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  • Judge Rejects Climate Suit to Establish 'Right to Wilderness'

    August 2, 2019
    Oregon District Court Judge Michael McShane on July 31st rejected a petition by two nonprofit groups—Animal Legal Defense Fund and Seeding Sovereignty—and six individuals who allege the U.S. government’s failure to combat climate change violates their constitutional right to a safe and sustainable environment.
  • Climate Change Gets 21 Minutes in Five-Hour Presidential Debate

    August 2, 2019
    CNN hosted the 2nd Democratic presidential candidates’ debate this week on two consecutive nights (July 30th and 31st). Twenty of the 24 Democratic candidates participated, with 10 different candidates taking the stage on each night. Inside Climate News estimates the candidates discussed climate change and the environment for 21 minutes.
  • Senate Highway Bill with First-Ever Climate Title Unanimously Clears Committee

    August 2, 2019
    On July 30th, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) passed S. 2302, America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019. The vote was 22-0. In most respects, it resembles previous big highway spending bills, this time providing $287 billion dollars over the next 5 years. The bill is largely devoid of any fresh thinking on addressing the nation’s transportation infrastructure challenges and for the most part just throws more money at them. 
  • VIDEO: Green New Deal’s Bad Science

    August 2, 2019
    This week the Competitive Enterprise Institute released a new study by CEI President Kent Lassman and Power the Future Executive Director Daniel Turner on the costs of the Green New Deal (GND), a congressional resolution introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). The co-authors find that implementing the GND provisions, including a rapid de-carbonization of the U.S. economy, would prove dizzingly expensive.
  • Environmental Red Tape Could Roadblock Green New Deal

    July 30, 2019
    The Green New Deal reads like a progressive’s letter to Santa, a wish list that is, by the admission of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) chief of staff, designed to reorder fundamentally American society along quasi-socialist lines. It’s easy to go on about its faults, but what has been ignored are the obstacles that the nation’s existing environmental permitting system itself sets in the way of the Green New Deal.
  • Department of Justice Creates Frankenstein Imitation of Market Competition

    July 30, 2019
    The Department of Justice’s long-awaited merger approval for T-Mobile and Sprint is good news for consumers on balance, but the conditions required for the agency’s blessing are worrisome for skeptics of large-scale government meddling.
  • Is White House 'Guidance on Compliance with the Congressional Review Act' Restraining Agency Rulemaking?

    July 30, 2019
    At a time of trillion dollar runaway peacetime deficits, big-spenders can take smug comfort knowing that regulation is even less disciplined, especially where ostensibly sub-regulatory guidance documents, notices, bulletins, circulars, interpretations and the like are concerned.
  • If You Vape (Illicit Street Drugs), It May Kill You (Duh)

    July 30, 2019
    Over the last four weeks, eight Wisconsin teenagers have been hospitalized with severe lung damage. The news that vaping caused these illnesses has swept across social media and is, predictably, being used to push for more government restrictions on e-cigarettes. But, what few of these reports have pointed out is that it seems most—if not all—of the hospitalizations were related, not to e-cigarettes, but illicit “street vapes.”
  • CEI Leads Coalition in Support of Bipartisan Passenger Facility Charge Reform

    July 30, 2019
    Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) sent a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership supporting the bipartisan H.R. 3791, Investing in America: Rebuilding America’s Airport Infrastructure Act, which was recently introduced by Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).
  • Greater Financial Transparency Could Prevent Next Union Scandal

    July 29, 2019
    Earlier this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation served indictments to several high level United Auto Workers (UAW) officials, some of who have already pleaded guilty or were convicted, for pilfering millions of dollars that were earmarked to train union members.

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