CEI Daily - Natural Gas Vehicles, Nutrition Labels, and Panhandling


Natural Gas Vehicles


Vehicles can be converted to run on compressed natural gas.


Research Associate Brian McGraw says that vehicle conversions might become popular as natural gas discoveries push prices lower---were it not for burdensome licensing requirements.


"The licensing of natural gas vehicle conversions are prohibitively expensive, with some estimates ranging up to $200,000 per engine class. This estimate claims that licensing is even more expensive than listed above, as they must be consistently renewed and licenses only apply to a narrow range of vehicles. As a result, the equipment and installations required to allow your vehicle to run on natural gas are also expensive, ranging from $12,000 to $25,000 — rarely worth it for the average consumers."



Nutrition Labels


The Obama administration wants nutritional labeling mandates for alcohol.


Policy Analyst Michelle Minton says such mandates will force smaller breweries to close.


"Supporters of the proposal claim that it will help provide consumers with more information to make better choices, but the result will be an increase in production costs could force some brewers of craft beers to close their doors while depriving others of the funds they need to grow their business—and hire more workers. This will mean fewer varieties of beer, more expensive products, and fewer jobs throughout the entire nation, as every state is home to small breweries."





Montgomery County, Maryland Executive Ike Leggett wants panhandlers to apply for permits if they want to panhandle near roads. 


Fellow in Regulatory Studies Ryan Young notes that roadside panhandling is already illegal in the state of Maryland. 


"[T]he county ordinance is technically redundant. But the state ban appears to not be well enforced; hence the local law. Leggett’s permit proposal is likely a backdoor ban. The permits will exist, and panhandlers can apply for them. But none will be issued. But suppose a permit does get approved. This would violate state law, would it not? Of course, people still panhandle at intersections anyway. So maybe neither the state nor the county ban matters so much."