Putting Profits Before People is the Real Tragedy

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By Scott Klinger, Director of Revenue of Spending Policies, Center for Effective Government The eyes of the nation are still focused on the Amtrak disaster north of Philadelphia, and it is too early to know what caused the train to travel at such an excessive speed. But as we wait...
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More Right-Wing Pseudo-Research on the Costs of Regulation

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By James Goodwin, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Progressive Reform The Competitive Enterprise Institute is out with the latest in a series of industry-friendly reports overcooking the supposed costs of regulation, while understating or simply ignoring the vast benefits to health, safety and...
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A Critical Month for Climate Change at the Interior Department

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By Theo Spencer, Senior Advocate, Climate Center, Natural Resources Defense Council It’s a critical month for climate change at the Interior Department. On Friday, comments were due on a proposed rule to close a loophole that allows coal companies to avoid making proper royalty payments...
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Charles Murray’s Abracadabra State

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By Matt Breunig, Demos Charles Murray has an amusing strategy for fighting regulation, which contains within it a rather naive theory of the state: And so my modest proposal: Let’s withhold that compliance [with regulations] through systematic civil disobedience. Not for all regulations, but...
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Hey NERC, Where’s the Fire? Digging into a Flawed Study on the Clean Power Plan

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By Mike Jacobs, Senior Energy Analyst, Climate and Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists We all know that yelling “fire” in a crowded theater is an abuse of free speech. Anyone doing that yelling will be called to account for their behavior. We should expect the same in the NERC...
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Teamsters, Allies Voice Outrage at Attempts to Gut Truck Safety Laws

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By Teamster Power Teamsters joined forces today with safety advocates, crash victims, and law enforcement allies for a press event on Capitol Hill to speak out against proposed rollbacks of major truck safety regulations. The event was held as the Appropriations Committee considers the House...
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We Can Prevent Health Problems from Air Pollution by Strengthening Standards and Stopping Budget Cuts

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By Ronald White, Director of Regulatory Policy, Center for Effective Government “My asthma is highly reactive to ozone. On days like this I can hardly walk across the room. My quality of life is trashed by ozone.” This is just one of hundreds of personal stories about the...
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