Browsing All posts tagged under »Government Regulatory Policy«

Pushing Back On Administrative Growth

November 22, 2021 by


From the team at CFACT ~ By Michael R. Davis: With every new perceived emergency, we witness a rise in the power of the administrative state. Agencies with no accountability to the people or the government’s elected officers. Even when there is no emergency, the growth of the administrative state goes quietly unnoticed. Fighting the […]

Tax Incentives Are No Way To Drive Energy Innovation. Here’s Why.

March 24, 2021 by


By Adam Michel and Nicolas Loris ~ The best ways to tame environmentally harmful emissions is to allow the private sector to innovate cleaner and more efficient ways to produce, distribute, and use energy. Unfortunately, government subsides, mandates, and other regulations largely fail to spur such developments, and instead bolster government-favored technologies. The latest example […]

Sens. Cruz, Lee Outline How US Should Move Forward After COVID-19 Crisis

May 28, 2020 by


By Fred Lucas ~ Taking a fresh look at deregulation and at “decoupling” the U.S. from China economically will be key for renewed job growth after the COVID-19 crisis ends, Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Wednesday. “I fully expect over the next coming weeks and months and years, we are going […]

CAFE Standards Reform Means Safer Cars And Saved Lives

April 1, 2020 by


By Peter Murphy ~ In the midst of the fight to save lives from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration earlier today announced a regulatory change on another issue that also will save lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said they will increase—at a slower pace than […]

It’s Lights Out For Obama-Era Bulb Ban That Would Have Curbed Consumer Choice

September 6, 2019 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ The Department of Energy announced this week that it’s withdrawing the Obama administration’s energy-rationing mandate for certain lightbulbs. Opponents criticized the rule change, arguing that the move would be bad for consumers and the climate. The reality, however, is that families and businesses will be better off, and the change will have […]

Automakers’ Flip-Flop On CAFE Standards Kicks Car Buyers To The Curb

August 31, 2019 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ After advocating for the Trump administration to relax former President Barack Obama’s stringent fuel economy mandates, several major automakers have rebuked the administration’s proposed rule for freezing the mandate at model year 2020. Now, the automakers are siding with California, voluntarily agreeing to increase the average fuel economy of their fleets […]

Drain The Swamp? This Energy Bill Is More Big Government Paternalism

December 6, 2016 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ Time is running out for negotiations between the Senate and House of Representatives on a conferenced energy bill. For opponents of big government paternalism, that’s a good thing. The Senate-passed energy bill is fraught with provisions that would increase government’s micromanagement of the energy sector. It is a continuation and extension […]

The Government Wants To Regulate Your Portable Air Conditioner

April 13, 2016 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ Congratulations, portable air conditioner buyers and sellers. This product now qualifies for… government regulation! The Department of Energy (DOE) recently determined that portable air conditioners meet the criteria set under the Energy Policy Conservation Act (as amended) for efficiency mandates. Like all other efficiency regulations, mandated appliance standards remove choices from […]

5 Reasons Why Senate Energy Modernization Bill Is Anything But Modern

January 21, 2016 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ Several senators want to advance a massive energy bill called the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. But there’s nothing modern about the legislation. The bill is an extension of the same, tired “politicians-know-best mentality” that siphons taxpayer dollars and hands them to special interests. The policy provisions of bills like […]

If It’s Wet, EPA Wants To Regulate It

June 13, 2014 by


By Ron Arnold ~ President Obama’s shameful attacks on his fellow citizens are piling up: his “War on Coal” (a new EPA “climate” rule to destroy the coal industry) and his “War on Ranching” (a half-million-acre “national monument” smothering New Mexico ranchers), have now been topped by his “War on Everybody Else.” By that I […]

Thune Seeks To Prevent Trillion-Dollar-Per-Year EPA Regulation

May 13, 2014 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moves forward with more stringent ozone regulations, it could be the costliest EPA regulation in history. Senator John Thune (R–SD) wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. In 2011, President Obama asked then-EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the agency’s draft for more stringent National […]

