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  • Trump Administration to Grant One-Year Extension for Wind, Solar Credits

    May 11, 2020
    The Trump administration indicated this week it will adjust tax credit deadlines to help renewable energy investors to help their businesses survive the economic crisis. This means that wind and solar projects begun in 2016 or 2017 will be eligible to receive the credits over a period of five years instead of four.
  • Harvard Junk Science Study Claims High Pollution Levels Increase Deaths from COVID-19

    May 11, 2020
    Researchers at Harvard University in late April published a draft or preliminary study that concluded, “A small increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 leads to a large increase in the COVID-19 death rate." PM2.5 is fine particulate matter in the air. The fact the study is a quick-and-dirty rush job indicates that the purpose is more to advance a political agenda than to advance scientific knowledge.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    May 11, 2020
    The first full week of May featured a continuing pandemic, the biggest unemployment increase in U.S. history, a hailstorm in the D.C. area, freezing temperatures in parts of Midwest, and murder hornets. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new final regulations ranging from walnut reserves to organic regulations.
  • A National Interest Rate Cap Has No Place in the Next Coronavirus Relief Package

    May 8, 2020
    As the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc, it’s crucial that struggling Americans have access to affordable short-term credit. Congress should reject calls to include a nationwide interest rate cap in the next COVID-19 relief package. Setting an arbitrary limit on interest rates would prevent millions of already struggling Americans from getting credit.
  • EPA Sends Proposed Aircraft GHG Rule to White House for Review

    May 8, 2020
    On May 1, the EPA sent its first-ever proposed rule on aircraft greenhouse gas emissions to OMB for review. Promulgated pursuant to the Clean Air Act, the proposed rule comes at a time when the airlines are struggling badly because of the COVID-19 crisis and can ill afford potentially expensive new obligations.
  • California to Sue Rideshare Firms over Employee Classification

    May 6, 2020
    The state of California announced Tuesday that it planned to sue rideshare companies Uber and Lyft for refusing to classify their drivers as employees rather than contractors under the state’s new law, AB-5. The Golden State’s regulators could not have picked a worse time, as the current crisis has left so many people without jobs.
  • Time for the Postal Service to Enter the 21st Century

    May 5, 2020
    U.S. Postal Service boosters re calling for a taxpayer-funded bailout of the agency. Today’s specter of a bailout signals it is time to start thinking about privatizing the mail for real.
  • New Profile in Capitalism: Ariel Corporation CEO Karen Wright

    May 5, 2020
    Some CEOs seem to have more hours in the day than others. Such is the case of Karen Wright, the head of Ariel Corporation, a leading maker of natural gas compressors. Leading this successful American manufacturing company since 2001, she has carved out a role as an advocate for her industry and her convictions.
  • SAFE Rule Examined Part 2: Air Quality and Auto Safety

    May 5, 2020
    Today’s post examines the Final Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule’s estimated impacts on air quality and auto safety. Citations to the rule are to the published (Federal Register) version.
  • Delivery Price Caps Threaten New Restaurant Lifeline

    May 4, 2020
    Tomorrow, the Washington, D.C. City Council votes on a bill that seeks to impose a price cap on the commission a third-party delivery platform can charge restaurants for bringing them custom. Seattle and other cities are doing something similar. This is a classic case of an action that seems reasonable but would in fact be disastrous.

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