CEI Today: Carcinogens, regulatory threat to retail fuel, union pensions, and more



Openmarket.org: Congressional Hearings Question National Toxicology Program’s Science

Today, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and House Small Business Committee held a joint hearing on the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) Report on Carcinogens. The hearing addressed the NTP process for classifying chemicals as carcinogens and its impact on small businesses. In particular, witnesses focused on NTP’s decision to classifying styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”

Clearly, Congress should take the lead in getting NTP on track or eliminate it altogether as its current approach is simply detrimental, as many of the businesses affected testified today. > Read more at Openmarket.org


> Interview Angela Logomasini



Globalwarming.org: CAFE, RFS Endanger Convenience Stores, Study Cautions


Today, the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) published a study on the challenges facing the more than 120,000 U.S. convenience stores that sell motor fuel in a market increasingly shaped by the competing requirements of two federal programs: renewable fuel standard (RFS, a.k.a. the ethanol mandate) and corporate average fuel economy (CAFE).

The skinny is that RFS and CAFE may whipsaw the retail fuel outlets upon which most of us depend to fill our tanks.  > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

> Interview Marlo Lewis



More Than Good Enough for Government Work


State lawmakers face an uphill battle in trying to bring their governments’ pension costs under control, largely due to opposition from government employee unions. But the unions’ resistance to reform is beginning to weaken, and a growing number of states are enacting reforms.

The momentum for pension reform is likely to mount as long as state budget woes persist. And persist they do. Nationwide, public pensions are underfunded by a total of $4.4 trillion. > Read more at American.com

> Interview Ivan Osorio


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