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EPA Misstates the Costs, Benefits of Its Mercury Rule

The EPA claims new mercury and air toxic standards (MATS) will result in $24 to $80 billion in net health benefits per year. Others disagree with this assessment, arguing, the EPA dramatically overstates the benefits of the new rule while understating its direct and indirect costs.  SCOTUS Challenge The Supreme Court of the United States is being reviewing the EPA’s mercury rule to determine whether the EPA unreasonably refused to consider costs when formulating the rule. The EPA claims...

Oregon to Test a Controversial Mileage Tax

Oregon will soon institute a first-in-the-nation program charging car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.  The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road maintenance and expansion at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country. The decline in revenues can be traced to the ongoing sluggish economy, combined with relatively high fuel prices resulting if people driving less. It is also due, in part, to...

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