Federal government wages regulatory war on the automobile

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Commentary  /  No Comments


When I was a kid, I always loved cars.

My grandfather, who was a World War II veteran, was a Chevrolet man with no tolerance for anything else, especially not foreign. When my parents purchased an anemic, clattering Volkswagen Jetta diesel back in the early 1980s, he got a kick out of me calling it “The German Hunk of Junk.”

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Lyft: Killing ride-sharing puts public safety at risk

By   /  August 1, 2014  /  Colorado, Economy, Government Regulation, Legislature, National, News, Public Utilities, Regulations, State Government, State Lobbying, State Politics, Technology, Transparency, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments


Uber and Lyft, responding to myths spread by their detractors, are promoting their services as a safer transportation alternative for consumers.

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Idaho sign language: We don’t need more barriers to the marketplace

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

Nelson mandela billboard

A least a few times each year, I get to write about some proposal to limit the ability of Idahoans to earn a living in our state. This is one such occasion. And it is especially fun this time, because there is a standard two-word retort for my complaint that this idea goes too far: Nelson Mandela. Yes, that Nelson Mandela

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LOOK: America’s coal states react to Obama’s EPA regulations

By   /  June 4, 2014  /  Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio, Virginia  /  No Comments


By Dustin Hurst |
This week, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules that will significantly cut emissions from coal power plants .
Though reliance on coal has dropped with the rise of natural gas due to fracking, the black stuff is still an important energy and revenue source for many U.S. states.
Let’s take a look at [...]

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New EPA rules likely to end up before Supreme Court

By   /  June 3, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News, North Carolina, Oklahoma, State Government  /  No Comments

SHUT IT DOWN: The new rules would likely require most coal-powered plants to shut down or undergo expensive retrofits. But Faulk says the industry will be able to buy some time by litigating the new rules.

By Eric Boehm |
Sweeping new regulations on electric power plants announced by the EPA on Monday will trigger lawsuits from states and industry groups, and the U.S. Supreme Court will probably get the final say.
The new regulations are part of the Obama administration’s goal to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent [...]

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EPA regs threaten to close coal-fired power plants, but states push back

By   /  June 2, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Issues, Kansas, Missouri, National, News, State Government  /  No Comments

COAL NO MORE: New EPA regulations might force existing coal power plants, like the Silver Lake Power Plant in Rochester, MN, to shut down.

For 60 years, the power plant on the outskirts of the tiny Missouri hamlet of Chamois turned mountains of coal into cheap electricity.

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