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  • New #NeverNeeded Paper: Price Gouging

    July 23, 2020
    Massive shortages happened almost instantly when it became clear that the coronavirus would require a nationwide lockdown. Both Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and an Amazon vice president have called for federal price gouging legislation. In a new paper, I explain that price gouging legislation is a bad idea, regardless of one’s feelings about price gouging.
  • EPA Proposes First Ever CO2 Standards for Commercial Aircraft

    July 22, 2020
    The EPA today proposed first-ever greenhouse gas emission standards for certain new commercial airplanes, including all large passenger jets. The proposed standards, which phase in during 2023-2028, “match the international airplane carbon dioxide (CO2) standards adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2017,” EPA explains.
  • EPA Proposes First-Ever Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Limits

    July 22, 2020
    Today, the EPA proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from commercial aircraft engines. Although it is unusual for the Trump administration to push for a new greenhouse gas standard, the bigger issue is whether this standard will be made more stringent in the future. Additional compliance costs would fall on an airline industry that need years to recover from coronavirus-related damage.
  • CEI Opposes Federal Government Coercing a State into Assisting with Federal Law Enforcement

    July 22, 2020
    Last Friday, CEI took a stand for federalism and separation of powers through an amicus brief. These constitutional principles are critical to the constitutionally limited government that ensures our freedom. Our system of government is designed to accommodate differences of opinion on how it should be run. This was done by allowing each state to decide for itself how it wanted to operate.
  • 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.

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