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  • Coal Plant Developers Still Building, Investing Despite Paris Agreement

    October 4, 2018

    “Since the Paris Climate Agreement was negotiated in December 2015, the world’s installed coal-fired capacity grew by 92,000 MW—an increase equal to the combined operating coal fleets of Russia and Japan,” according to a report released Thursday by a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) called CoalExit.Org. The coalition urges banks and other investors to divest from coal companies.

  • Unfounded Accusations Regarding Bees and Glyphosate

    October 3, 2018

    Recent accusations that a popular weed killer harms honeybees have become headline news in a wide range of sources including CBS News, The Guardian, and Popular Science. Yet the solitary study they all cite doesn’t hold much water.

  • New NAFTA Could Have Been Much Worse

    October 2, 2018

    The new USMC (United States-Mexico-Canada) trade agreement isn’t very different from the old NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), and that’s a good thing. Given the Trump administration’s emphasis on government-managed trade, it could have been much worse. Now President Trump can claim a political victory and hopefully turn his attention to non-trade issues, while actual trade policy remains mostly unchanged.

  • U.S. Justice Department Challenges California Net Neutrality Rules

    October 1, 2018

    The Justice Department is suing California over the state’s just-signed net neutrality law. Rightly so, as it’s hard to imagine a market that better fits the definition of ‘interstate.’ The Internet crosses state and local lines countless times everyday and that means its regulation is a matter for the feds, not states or localities. 

  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    October 1, 2018

    It was a busy week in the political world, from the bitter Supreme Court controversy to President Trump’s UN speech, to tariffs on $260 billion worth of goods in U.S.-China trade taking effect. Meanwhile, the number of new regulations this year broke the 2,500 mark and the 2018 Federal Register is on the cusp of reaching 50,000 pages. Regulatory agencies issued nearly a hundred new rules ranging from hook-on chairs to skate fishing.

  • Five Western States Will Vote on Energy Questions on November Ballots

    September 30, 2018

    Five western states have initiatives or referendums on energy issues. They include increasing renewable energy mandates, instituting a carbon tax, restricting oil and gas production, and repealing a gas tax increase. Here is a brief summary of each with links to recent news stories.

  • Trump Auto Rule: Washington Post's Non-Shocking Non-Discovery

    September 28, 2018

    Today in the Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, and Chris Mooney bash the Trump Administration’s SAFE Vehicles Rule, a proposal to freeze new motor vehicle fuel economy standards at the 2020 levels through 2026. Eilperin, Dennis, and Mooney (EDM) claim, or rather insinuate through the mouths of others, that the SAFE rule is a plan to doom humanity to a future of planetary ruin.

  • VIDEO: 'Gov' Is Back and He's Here to Help

    September 28, 2018

    Our creative friends at the Independent Institute in California are back with an entertaining new video series that pokes fun at some of the blundering missteps of big government. Back in 2015 Independent launched “Love Gov,” a narrative series in which apparently well-meaning character Scott “Gov” Govinsky tries to help out college-aged friend Alexis, albeit with disastrous consequences. With Gov as an allegory for meddlesome interventionism, the original series dramatized problematic government policies having to with education, healthcare, consumer debt, and housing. The second season, Love Gov2, has now hit the Internet.

  • Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Trade?

    September 27, 2018

    A common argument for free trade is that fewer trade barriers mean more trade. That argument is mostly true—there are a lot of deals people want to make but don’t, because trade barriers make them too expensive to be worthwhile. But there is more to the story.

  • A New Front in the Trade War: Overseas Private Investment

    September 26, 2018

    Tariffs get most of the press in today’s trade debate, and for good reason. Tariff rates under Trump have roughly doubled in less than two years, and more might be on the way. But tariffs are not the only way government tries to manage trade. Another is in finance. In particular, an agency called the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, or OPIC, might be doubling in size shortly, to a total portfolio size of $60 billion.

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