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  • Are "Earth-Friendly" New Refrigerants Toxic?

    May 15, 2020
    Bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate to restrict hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the refrigerants currently used in most air conditioning and refrigeration systems. But now, one of the leading substitutes for HFCs has been identified as a potential toxin.
  • Let Local News Outlets Bail Each Other Out

    May 15, 2020
    Allowing common ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations would allow them to achieve economies of scale in their sales departments and other keys aspects of their operations. Entrepreneurs and companies with investments in local media are natural suitors to other local outlets seeking capital and other efficiencies. Yet, regulations are keeping these ideal investors on the sidelines.
  • Cocktails in Quarantine: How your State Governs Booze Buying during Lockdown

    May 15, 2020
    With all the other added stress created by the outbreak of COVID-19, most states have chosen to relax alcohol laws in a pragmatic bid to save struggling businesses and encourage compliance with social distancing. CEI has prepared this handy list of states that currently allow alcohol delivery or curbside pickup. Enjoy responsibly.
  • Senate Bill Introduced to Extend Alternative Fuels Tax Credit

    May 15, 2020
    Sens. Lamar Alexander and Tom Carper have introduced Securing America’s Clean Fuels Infrastructure Act, extending and increasing the tax credits for alternative transportation fuels. It is hard to imagine circumstances where this bill is needed any less. Both conventional gasoline and diesel fuel prices are very cheap by historical standards. Prices are unlikely to appreciably rise any time soon.
  • SAFE Rule Examined Part 4 Consumer Choice

    May 14, 2020
    Ccompared to the 2012 Obama administration CAFE rule it repeals and replaces, the SAFE Rule is deregulatory and pro-choice. And pro-life, too, if, as advertised, easing the Obama-era CAFE standards will avoid thousands of fatalities and tens of thousands of serious injuries.
  • AB5 Is Making Unemployment in California Go from Bad to Worse

    May 14, 2020
    The most recent numbers for the people on unemployment insurance are out and they are about as grim as anyone could expect, with the California having it by far the worst with 27.7 percent of its eligible workers on the dole. That’s well above the national rate of 15.7 percent and yet more proof that the state’s anti-“worker misclassification” law, AB5, is resulting more people not working at all.
  • A New Approach to COVID-19 Response

    May 14, 2020
    The new coronavirus—SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19—is here to stay until either a vaccine or herd immunity limits the number of people susceptible to transmission. A vaccine is a year or more away. So why do we continue to pursue lockdowns that ensure herd immunity will never develop and the virus will continue to fester?
  • Does Uncle Sam Support Single Moms? The Question of Federal Funds for Strip Clubs

    May 13, 2020
    Should U.S. taxpayer dollars be loaned to strip clubs? What would have sounded like a joke just a few months ago is now a reality thanks to the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. And while that may sound like an outrageous misuse of federal funds, the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak means the situation may not be as clear cut as that.
  • Retro Review: Irving Kristol's "Two Cheers for Capitalism"

    May 13, 2020
    Long before we began debating the wisdom of neoconservative foreign policy, Irving Kristol was writing about domestic economic policy and the future of capitalism. His 1978 book Two Cheers for Capitalism addresses the issues of the day and makes conservative arguments about how people will be dissatisfied with any society that delivers material prosperity but seems to lack a higher meaning.
  • Will the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report Rely on Increasingly Overheated Models?

    May 11, 2020
    In a letter published in Nature, Jiang Zhu and Christopher Poulsen of the University of Michigan and Bette Otto-Bliesner of the National Center for Atmospheric Research caution that models used in the Sixth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change may have unrealistically high equilibrium climate sensitivity estimates. This arcane-sounding issue is a big deal.  

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