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The EPA’s Taking on Strippers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final methane rule on May 12. The 600-page rule is agenda-driven and backed by pseudoscience, emotions, and unicorn dust, and it’s important to note one specific change in the final rule amounts to a regulatory taking. The final rule imposes costly regulations on wells producing fewer than 15 barrels per day, effectively shutting down those businesses. In North Dakota, there are over 3,000 low-volume wells, often referred to as “stripper...

For Safety’s Sake, We Should Encourage Uber and Lyft

Austin voters have approved a ballot referendum to regulate peer-to-peer transportation network companies such as Lyft and Uber, forcing the companies to suspend service in a city otherwise known for its forward thinking and friendliness toward innovation. These peer-to-peer businesses directly connect drivers, who are otherwise not using their vehicles, with passengers who need transportation. In February, Austin City Council members approved an ordinance requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to...

Why Waste Food to Replace Something We Already Have Too Much Of?

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)—also known as the ethanol mandate—was passed by Congress in 2005 and expanded in 2007. Regardless of market conditions, it required ever-increasing quantities of biofuel be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply—though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does have the flexibility to make some adjustments based on conditions, such as availability and infrastructure. At the time of its passage, it was unfathomable that a decade later Americans would be...

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