3 Areas Where Government Needs To Get Out Of The Way

April 20, 2014 by


By Amy Payne ~ America has a jobs problem. And we don’t need more economic “stimulus” packages or government solutions. We need Congress and the Obama administration to stop dragging their feet. In a new report, Heritage’s Rachel Greszler says that “The problem with today’s labor market is not that too many people are being […]

US Electricity System In Regulatory And Terrorist Crosshairs 

March 24, 2014 by


EPA and other Agencies pile on costs and delays, as saboteurs reveal acute vulnerabilities. By Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek ~ Government agencies are forcing us to spend countless billions on illusory risks and anti-fossil fuel mandates, while ignoring real threats to our livelihoods, living standards and lives. America runs on electricity. Our lights, refrigerators, […]

EPA Ban On Wood Stoves Is Freezing Out Rural America

February 1, 2014 by


But the larger problem is the Sue and Settle sweetheart lawsuits through which Greens dictate policy. By Larry Bell ~ It seems that even wood isn’t green or renewable enough anymore. The EPA has recently banned the production and sale of 80% of America’s current wood-burning stoves, the oldest heating method known to mankind and […]

Georgia Leader Beats Drum For Nuclear Energy

July 30, 2013 by


By Jack Spencer and Katie Tubb ~ Georgia is riding a wave of new nuclear energy that, five years ago, many thought would be more crowded by now. Georgia Public Services Commissioner Tim Echols, a champion of using market forces to help solve our nuclear waste problems, has seen firsthand how important getting nuclear energy policy […]

The Right To Happiness

July 7, 2013 by


By Daniel Greenfield ~ Revolutions are not unique. Before the fireworks begin bursting in showers of life over American skies, they fall sparkling over the crowds of Tahrir Square to commemorate another revolution. Some countries have revolutions all the time. After a while revolution becomes a national sport. In banana republics, the overthrow of one […]

Drowning In Government

June 12, 2013 by


By Tom McLaughlin ~ The underground economy operates smoothly because government isn’t involved. How many of you have hired the kid next door to mow your lawn? You need a baby sitter? That works the same way and we don’t need government to regulate it, right? Most of us have friends and relatives who work […]

Obamacare ‘Navigators’: Another Sebelius Snitch Brigade?

June 1, 2013 by


By Michelle Malkin ~ U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius controls a $54 million slush fund to hire thousands of “navigators,” “in-person assisters” and counselors who will propagandize and enroll Obamacare recipients in government-run health insurance exchanges. This nanny-state navigator corps is the Mother of all Community Organizing Boondoggles. It’s also yet another […]

The EPA Snake Pit

April 25, 2013 by


By Alan Caruba ~ Under President Obama, two women have been the director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Carol Browner, who served in the Clinton administration and was one of the “czars” Obama appointed; her acolyte Lisa Jackson, and up for the post is Gina McCarthy. Browner and Jackson went out of their way to conceal their internal […]

EPA Seeks To Punish Drivers (Again) Via Its Tier 3 Regulations

April 17, 2013 by


EPA’s proposed sulfur standards for gasoline will cost billions for no real benefits. By Paul Driessen ~ President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has already promulgated a tsunami of 1,920 regulations, many of which will bring few health or environmental benefits but will impose high economic and unemployment costs, often to advance the Administration’s decidedly anti-hydrocarbon […]

Federal Regulators Have Bats In Their Belfries!

April 9, 2013 by


It’s just fine for wind turbines to kill thousands of bats and birds, but criminal to build a highway after just seeing a bat! By Paul Driessen ~ Georgia residents recently learned that a rare bat has stalled state highway improvements. The May 2012 sighting of an endangered Indiana brown bat in a northern Georgia […]

Oil Forever!

September 19, 2012 by


By Alan Caruba ~ I suspect that most people think the Earth is running out of oil or that the U.S. and the rest of the world are “addicted” to its use. Both beliefs are wrong, but in different ways. First because the Earth produces oil in abundance deep within its mantel in ways that […]