CEI Today: George Will on regulation, new EPA energy regs, Google driverless cars, and more

Thursday, May 29, 2014
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How EPA’s Impending Climate Plan Conflicts with Congressional Intent as Evidenced by the Federal Power Act


Next week, the President is expected to “personally” unveil a climate plan for existing power plants that would, as reported, give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to impose demand-side management programs on unwilling States.

Last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) demand-side response regulation impermissibly infringed on the States’ exclusive authority to regulate retail electricity markets.


This is a problematic contradiction. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman




Openmarket.org: How Policy Makers Should Approach Google’s Driverless Shuttles

Tuesday, Chris Urmson, director of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project, wrote a post for the company blog describing Google’s newest prototype: fully automated vehicles that lack manual steering, accelerating, and braking functions.

Products such as the Google driverless “carts” should not be subject to strict federal motor vehicle safety standards and states seeking to recognize the legality of autonomous vehicles should be sure to include legislative provisions that make this distinction. 
> Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner


George F. Will: According to the annual "snapshot of the federal regulatory state" compiled by Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, four of the five largest yearly totals of pages in the Federal Register — the record of regulations — have occurred during the Obama administration. The CEI's delightfully cheeky "unconstitutionality index," measuring Congress' excessive delegation of its lawmaking policy, was 51 in 2013. This means Congress passed 72 laws but unelected bureaucrats issued 3,659 regulations. > Read More

See also: U.S. Regulation Compared to the World’s Largest Economies

> Interview Wayne Crews

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CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes


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An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State