Job-killing regulations?

Environmental Economics

 "Four are in job-killing, regulation-strangled North Carolina," he says, dripping with insincerity. The Southern Environmental Law Center and the state's other environmental groups have been locked in battle with the GOP-led General Assembly this session as it shaves off regulations to help out the business community. If we're so regulation-choked, they argue, why the consistently high business and quality of life rankings?

Inevitable Welfare Reform & European Rabbits


An article in the Voa News points out that “humane regulations” already exist for pigs, cattle and chickens raised for food, the implication being that the decision to disregard rabbits is an arbitrary one. 340 million rabbits are raised for food every year in Europe. The European Parliament seems to think that implementing certain welfare measures will “make life better” for rabbits who are considered nothing more than economic commodities.

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U.S. Seeks To Reform Mining Laws

Eco Friendly Daily

A 137-year old law is expected to be reformed by Congress is the near future. I think there is a possibility we can get mining reform done in this Congress.”. The EPA has announced plans to regulate bonds and various other financial assurances which are given by mining companies.

Ofgem calls for energy system reform

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Commenting the recent call by energy regulator Ofgem for radical plans to safeguard Britain's power supplies and tackle climate change, Friends of the Earth's Executive Director Andy Atkins, said: "Ofgem has rightly recognised that the free-market energy system is failing the UK. "A commitment to radically reform the energy system must be a significant element of all the political party manifestos."

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North Carolina Moves to Toss Out Regulators | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

North Carolina Moves to Toss Out Regulators. The bill, which would affect 131 regulators, will now be considered in the state house. Ousting all the regulators could dramatically affect coastal planning. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content. Mother Jones. Politics. Environment.

"Ninety-Five Regulatory Experts Express Concerns about Trump Administration Reforms"

Environmental Economics

Joshua Linn and Alan Krupnick: Many economists and other professionals looked on in dismay when President Trump issued executive orders and supporting guidance documents that appear to target regulations for elimination based primarily on their costs rather than a balanced assessment that includes benefits.

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Benefit-cost analysis should be used to determine whether regulations come or go

Environmental Economics

Back in November Cass Sustein considered the 2 for 1 regulation executive order ( emphasis added ): Donald Trump promises to impose, soon after his inauguration, a new requirement on federal agencies: If they want to issue a new regulation, they have to rescind two regulations that are now on the books. As presidents from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama have recognized, the real question is whether regulations, whether new or old, are justified.

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The Commons

Green (Living) Review

The law of the commons regulates the right of way, the right to fish and to hunt, to graze, and to collect wood or medicinal plants in the forest. agrarian reform commons green living by Michael Smith (Veshengro) "Commons" is an Old English word.

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The Institute for Policy Integrity's Statement on Trump Executive Order on Regulation

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: In response to President Trump’s executive order on reducing regulation, Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, has released the following statement: -- This “one in, two out” policy is a deeply flawed and irrational approach to regulation. Judging a regulation based solely on its costs, without considering benefits, is illogical.

Honest Elections Seattle Tames Lobbying Money

Sightline Daily

In 2013, during the last municipal election campaigns in Seattle, the ridesharing company Lyft was fighting for its life in a dispute over local taxi regulations. Democracy Campaign Reform Honest Elections Seattle Money in politics Seattle

How Money Gets into Our Politicians’ Pockets

Sightline Daily

While campaign funds are not commonly left unused, the bizarre rules that govern these funds highlight just how loosely regulated the entire donation sphere is. This is an area that’s almost universally accepted as needing reform. Democracy Election Reform Money in politics PACs

2015 107

TIMELINE: Shell's Year of Arctic Screwups | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

1, 2013 3:06 AM PST Tweet James.Stringer/Flickr; ReneS/Flickr Last August, Shell got a long-awaited go-ahead from US regulators to begin exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content. Mother Jones. Politics. Environment. Culture. Photo Essays.

Beware Whatcom District Voting

Sightline Daily

If most councilors only answer to narrow geographic interests, the council will make worse decisions about issues of county-wide interest such as coal terminals, landfills, and water regulations.

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Beware Whatcom District Voting

Sightline Daily

If most councilors only answer to narrow geographic interests, the council will make worse decisions about issues of county-wide interest such as coal terminals, landfills, and water regulations.

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Here's How Billionaires Launder Their Climate-Denial Cash | Mother.

