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  • Does Uncle Sam Support Single Moms? The Question of Federal Funds for Strip Clubs

    May 13, 2020
    Should U.S. taxpayer dollars be loaned to strip clubs? What would have sounded like a joke just a few months ago is now a reality thanks to the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. And while that may sound like an outrageous misuse of federal funds, the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak means the situation may not be as clear cut as that.
  • Retro Review: Irving Kristol's "Two Cheers for Capitalism"

    May 13, 2020
    Long before we began debating the wisdom of neoconservative foreign policy, Irving Kristol was writing about domestic economic policy and the future of capitalism. His 1978 book Two Cheers for Capitalism addresses the issues of the day and makes conservative arguments about how people will be dissatisfied with any society that delivers material prosperity but seems to lack a higher meaning.
  • Will the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report Rely on Increasingly Overheated Models?

    May 11, 2020
    In a letter published in Nature, Jiang Zhu and Christopher Poulsen of the University of Michigan and Bette Otto-Bliesner of the National Center for Atmospheric Research caution that models used in the Sixth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change may have unrealistically high equilibrium climate sensitivity estimates. This arcane-sounding issue is a big deal.  
  • SAFE Rule Examined Part 3 Trump Agencies' Critique of Obama Auto Rule

    May 11, 2020
    The Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles rule contains a powerful critique of the 2012 Obama administration rule it repeals and replaces. In a nutshell, the 2012 rule was based on faulty forecasts and unreasonable assumptions that drastically inflated its estimated benefits.
  • 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.

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