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  • Louisiana Frog Feud Illustrates Regulatory Threat to Property Rights and Economic Freedom

    October 6, 2020
    The dusky gopher frog doesn’t grow very large—only to about three inches long, on average. But despite its diminutive size, this little frog has had a massive effect on the debate over property rights, economic liberty, and government accountability. A dispute over the frog’s habitat illustrates why it’s important to stand up to overly aggressive regulators.
  • Up to 75 Percent of Uber Drivers Would Lose Work If They Were Classified as Employees

    October 5, 2020
    If organized labor and its allies in government are successful in their bid to force so-called gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft to treat their workers as employees rather than contractors, one of the main results will be a lot fewer people working. The companies will be forced to effectively fire people who don’t want to work about 40 hours—a major portion of the people who work for these companies.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    October 5, 2020
    President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis marked the first of what will likely be many October surprises. Congress agreed on one spending bill to avoid another shutdown, but remains deadlocked on a separate COVID-related spending bill. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from TikTok to boat engines.
  • EPA Encourages Innovation, Levels Playing Field for Sources Reducing Hazardous Air Emissions

    October 2, 2020
    The EPA on October 1 finalized a rule to implement the language of Section 112 of the Clean Air Act that allows a “major source” of hazardous air pollutants to reclassify as an “area source” at any time after acting to limit emissions. The EPA estimates the rule will achieve a potential cumulative savings of $16.1 million in the first year and $90.6 million (in 2017 dollars) in following years.
  • In Debate, Biden Confirms That He Is for and Against the Green New Deal

    October 2, 2020
    Climate science made a surprise appearance during the first presidential debate. Moderator Chris Wallace had not included climate and energy when he announced his list of topics several days before the debate. The responses from President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden gave little indication that they were prepared to talk coherently about climate change or energy policies.
  • New CFPB Reports Find Consumer Credit Resiliency During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    October 2, 2020
    Recent research from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has found that consumers have not experienced significant increases in negative credit outcomes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and that negative credit outcomes remain lower than they were prior to the Great Recession. Two new reports help illustrate how consumers have fared during the pandemic.
  • Amazon Claims Worker COVID-19 Infection Rates below Norm

    October 2, 2020
    Amazon’s critics have made a point of saying the company is endangering its employees by keeping its fulfillment centers active during the COVID-19 crisis. But working for the company doesn’t appear to be more dangerous than working elsewhere, if recent data released by the company is anything to go by.
  • EPA Chooses Scientific Approach on Chlorpyrifos: Supports Transparency, Rejects Junk Science

    October 2, 2020
    Green groups are upset because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to rely on science, rather than environmentalist hype, in its draft risk assessment for the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The assessment is part of a legal mandate that requires the EPA to reevaluate the safety profiles of all registered pesticides every 15 years.
  • Closing the Loop on Sea Level Rise

    October 1, 2020
    Sea level rise is potentially the most important consequence of manmade climate change. The main causes of the rise are net ice loss from nonpolar glaciers. There’s also a thermal expansion of the ocean caused by gradually rising surface temperatures. But previous estimates for these figures never seemed to add up to the generally accepted seven inches. A landmark study published in Nature last provides improved estimates of the size of the various contributing factors.
  • CEI Presents the 2020 Julian L. Simon Award to Dr. Steven Horwitz

    October 1, 2020
    On September 30, CEI presented its 2020 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award to Dr. Steven Horwitz, Director of the Institute for the Study of Political Economy and Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise at Ball State University. The program included a lively discussion with Dr. Horwitz and CEI President Kent Lassman, on Julian Simon’s legacy, and what his lessons can teach us today.

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