1,000 barrier. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new final regulations ranging from fuel economy to seasonal workers.
  • New Study Finds Much More Global Greening than Previously Estimated

    May 1, 2020
    A new study paper on global greening by a team of Australian scientists demonstrates that previous estimates of carbon dioxide-induced global greening since 1900 are too small by a factor of two, that the observed greening in their biophysical model is extremely consistent with what is being measured by satellites.
  • CEI Files New Challenge to the Administration's Fuel Economy Standards

    May 1, 2020
    CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman discusses the issue with Walter Kreucher, one of the petitioners in the case, Walter Kreucher, a retired automotive engineer who spent over three decades working on regulatory compliance programs.
  • Coronavirus Emergency Is No Reason for Delaying Energy Project Approvals

    May 1, 2020
    On April 29, five members of Congress sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that nicely summarizes why the energy infrastructure approval and construction process must go on unimpeded by the coronavirus emergency.
  • The Economy after COVID-19 Will Be Different from Before, Part One

    May 1, 2020
    As governors begin to lift restrictions on economic activity, polling data show that Americans are generally still afraid of the virus and have changed their economic behavior. Whole sectors of the economy have had their parameters changed. This will also likely mean a change in regulations will be necessary too.

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