Category Archives: Regulation

You’ll be shocked — shocked! — to learn that EPA uses faulty cost-benefit analysis

Jillian Kay Melchior writes for National Review Online that the Environmental Protection Agency’s math falls short of the mark as the agency attempts to justify new air- and water-quality regulations. It’s critically important to have high-quality cost-benefit assessments for proposed regulations, especially at the Environmental Protection Agency, which issues some of the federal government’s mostContinue Reading

Lileks’ unique spin on conservatives’ love of Uber

James Lileks writes for National Review Online about liberals’ confusion about conservatives’ support for Uber. Many people on the right have embraced Uber, the company that lets you call a ride from your smartphone instead of standing on the corner with your hand up looking like a statue of Lenin leading the proletariat to theContinue Reading

Leef’s latest Forbes column targets the teeth whitening police

One suspects that the American Founders never expected government to get involved in teeth whitening. (Imagine George Washington contemplating that possibility.) George Leef’s latest Forbes column focuses on a court case emerging from North Carolina that offers another example of regulatory overreach. Conspiracies to stifle competition never work very well or for long in theContinue Reading

New Energy Efficiency Regulations for Water Heaters

This weekend my hot water heater exploded.  So, like any normal couple, my husband and I called our plumber to install a new hot water heater.  We started chatting with him about the installation and he mentioned a new energy regulation that we are lucky we missed by installing a new one now instead ofContinue Reading

New JLF report answers questions, debunks myths about fracking

North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission begins a series of hearings next week on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for energy sources in the state. As the commission prepares for those hearings, Jon Sanders has released a new report addressing some of the key questions and concerns about fracking. Does it make tapContinue Reading

Of ‘Conan the Barbarian’ and cell phone towers

The Durham Herald-Sun this week offers up perhaps the most strangely inspired — or maybe just strange — reference to a movie in a editorial that I’ve ever come across: “Conan the Barbarian,” a campily terrible 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle included, among many lines of painful dialogue, this lament: “The only snakes I know ofContinue Reading

Sidestepping checks and balances

In a new book about Eric Holder’s U.S. Justice Department, authors John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky describe various schemes designed to avoid constitutional limitations on government action. David French details one of them in a book review for the latest print edition of National Review. It involves DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. AnContinue Reading

Barron’s editorial page editor probes the drug cost dilemma

Thomas Donlan‘s latest editorial commentary for Barron’s examines the debate over what steps, if any, should be taken to address rising costs for new drug treatments. In 2004, the Infectious Diseases Society asked for attention to “a frightening twist in the antibiotic resistance problem that has not received adequate attention from federal policy makers: TheContinue Reading