OMB Must Complete Its Review of OSHA’s Beryllium Standard

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By Keith Wrightson, Workplace Safety Expert, Public Citizen Protections against exposure to beryllium allotted to workers are far too weak, especially in the construction industry, where an estimated 23,000 construction workers come in contact with beryllium every day while performing open-air...
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WTO Orders U.S. to Gut U.S. Consumer Country-of-Origin Meat Labeling Policy, Complicating Obama Fast Track Push

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Final WTO Ruling Spotlights How Trade Pacts Can Undermine U.S. Consumer, Environmental Policies, Orders Rollback of Popular Consumer Law; Vilsack Says Congress Must Act By Ben Beachy, Research Director, Global Trade Watch, Public Citizen Today’s final ruling by the World Trade Organization...
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Boosting Energy Efficiency Can Combat Climate Change and Protect Our Health

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By Ellie Joo, Center for Effective Government Cutting carbon emissions from U.S. power plants will help combat climate change, but it can also substantially reduce illnesses and deaths from other types of air pollution. Scientists from Syracuse, Harvard, and Boston universities compared the...
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We Must Find Smart Ways to Prepare for Climate Change, or Growing Risks Could Lead to Fiscal Disasters

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By Jason Funk, Senior Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists The effects of climate change are becoming more apparent every day, from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans, white with bleached coral. Policy makers are beginning to realize that science can help them anticipate...
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Big Oil Mounts Campaign to Fight Safe Air for Americans

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By John Walke, Clean Air Director & Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council Lobbyists for oil companies have launched a costly advertising campaign opposing safe health standards to protect Americans from smog pollution. The American Petroleum Institute, whose members include...
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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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