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

Favoritism has critics and environmentalists alike calling fowl!
America / Energy

Favoritism has critics and environmentalists alike calling fowl!

With the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be the newest chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, a lot of shade has been thrown on the administration’s lack of transparency and practices of favoritism. First Senator Vitter delayed the vote with 1,038 questions, which he then narrowed to five key demands. Now it is looking like Republicans … Continue reading

The Fracking Debate Expands to California
Energy

The Fracking Debate Expands to California

The ever-present “fracking” debate has ignited in California, as Governor Jerry Brown expressed acceptance to the use of hydraulic fracturing causing an eruption of controversy. The state is projected to have enough Monterey Shale to offset several years of oil imports. Companies have been extracting oil in California for years, but it wasn’t until now … Continue reading

“Made in the Shade” Bringing Light to EPA Rulemaking
Energy / Regulation

“Made in the Shade” Bringing Light to EPA Rulemaking

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” This statement forms the opening paragraph of a pointed memo released … Continue reading

Does New EPA Rule Mean More Pain at the Gas Pump or Cleaner Air?
America / Economy / Energy / Regulation

Does New EPA Rule Mean More Pain at the Gas Pump or Cleaner Air?

Obsessive behavior surrounding climate change continues as the EPA releases their new Tier 3 program for sulfur regulation in gasoline. The program sets new vehicles emissions standards and lower sulfur content in gasoline beginning in 2017. The policy is projected to be more effective than past emissions policy, because it controls vehicle emissions as well … Continue reading

Hats Off to the EPA: The Important Success of ‘Cap-and-Trade’
Energy / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

Hats Off to the EPA: The Important Success of ‘Cap-and-Trade’

President Obama has made clear that in his second term he will make a concerted effort to raise national awareness of the problem of pollution and begin to structure federal activity to respond to the growing danger of climate change. Striking a defiant pose, the President used his State of the Union speech to make … Continue reading

Hidden Costs: Regulatory Impacts on Small Businesses
Economy / Energy / House Committee on the Judiciary / Regulation

Hidden Costs: Regulatory Impacts on Small Businesses

When pitchers and catchers report to spring training sights in Florida and the southwest, it is easy to feel like the sun is just a bit warmer and spring is right around the corner. For millions of small business owners across the United States however, the early months of 2013 have already felt like the … Continue reading