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The misguided Affordable Clean Energy rule

Why is the US EPA still determined to control plant food and drive up electricity prices? DR. TIM BALL AND TOM HARRIS On August 29, 2018,...

Is the EPA Changing the Regulatory Paradigm?

PATRICK J. MICHAELS, CATO INSTITUTE Sometimes it’s worth reading the fine print in obscure regulatory proposals. One such example is contained in a “proposed rulemaking”...

What’s Next for the EPA?

PATRICK J. MICHAELS, CATO INSTITUTE So EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is gone, the environmentalists’ noirest bete noire since James Watt ran the Interior Department early in the...

FDA Warlords Moving to Crush Vaping and Flavored Tobacco Products

BY BOB BARR Despite the requirement in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution that only the Congress has the power to “declare war,” the...

The War On The Poor Has Many Fronts And Armies, Professor Krugman

RYAN BOURNE, CATO INSTITUTE Paul Krugman’s column yesterday lamented Republican policy towards the poor. He has particular gripes with Ben Carson’s changes to housing subsidies, increased...

Federal Fuel Foolishness

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government imposes a mandate to blend ethanol into gasoline. This “Renewable Fuel Standard” harms consumers, damages the economy, and...

No Neutral Ground: The Problem of Net Neutrality

DR. BRIAN DELLINGER On November 21, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to revisit its Obama-era internet regulations. It seems likely that the resulting vote...

‘Digital Shouting Matches’ Undermining Rule-Making Process

BY BOB BARR The “internet poll” has become a familiar device with which to solicit reader feedback and drive engagement on topics from sports and...

European Environmentalists Rekindling Cocaine Problem in Columbia and in the United States

BY BOB BARR Not that many years ago, the South American nation of Colombia was on the cusp of becoming a failed “narco-state.” With climatic...

Trump’s Reversal of Obama Pay Gap Rule Is Good News for Women, Minorities

ROMINA BOCIA, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The Trump administration put a stop this week to an Obama-era rule that would have hurt the wage and employment prospects...

DOL Fiduciary Rule: It’s Not Always Fun to be Right

THAYA BROOK KNIGHT, CATO INSTITUTE When the Department of Labor (DoL) rolled out its fiduciary duty rule last year, I (and others) noted that its...

Ryan Zinke, Interior chief, orders more lease sales, faster permitting for oil, gas on...

Saying that the government had become far too slow in facilitating oil and gas development on federal lands, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday...

Can Regulation Keep Up With Accumulating Knowledge?

DAVID BOAZ, CATO INSTITUTE What some doctors say about regulating the treatment of sepsis has much broader application. Sepsis, an often lethal reaction to infection...

Rao Tapped to Taper Red Tape

JAMES GATTUSO, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Just hours after Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation as the newest member of the Supreme Court, the White House announced the appointment...

Clean coal is dead, but the war on affordable energy is alive and well

NICHOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION FutureGen is dead. Again. Last week, the Department of Energy pulled the plug on this $1.1 billion project in Illinois: a “clean...

Capping Costs of Two New Commodity Plans

DAREN BAKST, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The 2014 farm bill eliminated the infamous direct payments program that gave farmers subsidies regardless of need. Instead of stopping there...

Regulations & Taxes—Democrats Then & Now

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE In recent decades, the Democratic Party has moved far to the left on economic policy. I have discussed the leftward shift...

Regulations & Taxes—Democrats Then & Now

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE In recent decades, the Democratic Party has moved far to the left on economic policy. I have discussed the leftward shift...

Methane Regulations—Costly Climate Plan

NICHOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The Obama Administration recently announced plans to regulate methane emissions from the energy industry. The goal of the proposal is to...

Voters Take Aim at Low Wages, Kill Bookstore

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Don’t believe minimum wage hikes hurt real people? After March 31, a famed sci-fi bookstore on Valencia St. in San Francisco’s...

Net Neutrality: Debate Far from Over

JAMES L. GATTUSO, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The countdown has begun. On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to vote to place massive “net neutrality”...

Highways and the Federal Gas Tax

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Another day, another news article supportive of raising the federal gas tax. This time it’s the Wall Street Journal. The article...

The Washington Post On Dodd-Frank’s Conflict Minerals Fiasco

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Economic sanctions, when they have an effect at all, tend to inflict misery on a targeted region’s civilian populace and often...

Why Ending FEMA Will Improve Disaster Response

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Under the U.S. Constitution, the powers delegated to the federal government are “few and defined,” as James Madison noted in Federalist...

Government has been spoiling stuff since well before the TSA

JEFFREY A. TUCKER, THE FREEMAN You know the old myth about the meat-packing industry. In 1906, Upton Sinclair came out with his book The Jungle,...

Where’s the Beef? Canada!

Love of country doesn’t mean one must also love the IRS STEWART DOMPE, ADAM C. SMITH, THE FREEMAN Burger King has acquired Tim Horton’s for $11.4...

America’s Losing Battle Against Poor Governance

And The Whac-A-Mole Regulatory State BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Under President Obama’s leadership, a veritable flood of contentious issues has convulsed our body politic. Republicans and...

America's Losing Battle Against Poor Governance

And The Whac-A-Mole Regulatory State BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Under President Obama’s leadership, a veritable flood of contentious issues has convulsed our body politic. Republicans and...

Virginia DMV Attempts to Shutter Ridesharing Companies Uber, Lyft

KATHRYN WATSON, CATO INSTITUTE Just when you thought you couldn’t despise the Department of Motor Vehicles any more, Virginia’s DMV decided to wage war against...

Sebelius Sticks American People With Higher Costs, Fewer Choices, and Lost Jobs

DOUG BANDOW, CATO INSTITUTE Congress passed the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act four years ago.  It was a signal political achievement.  Alas,...