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Biden’s Food Conference Should Put People First, Not Environmental Extremism

September 23, 2022 by


By Daren Bakst ~ The Biden administration should ensure the correct focus of a conference it will host next Wednesday on food-related issues such as nutrition and access to food. The primary focus of this food conference, especially when Americans are suffering through food prices not seen in over 40 years, should be on the […]

How Policymakers Can Address Baby Formula Shortage

May 18, 2022 by


By Daren Bakst and Rachael Wolpert ~ As too many American families know from firsthand experience, there’s a baby formula shortage in the United States. While some politicians will surely view the situation as “not letting a crisis go to waste,” this is a time for immediate and thoughtful solutions that address the actual problems. There […]

Environmental Extremism Is Creeping Into Every Domain Of Public Policy

January 14, 2021 by


By Daren Bakst ~ Many on the left continue to place their ideology of environmental extremism above all other considerations, including economic growth, individual freedom, and the welfare of low-income Americans. This worldview ignores critical trade-offs and places environmental interests above even basic principles that have long served as a foundation of this nation. Further, […]

3 Ways Trump’s New Regulations Will Better Protect Endangered Species

August 14, 2019 by


By Daren Bakst ~ The Trump administration has just taken an important step in the effort to protect threatened and endangered species. On Monday, the administration published final regulations that will improve implementation of the Endangered Species Act. This law simply hasn’t worked. Over the law’s more than 45 years, only about 3% of the […]

Common Sense Finally Coming To EPA With Cost-Benefit Analysis

June 15, 2019 by


By Daren Bakst ~ Shouldn’t Environmental Protection Agency regulations do more good than harm? The agency hasn’t always thought so. In 2012, under President Barack Obama, the EPA finalized a rule to reduce emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In doing so, the agency decided that it […]

The ‘Reverse Robin Hood Effect’ Of Farm Handouts

December 18, 2017 by


By Daren Bakst ~ The federal government takes the hard-earned money of taxpayers and gives handouts to farm households that generally make a lot more money than they do. This wealth transfer subsidizes the $15 billion “safety net” for agricultural producers, which ostensibly exists to help these businesses address agricultural risk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released […]

House Shouldn’t Rubberstamp Senate’s Misleading GMO Bill

July 12, 2016 by


By Daren Bakst ~ Federal legislation that requires the labeling of genetically engineered food is making its way through Congress. This new law runs counter to science, free speech, and could harm agricultural production as well as American consumers. Last week, the Senate passed a federal mandatory GMO labeling bill. Now the House is expected […]

What The EPA Isn’t Telling You About Its New Ozone Standards

October 2, 2015 by


By Daren Bakst ~ Today, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) tightened up its ozone standard, from 75 parts per billion to 70 parts per billion. Ozone refers to ground-level ozone, a primary component of smog. The EPA will certainly claim that the final standard will help human health, but here’s what they won’t be telling […]

The Government’s New Power Grab

May 18, 2015 by


By Daren Bakst ~ The feds have launched a new power grab, and it’s coming at the expense of property rights. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a new rule to define “waters of the United States.” This definition is supposed to clarify what “waters” are covered under the […]

Did The EPA Ignore The Law To Make These Rules? Judges Will Decide.

January 9, 2015 by


By Daren Bakst ~ On Friday morning, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is going to hear an important challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s rules on greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and trucks. The Pacific Legal Foundation is bringing this challenge, arguing […]