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  • How Narrowly Are We Going to Define Markets for Tech Antitrust?

    July 21, 2020
    One of the key points of contention in any antitrust analysis is defining the scope of the market in question. Ignoring existing competitors by narrowing the field of analysis does not make them disappear, however. In fact, proceeding ahead with antitrust action based on insufficiently wide views of the market in question generally has the opposite of its intended effect.
  • How the U.S. Spreads Fake Vaping Fears

    July 21, 2020
    The international health profession is rightly focused on the SARS-CoV-2 virus threat at the moment. Meanwhile, another multinational threat has insidiously spread: Alarmism about nicotine vapor products (e-cigarettes) has infected a growing number of governments around the world. Out of panic, they are disregarding evidence that giving smokers legal access to nicotine vapor can save millions of lives.
  • Dodd-Frank Still Harmful After a Decade, But Modest Deregulation Has Helped

    July 21, 2020
    Dodd-Frank has caused harmful and sometimes disastrous effects for consumers, investors, entrepreneurs, and Main Street financial institutions such as community banks and credit unions. The ray of sunshine is that there have been bipartisan efforts to provide regulatory relief from some of Dodd-Frank’s biggest burdens, as well financial regulatory agencies creating more flexible rules within the law.
  • Deregulate to Stimulate: #NeverNeeded Regulations Are Harming Health and Economy

    July 21, 2020
    The Code of Federal Regulations contains more than 1.1 million regulatory restrictions. State and local governments have additional rules. Some of those rules have a valid purpose. Many others are making the COVID-19 crisis worse than it has to be. If these rules are harmful during a crisis, they were probably never needed in the first place—hence CEI’s #NeverNeeded campaign.
  • How to Spot a #NeverNeeded Regulation

    July 21, 2020
    Regulatory reform is one of the most important weapons there is for fighting COVID-19 and for aiding the economic recovery after the worst passes. Where should policy makers start? This handy infographic shows policy makers and regulators what to look for. If a rule meets one or more of these guidelines, it is probably a #NeverNeeded regulation.
  • Trump Administration Celebrates Red Tape Reduction, Promising More

    July 20, 2020
    The White House hosted a midsummer celebration on the South Lawn of the Trump administration’s reforms and reductions of unneeded “job killing regulations” and red tape.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    July 20, 2020
    After another busy week for agencies, the 2020 Federal Register is on pace to be 79,121 pages. None of those pages include the Spring 2020 Unified Agenda, which was supposed to have been published in April. Even so, this year’s Federal Register would be more than a 10 percent increase over last year. Regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from the NEPA to beryllium work areas.
  • Wealthy Millennials Not So Concerned with "Socially Responsible" Investing

    July 17, 2020
    In the last few years advocates of corporate social responsibility theory have been assuring everyone who would listen that a new day is dawning for financial management, and that younger investors would be increasingly demanding that public companies and investment management firms conduct business consistent with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. A new industry study, however, may be interrupting that narrative.
  • NEPA Rule: Implications for Climate Policy

    July 17, 2020
    The White House Council on Environmental Quality this week published its final rule updating the procedures federal agencies must follow when conducting environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act. As CEI's Ben Lieberman observes, the rule will “streamline the federal permitting process for infrastructure like highways and pipelines.”
  • America’s Cultural Revolution

    July 17, 2020
    In his forthcoming book, The Socialist Temptation, Iain Murray talks about how socialism in China produced the Cultural Revolution. The text of the book was finalized before our current moment, so he was unable to draw parallels between what happened then and what appears to be happening now, but he thinks we should worry.

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