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The EPA Shows Again That It's an Affront to Common Sense

November 23, 2016  •  National Review Online

For decades, in administrations Democratic and Republican alike, the Environmental Protection Agency has been a paragon of waste, fraud, and abuse, a corrupt taxpayer-funded Evil Empire. "Science" there is just a tool to be manipulated in order to advance radical anti-technology and anti-industry agendas, even if it means distorting the intent of statutes and affronting common sense.

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New EPA methane rules spell disaster for American economy

November 8, 2016  •  The Hill

More than a dozen states have now filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency over its new regulations on methane emissions.

Court rulings against the Obama administration will likely start rolling in soon. The regulations are based on dubious data and driven more by politics than science. They would devastate the economy and the environment.

We simply can't let a federal power play bring the American energy revolution to a halt.

Last year, the EPA reported that, since 2005, net methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure had fallen 38 percent, while total methane emissions from natural gas had dropped 11 percent.

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Trump and Clinton both wrong on ethanol
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don't agree on much, but they see eye-to-eye on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Too bad they're both wrong.

October 13, 2016  •  The Detroit News

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don't agree on much, but they see eye-to-eye on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Too bad they're both wrong.

The policy requires America's gasoline supply be mixed with renewable fuels like corn-based ethanol. In their public addresses, both nominees continue to cite ethanol as key to breaking U.S. dependence on foreign oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

America's domestic energy boom has laid that first argument to rest. As for the environment, the RFS does more to harm our planet than to help it. Instead of aligning themselves on the wrong side of this issue, both candidates should commit to ending the RFS as quickly as possible.

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Is Whole Foods Channeling Tony Soprano?
The USDA "organic" designation has nothing to do with food safety, nutrition or quality.

October 13, 2016  •  Forbes

In various episodes of "The Sopranos," the head of the mob family, Tony Soprano, and his capos met for brainstorming sessions to air ideas for new scams and heists. The more inventive rackets included stealing the valet-parked cars from an upscale New Jersey Bar Mitzvah and defrauding the U.S. Department of Housing of Urban Development by leaving the feds holding the bag on guaranteed loans intended for housing redevelopment in Newark.

Like criminals who constantly expand their repertoire, Whole Foods' violations of state and federal law have been escalating. They've gone from defrauding their customers in various ways to adopting food preparation practices that actually endanger them.

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Sinnovation
The market is your ally, not your enemy: lessons from e-cigarettes in improving smokers' health

September 27, 2016  •  Adam Smith Institute

Read the paper in full here.

E-cigarettes have split the public health lobby in two. On one

side are those focused on harm reduction, who see e-cigs as a

substantially safer alternative to cigarettes for people who are

already smokers. On the other are those who see fundamental

lifestyle change as the goal for smokers, and e-cigs as an obstacle

to that.

Unfortunately, this latter group seems to be winning out.

Although Public Health England found that e-cigarettes are 95%

less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, many public health activists

and lawmakers remain staunchly opposed to the very products

smokers are choosing.1

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