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The Real 'Slow Lane' Threat To The Internet

Tech Suite - In The News - June 02, 2014, 3:20 PM
There is a subversive plan to slow the Internet, and it must be stopped. The new plan, now being contemplated by the Federal Communications Commission, could…

The Real 'Slow Lane' Threat To The Internet

Stuff We Wish We Wrote - Homepage - June 02, 2014, 3:20 PM
There is a subversive plan to slow the Internet, and it must be stopped. The new plan, now being contemplated by the Federal Communications Commission, could…

In Chile, net neutrality widens the digital divide-CICTP

Tech Suite - In The News - June 02, 2014, 2:27 PM
With much fanfare, Chile famously enacted the world’s first net neutrality law in 2010. But last week, policymakers applied the law in a way that is likely to…

Gordon Crovitz: The Antitrust Book Boomerang

Tech Suite - In The News - June 02, 2014, 11:52 AM
In the clash between Amazon and Hachette, book fans and authors blame Amazon for its tough tactics. But the fault lies with the Justice Department and a federal…

Lawrence Parks: Bitcoin's Futile Quest to Be a Currency

Tech Suite - In The News - June 02, 2014, 11:52 AM
Bitcoin is a fascinating and ingenious technology, but most promoters are mindful of neither the monetary nor the tax issues. For all practical purposes IRS…

R Street disappointed by EPA greenhouse gas rules

Out of the Storm News - June 02, 2014, 9:49 AM

WASHINGTON (June 2, 2014) – New carbon emissions regulations proposed today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are likely to prove expensive and damaging to a still-fragile economic recovery, according to the R Street Institute.

The regulations, which will be subject to a one-year review period, rely on the spectacularly ill-fitting regime of the Clean Air Act to impose a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from electricity generation by 2030. The EPA’s new scheme comes after years of unsuccessful legal and legislative challenges to the agency’s authority.

While climate change is a pressing environmental and economic issue deserving of a public policy response, these overly prescriptive regulations likely will impose enormous costs for relatively modest emissions reductions. R Street has instead urged officials to embrace the power of the free market by utilizing revenue-neutral carbon pricing as a complete substitute for command-and-control regulation.

“Carbon pricing could allow states to kill two birds with one stone,” said Andrew Moylan, executive director of R Street. “They could achieve mandated emissions reductions through a price signal instead of complicated regulation, while utilizing all resulting revenue to eliminate or reduce taxes that are damaging to the economy. This could get EPA off their backs while securing real pro-growth tax reform.”

Moylan also pointed out that Congress’ failure to legislate has helped lead to the imposition of this expensive plan, which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates will cost $51 billion annually. This is simply the latest example of growth in executive power as Congress stands idly by, Moylan said.

“The fact that Congress has proven unable to legislate effectively in this area led directly to the unworkable regulations released today,” Moylan said. “Perhaps now that EPA’s economic threat is more real, Congress will reengage with its duty to guide policies of such enormous consequence.”

School Signs Promise To Address Parental Complaints

Education - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:49 PM
A group of parents threatening to invoke California’s controversial “parent trigger” law has spurred Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials to…

New Research on Components of Teacher Evaluations

Education - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:49 PM
May 28, 2014posted by Eric Lerum Two interesting studies were released in the past couple of weeks that look at implementation of teacher evaluation models and…

South LA Parents Union Bargains with LAUSD Like Any Other Powerful Union :: Fox&Hounds

Education - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:29 PM
Last Friday, LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy came to West Athens Elementary School in South LA to sign a groundbreaking Partnership Agreement with the…

Louisiana Parents Report Ridicule By Pro-Common Core Representatives During Legislative Hearings

Education - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:26 PM
Louisiana Parents Against Common Core provides the accounts of several parents present for a meeting of the state Senate Education Committee on May 22, a day…

Gov. Bobby Jindal: 'I Don't Want Louisiana to Be in the Common Core'

Education - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:26 PM
Jindal, considered to be a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, spoke to an audience at the annual conservative Republican Leadership Conference…

How Many Have to Die?

Health Care Suite - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:24 PM
It is said that as many as 40 or more veterans died unnecessarily while waiting for medical treatment they never received. Sadly, it did not start there. It

Annals of Government Medicine

Health Care Suite - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:15 PM
A point that we and other conservatives have made repeatedly about the VA scandal is that no one should have been surprised. The problem with the VA isn’t the…

Forgetting the Keystone

Environment Suite - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:14 PM
On Monday President Obama is expected to announce at the White House the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations that will be based on a very expansive…

The Casualties of Obama’s War on Coal « Commentary Magazine

Environment Suite - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:12 PM
This week President Obama is expected to announce new regulations on carbon emissions that will have a potentially devastating impact on America’s more than 600…

Expect The Worst If Governments Address Global Warming

Environment Suite - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:11 PM
Climate Change: Secretary of State John Kerry asked college graduates earlier this week: What was “the worst” that could happen if government addressed global…

So, yeah, it looks like cap and trade is back

Environment Suite - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:11 PM
In a plan to be unveiled next week, according to The New York Times, “President Obama will use his executive authority to cut carbon emissions from the nation’s…

Despite Piketty Book, Voters Reject Economic Redistribution

FIRE Suite - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:06 PM
Michael Barone The opinion pages, economic journals and liberal websites are atwitter (a-Twitter?) over French economist Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the…

VA Scandal Grows As Bonuses Went To Worst Hospitals

Health Care Suite - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:06 PM
The Veterans Affairs Department health care scandal has deepened in recent days, with new revelations of incompetent management and misplaced spending…

Obama's Little Orphan Economy Refuses To Recover

FIRE Suite - In The News - May 31, 2014, 12:04 PM
Recovery: The economy “unexpectedly” contracted at an annual rate of 1% in the first three months of the year. But fear not! The prosperity that President Obama…
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