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The Ozone Bureaucracy Complex: EPA Regulations That Can't Distinguish Between a National Park and City Harm the Poor Most

In October 2015, the EPA announced a new standard for ground-level ozone, tightening its stringent existing standard even more. It set the new standard at 70 parts per million (0.0070% of the atmosphere), a 9% decrease from the previous standard of 75 ppm established in 2008. Along with nearly 1000 counties nationwide that may not meet this new standard, one-third of all US counties, you’ll find at least 26 national parks. Does it seem ridiculous to you that the EPA has created a situation where some of the most rural and pristine areas of the United States could be lumping in the same category with the most densely-populated and industrialized? Well, then you don’t know the EPA.

06/14/2016
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The Paris Climate Talks and the INDC Gap

The Paris climate talks are now complete, with almost 200 nations agreeing to a framework for greenhouse gas reduction that attempts to keep any warming “well below 2 °C above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C.” The agreement is the crowning achievement of Obama’s environmental legacy and seeks to make the United States a leader in both reducing greenhouse gases at home and providing monetary assistance to developing countries to facilitate reductions across the globe. While the negotiators have gone home, the tough task of implementation raises serious concerns about the viability of the agreement. In fact, meeting the ambitious goals set out in Paris may prove to be too expensive and too problematic.

12/30/2015
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Supreme Court States the Obvious: The EPA is Unreasonable

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled the EPA was unreasonable when it did not consider costs when it decided to regulate mercury emissions from power plants. The Court, in an opinion by Justice Scalia, held that the EPA must consider costs, including compliance costs, when deciding whether a regulation is appropriate and necessary.

06/29/2015
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EPA Taken to Court Over Its Clean Power Plan

A group of states and energy companies have joined to sue the EPA over the agency’s Clean Power Plan. The two cases, State of West Virginia v. EPA and In re Murray Energy Company, were combined and oral arguments were heard before the DC Circuit this Thursday.

04/17/2015
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Michigan v. EPA: What’s Cost Got to Do with It

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Michigan v. EPA, a case that will decide whether the EPA properly decided to regulate mercury pollution from power plants. The problem with the regulations is that by the EPA’s own estimates they will cost $9.6 billion annually and have only $4-6 million in direct benefits. The issue before the Court will be whether the EPA must consider costs when deciding to regulate mercury emitted by power plants.

03/26/2015
Let My Appliance Go: Rethinking Government Efficiency Standards
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Let My Appliance Go: Rethinking Government Efficiency Standards

While Washington’s political elites use popular buzzwords like government “efficiency” standards, these are only an attempt to place a positive spin on expensive regulations. In their recent plan, the Obama White House proposed even higher efficiency standards. While increasing the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appliance efficiency standards sound promising, the policy is riddled with problems.

07/15/2013
Help Rand Paul Stop the EPA
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Help Rand Paul Stop the EPA

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced a “Resolution of Disapproval” to stop the EPA’s Air Transport Rule, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule, which is one of the most expensive regulations in the entire EPA Train Wreck.

10/28/2011
Regulating California’s Auto Industry into the Electric Chair
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Regulating California’s Auto Industry into the Electric Chair

Californians, especially Southern Californians, love their cars, from a big Jeep a la Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” to a slick Mercedes Benz. With such a large number of auto consumers, it seems safe to say that a Californian will know what sort and what priced car is best for him. Yet the California Air Resources Board is working on a new proposal to be unveiled this September that will exhort Californians to buy electric cars. A regulatory agency with unelected members is picking which products are winners and which are losers in the state’s legendary and diverse auto marketplace.

07/08/2011
Hiding Behind Children: Democrats are using issue of children’s health to disguise expensive regulation
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Hiding Behind Children: Democrats are using issue of children’s health to disguise expensive regulation

On June 8, 2011 the Senate committee on environment and public works held a joint hearing titled, “Air Quality and Children’s Health.” Senator Thomas Carper opened the hearing by declaring his grave concern for the health of America’s children, “As a parent, I’ve spent a lot of time worrying about my own children’s health. As a U.S.

06/10/2011
Shale Natural Gas: The Energy of the Future?
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Shale Natural Gas: The Energy of the Future?

This April, the US Energy Information Administration released the 2011 edition of its Annual Energy Outlook. The report contains the EIA’s predictions of future energy supplies, prices, and regulations. Perhaps the most important piece of information that came from the report was the rapid growth of shale natural gas as a viable energy source. Shale natural gas is natural gas which is trapped in large underground shale formations.

06/09/2011

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