CEI Today: 3,415 pages of regulations, Obama's China deal, honeybees & pesticides, and more

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
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3,415 PAGES OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: Big Sexy Holiday Fun With The 2014 Unified Agenda Of Federal Regulations
 

The fall Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions always seems to appear just before the Holidays. You know, when nobody’s really looking. The new federal government compilation was just released on Friday.


The Agenda is supposed to help give researchers a sense of what’s happening with Washington bureaucracies and their regulations. But in the era of “pen and phone” and executive orders, it’s not so clear any more, and it’s hard to tell what’s going on.

The new Agenda reports on at total of 3,415 rules and regulations at the “active,” “completed” and “long-term” stages. That’s up from 3,305 last year, but down from 4,062 at this point in 2012.
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OBAMA'S CHINA DEAL - MARLO LEWIS

U.S.-China Climate Deal: Who Snookered Whom?

In the recent U.S-China climate deal, who snookered whom? Did Xi pull a fast one on Obama? No. Obama got exactly what he wanted. Obama seeks China’s support for an agreement under which the United States is politically bound by pledges to the international community to implement the Carbon Pollution Rule and Clean Power Plan. Obama seeks thereby to shield his illegitimate, unlawful climate policies from potential repeal by the next president and future Congresses.


Xi did not snooker Obama. It remains to be seen whether Obama will snooker Congress and the public. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

HONEYBEES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

New Field Study Confirms Neonicotinoids Have Little Impact on Honeybees


As the Ontario provincial government in Canada considers policies that may force farmers to stop using, or drastically reduce use of, a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, a new study shows why such policies are unlikely to do any good. Supposedly, limiting use of these pesticides will improve honeybee hive health, but such regulations will simply make it harder for farmers to produce an affordable food supply. > Read more

 

> Interview Angela Logomasini
 

OBAMA NLRB NOMINATIONS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

The Hill: An NLRB prescription for trouble

 

President Obama's nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have proven a prescription for trouble, and Lauren McFerran is no exception. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) promptly whisked McFerran to her examination — Thursday's confirmation hearing — after her nomination last week. But Republicans would be wise to conduct a thorough examination and not rush the process. > Read more

 

> Related: NLRB's Mysterious New Member Dodges Important Questions, But Stresses Need for Fully Staffed Board


> Interview Aloysius Hogan
 

DEC. 5 - REPEAL DAY EVENT

81st Anniversary Celebration of Repeal Day: Prohibition Still Doesn’t Work

 

Featuring Michelle Minton, Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute (@michelleminton)
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