The EPA’s War on American Workers
Energy / Environment / Politics

The EPA’s War on American Workers

President Obama has made reducing income inequality a common theme in his second-term speeches and policy proposals, and has cited inequality as “the defining challenge of our time.” His administration’s recently proposed carbon regulations, however, will increase prices for consumers and lay off thousands of workers, disproportionately hurting low-income and middle-class Americans. This month, the … Continue reading

The Hazards of Increased Fuel Standards
Politics

The Hazards of Increased Fuel Standards

Attempts to increase fuel efficiency could end up being a greater burden than benefit for the majority of car owners. A major policy objective for the Obama administration is increased fuel efficiency, and in the past five years, several ambitious regulations have been approved which require that car manufactures produce vehicles with greater fuel efficiency. An American … Continue reading

EPA Holds Listening Sessions on Carbon Regulations – But Who Are They Listening To?
Energy

EPA Holds Listening Sessions on Carbon Regulations – But Who Are They Listening To?

The EPA recently held 11 sessions for public input on the agency’s new rules to restrict carbon emissions from existing power plants. While large coal interests and major labor unions were represented, the vast majority of attendees represented environmental advocacy groups (or themselves) and favored regulation. Some might suggest that this indicates broad support for … Continue reading

“Bad Romance”: Shale Gas Boom and the Emergence of Strange Alliances
Energy / Environment

“Bad Romance”: Shale Gas Boom and the Emergence of Strange Alliances

Shale gas discoveries has proliferated in the United States as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, a relatively new technology, has allowed an efficient way to extract shale gas, producing a cheaper and cleaner source of energy than coal.  The shale gas boom happening in the United States which has resulted in an economy-boosting decrease in gas prices … Continue reading

War on Coal: Why We Should be Moving Forward
Energy / Environment / Politics

War on Coal: Why We Should be Moving Forward

Last Tuesday, President Obama gave his climate change speech at Georgetown University, addressing one of the more controversial environmental issues: the increasing amounts of carbon pollution being produced from our power plants, and the lack of regulations on them. During his speech, Obama noted that there were absolutely no limitations on coal-fired power plants, allowing … Continue reading

Who Will Replace King Coal?
Economy / Energy / Environment / Environmental Regulation / Politics

Who Will Replace King Coal?

On Wednesday, President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University announcing a new climate change policy.  The announcement fulfills a promise he made in his State of the Union Address to move forward with executive regulation if Congress failed to act on climate change.  It also makes good on his promise to bankrupt the coal … Continue reading

A “Leak” in CAFE Raises Questions Over Regulatory Analysis
Environmental Regulation / Regulation

A “Leak” in CAFE Raises Questions Over Regulatory Analysis

The federal government employs people of many different professional backgrounds, but among them you will not find fortunetellers. Yet scientists, analysts, and lawyers could sometimes use an assist from seers in completing the work they are asked to do.  Conducting cost-benefit analyses of agencies’ proposed regulations necessitates predicting their impact on the economy, an unfathomably … Continue reading