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  • Affordable Clean Energy Rule Improves Obama-era Policy, Still Contains Fatal Flaw

    July 9, 2019
    The Federal Register yesterday published the Environmental Protection Agency’s final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, along with the agency’s response to public comments on the August 2018 draft ACE rule. ACE repeals and replaces the Obama administration’s signature climate policy, so-called Clean Power Plan.
  • Guidance Documents of the Week: Social Security Administration and Treasury

    July 9, 2019
    Guidance documents are statements of policy issued by your favorite alphabet soup agencies, which more often than not translate into law, despite rarely going through the notice-and-public comment period required of most regulations. 
  • Antitrust Basics: Rule of Reason Standard vs. Consumer Welfare Standard

    July 8, 2019
    Regulators have used two different standards to judge antitrust cases over the last century or so: the “rules of reason” standard and the “consumer welfare” standard. This post will briefly introduce them both.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    July 8, 2019
    It was a four-day week for the federal government as the nation celebrated Independence Day. Meanwhile, agencies published new regulations ranging from the Paper and Packaging Board to claiming mines.
  • CIRCLE of Misinformation Spread by Environmental Health Centers

    July 8, 2019
    This is the second in a series of posts regarding the Trump administration’s plan to cut Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants to children’s environmental health centers. As noted in a prior post, while presented as funding for scientific, university-based research, much of the funds simply advance junk science and environmental activism.
  • Climate Policies, Not Climate Change, Are Bigger Threat to World's Poor

    July 3, 2019
    The most recent United Nations climate report, this one from the Human Rights Council, is titled “Climate Change and Poverty” and asserts that “climate change will have devastating consequences for people in poverty.” Add just one more word and the UN would actually be onto something, since climate change policies, if widely adopted, would severely hurt the poor around the globe.
  • VIDEO: Learning the Lessons of Tariffs and Trade

    July 3, 2019
    Our friends at the Adam Smith Society—the Manhattan Institute’s professional association for business students—have hosted some excellent events and presentations over the past few years, including at their 2018 annual meeting. At that event The Wall Street Journal’s Mary Anastasia O'Grady interviewed Prof. Douglas Irwin about his 2017 book "Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy." The event took place in April of last year, but their conversation is still very much relevant to trade debate going on today.
  • Resources for Making the Case against Carbon Taxes

    July 2, 2019
    Thanks to everyone here in Washington, D.C. who was able to attend the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s most recent Capitol Hill briefing, The Case Against Carbon Taxes. We hope that everyone found the discussion interesting and informative. My colleague Canyon Brimhall and I wanted to share a few follow-up resources that were highlighted at the event.
  • Guidance Documents of the Week

    July 2, 2019
    Each guidance document might be small, but when there are 13,000 of them per decade, mostly without outside review or accountability, they add up. This week we look at documents from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • Antitrust Basics: Misleading Herfindahl-Hirschman Index

    July 1, 2019
    Market concentration is the most common reason for antitrust intervention. If a company has too large a market share, it can abuse that market power to raise prices, restrict output, and engage in all manner of anti-competitive business practices. A merger that would create a dominant player or significantly reduce the number of competitors is likely to be blocked. But how should market concentration be measured?

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