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  • The Millionaires and Billionaires of Environmental Politics

    August 7, 2019
    There’s a story that’s told in newspapers, on news networks, and in the buzzing of Twitter. In this story, there’s a clear good guy, a heroic underdog fighting the good fight, and a clear villain cackling in a corporate boardroom. This is a tale of grassroots environmentalists, banding together to solve the so-called climate emergency and financing their campaigns from small dollar donors impressed by and invested in the cause that these organizations are supporting.
  • Nipping at Big Tech's Heels: Competition in Social Media

    August 7, 2019
    There has much bemoaning and hand-wringing by members of Congress on the alleged dangers of social media.
  • Response to State Lawsuit against T-Mobile/Sprint: Mergers Signal Dynamic Markets

    August 6, 2019
    The end of the first blog post in this series warned that the real result of a successful lawsuit to block the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile would not be a market with four large wireless competitors, but rather one without Sprint or T-Mobile at all. This is because mergers signal a dynamic marketplace that is highly competitive.
  • Guidance Documents of the Week: Agriculture, Housing, Management

    August 6, 2019
    Guidance documents are statements of policy issued by your favorite alphabet soup of agencies, which more often than not translate into law, despite rarely going through the notice-and-public comment period required of most regulations. Wayne Crews’ study “A Partial Eclipse of the Administrative State” puts the number of guidance documents—just one form of “regulatory dark matter”—at more than 13,000 over the period 2008-2017.
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Except Those with Eating Disorders)

    August 6, 2019
    The goal of the government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans is to provide simple advice that promotes nutritional health, but for millions of Americans it may do exactly the opposite. The recommendations, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), may appear harmless. There remains, however, little evidence that the Guidelines have helped reduce obesity in America and some evidence that it may actually have made it worse.
  • State Lawsuit against T-Mobile/Sprint Counterproductive for Consumers

    August 6, 2019
    State attorneys general from fourteen states and the District of Columbia have sued to block the merger of mobile phone and Internet service providers T-Mobile and Sprint. The merger was recently green-lit by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and eventually the Department of Justice (DOJ), on the condition that certain assets would be spun off to create a new competitor in the wireless market.
  • 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.

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