End Corporate Welfare for Oil Companies

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President Obama has identified over $4.7 billion that the oil and gas industry should pay under standard tax rules this year but that will remain in company coffers because the industry receives preferential treatment  in the code. This special treatment gives oil and gas companies advantages...
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A Jobs Bill in Substance or Acronym Only?

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The House of Representatives passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in overwhelming bipartisan fashion (390-23). The JOBS Act is a package of six bills, four of which had already passed the House, and all of which would lift or relax Securities and Exchange Commission rules. The...
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Super-Pac Tuesday

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Ten states are holding primaries and caucuses today, earning March 6th the title of “Super Tuesday.” Participants will show up, cast their vote, and hopefully feel good for participating in the democratic process and fulfilling their civic duty. But thanks to Citizens United, and the Super PACs...
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Nuclear Safety Deferred: U.S. Reactors One Year After Fukushima

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In the days that followed the 2011 Great Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, news outlets around the globe followed the unfolding catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant with what seemed like minute-by-minute coverage. The world witnessed the Japanese rescue workers struggling to...
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In Virginia, the Emperor Has No Clothes

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The Virginia Supreme Court rebuffed Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s attempts to access the personal correspondence of climate scientists at Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia. The court’s ruling found that the university does not constitute a “person” and is therefore not...
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EPA to Congress: Low-Sulfur Gas Would Cost Only a Penny a Gallon

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Here is a letter to Congress from the US EPA clarifying the the scope and cost of gasoline changes related to the so-called Tier 3 clean-car program under consideration. This ought to put to rest the oil industry charges that EPA is planning to do more than just reduce sulfur...
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Bringing the Heat of Reality to a GOP Freeze on Public Safeguards

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The U.S. House of Representatives refuses to let up on its quixotic mission to destroy public safeguards. Its latest incarnation is H.R. 4078, the “Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act of 2012,” a misguided bill that seeks to halt regulatory protections until the unemployment rate is equal or less...
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ALEC Gives Cash to Congressmen?

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) strategy of corporations enact favorable legislation at the state level across the country by wining and dining state legislators at fancy conferences and then presenting them with model bills to shepherd into law is well documented. Apparently,...
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The Economist Recycles Old Right-Wing Ideas to Gut Public Protections

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By Rena Steinzor, reprinted with permission from the Center For Progressive Reform The Economist’s February 18 edition offers a cover package of five articles on “Over-regulated America” (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Our British friends want you to know there’s a problem here in the States that needs...
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Small Businesses Aren’t Concerned About Regulations, So Why is Washington?

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The headline for next week’s edition of The Economist is “Over-regulated America,” with the subtitle “The home of laissez faire is being suffocated by excessive and badly written legislation.” Sounds dramatic, but in reality the only things getting...
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Nuclear Power: Only Technology That Requires an Emergency Evacuation Plan

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Nuclear power is the only technology that requires an emergency evacuation plan. And for unfortunate communities, like those situated near the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, evacuation has meant more than fleeing one’s home. It has meant the death of livestock, contamination of produce...
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We Tell the Financial Regulators: Don’t Let Big Banks Make Taxpayer-Backed Bets

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U.S. PIRG and the AFL-CIO joined Americans for Financial Reform in a detailed comment letter urging issuance of a strong Volcker rule by the financial regulators. It’s a 72-page pdf comment letter that basically comes down to one simple thing. We tell the financial regulators: don’t let...
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