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The Long Road For Climate Regulations

The Long Road For Climate Regulations

The regulations proposed last month to combat emissions from existing power plants were a critical step toward combating climate change. But the regulations are a long way from taking effect.  In a column for the Hill today, I discuss the long path forward and also how this path ensures that if the regulations are finalized, [...]

Should Obesity Be Ruled A Disability?

It could happen in Europe, and a 350 pound man is at the center of the story. And maybe it should happen in the United States. At the center of the case is child-minder Karsten Kaltoft, an obese man who was fired from his job in Denmark for being deemed too large to adequately perform [...]

Another Victory For EPA

Another Victory For EPA

Two weeks ago the EPA won a big victory when the D.C. Court of Appeals upheld their regulation of mercury emissions.  Today it was the Supreme Court upholding another huge environmental regulation. The Supreme Court on Tuesday in a 6-2 decision upheld a rule that allows the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate power plant air [...]

Texas Fertililzer Plant Explosion Linked To Scant Regulation

Remember the Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people last year? Remember the controversial political cartoon about the event? Texas Governor Rick Perry was so incensed by the cartoon that he demanded an apology from the paper that printed it: But, as it happens, the cartoon was completely accurate: The volunteer firefighters who rushed [...]

Court Upholds EPA Mercury Regulation

The D.C Court of Appeals upheld a EPA regulation requiring power plants to curb mercury emissions yesterday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge to the rule, which was completed by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 and set the first national limits on air pollution emitted by [...]

GOP Senators: Don’t Show The Public The Money

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is trying to reduce the level of silica dust that workers are exposed to.  When they proposed doing so, they asked for scientific research but (quite reasonably) asked for researchers to disclose where they got their funding from.  This was not so popular: But now, in a dizzying turnabout [...]

A ‘Simpler’ Government

I just finished reading Simpler by Cass Sunstein, the regulatory czar during President Obama’s first term.  Sunstein does a nice job of advocating for policies that “nudge” people toward choices that would make them happier in the long run.  He advocates policies that set default rules (like having people opt out of becoming organ donors instead [...]

FDA Proposes Changing Food Labels

The FDA last week announced a proposed change to the food label that you see on all processed food in the supermarket. Food labels would have larger-font calorie counts and more realistic portion sizes under an Obama administration proposal to significantly revise nutrition labels for the first time in two decades. The proposal, to be [...]

House Continues To Waste Time

House Continues To Waste Time

When they are not trying to repeal Obamacare, the House is passing “regulatory reform” bills.  Thursday was a day for the House GOP to try to save the economy in their own peculiar way: The House on Thursday approved legislation that would force federal agencies to be more transparent about pending regulations, and make them [...]

The Latest On Regulations Vs. Jobs

Since the onset of the Great Recession, Republicans have taken to blaming regulations for the lack of jobs.  A new book (disclosure alert: I wrote a chapter) examines the question of the relationship between jobs and regulation in detail.  A one sentence summary: The complexity of the relationship between regulation and employment necessitates both careful [...]

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