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  • CIRCLE of Misinformation Spread by Environmental Health Centers

    July 8, 2019
    This is the second in a series of posts regarding the Trump administration’s plan to cut Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants to children’s environmental health centers. As noted in a prior post, while presented as funding for scientific, university-based research, much of the funds simply advance junk science and environmental activism.
  • Climate Policies, Not Climate Change, Are Bigger Threat to World's Poor

    July 3, 2019
    The most recent United Nations climate report, this one from the Human Rights Council, is titled “Climate Change and Poverty” and asserts that “climate change will have devastating consequences for people in poverty.” Add just one more word and the UN would actually be onto something, since climate change policies, if widely adopted, would severely hurt the poor around the globe.
  • VIDEO: Learning the Lessons of Tariffs and Trade

    July 3, 2019
    Our friends at the Adam Smith Society—the Manhattan Institute’s professional association for business students—have hosted some excellent events and presentations over the past few years, including at their 2018 annual meeting. At that event The Wall Street Journal’s Mary Anastasia O'Grady interviewed Prof. Douglas Irwin about his 2017 book "Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy." The event took place in April of last year, but their conversation is still very much relevant to trade debate going on today.
  • Resources for Making the Case against Carbon Taxes

    July 2, 2019
    Thanks to everyone here in Washington, D.C. who was able to attend the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s most recent Capitol Hill briefing, The Case Against Carbon Taxes. We hope that everyone found the discussion interesting and informative. My colleague Canyon Brimhall and I wanted to share a few follow-up resources that were highlighted at the event.
  • Guidance Documents of the Week

    July 2, 2019
    Each guidance document might be small, but when there are 13,000 of them per decade, mostly without outside review or accountability, they add up. This week we look at documents from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • Antitrust Basics: Misleading Herfindahl-Hirschman Index

    July 1, 2019
    Market concentration is the most common reason for antitrust intervention. If a company has too large a market share, it can abuse that market power to raise prices, restrict output, and engage in all manner of anti-competitive business practices. A merger that would create a dominant player or significantly reduce the number of competitors is likely to be blocked. But how should market concentration be measured?
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    July 1, 2019
    The 2019 Federal Register broke 30,000 pages last week, the Democratic presidential candidates had their first debates, and the U.S. and Chinese governments prepared for major trade talks. Meanwhile, agencies published new regulations ranging from green sea urchins to tall ships.
  • Reuters Poll: Do Americans Want Aggressive Action on Climate?

    June 27, 2019
    Do Americans want “aggressive action” on climate change? That’s the subject of a new opinion poll conducted by Reuters. “Americans demand climate action (as long as it doesn’t cost much),” according to the headline of the published analysis of the results. The words in parenthesis confirm what has long been obvious. Support for “climate action” drops precipitously when people consider the costs.
  • More to Like in Zuckerberg's Aspen Talk Than Not

    June 27, 2019
    Yesterday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg touched on some of the most pressing issues facing his company and big tech as a whole. While his continued calls for government regulation of social media companies and other online services are dismaying, many of the principles Zuckerberg laid out represent exactly why such government intervention is not necessary and likely won’t produce better results.
  • State Legislatures Seek to Undermine 'Janus' Decision

    June 27, 2019
    Labor unions continue to deny the First Amendment rights of public employees despite the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which ruled one year ago that non-union workers cannot be compelled to pay union fees as a condition of employment. Many public employees that want to drop their membership have found it can be exceedingly difficult to do so.

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