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Capitol Comment 159 - Why America Should Renew MFN for China
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Capitol Comment 159 - Why America Should Renew MFN for China

Members of Congress will soon be asked to vote on the unconditional extension of China's most-favored-nation (MFN) trading status for one more year. Legitimate reasons for concern over various policies implemented by the Chinese government do exist. However, revoking China's MFN trading status is at best the least effective -- and at worst the most counter-productive -- manner in which to affect those policies. It would be devastating for both Americans and the Chinese if Congress imposes trade barriers between the citizens of these two countries.

06/12/1997
Issue Analysis 53 - The EPA's Exaggeration of the Health Risk from PM2.5 A Summary of an Analysis by Dr. Kay Jones
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Issue Analysis 53 - The EPA's Exaggeration of the Health Risk from PM2.5 A Summary of an Analysis by Dr. Kay Jones

Dr. Kay Jones' analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual mortality estimates from fine particles has resulted in the discovery of several problems. His study demonstrates that the EPA's dependence on a key but highly flawed study, as well as its questionable use of this study's data, has led it to exaggerate the health risk from PM2.5. Dr. Jones concludes that promulgation of the proposed standard is scientifically unwarranted.

06/06/1997
Customer Choice, Consumer Value: An Analysis of Retail Competition in America's Electric Industry.
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Customer Choice, Consumer Value: An Analysis of Retail Competition in America's Electric Industry.

In May 1996, Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation released a study entitled, Customer Choice, Consumer Value: An Analysis of Retail Competition in America's Electric Industry. The study was conducted by Professors Michael Maloney and Robert McCormick with Raymond Sauer, all of whom are from Clemson University. Their findings suggest that opening the market for electricity will save consumers billions of dollars while providing a substantial stimulus for the economy as a whole.

05/30/1997
EPA on Wrong Side of Science, Group Charges
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EPA on Wrong Side of Science, Group Charges

Citizens for a Sound Economy, a consumer watchdog organization, was "saddened" to be singled out for attack Thursday by the Environmental Working Group, a close Environmental Protection Agency ally. "It's clear that the EPA is losing the debate because they didn't do their homework," said Paul Beckner, president of CSE. "The EPA has dodged answering questions about the serious lack of science behind the proposed new air quality standards."

05/29/1997
Capitol Comment 158 - Cox-Wyden Putting Internet Taxation on Hold
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Capitol Comment 158 - Cox-Wyden Putting Internet Taxation on Hold

The promise shown by the emergence of electronic commerce has attracted some undesirable attention - taxes. States and localities have recently been examining an extension of their tax authority to Internet related activities. The result could be a maze of multiple taxation that stymies emerging commercial activity.

05/22/1997
EPA Overestimates Health Risk by Factor of 15
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EPA Overestimates Health Risk by Factor of 15

At a Capitol Hill news conference today, Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation released a study by Kay Jones, a top environmental advisor to President Jimmy Carter, contradicting Environmental Protection Agency claims that 15,000 Americans die prematurely every year from exposure to fine particulate matter. Particulate matter is very fine material emitted into the atmosphere. The size of particulate matter discussed by the EPA -- 2.5 microns -- is roughly 28 times smaller than the width of a single human hair.

05/11/1997
Issue Analysis 51 - Top Twelve False Claims Made About the Hatch-Kennedy Children's Health Coverage Bill
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Issue Analysis 51 - Top Twelve False Claims Made About the Hatch-Kennedy Children's Health Coverage Bill

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA) have proposed legislation to establish a new federal program to buy health coverage for five million children. Sen. Hatch has characterized their proposal as the "free market approach" to insuring children. Unfortunately, neither the bill (S. 525) nor its funding mechanism (S. 526) have been fairly represented. 1. "This is not an entitlement."1

04/24/1997
Issue Analysis 50 - The EPA's New Clean Air Standards: A Primer
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Issue Analysis 50 - The EPA's New Clean Air Standards: A Primer

On November 27, 1996, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Carol Browner announced a plan to impose new national air quality standards. Specifically, the proposal to alter the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) calls for more severe restrictions on ground-level ozone and microscopic dust particles, called particulate matter (PM). The EPA must decide by July 19 of this year whether or not to alter the current standards. If implemented, the new standards would put into place the most massive, far-reaching environmental mandates of the decade. But because the proposed standards are backed by weak science, there is an enormous degree of uncertainty as to whether the measures would produce the promised results.

04/21/1997
Issue Analysis 49 - Never Mind ClintonCare: The Republican Congress is Feeding America Government-Run Health Care - Piece by Pie
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Issue Analysis 49 - Never Mind ClintonCare: The Republican Congress is Feeding America Government-Run Health Care - Piece by Pie

In 1994, the American people rejected the Clinton health care plan and others like it that would have substituted the judgment of politicians and bureaucrats for that of patients and their doctors. Yet, that victory has proved short-lived. Today, lawmakers who fought government-run health care three years ago, some of whom even rode into office on the issue, are now its biggest supporters.

04/09/1997
Issue Analysis 48 - Weird Science: Did CASAC Really Support PM2.5?
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Issue Analysis 48 - Weird Science: Did CASAC Really Support PM2.5?

Recent efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement a new air quality standard for fine particulate matter have come under attack. The shaky scientific underpinnings and potential high cost of the proposed standard have caused many observers, including the Department of Transportation and other federal agencies, to show concern that there may be no justification for spending billions of dollars for a new PM2.5 standard. To refute these claims, the EPA cites its own Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) staff report as evidence of scientific consensus on the need for a PM2.5 standard. The staff report, as well as a majority of CASAC's members, supported a new standard in a 19-2 vote, but a close look at CASAC's May 16th and 17th discussion of the PM2.5 standard shows that no consensus was reached on the issue of health benefits resulting from a new standard. In fact, only two CASAC members voted for a standard as low as that imposed by EPA Administrator Carol Browner. During its regular review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), the EPA decided to propose a new air quality standard for particulate matter 2.5 microns and less in diameter (PM2.5). The standard would implement an annual and daily standard for PM2.5 at 50 and 15 micrograms per cubic meter, respectively. The daily standard would take an average of the 98th percentile of daily PM2.5 levels over three years, which would effectively allow a community to exceed the standard about six times a year. The annual standard would be based on a three-year average of annual PM2.5 concentrations, allowing only 15 micrograms per cubic meter.

04/09/1997

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