PREEMPTION BY THE EPA
Resourcefulearth.org: EPA Overreach Threatens Entire U.S. Economy
On Friday afternoon, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a watershed document that provides a dangerous and misleading analysis of the Pebble Mine in Alaska. Not only does the report fail to recognize that Pebble will be state-of-the-art and one of the most modern, environmentally-friendly mines in the world, but the report also disregards the thousands of desperately needed Alaskan jobs that the mine would provide.
Serious implications await if the EPA preemptively denies Pebble’s permits, as this move would effectively give the EPA massive (and unconstitutional) powers. By allowing the EPA to deny Pebble, precedent would allow the agency to also kill any building project that has the potential to impact American waterways without ever going through the permitting process – and without the input from local, state, or other federal agencies. > Read the full comment on Resourcefulearth.org
> Interview Myron Ebell
> See related: EPA’s Design to Strong-Arm the Chemical Industry
DRUG IMPORTS - GREGORY CONKO
WashingtonTimes.com: High price of cheap drug imports
With the Senate set to vote on one of the few “must-pass” bills of the year, pharmaceutical industry critics are plotting ways to add poison pills to the Prescription Drug User Fee Act. PDUFA, as it’s known in health policy circles, was first enacted in 1992 and has significantly sped up the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) drug-approval process, giving new hope to millions of patients suffering from debilitating and fatal diseases that a cure is on the way. It is arguably the most important piece of health care legislation you’ve never heard of. > Read the full analysis on WashingtonTimes.com
> Interview Gregory Conko
GOOGLE'S SELF-DRIVING CAR - MARC SCRIBNER
Openmarket.org:The Future of Automobility Is (Almost) Here: Google’s Self-Driving Car
IMMIGRATION - DAVID BIER
FoxNews.com: Why is Team Obama making it so hard to hire highly-skilled foreign workers?
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow more Ph.Ds, scientists, and other high-skilled workers trained at U.S. universities to remain in America. The bill (S. 3185) would increase the H-1B visa quota by 55,000, but for some, the proposal doesn’t go far enough.
> Interview David Bier
Ten Thousand Commandments 2012
An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State
May 15, 2012
The scope of federal government spending and deficits is sobering. Yet the government’s reach extends well beyond the taxes Washington collects and its deficit spending and borrowing. Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations cost hundreds of billions—perhaps trillions—of dollars every year over and above the costs of the official federal outlays that dominate the policy debate.
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