Mother Jones

Well, Andy Kroll told you all about them right here at MoJo last week: Over the past decade, it has funded the rights assault on labor unions, climate scientists, public schools, economic regulations, and the very premise of activist government. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content.

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"The economics of carbon taxes"

Environmental Economics

This looks good: With the growing need for reform in the US fiscal system, the idea of a tax on carbon has emerged as a possible solution.

As if it never happened

Environmental Economics

Just one year after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 and triggered a massive oil spill, there’s little appetite among legislators for new safety regulations. The administration’s point man for oil and gas drilling regulations, Michael Bromwich, sharply questioned the House bills and defended the cautious approach taken since the end of last year’s five-month moratorium.

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Water pricing, "free" markets and climate change

Environmental Economics

He implicitly assumes that policy reform will not take place in California. government) to price water more rationally is a plea for policy reform (the term Matt uses earlier) towards a better use of incentives. Free markets only exist when there is no government regulation of buyers and sellers, no taxes, no subsidies and no nothing. Matt Kahn: Adam Nagourney appears to be an adherent of the ideas of the Club of Rome.

Is the new DENR secretary calling for more benefit-cost analysis?

Environmental Economics

A package of regulatory reforms has either streamlined or weakened environmental protections – depending on your point of view – and further rolling back regulations is high on the General Assembly’s agenda next session.

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Sometimes trust isn't enough to overcome perceptions

Environmental Economics

Testifying on May 31 before a subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, Michael Krancer, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection , cited the report to make his case that regulation of fracking was working. As University budgets have tightened over the past decade, researchers have increasingly turned to 'nontraditional' sources for funding. 

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Feeding the nation

Green (Living) Review

One only needs to hear them when they talk about how this or that regulation might interfere with their ability to export their produce. A proper land reform and agrarian reform.

What is Xylene, and What Does it Mean for Puget Sound?

Sightline Daily

In a process known as catalytic reforming , refiners distill petroleum naphtha (chemicals found in partly-refined crude oil) and then convert them into a high octane liquid hydrocarbon called reformate. More naphtha means more reformate, which in turn means more xylene.

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DxE, PETA, and Whole Foods: What Went Wrong, and how Francione and Abolitionists Predicted It


Animal Right International released the letter, and organizations returned to work supporting animal welfare reform. Newkirk fails to admit is that welfare reform, “genuine” or not, will always still result in the abuse and mistreatment of animals.

2016 69

Neom is Saudi’s mega-green Gotham city

Green Prophet

We’ve already read that Saudi Arabia wants to be the new Ibiza and that reform is happening there at breakneck speed. Within the past years, Saudi Arabia has undergone progressive social reforms, among others to improve the social status of women.

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A note on the accuracy of Krugman's "cap and trade began as a Republican idea"

Environmental Economics

One prime example is, of course, health reform. Cap and trade began as a Republican idea — a corrective to command-and-control regulation. But nobody much liked Pigou's means of doing it, by having regulators impose taxes and fees. Krugman: One of the most obvious facts about the U.S.

2015 158

Activists project Pac-Man animation onto API headquarters

Green (Living) Review

The projections highlighted the millions of dollars each organization spends lobbying to expand fossil fuel production and to resist regulation addressing climate change. The Chamber put its weight behind the TPP which protects dirty energy companies from the environmental and public health regulations necessary to protect us all from climate change,” Fox said. For more information on the reforms needed to reclaim our democracy, visit [link]. WASHINGTON, D.C. -

2016 104

Mankiw: The Key Role of Conservatives in Taxing Carbon

Environmental Economics

Yes, there are challenges on the right — skepticism about climate science and about tax reform — but those are surmountable with time and effort. It demands that Congress "take quick action to prohibit the EPA from moving forward with new greenhouse gas regulations."  However, I am not optimistic given what seem to be current litmus test Republican issues: "skepticism about climate science and about tax reform.& Because conservatives heart climate policy? 

Money Out, Voters In!

Sierra Club Compass

Campaign contributions for Democrats and Republicans alike should be regulated to level the playing field. Amy Klobuchar points to the boxes of 3 million signatures in support of overturning Citizens United. For Members of Congress, today is Day One back on the job after summer recess.

