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CSE Blasts President's Embrace of EPA Standards; Urges Congress To Order Delay in Rules' Issuance
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CSE Blasts President's Embrace of EPA Standards; Urges Congress To Order Delay in Rules' Issuance

Statement by Paul Beckner President, Citizens for a Sound Economy "The chief beneficiaries of the president's decision will be those who make their living promoting junk science, government bureaucrats who need to justify their existence, and lawyers chasing after the windfalls of environmental litigation. "In making his decision, the president fell for faulty science, turned a deaf ear to thousands of local and state elected officials, and ignored a majority of voices within his own administration who questioned the need for these standards.

06/25/1997
Capitol Comment 161 - The Senate and House Kiddycare Schemes Are a Bad Deal for Kids
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Capitol Comment 161 - The Senate and House Kiddycare Schemes Are a Bad Deal for Kids

Parents had better put the kids to bed early this week. Otherwise, youngsters might happen across C-SPAN in time to watch the United States Senate and House of Representatives cast their most damaging votes ever against children's health. Armed with faulty data on the status of children's health coverage, Congress is set to spend $16 billion or more over the next five years to create a new federal "Kiddycare" program. While claiming to provide health coverage for children, Kiddycare will actually waste billions of dollars, and provide no health benefit to children.

06/24/1997
Issue Analysis 54 - The EPA's Proposed Air Quality Standards: First, Do No Harm
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Issue Analysis

Issue Analysis 54 - The EPA's Proposed Air Quality Standards: First, Do No Harm

The EPA's proposed air quality standards for ozone and particulate matter might actually do more harm than good, even just in terms of public health. Recent studies suggest that the costs of the proposed standards could be $90 billion to $150 billion annually, forcing consumers to spend less on health care and safety products. A recent study by the Reason Public Policy Institute found that up to 27,000 fatalities may be attributed to the proposed standards.

06/19/1997
Capitol Comment 160 - Can You Differentiate a Taxpayer From a Consumer at the Grocery Store?
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Capitol Comment 160 - Can You Differentiate a Taxpayer From a Consumer at the Grocery Store?

The federal sugar program fixes the price of sugar bought in the United States at roughly double the world price, costing consumers 1.4 billion dollars a year.1 Yet, program supporters claim the program does not hurt Americans, pointing to the small budget cost to the taxpayer. The distinction between a taxpayer and a consumer is a curious one -- since the two cannot be distinguished at the checkout line. In fact, consumers are hit twice by the program. First, with higher taxes -- regardless of how "small" the burden is -- and second through higher prices for the food they purchase.

06/13/1997
Issue Analysis 33A - Don't Break the China
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Issue Analysis 33A - Don't Break the China

"The elimination of China's normal trade status, rather than advancing human rights and the rule of law, would actually harm those in society most dedicated to their promotion." -- Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright The Washington Post June 10, 1997 The U.S.-China Relationship

06/13/1997
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

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