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  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations  

    August 5, 2019
    In a pre-recess Parthian shot, the Senate passed a massive new spending bill that would increase federal spending by $320 billion over two years and delay the next debt ceiling vote until after the next election. Within hours of the Senate’s adjournment, President Trump also announced a new round of tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods.
  • Advocacy Journalism Gears up to Promote UN Climate Conference

    August 2, 2019
    The Columbia Journalism Review reported on July 26th that more than 60 news organizations have signed up to devote “one week of focused coverage” to the international “Climate Action Summit” hosted by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York on September 16-23.
  • 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.”

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