2014 82

A price floor for U.S. gas

Environmental Economics

The idea is for the regulator to capture this windfall and use it to put our highway system back together. In the first week of January, the National Development and Reform Commission (which is China’s economic planning agency) announced that price of Diesel and Gasoline would not be lowered as long as the price of oil is below $40. Maximilian Auffhammer at the energy blog with no name : The national average price for gasoline is $1.80 this week, with a minimum of $1.29

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How Does Deforestation Affect Animals?


reforming trade agreements. By creating government regulation to protect forests and halting illegal logging , local communities are forced to reassess their use of forests. Forests cover 31 percent of earth’s land. surface and house a majority of the plants and animals found on earth.

2018 94

Citizens Re-United?

Sightline Daily

To most people, the whole system has long seemed rigged by the rich and powerful, and hope for reform is close to nil. Reformers in Washington are gathering signatures on a citizens’ initiative to do the same. Most Americans wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment of these reforms.

2014 113

The Fossil Fuel Burden -Interview Part 2


This is the second half of the interview published on with ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber who discusses the need for meaningful reform of toxics regulation and why extreme energy extraction must end.

The Fossil Fuel Burden


This is from the interview published on with ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber who discusses the need for meaningful reform of toxics regulation and why extreme energy extraction must end.

Measures of Money

Sightline Daily

The vote was not about banning the use of gene splicing techniques, nor about regulating them. The reforms that most voters readily endorse—banning paid signature gatherers and restricting funding—have been prohibited by the US Supreme Court as violations of free speech rights.

2014 93

Reducetarians, New Welfarists, Abolitionists: Do We All Want the Same Thing?


To the latter point, the animals who are suffering under the current system of exploitation are rarely, if ever, helped by the reform campaigns started during their lifetimes. Francione demonstrates that most implemented welfare reforms address inefficiencies in the production process : the requirement that cows be stunned before slaughter, for instance, prevents worker injuries and carcass damage from unstunned, hoisted cows. Welfare reform campaigns just do not work.

2016 68

How Tesoro’s Petrochem Plans May Threaten Anacortes & the Salish Sea

Sightline Daily

But before xylene becomes a Coke bottle with your name on it , it would start as crude oil that is partially refined into “reformate.” Reformate is easier to produce from light oils, such as the Bakken shale oil delivered by train to the site.).

2015 113

Listen In: “It Gives Everyone—from a Dishwasher to a Bank President—a Voice”

Sightline Daily

A candidate shouldn’t be collecting money from businesses whose whole economic future depends on the regulations that those city councilors are making at that time. Move to Amend Citizens United by Light Brigading used under CC BY-NC 2.0

How to Stop Catching Tomorrow’s Fish: A Tale from Palau

Conservancy Talk

The law also mandates promulgation of additional fish regulations on size and other management approaches. I have eaten fish all my life. Like so many in my island nation of Palau, eating fish defines me as a Palauan.

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Surveillance in slaughterhouses doesn’t help animals, it helps industry


Following the release of footage in a sheep abattoir in France, and the subsequent parliament reform on industry monitoring, Munchies dives into whether or not Americans should jump on board with the same big brother efforts. But the proposition to add cameras isn’t about showing consumers what they already know goes on behind closed doors, it’s just a way to look over the shoulders of employees so that failing to follow regulations can be caught before it reaches the public.

California’s Fishing Industry Regains Its Sea Legs

Conservancy Talk

Some fishermen were actively seeking ways to reduce fishing pressure, reform the fishery, or engage in alternative harvest opportunities. Cooperative management is not an alternative to regulation.

Have You Signed?

Sightline Daily

But first, let me dispose of a class of suggestions that often comes up with regard to initiative reform. Geographic distribution requirements are a special favorite of initiative reformers in this school of thought. What''s Your Request? by John used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Can We Grow Safe Produce and Conserve Nature at the Same Time?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The public called for reform of food safety regulations. And, in 2011, the federal government passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) — the most sweeping overhaul to food safety regulation of the past 70 years. As FSMA extends food safety regulations across 4.5

"Scott Pruitt is now waging a war on economics"

Environmental Economics

Rob Verchick ("a professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and president of the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington. His latest ploy is a proposal to change how the EPA calculates the costs and benefits of environmental regulations, a process that those industries have consistently criticized. Even the Trump White House recently  concluded  that the economic benefits of all major regulations were several times higher than the total costs.

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