Romney’s Meaningless Distinction

By on 7.19.11 | 11:48AM

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has asked Politico (which failed to "regret the error") to correct a quote cited in no less than six of its articles about his position on global warming. Here's how Politico has been relaying it:

"I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants, of greenhouse gases..."

Romney's campaign said it should read:

"I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases..."

The campaign contends there is an "important distinction" between pollutants and greenhouse gases, in the context of global warming and regulation of the invisible gases:

"Gov. Romney does not think greenhouse gases are pollutants within the meaning of the Clean Air Act, and he does not believe that the EPA should be regulating them," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. "CO2 is a naturally occurring gas. Humans emit it every time they exhale."

How Regulations Add to the Cost of Government

By on 4.18.11 | 6:15PM

As many of us rush to finish filling out our tax returns, we should remember that what we pay out in taxes -- and how government spends that money -- is only part of what government costs us. 

The cost burden imposed by regulations lies beyond the federal budget, extending the government's reach through mandates and other requirements -- for which many of the costs are borne by the private sector. Regulation acts as a hidden tax that allows government power to grow beyond what legislators explicitly authorize. 

Measuring those costs is difficult, but important. To that end, my CEI colleague Wayne Crews compiles the Ten Thousand Commandments report, an annual survey of the federal regulatory state. In the 2011 edition, released today, he notes how this regulation works to grow the state. 

Rebuttal on Greenhouse Gas Regulations

By on 2.16.11 | 4:24PM

In testimony EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson tried to convince Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee why her agency needs to be funded to carry out its planned greenhouse gas regulations. Today my colleagues at the American Tradition Institute rebutted ten points that she cited to justify GHG regs -- every claim was either wrong, wrong-headed or simply silly.

The Coming Man-Made Regulation Disaster

By on 2.16.11 | 10:16AM

Since the announcement of the planned merger between Progress Energy and Duke Energy, which would make the latter the largest electric utility in the country, Progress CEO Bill Johnson has made several public appearances to explain the details. In remarks he gave to regulators who met in Washington on Monday, Johnson warned of a coming "train wreck" or "tsunami" that government excess is going to bring about:

GHG Regulation: It’s Not About Climate Change

By on 2.11.11 | 8:49AM

All these years we've been told that pursuit of a cap-and-trade plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is necessary to address a global warming problem. But the climate part is often ignored in the regulation-loving Left's arguments, and it's seemed they want to reduce gases like carbon dioxide without an ultimate purpose (other than to kill the fossil fuel industries they hate).

Now the truth has been revealed, as state legislators debate a bill that would remove New Hampshire from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade agreement among the Northeastern states. According to an Associated Press report about a committee hearing over the bill:

State Rep. Andrew Manuse, a Derry Republican and bill co-sponsor, argued the law is hurting, not helping New Hampshire's economy....Any benefit from New Hampshire's emissions reductions is nullified by growing emissions in other countries, he said.

Environmentalists: Unsafe and Unsound

By on 12.15.10 | 2:38PM

Here's yet another example of nanny-state government know-it-alls who unnecessarily coerce an industry into behaviors simply because they can. This time it's in the name of energy efficiency, which the North Carolina Building Code Council just can't believe is an issue that's better left to decisions made between construction companies and their customers. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports:

After months of debate, the N.C. Building Code Council voted Tuesday to adopt new energy-efficient building rules for commercial and residential construction....

The new rules, in the works for two years, are designed to promote green buildings, lower consumers' energy bills and cut the state's carbon emissions.

They also will increase building costs at a time when the housing market is recovering from the worst downturn since the Great Depression.

To spare homebuilders some of that burden, the council voted Tuesday to require a 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency in commercial buildings and just 15 percent in homes.

EPA’s Short-Order Rule Cramdown

By on 11.30.10 | 2:45PM

It was only two weeks ago that EPA proposed rules to that would force large industries to use "best available control technology" to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, with a deadline of December 1 for the public to comment or complain. You may have noticed there was the Thanksgiving holiday during that time period, which further limited the amount of time that those affected would have to respond. Jay Lehr, Maureen Martin and James Taylor, my colleagues at the Heartland Institute, had a few choice words about these bureaucratic shenanigans:


This command-and-control form of government brings to mind Nancy Pelosi's announcement to the House of Representatives last spring regarding Obamacare - when she said "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." Of course most of us know how that turned out.

Health Department Sourpusses

By on 8.5.10 | 2:08PM

Entrepreneurs, even seven-year-old lemonade stand franchisees, are not welcome to peddle their concoctions in Portland without the government thugs getting their cut.

The Nation's Pulse

Happy Deficit Day

By 8.12.09

It's also known as Cost of Government Day, which this year is today, as government has just seized another month of your life.

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Unnecessary Baggage

By 7.7.09

Politicians are carrying on in favor of new federal luggage regulations.